The Pomegranate – Aged 19

This year’s academic Short Term adventure has been in Turkey. We studied political identities and history in Istanbul, Mardin, Ufra and Gaziantep within a 15 days. So in honor of all the inspiration, I will continue to paint themes from the places I visited. My dream of visiting the Middle East has been fulfilled!

I decided to make a technical change this year: I have officially moved to acrylics. Why? 1. They are water-based paints (easy to clean)    2. Far less toxic than oil paints and their solvents 3. They dry faster and I can work on layers and details more

I was inspired to paint this pomegranate because we had pomegranate juice everywhere we went in Turkey. They are such beautiful fruits too; their seeds shine like rubies. The tile work and table surface are inspired from the interior of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

The Pomegranate, 2013

The Pomegranate, 2013

In Islam, pomegranates grow  in the gardens of paradise. They are also symbols of fertility.

For more info on my other Short Term adventure last year in Scotland here is the link: https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/2012-in-the-name-of-scotland-aged-19-2/

Shout out to the crew

Turkey Short Term 2013

Turkey Short Term 2013

Shout out to our amazing professor: Senem Aslan

Prof. with her patience achievement award

Prof. with her patience achievement award

2012-Nude#3-Aged 19

I painted this a long time ago but I waited to put it up while at school.

Nude#3, 2012

Foreground made with a brush, background made with knives and sponges.

FUN FACTS

  • I wish to one day draw a nude from real life.
  • I sold my first painting for $400 when I was about six.
  • I like vanilla and pistachio ice-cream.

For more nudes:  https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/2010-bring-in-the-men-aged-17/

2012-Shetland Landscape-Aged 19

This painting is inspired from a picture in a Shetland Islands brochure.

Done with painting knives.

Shetland Landscape, 2012

FUN FACTS

  • I’ve realized that the paintings I like least tend to be the favorites of others.
  • I watch movies and listen to songs while I paint.
  • I don’t like tomatoes.