Tuesday, July 31, 2012


It's really hot here, it's humid and steaming. It's also Ramadam, the month of Muslim fasting where the faithful go without food and drink for the hours of sunlight, which is about seventeen hours of fasting a day at the moment. 

This means that as soon as the sun goes down and the call to prayer rises the 'iftar' meal is celebrated. All is quiet for an hour or so as people usually eat a hearty meal and enjoy the company of friends, family and neighbours. Breakfast is prepared in the early hours of the morning before sunrise, then all goes quiet as people sleep a few more hours before they go about their day's work.

There is something really wholesome about this time of fasting; a bit of abstinence, alot of social eating, reconciliation and family. I understand that Muslim olympians face a real struggle, the last time the Olympics coincided with Ramadam was in 1980.

The picture above is a watercolour of a rusty pulley lying in the dust on a Turkish quayside.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Being Rained On

In case there is a host of people in near frantic anxiety checking hourly to see if I'd written another post, sadly wondering when the next flash of MacDonald inspiration would sear the blogosphere? There won't be any new post for a few weeks. I'm in the UK being rained on and will be for a few more weeks. Painting will have to wait until late July when I return to the sun.

In the meantime I've been to the Tate Modern and dosed up on a bit of culture along with an Alfred Wallis exhibition in Cambridge which was good for the soul.
I missed the Art of the Real exhibition which was a shame and the Times Watercolour Competition remained uninspired by my fish pictures, my mother in law has just told me that indeed they are uninspiring, never mind.

Trivia question - who painted the above picture?

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