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One night, we met two lovely French speaking Algerians, with whom we enjoyed rowdy banter around an outdoor table at a simple kebob restaurant. We were presently joined by two turkish musicians, and the mixture of English, Turkish, and French flying across the table was something to behold. Even the restaurant staff joined in our fun, posing for photos, chattering away with us. The old violinist began to play traditional Turkish folk songs, while we kept time with our hands on the table. The laughter was boisterous, the food delightful, and the fresh evening air, sublime. I would have given anything to continue that night forever. It was one of those spontaneous evenings that can only occur when you travel. Ideal for my last evening in Istanbul.

Of all my travels this year, and possibly ever, my voyage to Istanbul has had the most unexpectedly profound effect on my life. She is my new muse, inspiring me in art, music, spirituality, and thought. Her taste, her smell, her essence still lingers all around me, and I’m intoxicated. I sense that my love affair with Turkey is only just beginning.

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Comments

  • ozjami
    ozjamiover 3 years ago

    Wonderful Jamie !!!

  • Thanks mate :-)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Regina Brandt
    Regina Brandtover 3 years ago

    This is a stunning portrait! Instant favorite!

  • Thanks Regina! :-)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 3 years ago

    An instant favorite for me as well. Would love to see you paint more.

  • Thanks Jim… yes, it seems my paintings get a lot more attention than my photos! :-)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Randy Sprout
    Randy Sproutover 3 years ago

    Jamie, I just love your energy in this jacket and the wonderful way you have painted his glasses and the instrument in perspective. Good job!

  • What a wonderful compliment. Thank you Randy!

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago


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  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 3 years ago

    Really fabulous work!

  • Thank you very much Lynda!

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Dennis Knecht
    Dennis Knechtover 3 years ago

    Magnificent!!!

  • Thank you Dennis!

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Tube
    Tubeover 3 years ago

    I realy like this…Gr8 depth colour and shading, remember that blue light too.

  • Thank you Tube!

    – Jamie Alexander

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainover 3 years ago

    Nice painting! I’ve read a bit of your blog. Have you read “Almost French”? Great read :-)

  • Hi Hillie. Yes, I have read Almost French, and it’s a fantastic read! Many of the same things have happened to me in my experiences abroad! Cheers!

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760over 3 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at Art At Its Best!

  • Thank you, thank you very much!

    – Jamie Alexander

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