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Painting Krk on Krk island CroatiaWednesday, May 14, 2008 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Travel
Krk island, Croatia

Three days of painting around the old city (3000 years old) with walls built between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries has been a fabulous experience!

We lucked into the best apartmnent rental in Croatia (at least to date) which has a balcony perfectly aligned for great compositions of the old walled city and especially the cathedral, with a bronze “weather angel” atop who swings with the prevailing wind.

The owners of ths apartment are artists, Dagmar (German born) and her husband Cedo (Croatian), who has designed and built this great home. Dagmar paints in watercolor and owns a gallery in the old city, while Cedo (Chay dough) expertly frames her work. We have become friends and painted together on the harbor.

We have the whole upstairs for 5 days, but could easily and readily spend 5 weeks painting here. Unbelievable colors, especially in the water and dozens of narrow passages within the city to set-up my easel. This is defnitley a keeper for painting locations and we will return here within 2 years to spend more time. The island is magical (aren't they all?!) and just takes your breath away.

The paintings/studies here have all been done in 4 days and some will require extra studio time when we return. As usual, several drawings (studies) and hundreds of photos will keep me very busy for months to come.

Speaking of months to come, we just hit the halfway point of our 3 month painting trip to Europe, with two more weeks in Croatia and then 4 more weeks in Italy. The work I am doing here will be available in mid-July, framed and ready to hang at Crow Valley Gallery in Eastsound, Orcas Island, Washington, Gottlieb gallery in Portland, Oregon and later this fall at Scott Milo gallery in Anacortes, Washington and Woman of Steel Gallery in Boise, Idaho..

Please watch the web site for show dates.

Many more paintings have been produced on this trip than I have had time to “blog”. Travelling like this is not conducive to regular communications and I feel lucky to fire-off one per week.

Reader Comments

1. Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 11:11:56 AM by Elaine Ambrose (Carol's friend)
Steve - I enjoy your posts and samples of your work. I'm looking forward to reading about your experiences in Italy.
2. Tuesday, May 20, 2008 @ 12:21:00 AM by Sara Bayer
Hi Steve: Nice work and take it easy. Once per week of beautiful images and commentary is PLENTY. Thanks a lot. Look forward to the shows.
3. Wednesday, May 28, 2008 @ 9:56:01 PM by donny walker
Thanks for all the updates - but shipping all those paintings home has got to be a chore in itself!
4. Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 7:06:35 PM by Clark Elster
Steve! Great plien air paintings - but - someone has plastered a big advertisement in the middle of the images much to the distraction from the paintings. Fire your PR man! Clark
5. Saturday, October 11, 2008 @ 2:45:58 AM by Judy Nix
Steve - I am a good friend of your sister, Carol, and have admired your paintings. Carol and I have been friends for about 35 years now, and I believe I met you and Judy at Andrea's wedding. Anyway, I love the Porto Monterosa (that might not be the correct port), as Italy is my favorite country. I am confident I will purchase one of your paintings one of these days. Keep painting, especially Italy.

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