Iâ€™m up and out early this morning, energized by last eveningâ€™s painting. Today is Monday, and the archeological sites are always closed on Mondays, but Iâ€™m sure there are plenty of other drawing spots all over Athens. As I stroll around the city, I notice the angles of the rooftops zigzaging against the sky. Any of these eclectic buildings would be interesting to draw. But not far from the hotel, I see an arch that will be a good place to start. Itâ€™s called the Arch of Hadrian, a 2nd century AD Roman structure that served as a boundary stone between the old Athens of Theseus, a Greek, and the new Athens of Hadrian, a Roman. and I begin to sketch in my Moleskine sketchbook. I study the arch for a moment and notice that most of its white stones have been blackened considerably over the years. Cars zip past as I draw. My mind starts slowing down and falls into rhythm with the city. What a great feeling to be in Greece.