Saturday, September 11, 2010


It's Şeker Bayram— a three and a half day festival of eating sweets and spending time with loved ones in celebration of the end of Ramazan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims. Istanbul is buzzing with happy faces— children laughing and playing in shiny new shoes, lovers meandering with hands entwined in a lovestruck daze, fishermen grinning with satisfaction at their glistening catch. Hot pink candy floss, corn on the cob, juicy red watermelon. The energy in the city is electric, and though the crowds can be a bit much at times, you can't help but feel like a kid at the fair again.


babs said...

hope this doesn't come across as fawning but your photographs, sketches and paintings really "speak" to me, by that I mean they are images one could live with pleasurably - thanks for sharing.

Now, we saw the paintings of the bee, were you able to capture that glorious colour of the beetle shell? And your most recent picture of the blue mosque - going to give it a try in watercolour?


szaza said...

Thank you so much, Barbara!
I'm happy my work speaks to you— what a lovely comment to wake up to this morning!

You know, I have yet to attempt the beetle shell, it's going to be a really tough one. I don't think I can mix that green with the paint I have— maybe I can get close with oils, but my watercolours... it'll be a challenge, for sure!

I hadn't thought of doing the blue mosque photo... hmm...

Reese said...

The spirit is contagious! I wanted to be at the fair too.

The Muslim celebration is known as Hari Raya in Malaysia. People dress up in their traditional costumes as they celebrate this holiday. Lots of eating of course...

I look forward to see the blue mosque on your moleskin or canvas too!

szaza said...

Thank you Reese— architecture is not my forté, shall we say. I might give it a try though!