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.
The Ruins of Gaziantep, 2013
Gaziantep is situated between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers in classic Mesopotamia.
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.
The Pomegranate, 2013
In Islam, pomegranates grow in the gardens of paradise. They are also symbols of fertility.