Sunday, May 29, 2011

How I Met a Mentor

I had been researching local artists in Washington, DC when I saw her name: Nihal Kececi.  It was a Turkish name, which was what caught my attention.  I found her on Facebook and sent her a message.  She replied quickly, which was a pleasant surprise.  Then she invited me to a reception she was having in Alexandria, and I decided to meet her.
It was very fun to work with her.

I enjoyed the work so much, I didn't even realize how quickly the time went.

Her style is great – her colors are brilliant and her images take me to places in my dreams.  Especially her figure paintings, which amaze me.  After meeting her, we kept talking online and I had a chance to help her in a studio she was renting.  Now she is going to teach me how to stretch canvases and make frames… and hopefully painting as well :):)
I’ve never met an artist like her.  She’s always happy and very friendly.  She has a big smile.  :):)

Here are some my favorite of hers

silence scream


 If you are wondering about her art, you can find her on Google, Nihal Kececi.
Or find her on facebook, she'll answer you.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Something different

The Growing World

Acrylic on canvas panel 16″×20″

I drew this 2 years ago and finally i painted it, and I liked it a lot. I wonder what you think about it, because I have lots of sketches like this which I have been thinking of painting.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Welcome to my studio

Hello there,

Thanks for taking a look at my blog, I appreciate it.

Let me tell you about myself  a little. I’m originally from Adana, Turkey and studied PR and Design at university. I’ve loved painting and art all my life and wanted to paint. Primarily I have learned through self-study, but I had the opportunity to take lessons for a few months in Turkey. I work mostly in oils, acrylics and mixed media, but I have also been experimenting with charcoal and pencils.

My culture has been a driving force in my work. I love my country, which inspires me.

I live in DC and I feel I can learn much from the art scene here in town. As often as i can, I visit art galleries and museums.

 Gunes Yilmaz