On the art of journaling, note taking, and recording the world around you. These are my favorite notebooks for daily musings and painting.
The Bosphorus splits Istanbul in two parts. A rift in the madness of Europe and Asia, drifting between bodies of fresh and salt water cooling the heated passion of a most ancient urban jungle. The hot, hot, heat of human movement generates organized chaos as this great strait, this rift, cushions the blow, keeping this … Continue reading Sketching Sights: Istanbul, City on the Edge (Art. Travel. Writing. Islam. Architecture)
Before the world can truly reveal itself you must take a period of meditation. A time of reflection. To pre-game, to set a cosmic course of action by stating your intentions and making them manifest. This is the driving force behind Sketching Sights. To become one with the elements of each and every environment that strikes me. […]
Before the world can truly reveal itself you must take a period of meditation. A time of reflection. To pre-game, to set a cosmic course of action by stating your intentions and making them manifest. This is the driving force behind Sketching Sights. To become one with the elements of each and every environment that strikes me. … Continue reading Sketching Sights: Burma on My Mind
Like a great minaret, the Galata Tower represents so much more than meets the eye. Built in 1348 as the re-imagining of an earlier structure the tower has gone from hosting inmates, as a prison, to holding great secrets as an observatory for the astrologer Takıyeddin Efendi. What's more, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi the 17th century aviator... if you … Continue reading Sketching Sights: Galata Tower (Istanbul, Turkey)
Whitewashed seaside facade under a beating Moroccan sun.
I'm led through the imperial city of Fes by a pair of shrouded figures. We dance through the shadows of mud brick passageways and into the medina in time for the Asr call to prayer.
Istanbul, Turkey Stay tuned for next weeks post on my visit to the Hagia Sophia. A little history, modern romanticism, photos... all that good stuff. Yallah, bye!
Aqabah, Jordan I sketched this scene from a high rooftop, my subject being the Al-Sharif Al Hussein Bin Ali Mosque. Open air markets wind through the foreground where camel's head and parrots are common fare. Beyond the mosque, the Red Sea opens in a glory of coral and shipwrecks continuing on to Egypt.
Here's a quick sketch of the Parthenon from the rooftop of my hostel. Though the site had been occupied for millenniums it wasn't until 447 BC that the Acropolis really hit the map. At the height of Athens' "Golden Age" Pericles began a project in the name of Athina. His building program went underway and 2,500 years later … Continue reading Sketching Sights: The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)