Saturday, January 12, 2013

Turkish lamps

Lamps, watercolor on Arches cp paper, 21 x 27 cm
Lamps2, watercolor on Langton cp paper, 23 x 26 cm
Last spring in Turkey I took tons of photographs of the lamp stores in the market. These rounded shapes of stained glass and the colorful light produced from them, seemed enchanting to me. I've been keeping several of these photos on my desk, not knowing how to approach them in painting. It was time to try.

Photo of the display at a lamp store in Turkey

18 comments:

Judy said...

Wow Blaga, what a difficult subject, but I can see what attracted you. Your two paintings are absolutely fabulous! The contrast of the light of the lamps and the beautiful darks is fantastic!

Tito said...

Hi Blaga, I completely agree with Judy, the subject is extremely difficult but very attractive. Both your paintings look very nice, with colors and light of the lamps absolutely beautiful. Ciao!

Floriana Quaini said...

Ciao Blaga,
che fascino tutte quelle lampade!
Seguo sempre i tuoi lavori e apprezzo la tua versatilità nel cimentarti in tutto. Anche questa volta, nonostante la difficoltà del soggetto, hai realizzato due bei lavori che trasmettono calore e originalità!
Ciao, buon anno, abbracci, Floriana

Jane said...

These lamps are awesome , just one of them would really set the mood in a room . Well, I suppose you wouldn't put more than one in each room anyway, but you know what I mean :-)) You really painted them well, two great watercolors. xx

cathyswatercolors said...

aH The light... great job,great photo

JANE MINTER said...

fantastic ...wonderful subject and inspiration ...happy 2013

Ayanangshu Sarkar said...

so beautiful and i must say the choice of color for the background made them more lively.

renate said...

You have the atmosphere of the shop beautifully displayed in both paintings Blaga:) Beautifully soft light. Nicely done!

Mercedes Ares said...

Hola Blaga. Un tema dificil y muy bien tratado, buenísimo el efecto de la iluminación. Saludos!!

Blaga said...

Thank you, Judy! I only painted a small section of the whole subject that impressed me, and it is greatly simplified. Maybe I'll return to it again some time.

Thank you, Tito! I'm glad you like this attempt of mine.

Thank you, Floriana! I spent quite some time exploring light and dark, maybe I'll move to something else now.

Yes, Jane, I loved these lams. Too bad they are not an easy object to put in a suitcase.

Thank you, Cathy!

Thank you, Jane!

Thank you, Ayanangshu! I can see how the darker color on the first one makes for a lighter lights in the lamps.

Thank you, Renate!

Thank you, Mercedes!


Rita Vaselli said...

Dark and light,shapes that dance in the space...Challenging topic,Brilliant results!
Your lamps,dear Blaga, bright in both watercolors with so charming atmosphere! Have nice week,Rita.

Lydie said...

Etonnantes toutes ces boules de lumière qui sont en suspension !
J'aime beaucoup comme tu as simplifié le sujet et rendu la lumière tamisée des lampes.
Bonne semaine à toi.

INA JACOBSEN said...

Preciosos, especialmente la primera.

. said...

I can only agree with all the rest. You have managed to paint a very beautyful warm light! It seems difficult.

Arena Shawn said...

I really like these two paintings -- they captured the warm, magic glow of these lanterns very well, and creating the illusion of light is hard! I am attempted to give it a try myself -- perhaps painting a scene of Chinese lanterns?... ;-)

Irina Rekhviashvili said...

Beautiful! Sounds like the light inside the store was so mesmerizing due to these lamps!
Difficult task done so well.

Janina B. said...

Die Idee ist wirklich ganz bezaubernd. Klasse gemalt.
Grüsse Dich
janina

Sharon Whitley said...

wonderful contrast between light and dark and wonderful subject for a painting, love them both!