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

2013-Amerique du Sud-Aged 19

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.

Amerique du Sud, 2013

Amerique du Sud, 2013

I have already painted women from:

The Middle East : https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/2012-arabe-aged-19/

Far East Asia : https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/2012-asie-aged-19/

and North America : https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/2012-amerique-du-nord-aged-19/

Over the summer I will finally get to put together Africa and Europe.

2012-Amerique du Nord-Aged 19

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.

Amerique du Nord, 2012

Amerique du Nord, 2012

2012-Arabe- Aged 19

After several months of waiting to come home to my canvas I have finally painted something. During my wait I was inspired to paint a nude from every continent and every side of a continent. This woman personifies the Middle East and she is the first in the series. Hopefully I will be able to finish the last five in time for school this January.

I maintain the title in French.

Arabe, 2012

Arabe, 2012

This was designed to be an improvement on a similar orientalist painting I did : https://lastoftheromanticists.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dscn1030.jpg

With the full article at : https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/2012-in-the-name-of-scotland-aged-19-2/

2012-Anna Bolena-Aged 19

So after painting “My Lady Greensleeves” (https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/2012-my-lady-greensleeves-aged-19/comment-page-1/#comment-21), I decided to paint Anne Boleyn. This rendition is inpired by a promotional picture for the TV series “The Tudors” and it features Natalie Dormer as the ill-fated Anne.

Anna Bolena, 2012

In the classic manner of portraiture of the times, I included her romanticized name and her status as queen (Regina). I also added the year she was beheaded simply because I wanted to.