It’s just the kind of light that usually attracts those who enjoy beach holidays, but you don’t have to be red and prostrate to appreciate it, as the artists who arrive in Corfu have discovered.
Edward Lear lived in Corfu for many years during the 19th century, known for his nonsense poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and for the illustrations which accompanied Tennyson’s work, he was enchanted by Corfu, exclaiming in a letter ‘I wish I could give you any idea of the beauty of this island – it really is a paradise. I have not drawn very much because I have been looking at it so often.’
The winter rain and abundance of foliage is another reason for good light as it means there’s very little dust, and together they account for the good light and clear and vibrant colours. Who’d have thought that ‘Greece’ and ‘minimal pollution’ would ever appear on the same page?
Humidity isn’t always good for the artist, it gets in the bones and there’s nothing worse than artists elbow, except perhaps a downpour in the middle of a water colour, but the humidity level is cyclic here and typically a couple of days of strong, cool and exceptionally dry days are usually followed by several days of calm with gradually increasing levels of humidity and so it goes. If you’re here for a week or more you’ll experience the gamut.
If you prefer you can visit the galleries here and enjoy the work of others, here’s a link …. And here’s a link to Photo Corfu