Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Am I lucky?


  
    I have been thinking about ‘luck’ and I’m asking to myself what is luck and who is lucky? Are there really lucky people in the world? Can I consider myself ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’? Which one is better for me? 

     You might be hardworking, you want to be successful and then you achieve something which might be small or big but very important to you. Then people call you ‘lucky’ because of your achievement. I’m sorry! Am I lucky? Do you know that I have been working hard! Do you know my back is hurting, because of working for a long time??? 

     You get angry but at the same time you don’t care because you are happy for your success.  But at the same time you might start thinking, “Am I lucky? Is that why it has happened to me?”  You get confused. Then you start searching what luck means because you really want to know if you are lucky or not.  Soon you find out: it’s something  good that happens to you by chance or through the hand of providence. It is not because of your skill but it is almost as if your actions were guided from above. 

      For example, in the middle of the night you can’t sleep. You go out for a walk then earthquake happens. Your apartment collapses but you are alive. It means you are lucky because it was completely random. It was out of your control. 

      But working everyday for 10 hours a day to make sure you get the job done and getting a promotion because of that doesn’t make you lucky. 

      It angers me when people confused the two.  To call someone’s hard work “luck” diminishes that person’s achievement.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Day at Antakya Archaeological Museum

"Mosaic of Soteria"

Hello friends, I would like to share a few pictures of Antakya Archaeological Museum which is in Hatay province of Turkey. It's one of the biggest mosaic museums.


I traveled to Hatay in 2008 and I took this pictures. It was pretty fun and I was really impressed by mosaics. They are very big and amazing.

"The Roman Emperor Lucius Verus"

Statues and mosaics are from the second to fifth centuries AD.


If you go to Turkey, you should definitely visit the museum. I'm sure that you will be amazed the area not only the museum. There are lots of things to do in the area.

I drew this shot. I like the composition.

"Head of Satyr" found in Antioch.

A shot from the garden

İBRAHİM ÇALLI

"Üsküdar"


"Atatürk", 1934 
I'm jealous of him because he painted a portrait of Atatürk. And the painting is pretty awesome!



"Çınaraltı"

"Türbeler"
Ibrahim Calli is one of my favorites. I added a few paintings that I really like. I like the colors, style and deepness in the paintings. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Kırıldı Kırılacak Karanlık Rüyamda Cennet / The Heaven Starts to Shatter in Dreams of Darkness


"Kırıldı Kırılacak Karanlık Rüyamda Cennet  /  
The Heaven Starts to Shatter in Dreams of Darkness "

20"x16" Acrylic Painting
My Growing World Series
Original painting for sale 


Everything starts with dreaming something. I don't have a single dream. I have millions of dreams, everyday, every night, every second. It doesn't matter where or when. I just have them. Sometimes they are becoming true, sometimes they are waiting to become true. Why am I telling my dreams to you? Because this is how I gave the name to this painting. I had a dream in a dream last night. Someone told me to sleep in my dream. I know it sounds really weird. Then she said there are things she wants to tell me! And I slept again in my dream. She hold my head and said "Heaven is inside of you" of course she said it in Turkish which means "Cennet senin içinde" I don't know why but I was really scared to hear what else she was going to tell me and I didn't want to hear and I forced myself to wake up. I was up from the second dream in my dream but I was still in the first dream with Adam who was next to me. I showed the ground to him and I said "We have to feed them" and I was holding some cheese. Then finally I woke from the dream inside dream. I was feeling really weird after I woke up.

This was one of my dreams. I have been thinking of a name for this painting and finally found a name.  Even though I don't like sharing my dreams I wanted to share this because it seems like it gives me a message and I thought It might give you a message as well.  I guess we are not really 100% satisfied with our lives and we complain about lots of things which are not really important. And we make our lives really miserable sometimes. We should stop doing this to ourselves. I thought about it after the dream and now I believe that heaven is inside of me!

And now it feels like that this painting is a garden of heaven with moving blue sky and with green, yellow, and red grasses which surround a big rock!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Big Island, Turkey


Hi guys, as you know I like any kind of art. Photography is one them. I have decided to share pictures on my blog. That's why I would like to start with Big Island, Turkey. This place is one of my favorite place which makes me happy and relaxed. Cars aren't permitted so you can only walk, cycle or  rent a carriage. My friend and I cycled which was really fun. In this island houses are beautiful and everywhere is very green. and the sea is gorgeous.


 I took these pictures in October, 2008.




Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nameless



I found a picture online and wanted to draw it! I don't remember the artist's name. I should have saved it. 
The original one was a colorful illustration.
I like it a lot! Isn't it telling many things?
I drew it in 2010.
I hope you like it!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

My coffee mug

Hi everybody, I just wanted to take a picture of my coffee mug and show it to you all. Adam got it for me. Isn't it cute? Every time when I work on painting, drawing, I have my coffee with this mug. Now I feel like having coffee!

