I'm having trouble uploading the photos I'm taking on my netbook, so I may not have a lot more blog posts until the trip is over. At the moment, I'm taking advantage of desktop computers available to our hotel on Hydra, but we catch the ferry in a couple of hours.
I did a number of sketches in Nafplio and might consider a painting trip there in the future. It's a lovely city just to be in, as well as fertile creatively. Above is the harbor at sunset, and below is another nocturne of the Venetian fort out in the harbor.
Another great think about Nafplio is its proximity to amazing places, like the Mycenean fortress of Tiryns (below) and Mycenae. I fell in love with Tiryns on a high school graduation trip with my dad, and it was lovely to get back there. I especially remember this corbelled arch hallway from last time.
I kept coming back to the Ventian plateia to paint. The Venetians occupied Nafplio and did some lovely building while they were there. The open marble piazza is the hub of the town, and kids come out to play every night. I kept going back there to paint as well. (And the pannacotta at the taverna of my choice made that an easy call.) My family's been nice about my drawing through dinner.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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