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Goodbye Dalaman charter flights for the winter

Poppies 12" x 8" Watercolour on NOT paper

12″ x 8″ Watercolour on NOT paper

The end of October brings the last influx of tourists and sees the expat community taking advantage of  of the remaining 4 hour flights to the UK.  There are a few  specials over Xmas and the New Year but generally, until next Spring,  one can only travel here via Istanbul and that always means a long wait in an expensive terminal, interminable in fact.






Iris2 12" x 8", Watercolour on NOT paper

12″ x 8″, Watercolour on NOT paper

Gina is buzzing off on Friday to visit family and hit the shops and, in between completing the lengthy Job List, I hope to make the most of the cooler weather and do some landscape painting.  Meanwhile, I dusted off the watercolours and painted a couple of our most common flowers.

Wet in wet

Poppy1 Watercolour, 10" x 8"

Watercolour, 10″ x 8″

Poppy2 Watercolour 10" x 8"

Watercolour 10″ x 8″






I’ve been laid low with Man Flu this week, in my case a particularly virulent summer cold, the first I’ve had since arriving in Turkey so I shouldn’t complain.  However it’s not easy to paint with streaming eyes so I apologise for the lack of posts this week. I’m more or less back now but, considering the state of my head and all that liquidity about, I thought it more appropriate to get the watercolours out and tackle something simple.

Poppies at kayakoy

Poppies at Kaya 10" x 8" Acrylic on card

Poppies at Kaya
10″ x 8″ Acrylic on card

Millions of poppies bloom here in Turkey every spring but I think they look their best against the greys and greens of antiquity and nature dancing to the waltz of time.  I was up at Kayakoy yesterday and was stunned as usual by the profusion of colours.  Despite the many roadside verges that have been bulldozed away, it makes me so happy that wild flower meadows are still a normal part of the scenery around here.  Let us hope that it lasts!