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The light of Lefkara – Watercolour painting by Savva

This is just one little corner of the village of Lefkara. The village it’self dates as far back as 1134 but what I loved about this corner is that at the other side of the arch you can still see the old town water outlet where the villagers used to get their daily supply of water. I painted this early this morning just when the light was coming through the narrow streets and the place just looked amazing. I hope you like the painting and look forward to hearing from you all.

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The Magic town of Kyrenia – Watercolour by Savva

This is a wonderful little corner from the old city of Kyrenia, my inspiration was an old black and white photo from the 1940s but my love for this place originates from the time we use to visit here with my family as a little kid up until 1974. The magic of the old port and the fort next to it was and still is, far beyond my vocabulary to describe. I guess only someone who lived around these parts during that time could understand. The whole place was full of life and being a small town everyone knew everyone and more importantly, somehow everyone knew they shared a piece of paradise. I wish I could capture it better, but I guess that’s something you need to have in front of you, imagination alone is not enough.
I hope you like the painting, and hope one day we will be able as a country to experience that again. With all my heart and best wishes…
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Cyprus is on Fire - A sad sad day

A very sad day for Cyprus – Watercolour by Savva

I am so sad that some of the most pristine wilderness areas in Cyprus are on fire. Even though Cyprus frequently suffers forest fires during its hot summer months, this time we have also suffered the first firefighter deaths for years. It’s a very sad time for this amazing place our hearts are with the people on the front line of the fires and everyone that participate in combating it along with the families of the heroes that gave their lives protecting what we all sometimes take for granted.

Cyprus is on Fire - A sad sad day

A very Sad day for Cyprus

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Famagusta street – Watercolour by Savva

Just around the corner from Famagusta Cathedral there’s this wonderful little street. There’s a coffee shop at the end of the street and the man on the bike is the coffee shop owner delivering coffee using the traditional tray and his old Hercules bike. It’s a scene that you could see everywhere in the past in Cyprus, so to witness it again in this day and age… it’s magic. Hope you like the painting :)

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Famagusta Cathedral Watercolour by Savva

Very early this morning I set off to Famagusta to visit this wonderful medieval Cathedral. It was built in 1328 and it still retains all its grandeur and beauty to this day. It originally was Saint Nicholas’s Cathedral but later converted into a mosque during the Ottoman empire. I was very lucky as the whole building and area was covered by a wonderful mist and as the mist lifted it just revealed it piece by piece. I don’t get to witness this kind of beauty often but when I do, its just the most amazing thing ever. I hope everyone has a wonderful day today and hope to hear from you :)

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Old Kyrenia port office. Watercolour by Savva

This is Kyrenia from the main boardwalk towards the other side of the port away from the castle. It was late afternoon and the sun was blazing down.But I think you can see how hot it was even from the painting :) I hope you like it, Let me know what you think.

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Boat repairs at Larnaca Marina Watercolour by Savva

 

This mornings painting behind Larnaca’s Marina. I hope you had a great morning and hope you like it, let me know what you think.
Ps. Thank you all for your wonderful and encouraging words for the Colour in your Life episode. I hope I get a chance to do another one someday soon

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Saint Lazaros Larnaca

Saint Lazarus Church Larnaca

Tradition says that the place of Lazarus’ tomb was lost during the period of Arab rule beginning in 649. In 890, a tomb was found in Larnaca bearing the inscription “Lazarus, four days dead, friend of Christ”.Emperor Leo VI of Byzantium had Lazarus’ remains transferred to Constantinople in 898. The transfer was apostrophized by Arethas, Bishop of Caesarea, and is commemorated by the Orthodox Church each year on October 17. The transferred relics were later looted by the Fourth Crusade in the early 13th century and were brought to Marseille but subsequently lost.

In recompense to Larnaca for the translation, Emperor Leo had the Church of St. Lazarus erected over Lazarus’ tomb in the late 9th to early 10th centuries.

Saint Lazaros Larnaca

Saint Lazaros Larnaca