The Pastel Journal

Treasure ISLAND

When I first visited Crete on a six-week journey in the fall of 1985, I was looking for new inspiration. There was a mystique about the island—a place associated with the beginnings of European civilization. The Bronze Age Minoans flourished there between 3000 and 1100 B.C. and then mysteriously disappeared. Crete is also the largest of the Greek isles by area, with everything an artist could wish for: extraordinary scenery and people noted for their hospitality.

It was with good fortune that a close friend of mine, who happens to be Greek, arranged for me to stay with her elderly mother at their family home in the small mountain village of Korakies. Her mother didn’t speak any English, and I could only speak a few words

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