Yalnızlık / Loneliness


"Yalnızlık   / Loneliness   "

12"x9" watercolor painting on watercolor paper
My Growing World Series
Original painting for sale

Red Balloon

"Red Balloon"

12"x9" watercolor painting on watercolor paper
My Growing World Series
Original painting for sale

Yalnızlığa Doğru / Towards Loneliness


"Yalnızlığa Doğru / Towards Loneliness"

9"x12" watercolor painting on watercolor paper
My Growing World Series
Original painting for sale

Thursday, November 3, 2011

FIKRET MUALLA SAYGI (1903-1967)

Fikret Mualla was born in Istanbul in 1903, the son of an aristocratic family. Everything was good until he suffered an accident when he was twelve years old.  An injury to his leg would leave him with a limp for the rest of his life, greatly affecting him.  After a while his mother passed away as well. These events gave him deep sorrow.  

After his mother’s death his father married to a younger woman. Because of all the changes in his life, he became angry and unbalanced. At the age of seventeen, he was sent to Switzerland to study engineering. He felt as though he was kicked out of the house. 

While in Switzerland, he realized that he was interested in art, and after a while he went to Germany to study painting.  He was shy and lonely in Germany. When he didn’t paint, he was drinking alcohol. In 1928, he was hospitalized for the first time for his alcoholism. 

In 1928 he went back to Turkey. He gave art lessons, but couldn’t find attention in Istanbul.  He began to give lectures and wrote books.  At the same time he was drawing stage costumes and drawing illustrations for books, in addition to painting. 

In 1934 he had his first reception in Istanbul, which went mostly unnoticed.

His father passed away in 1938. Fikret Mualla recceived an inheritance and decided to move to Paris, where he would spend the rest of his life. 

During a 1954 reception in Paris, he sold his all paintings and finally began to gain people’s attention. As he became better connected with the artists of Paris, he gained respect and fame.  

But he still suffered from mental illness, and had to be committed to asylums several times.  He painted to forget about his troubles and to be happy. That’s why he was not affected by other painting styles. He used his feelings. He made his own style, and focused on painting cities, Istanbul, Paris, people, streets, cafes and fishermen.

It was rumored that Picasso bought one of his paintings in exchange for one of Mualla's.  Fikret Mualla the reprotedly sold it for a bottle of raki, the national drink of Turkey. 

After his death Turkish government bought his paintings and exhibited in Ankara.

His life story has had a profound effect on me and the way I look at painting.  I feel that the kind of adversity Mualla experienced fueled his creativity, and while his life was tragic, it resulted in a beautiful body of work.

Here are some of his paintings that I really enjoy;






Friday, October 28, 2011

Who?

"Who?"


12"x9" Acrylic Painting on Canson acrylic paper 98lb
My Growing World Series
Original painting for sale

I saw the moon

"I saw the moon"


12"x9" Acrylic Painting on Canson acrylic paper 98lb
My Growing World Series
Original painting for sale


Who else saw the moon?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A day at the National Gallery of Art


 I was at the National Gallery of Art today. I had really fun. I like the environment; paintings, paintings and more paintings!

This is the only painting by Da Vinci in the US!


'Ginevra de' Benci'
Leonardo Da Vinci





Isn't it a great painting? I like the contrast most!

'Woman holding a balance'
Vermeer








Did you know that the woman on the painting killed herself ?


'Lucretia'
Rembrandt










National Gallery of Art is a really nice place!
You can walk around, shop, have a cup of coffee, smell the plants! 


Venice! There are many things to say about it! My Dream City!


'Approach to Venice'
JMW Turner




What a big size painting! Very detailed, awesome colors!




'Napoleon Bonapart'
Jaques-Louis David





I can tell many things about Van Gogh! He is the guy who inspires me a lot! He is the guy who made me start painting! I really, really love his paintings!




 I like the colors and style a lot! It's awesome, very effective!

 
 'Gypsy woman with baby'
Amedeo Modigliani


 
Awesome colors, contrast and style! Look at her face! Isn't she very confident! 


'Odalisque'
Auguste Renoir









I have another painting of Van Gogh




This is a shot from the museum!  I really like the design, lights!

'Multiverse'

Leo Villareal


This is a massive painting which I liked. I thought the design would make a good background for a photo of me.


Painting with the Statue of Liberty, 1983
Roy Lichtenstein








He is the another painter who inspires me!

Open Window Callioure, 1905
Henri Matisse

               


I can't believe they have this painting hidden in a corner of the museum! People are surprised to see a Dali painting.


'The Sacrament of the last supper' 1955

Salvador Dali

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dance in the sky



"Dance in the sky"


12"x9" Acrylic Painting on Canson acrylic paper 98lb
My Growing World Series
Original painting for sale


Who would like to dance in the sky? 



Saturday, October 15, 2011