The Ruins of Gaziantep – 2013 (aged 20)

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

The Ruins of Gaziantep, 2013

Gaziantep is situated between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers in classic Mesopotamia.

Les Dames de l’Hamam – 2013 (Aged 20)

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.

Les Dames de l'Hamam, 2013

Les Dames de l’Hamam, 2013

The Ottoman Stallion – Aged 19

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.

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The Ottoman Stallion, 2013

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