Monday, May 25, 2009

Whew! What a weekend!

A big thanks to all the people who made it out over the weekend to attend our show! In our eyes it was a huge success!

We got to see some of our old friends and made a few new ones as well. Will return with pics soon! 

Friday, May 15, 2009

Prints, Paintings and Pizza!

About a month ago, Mel and I had discussed having a little weekend gathering of friends at the local "Family Pizza Pie Place" here in Sultanahmet. The idea was that we could show some of our art to people who were interested, and also give the Family Pizza Pie Place some much-deserved publicity.

Well our "little weekend gathering of friends" just keeps getting bigger!

We had a photographer out from Today's Zaman newspaper yesterday, and Turkish Daily News plans to do a story. Here we are in the weekly MyMerhaba  newsletter and we'll also be in Pukka Living this week. The Family Pizza Pie Place owner, Virginia, also plans to get someone to review the show for a newspaper. All this for a two-day show!

So, if you happen to be free that weekend and want to come over to our neck of the woods and hang out among the mosques and Tulips and eat a little pizza - please do! 

Look forward to seeing you! 

Friday, May 1, 2009

Flower Inspiration!

Since I've been surrounded by flowers over the past month, I've done this lino cut in celebration of all the blooms. It's called "Flower Mandala", and is quite small compared to the other big ones I've done in the past. I've hand-coloured them and plan to include them in the upcoming "Prints, Paintings and Pizza" show Mel and I are having at our friends Pizza place this month.

Mystery Flowers

Anyone know what kind of flowers these are? They remind me of Gerbera Daisies, but they look like they've been painted! I LOVE them! 

Mel and I found one flower bed full of them near a military building here in Sultanahmet. All of these pictures were taken on the south side of the bed, as the north side is a restricted no-go zone and guarded by soldiers with guns!

Emirgan Park - For Kate!

Kate regularly visits Butchart Gardens in Victoria and post the changes throughout the season. So last weekend Mel and I made the long traffic-clogged trek to Emirgan Gardens in Istanbul. 

The time to visit is now! As the municipality has made the park the central showpiece of it's Lale (tulip) Festival. This is a huge campaign designed to re-instate the tulip as a Turkish flower, (the Sultans gave a few of their prize tulips to Holland as a gift way back when and the Turks have been kicking themselves ever since!).

Emirgan park reportedly has over 5 million tulips, and there are another bazillion all around town and, of course, around my home in Sultanahmet. 

Emirgan Park has three pavilions, that were probably once summerhouses for the rich and famous. These days they have been lovingly restored and are popular places for breakfast. 

This one is called Sari Kosk, (yellow pavilion). There are also a pink and white pavilions elsewhere in the park that we didn't get to this time.
Kate has some gorgeous pictures of these flowers here, I find it interesting that the same flowers grow and are in bloom at the same time on opposite sides of the world!
This is what Emirgan Park is all about. I swear every little old lady in Istanbul who wears a headscarf was up there getting their pictures taken. This guy is taking a picture of his mom. 
...double tulips...

.... and more tulips.....

...and Mel frolicking in the tulips! 

Note* No tulips were injured in the taking of this picture.