Wednesday, January 27, 2010

10 Minutes

This is one I did in 2005, based on a trip to the beautiful city of Prague ... come to think of it, a lot of my paintings have Prague in them some way or another, it's like a fairytale city that lingers in the mind long after you've been there .... but however. At one exhibition here in Ireland, a man started talking to me in a foreign language, turned out he was Czech and living locally and was kind of hoping he could have a chat in his own language .... been there, couldn't help him, unfortunately!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Schoolyard near Devrek, Zonguldak, Turkey

Devrek is a small town not far from the Black Sea coast area, in an area full of forested hills around which wind fast mountain streams. Many of the people there are farmers, the land is very good, and as a result the local food is also very good.

They don't get many visitors from foreign parts to Devrek, so we kind of stuck out, but the locals were incredibly friendly and hospitable, so much so that I would love to go back there sometime. We stayed with a friend who taught English at a local school, and she arranged for us to visit the school for a day, and that was such a nice experience. Most of the children were extraordinarily friendly and polite, and the parents made sure we had a marvellous lunch, because they sent in dishes you might get in a 5-star restaurant for us to sample, including the most incredible locally made baklava.

All the boys wanted to know which football team we supported. Football is big in Turkey. All the girls wanted to know if we had children. Children are also big in Turkey, as in considered important. And they all were curious about where else we had been to.