Turkey

Boat Yard, Camikebir, Kusadasi, Turkey

Boat Yard Camikebir Kusadasi Turkey

Kusadisi, Turkey, 15" x 11"

Quite a complex scene to paint this one.  A busy boatyard with some challenges to get the composition right and so many things going on as regards materials, ropes, objects, different boats and so on.  Anyway, thought the framing left and right helped, maybe the red boat in the middle is a little too large.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms

 


Green Street, Bursa, Turkey

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Bursa, Turkey, 22" x 15".

Yesil Caddesi Bursa, or 'green street' in English, high up on the southern slopes rising above downtown Bursa.  It certainly is green and very peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of Turkey's fourth largest metropolis, and the area is better known for the location of the tomb of Sultan Mehmet the 1st and his smaller children.  I moved some of the street 'furniture' around to suit the composition, e.g. trying not to make that big lamppost dead centre.

 


Street Banner, Mudanya, Turkey

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Mudanya, Turkey, 15" x 11".

So it makes a change having a banner across the street rather than telecoms cables - well it's a telecom's banner.  This is Marmara coastal town of Mudanya, Turkey.  My reference photo was taken on an overcast day, but I tried to introduce some light on the car tops.  Also a bit of bright red - a patch on each side.  In fact the first wash had a lot of alizarin crimson on the left side.

 


Antalya, Turkey, road above the harbour

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Antalya, Turkey, 15" x 11"

A road high up above the harbour in the Turkish city of Antalya.  Plenty of 'negative' figures here to see if it works - light figure against dark shadows and vice versa.  Middle building almost blends into the background sky with that lower wash of weak yellow ochre.  Palm trees were done with a small brush and thick pigment flicked from the crown of the tree outwards.

 


Fishing in the Golden Horn, Istanbul

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Istanbul, Turkey, 22" x 15".

A view across the Golden Horn, a major waterway which leads into the Bosphorus in Istanbul.  On the opposite side are the mosques and minarets surrounding the covered bazaar and shopping areas.  The main bridge over the Golden Horn is even more popular for fishing with hundreds of rods leaning over the sides.  The smoke effect was done when everything was dry.  A little clear water was lightly dropped onto the smoke area.  Then a thickish mixture of white gouache plus cobalt blue was quickly and randomly added in.