In honor of my parent’s visit to Shanghai and Beijing this spring, I painted my mother’s favorite part of the trip; the terracotta army. The background was doused with tea and coffee.
In celebration of my blog’s one year anniversary, I decided to post this painting of the interior of the Gaziantep Mosaics Museum in the southeast of Turkey. This is based on a picture I took while I was there. I replaced the ceiling with the night sky. The museum collection consists of mosaics, pillars and walls excavated in ancient Zeugma (an old city within the Gaziantep Province). All the artifacts are Roman in design and nature.
Gaziantep is situated between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers in classic Mesopotamia.
While in Istanbul, I went to the Cemberlitas Hamam (Turkish bath) near the Grand Bazaar. I absolutely loved the experience and I decided to paint it. I maintain the title in French.
For Father’s Day, I painted this silhouette of a charging horse. It is inspired from an already existing calligraphy called Darwish’s Horse on the everitte.com blog by a superb calligraphic artist Everitte.
The writing on the horse is the complete poem Take my Horse and Slaughter it by Mahmoud Darwish.
Please bear with me that since I speak no Arabic, the writing descended into gibberish.
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.
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
Shout out to our amazing professor: Senem Aslan
This is the last thing I will paint before hopping off to school tomorrow. This woman personifies South America and she is the first painting of 2013 and the fourth in the continent series.
Unlike the others, this woman was created with more cultural inspiration. I looked at images from Machu Picchu to get ideas for the rock and ground. The background is based on the snowy mountains in Bolivia.
I placed the woman in a seated position to emulate the Incan sitting mummies. If I am historically correct, the Inca sacrificed a child to the gods by taking this child up to a mountain top. Once there, the children were killed or were allowed to die of exposure to the elements. In many cases the child was then placed in a sitting position, wrapped and naturally mummified. Today many such mummies have been found in the hilltops of Peru.
I also studied images of native South American women to capture the high, prominent cheekbones and braided hairstyles.
I have already painted women from:
Over the summer I will finally get to put together Africa and Europe.
After going to school in New England for over a year now I thought it would come the time when I would have to paint something related to the region. So I did this with my North American girl. Bates College is in the state of Maine and the original inhabitants were from the Wabanaki tribe. The first European settlers in this region were French.
I maintain the titles in French.