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Old 01-29-2015, 06:22 PM
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WDE 30Jan-05Feb IMAGES HERE!!!

Hello Everyone! Good morning from the Philippines! I will be posting 16 images and an optional challenge....

Please wait until all are uploaded before commenting - thank you.

You have 30 minutes to make your choice and choose your materials - you may use any medium.

For the next two hours, just go for it……then STOP!, scan or photograph your work and post it in your own new thread with your title, beginning with WDE, plus date, plus title.

When you introduce your work, please add a description of size, medium, support (paper, canvas etc) and time taken.
If your work is digital, we'd appreciate a description of whether it's freehand drawing/painting, manipulated image or done using the filters available in some programs - you could also say which program you've used.
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I guess you all know by now that we will have a quick trip to ISTANBUL, TURKEY. It is a fascinating place and I've been dreaming of seeing it for my self ever since. I finally got to tick it off my bucket list when I made a trip there in November 2014.

HERE WE GO . . .

The hotel I booked was in an area called Sultanhamet - just at the back of the Blue Mosque. It is the old part of Istanbul filled with these beautiful wooden houses most of which have now been converted to small hotels.



Since the Blue Mosque is very near (there's actually a great view from the hotel) it was the first place I explored. It is called the Blue Mosque because all the beautiful tiles inside are blue. According to the guide inside the mosque, the name TURKEY is actually derived from turquoise or blue. Makes sense



Here's a photo of the Blue Mosque at night:



Across the Blue Mosque is the historical Hagia Sophia. It was once the palace of the great Roman Emperor Constantine (hence the name Constantinople) and the palace was then occupied by the Muslims and went through great transformation. I wish I could post all the photos here but for today, I'm using this photo that I took from inside the Hagia Sophia looking out to the Blue Mosque:



One of the things I found really amazing about Istanbul is how the people take care of stray cats and dogs. They are all over the city (especially the cats) and they all look very well fed even if they live on the streets. Here's a couple of friends I got acquainted with

I saw him/her near the archaeological museum.



One of the best treats in Istanbul is food. Here's a lady preparing fresh bread in a restaurant very close to the Topkapi Palace:



An inside the restaurant and cafes, I saw many interesting people:

I like the "drama" in this shot.

More to come . . .
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:44 PM
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Re: WDE 30Jan-05Feb IMAGES HERE!!!

I read somewhere that the world's most visited tourist attraction is the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. For good reason - it seems to have a life of its own. I really enjoyed walking through the maze of stalls and finding such interesting items. I bought quite a few items and actually had a hard time with my luggage weight when it was time to take the plane!

This is one of the major alleys. Most are much narrower and filled with lots of goods.


So colorful!

And the spices!



And amazing multi-colored roses (someone please tell me if having many colors is possible for roses):



Here's a bunch of them:



The other place I visited is the Topkapi Palace - it was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years. It is big and beautiful with many attractions (including a the sultan's harem compound - guarded by eunuchs) The jewelry (all those diamonds) and the fancy clothes worn by the sultans are on display. Here is a photo of a girl in Topkapi who caught my attention because she seemed upset. I thought she'd make a good subject for a painting.



Another high point (pun intended) is the Galata Tower. For the longest time, it was the tallest structure in all of Istanbul. It looked grand - especially at night.




I think we are near the end of our tour. Istanbul is unique because it is found in both Europe and Asia. The body of water that divides the 2 continents is called the Bosphorus and no trip to Istanbul is complete without a Boshporus boat ride. Here are a few photos (I took hundreds!):

Group of boats I saw at one of the stops.

Another lady looking really pensive while inside the boat:



And to say goodbye - here's a sunset shot at the end of the boat ride:




I sure hope you will find at least one reference photo good enough to paint. Apologies to those who love animals (I didn't see many except for the cats and dogs) and those who love a variety of flowers.

For the challenge: it was very wet and cold when I visited Istanbul. My challenge is for you to make the scene sunny and warm If that's too tough, just paint whichever way you want. The most important thing is to have fun.

Looking forward to what you all will come up with. God bless!
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Gorgeous! I can't wait to try the second cat.
hanks for hosting Joel
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what wonderful sites you saw Joel...fabulous photos..thank you...tyree
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Wonderful images, it's going to be hard to settle on one.
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Awesome references!!! Will be hard to just chose one!
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Re: WDE 30Jan-05Feb IMAGES HERE!!!

Thanks Val, Tyree, Helen and Joanne! You can choose more than one =) he he he. And you have the whole week to do it.
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Re: WDE 30Jan-05Feb IMAGES HERE!!!

Just love those vivid colours in the hanging balls.
This looks like some challenging work ahead on "Turkish Delights!"
Interesting and lovely photographs. Thank You.
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Joel, these really are special! What a trip!
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omg Joel... how to choose?!!

i always enjoy your photos when you host
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Re: WDE 30Jan-05Feb IMAGES HERE!!!

Delicious images:-)))) I can't wait to see the wonderful interpretations here....shall certainly be difficult to choose....

Thanks for sharing these Turkish treasures....

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Stunningly beautiful photos Joel. Thanks for sharing.
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fab set of photos, I'm already reaching for my paints, thanks for these beauties...
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Re: WDE 30Jan-05Feb IMAGES HERE!!!

These have brought back many happy memories of our trip there Joel - and going up the Bosphorous! Your images are beautiful - thank you!
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