Archive for January, 2016

The Old Ale House - CherkovoHere is an old interview I did for Novinite in Bulgaria

http://www.novinite.com/articles/108512/English+Watercolor+Artist+Martin+Stephenson%3A+Bulgaria+Is+Like+Venice+without+the+Canals

Call to prayer in Istanbul

‘Call to prayer at the Blue Mosque, Istanbul’

On our recent travels to Asia we used to fly from Istanbul, as it’s a mere 6 hours by bus from Burgas in Bulgaria.

Even as a child I was always intrigued by stories of the Roman Empire, and Constantinople (now Istanbul) and a place, a gateway for exotic travel where East truly meets West, and you can sense it everywhere.

The first time we went I was amazed by the grandeur, the smells, the colours and even the sounds. As we approached our Hotel in a taxi I could hear the mosques calling people to pray, and insisted on opening the taxi window to soak in the atmosphere.

This was my inspiration for this painting.

Martin

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