The Agora in Athens

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Day 8

8-The Agora in Athens“The Agora in Athens”

10″ x 8″ Original watercolor and ink painting on watercolor paper.

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Architecture has never been one of my drawing strengths, which resulted in a lack of interest in it as a painting subject.  My subject choices seem to be “soft lines” as we called them in my illustrating days; people, clothing, flowers, landscapes, and animals. Buildings, furniture, and boxes were examples of “hard line” subjects. Of course, as a professional artist I illustrated whatever the art director told me to illustrate, “hard lines” included.

At times I give architectural subjects a try as I did with “The Agora in Athens”. Our son and his family just returned from two weeks visiting London, Athens, and Rome. He sent several beautiful photos for me to consider for my 30 in 30 project which I appreciated.

From Wikipedia:
“The Agora (/ˈæɡərə/; Ancient Greek: Ἀγορά Agorá) was a central spot in ancient Greek city-states. The literal meaning of the word is “gathering place” or “assembly”. The agora was the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city. The Ancient Agora of Athens was the best-known example.”

I’ve read much about the importance of facing difficult things in order to overcome. Since I still have several photos with “hard lines”, maybe with practice I’ll get better…and maybe even enjoy the process.

“Practice and thought might gradually forge many an art.”______Virgil (70-19 B.C.)

Emmie at her drawing board for blog 9-8-14Back to the drawing board!

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8 thoughts on “The Agora in Athens

  1. Beautiful paintings the last 2 days. What a fun contrast from “Dreamsicle Girl” to “The Agora in Athens”. I also like the painting of you hard at work at the drawing board.

    I love you


    • Melanie, Thank you for the kind words. When I decided to take on yet another 30 in 30 challenge, I remembered when I worked as an illustrator in a professional studio, it was nothing to produce a completed art project by noon, or certainly in a day. Of course, that was a long time ago. I’m working hard to keep up, but am enjoying it. This time I’m working a day ahead; previously I would wait to start the painting on the day it was due. Yikes! This plan is better. Each day we artists in the challenge post our paintings on our leader’s blog. With 1026 artists from across the world participating, the blog gets filled.

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