Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Unusual Views of Istanbul


As the cold weather bites and the gas bills start to come in the builders get to work. 

First of all piles of hard sponge boards start appearing on street corners close to older buildings. Soon after piles of scaffolding appear and within days spindley structures of thin metal piping clad the outside of buildings. 

Trapeze artist like builders wander gingerly around on narrow planks of wood fixing the insulation boards to the outside of the building. We look aghast wondering how middle aged 'göbekli' (pot bellied) men can manage such work at five storeys up. So I thought I'd paint some of their scaffolding pipes in sympathy and be thankful I have other ways to make a living....

Watercolour on 600 gm paper.



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