Way of Tea

Chinese, Indian Chai and Turkish tea.

I wrote a paper for International Financial Stability on the Indian tea trade.

My favorite tea at the moment is the lapsang souchong tea I bought from the Boston Tea Party Museum. It is a very smoky black tea.

Dedicated to my dear friend, Kathleen Morrill.

I tried my best to get rid of the glare but alas here is the painting.

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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