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Horse and Cart in Larnaca

This is the famous Saint Lazaros church in Larnaca. They said its going to be hot today and boy it was, lucky I was there first thing in the morning just as the sun was coming up, the coach and horses happened to pass by with tourists taking in the sights, Ok it wasn’t next to the church but I thought if I move them a bit it might make a better picture. Hope you like it.savva watercolour cyprus-saint lazaros church

CAVO-GRECO Boat

Watercolour Cavo Greco Boat

CAVO-GRECO Boat

Situated in the middle of a spectacular stretch of Cyprus coastline between Agia Napa and the famous Protaras Beach, is this lovely old fishing boat. Temporarily out of the water for some last minute repairs. It was hot, windy and remote but I just had to take the time and try to paint it. I hope you like it.

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Ayia Napa Monastery in Watercolour

This charming Ayia Napa medieval monastery dedicated to ”Our Lady of the Forests” stands in the middle of the village of Agia Napa surrounded by a high wall. Both the village and the monastery take their name from the ancient Greek word for wooded valley “Napa”– a reference to the morphology of the area in the past. Built like a medieval castle around 1500 AD, Agia Napa Monastery is the best known landmark of the village as well of the surrounding area. The monastery is partly built underground and cut into the rock.

The ancient sycamore tree in front of the south gate is believed to be over 600 years old.

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A watercolour of the Sydney harbour bridge

Sailing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge a sketch in watercolour

There’s something about Sydney harbour that just makes you feel the luckiest person on earth. Especially on a day like today. Warm, sunny with the occasional light breeze. Just perfect.
This is more of a quick sketch than a finished watercolour piece but I thought Ill share it with you. Hope you like it.

Sailing under the Sydney harbour bridge in watercolour

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Sydney Town Hall and QVB in Watercolour

It has been a while since I have posted something new.  Surgery and health took it’s toll this time. Anyway it was a gorgeous morning here in Sydney today, and standing at this magical place taking it all in was worth everything. Even though the warm breeze was drying out the paper far too quickly, the end result is not too far from what I envisioned it to be. I hope you like this watercolour painting. Drop me a line if you have the time, I would love to hear from you.

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Kakopetria Village Watercolour by Savva

Kakopetria Village Watercolour by Savva

Situated at the foothills of the Troodos Mountains is this wonderful Medieval village. It dates as far back as the 6th Century and right from the start you walk back in time with every step you take in this place. History and character is everywhere you look. I love this town and I promised my self to go back and do a lot more drawings there.

Kakopetria Village Watercolour by Savva

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Rainy day at Limassol Castle Watercolor by Savva

It started raining in the morning about 8 o’clock. It only lasted for an hour but it was enough to have most of the city roads semi flooded. By eleven the sun was out with cobalt blue skies. Just like nothing had happened. I love the first rains here. The subtle smell of earth mixed with a blend of thyme and sage. I wish someone would come up with a fragrance like that.

I started painting just after the heavy drops stopped and the sky had a warm gray tone. Hope you like it.Limassol-Castle-savva

Protaras Chefs in Watercolour. Painted by Savva

Protaras Kitchen Chefs in Watercolour by Savva

Protaras Chefs in Watercolour. Painted by SavvaSomething a little different, there’s a great pizza restaurant next to where I paint sometimes in Protaras. I couldn’t resist painting the Chefs behind the open kitchen, It was hot, steamy, busy and smelled delicious. Loved every minute of it. My favorite is the stone oven in the corner.

Hope you like it.

Fishing boat with Tekke in the distance - Savva Watercolor

Tekke Just off Larnaca in Watercolour

Fishing boat with Tekke in the distance - Savva Watercolor

Just only a few kilometres out of Larnaca and around the corner from the airport is the Hala Sultan (Umm Haram) Tekke. It stands next to the salt lake just south of Larnaca and is one of the first sights you see heading out of the airport. With the salt lake on one side and the deep blue Mediterranean sea on the other, its easy to feel that you have stepped back in time. According to legend, Muhammad’s paternal aunt, accompanying her husband on an Arab raid on Cyprus in 649, was attacked by Byzantine forces here. She fell from her mule, broke her neck and was buried on the spot. The Mosque, that was built around her grave is the fourth most important holy place in the world for Muslims. For me it will always be a sanctuary of peace and beauty. Especially in spring with the salt lake covered with water and Pink Flamingos.