looking back to 1976 / by Philip Tarlow

this painting was made in 1976, in my studio on the island of andros, greece. it’s one of a series of paintings in egg tempera on board, based upon plein air studies in gouache on paper and on photos i shot of school kids on a break at the beach adjacent to chora, capitol of the island of andros.

my passion then, as now, was for the poetry of the everyday. in this case, kids on a break looking for sea creatures & shells on the beach. of course this can be seen as a metaphor for….you tell me…

one of these kids was my son, dimitri, who was a student at the school in chora for the few years we lived there full time. the figure in the landscape has always excited me. other examples such as figures at a local waterfall are all in private and museum collections in athens.

today we have doctor & dentist appointments, so i won’t be in my studio. i’ll resume work on my sky paintings tomorrow, and post updates then.