Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Allah Korusun


Istanbul's love affair with the car doesn't seem to diminish with the increase in traffic jams. Before I launch into a tirade against Istanbul traffic I should point out that I know Delhi traffic is horrific and certainly Chinese traffic jams are now legendary, Istanbul in comparison gets off lightly, but it's still really bad! The essential accessory whilst driving seems to be a mobile phone firmly placed against one's ear regardless of speed, manouevre or traffic intensity. I'm still very impressed with the politeness and patience of many Turks I meet, unfortunately traffic brings out the worst in humans and just recently I've witnessed  some very scary incidents involving knives, a lot of shouting and death threats, all because of the traffic.
Allah Korusun as they say.

Watercolour on 600gm paper

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Burnout II

Burnout II

Summer is finally here. It's been warmer in the Uk recently than Istanbul! But as the Beşiktaş football fans flooded across the Bosphorus today to celebrate their winning the League Championship the sun shone. I sat on the ferry crossing that enchanting stretch of water one never tires of wishing I had made the necessary seasonal adjustments like sunglasses and sun cream.

Whilst the city which positively aches with history gathers around the Bosphorus and the tourists thankfully return I remain captivated by rusted burnout vehicles found in the corners of the city where foreigners rarely tread.

Watercolour on 600gm paper.






Thursday, May 25, 2017

Burnout

Burnout

Another Ramadam is upon us. We've been busy exhibiting with the İstanbul İnternational Arts Association  in our 'Pop-Up' events. This last one was at Nannycoffee on the Bosphorus. Our next one in a few weeks will be in Üsküdar in a traditional tea house after breaking fast. We're busy experimenting and trying to engage normal everyday people with our creations.

Watercolour on 600gm paper

Friday, April 28, 2017

Our Inconsolable Secret

Oil Barrels in Umraniye


“the sense that in this universe we are treated as strangers, the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of our inconsolable secret.” C.S. Lewis

Which is all to say that when beauty leaps out at you from forgotten corner it’s all the more gratifying. 

I spent a few hours in Yeniköy, Istanbul the other day. The sky was cloudless, the breeze was slight,  the spring sun was gentle and the car park attendant was full of smiles. I mentioned to him that working on the shores of the Bosphorus next to one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world can’t be a bad thing and he smiled. It was probably a different story a few weeks ago in Istanbul’s notoriously cold damp March weather but he looked at one with the world.

Watercolour on 600 gm paper.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 205th Exhibition


If anyone is in London in April two of my works are hanging in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 205th Exhibition from the 6 to 22 April 2017.

The private view is on the 5th April and I can get you an invitation if you contact me. If you'd like to attend any other time I can get you in free, just email me and I'll send you the necessary invitation.

The above is not one of the works being exhibited, but as always, it's for sale.
Contact me on em@emacdonaldwatercolours.com if you're interested.

Many thanks....



Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wouldn't hang it on your wall?



My obsession with industrial debris is reaching fever pitch at the moment. I discovered a place where sheet steel is lazer cut. The offcuts are enchanting! Yes, I know, no-one will hang this on their wall, so I keep getting told. All the same I'm following my artistic instincts!

Of course, it you'd like to hang it on your wall don't hesitate to contact me.
em@emacdonaldwatercolours.com



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