Day 31

One whole month! Woohoo! Today’s piece is a watercolor of a photograph of Istanbul. We crossed a bridge, and just like that we’d gone from Europe to Asia. Our tour bus smashed into a sedan (not his fault; the driver of the tiny car thought it would be a great idea to swoop into a small spot behind the bus while it was still in the process of parallel parking), so while they worked out the paperwork, we hung out in a small park and took pictures.

I distinctly recall a few things about that stop, and these were: a lady in a full-on leopard-print catsuit (thanks for marring my nice memories with your horrible outfit, woman), some fisherman who thought we were all obnoxious, and a woman who didn’t speak a single word of English who got me to take a photo with her for no apparent reason.

As I mentioned, I do have the crescent moon and star tattoo, so I suppose it’s possible she saw that. But why she signaled to me out of a crowd of hundreds and motioning, explained she wanted to take a picture with me, is beyond me. Her daughter appeared somewhat mortified, but also posed. She didn’t even want to see the photo on the camera afterwards. Perhaps she wanted to make sure I remembered my stop there so that I would grab this photo and spend five hours making it into a pretty rad watercolor. A Turkish art-psychic. Hmm.

I’m heading out to Newark to help my mom through a surgery this week, but the art project will continue. Whether or not I will be able to load photos on to the computer my father so frequently “fixes” into a non-functioning state remains to be seen. Hence, please excuse any poor quality images this coming week. I’ll update them with better ones later when I return home to my familiar editing tools if necessary.


11 thoughts on “Day 31

  1. Geri says:

    My God, Marianne… nailed it. I was there so I know. I was looking forward to your artwork this evening. Getting a little nervous about things to come and this peaceful image is just what I needed. Thank you, love you.


  2. Auntie Kasey says:

    I love this. It is perfection on canvas. Thank you for the enjoyment both visually and with your clever writing you have provided this past month. You make me proud!


  3. sharon allen says:

    This is absolutely my favorite, since my last favorite. It’s really super Marianne. I feel as if I am able to share these memories with you through your art.


  4. Christina says:

    Your watercolors are really impressive! I can almost visualize the actual location just from viewing this piece. Watercolors are not easy to do. Congratulations on your one month!


  5. A HUGE thank you to all of you for your comments on this watercolor. The photograph was actually quite plain and I’m glad I decided not to fill in the sky; the white really lets the colors sing. And it took what seemed like forever, it’s one of those things where the lines start to drive me nuts and I have to walk away, but in the end, I was really pleased with it, and I see you all are too! I may have to get prints made. Stay tuned. 🙂


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