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Shading the Sun With Director Jan Driessen

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for the Bronze Age Minoan excavation team at the Kephali, Sissi, Crete 2020-2021. The good news has been the discovery of a 4000 year old 'ritual' street leading into the Central Court and more importantly ending the 2020 season with the uncovering of a tomb, containing a female skeleton, locally known as 'The Lady', - a find that included jewelry and other ritual items. Yet within a few months the excavation prospects were put on hold (as they were throughout Greece and elsewhere) by the impact of the  Covid-19 virus. Hopefull we can put this behind us later this year and especially into 2022. After eleven years as resident artist for the Belgian School Athens, Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, I have found that the often hot environmental conditions on site have restricted my efforts to the use of oil and watercolours, whilst sketching and a little photography remains my main preparation process.

 

I am still working on a large canvas reflecting a daily excavation landscape, and for which I have been using water soluble oil.