Congratulations to our Free Print Winner…

During our last Art Fair, The Alameda Spring Festival, we ran a drawing for a free print for all those that signed up for our newsletter blog. Congratulations to our winner, Tom Wilson.

Tom has made his choice for his free print. He has chosen the image “Santorini Sunrise“.

Santorini Sunrise

This image is really special to us. This was taken by my wife on our honeymoon, on the gorgeous island of Santorini (famous for it’s buildings with the blue rounded roofs).

Come see some of the other images we took in Greece here, and look around at some of the other places Alyx and I have been. And, as always, leave us a note so we know you were there.

Stay tuned for details on our next Art Fair coming up at the end of July in Alameda, CA! Hope to see you all there.


Craig Smith

Greece From Alyx’s Camera

I’m going to continue with Craig’s theme this month and show you some of the photos I took while we were on our honeymoon in Greece.

I know it probably seems like a cliche to honeymoon in Greece, but we both wanted to go somewhere we’d never been before, and we both wanted to go outside of the US.  PLUS, we got married in July, but weren’t planning to take our honeymoon until later in the year, so we wanted it to be someplace warm.  With those stipulations, that left out Paris, London, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.  Both of us had always wanted to visit Greece, so voila!

Due to transit strikes, limited ferries and uncomfortable beds, it wasn’t the idyllic trip one hopes for as a post-wedding celebration, but we still had a great time overall, especially picture-wise.

We both took similar shots, so I’m going to share some of the ones he didn’t already showcase.

Temple of HephaestusWe started in Athens, and got lots of great photos around the Acropolis, as Craig shared earlier.  So I’m going to show you a shot of the Temple of Hephaestus, which was situated in another group of ruins down the mountain from the Acropolis. This structure was actually more in tact than the Parthenon up on the mountain.  That may be because this one was shielded by the elements, since it sat in the shadow of the more famous structure, but it had enough decay to still make it look interesting.

Next, we planned to spend a good week on Crete, driving all over the island.  There weren’t as many famous relics here as Athens has, nor was anything as famous as Santorini, but for gorgeous scenery, you honestly can’t beat Crete (pardon the rhyme).  The mountains that we drove through there was breathtaking and we often found ourselves pulling over to the side of the road to just soak in the majesty of them.  We did take lots of pictures of the mountains, but neither of us felt we properly captured their essence, so we won’t be sharing any of those here, sorry.  I guess you’ll have to go and see them for yourself.  😉

Matala SunsetWe did, however, get lots of gorgeous sunsets on Crete.  We even hung around one particular town for a few hours, just so we could capture the beauty of the sun setting over the ocean.  Matala is a small coastal town near the southern most tip of Crete.  We’d never heard of it before, but the guidebook we’d brought with us said it was a must see for people staying on the big island for any length of time.  There were caves carved into some of the cliffs where it’s said people used to camp out during the height of the hippie movement.

The rest of Crete held amazing wonders for us, too, and then we made our way to Santorini.  We’ve already got some of the photos we took from Oia (the most famous town on Santorini) up in our shop–and Craig’s already shown you a sunset on our way from Crete to Santorini–but the sun wasn’t beautiful only at the end of the days . . . it was also gorgeous first thing in the morning, as this image of sunrise over Santorini shows.

Santorini SunriseCraig and I must’ve stood outside in our pajamas for a good hour or so in order to capture what we thought of as the perfect shots, but oh, they were so worth it.

I hope you enjoyed the longer vacation in Greece.  You can see these and other images up on our Etsy store.

Greece from my camera

My Honeymoon trip to Greece was only my second foray outside the United States. Australia was my first, coming in my early forties. But Greece was the first trip I took after Alyx and I had decided to start a business selling our images. So, this was the first time we had taken our cameras on a trip with the intent of taking great professional pictures, not just snapshots of things we like. Don’t get me wrong, that philosophy is still how we choose what we take pictures of, but now we turn the camera settings to “super big and detailed”.

So far, only Alyx has put up photos on our Etsy site… until NOW. I had previously listed only my stippling artwork. This is the first time I have put my photos on Etsy, and it’s only the beginning. The photos I am adding are from our honeymoon to Greece.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon

Alyx and I started out the Greece portion of our trip in Athens, not too far from the Acropolis. For those that don’t know, the Acropolis isn’t a building, it’s essentially a mountain in the middle of Athens, and on this mountain are ruins. Among the ruins is the Parthenon, probably the most recognized structure on the Acropolis. Also, there is the temple Erechtheion. You can recognize it by the Porch of the Kariatids, which is a porch area where the pillars are carved in the shapes of women. There is also the Temple of Athena and a couple amphitheaters that we don’t have pictures of yet on Etsy.

Temple of Erechtheion, Porch of the Kariatids

Temple of Erechtheion, Porch of the Kariatids

After Athens, we went to Crete. It is a very beautiful place, and doesn’t get enough attention or credit as far as I’m concerned. We rented a car and traveled to several stunning locations on the island. One hidden gem in the middle of nowhere, near the far western coast of Crete, is the site of Agia Sofia, which is located at the side of a winding road clinging to the side of a rocky mountainous gorge. There was just enough room for a few cars to pull off the side of the road, then a long climb up a great stone stairway. At the top of the stairway was a cave with one huge cavern. There were great stalactite and stalagmite formations and you could do a lot of exploring without much danger and without going very deep into it. The cave itself is used as a church of sorts, and is still a place of religious worship. There were many other sites we visited on Crete, but I’ll confine the story to coincide with the new crop of photos. If you want to hear more, feel free comment below and ask us anything.

Stone Steps near Agia Sofia

Stone Steps near Agia Sofia

After a few days in Crete we hopped a boat to Santorini. One of the most beautiful and captivating (not to mention photogenic) places on Santorini is the town of Oia. It’s whitewashed buildings with the sky blue roofs is just as lovely as it looks in the pictures. We had fun getting lost in the veritable labyrinth of steps that wind their way up, down and sideways throughout the town.

Sunset over the Aegean near Santorini

Sunset over the Aegean near Santorini

Santorini itself is a surprisingly small island. You could rent a scooter (which we did) and putt around the entire island in a few hours at most. In a car, you could probably do it in about an hour or less. There’s a high point right in the middle of the island where you can see the whole caldera (remnants of the volcanic rim sticking up from the ocean in a large circle) and almost the entirety of the island. That was one of my favorite experiences; seeing that panoramic view. Unfortunately, Alyx and I didn’t get to spend as much time as we had planned on Santorini, but that’s a story for another time. We were, however, satisfied with the photographic opportunities we had, and the results. I hope you like the pictures as much as we do. Please check out the new batch and all the great shots my wife has also posted already at our Etsy store.

Windmill of Oia, Santorini, Greece

Windmill of Oia, Santorini, Greece

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