Friday, August 26, 2016

Drains....

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So there’s a new bridge being opened today, that will be three across the Bosphorus straits. I have a feeling that it will instantly become a heavy traffic jam, the considerable growth in car usage here over a generation means investment in transport will always be lagging behind. 

We on the other hand are all praying fervently for the completion of a new metro line from Üsküdar to Çekmeköy which will alleviate the need for tens of thousands of commuters to be squashed into minibuses for a torturous journey into the Anatolian hinterland of the city.

As for drains. Well apparently I am not the only one to be captivated by the sight of a good drain cover. It turns out the the leader of the British Labour Party (the opposition to the Conservative government of the UK) also loves drain covers. One article in a British newspaper explains the leaders passion for these large metal sculptures that adorn our streets.

Watercolour on 600gm paper - for sale.... £350




Saturday, August 6, 2016

Bad Timing?

Watercolour on paper... unfinished...
Watercolour on paper... unfinished...
Bad timing?

So I’ve decided to start an arts association, here in Istanbul.

This is basically a club where artists and creatives can get together and do things co-operatively. 

We can exhibit together, share the cost of hiring and putting on events, have times where we meet around the work of one or more of our members and generally enjoy promoting one another. 

There is an official way of doing this here in Turkey, one can register a group with a few other people lay down some aims and have some level of official status which makes things easier when approaching galleries and official bodies.

The question at the moment of course is whether the present situation is amenable to new ventures of this type at the moment?

Who knows? I have great sympathy and concern for the good people of Turkey at the moment, they deserve better than to have had to go through the appalling events of July 15th with all it’s sadness and mayhem. In their honour I think probably the best thing is to try and carry on as one has planned and give energy to the effort to bring back normality.

If you’re in Istanbul and you’re interested in joining with us in our association, drop me a line on em@emacdonaldwatercolours.com.

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