Collage with Boats!

Collage with Boats!

 Well, it’s back to the collages – this time, with boats!

This is a result of doing some drawings of boats and having an extra sketch that was being unproductive all on its lonesome and so needed to be cut up. It was just screaming “Cut me up! Cut me up” – and so I did.

Then the various and sundry parts practically begged me to put them together with some other various and sundry parts – many parts left over from books: Pages need to be cut to size, and I have such a hard time throwing out the leftovers!

So, here is the whole thing:

Column collage 1

The “whole thing” is 70×15 cm, because that is the what is leftover from the drawing Pool.
Parts include,

On the top: part of a boat from the boatyard, hidden under a piece of acetate left over from a book, also under there are some snippets of snapshots of weeds growing out of pavement cracks and a photocopy of part of a drawing from around1996 (!) – and the acetate is tied onto the background using waxed linen thread leftover from bookbinding…

Column Collage 1 detay1

On the bottom: part of a photo-sketch of some kids sitting on the pier in Gümüşlük, some snippets leftover from cutting pages for The Little Book of Dirt, and a watercolor done on acetate for The Book of Esma, which for some reason has yet to materialize.

Column collage 1 detay2

There is another “column collage” in  the works, maybe for tomorrow…

see ya later (wink)


Of Boats and Boatyards

Of Boats and Boatyards

Well, my latest oil painting was apparently a success – or at least it was well-received by the person it was done for, and it got me into a ‘production phase’ – which, appropriately, is much more productive than the ‘consumption phase’ I was in previously. I suppose I could think of that as having been an ‘incubation phase’ – except that it involved an awful lot of television. At any rate, I was loosely commissioned (“Sure, go ahead”) to do a few more pieces. Yes, they are oils. But even though the end product is an oil (pastel on paper –I just don’t do oil on canvas), the process is still one of collage. I began by taking photos of the boatyard… wordpress agan 2 wordpress agan1 Then, I downloaded them onto my computer, and started doing a bunch of cutting and pasting. I described the process to a friend by comparing it to Georges Seurat, who, like so  many others, Impressionists, as well as before and after, used to go out and sketch – ‘in plain air’ – and then take the sketches back to the studio and use them in their paintings – not just copying, but rearranging, as appropriate. (Believe me, I do a lot of rearranging…) So, from photo to computer to print-out to pastel drawing, the results of a complicated concatenation of technological cut-and-paste is this: aganlar1 (1) aganlar1 (2) aganlar1 (3) So, Wednesday we’ll go down to the boatyard and see what the response is in person. Hmmm.

Blue Cruise to Kissebuku


An extremely uncooperative internet connection has kept me from posting any photos anywhere for the past few days, which is why I am sitting at Kahve Dünyası now.

That, and their lattes.

I am ambivalent about Kahve Dünyası – and not just on the level of “poor service vs great coffee”, but on a more existential level of “corporate chain vs mom+pop”, “shameful elitism vs shameful populism”.

But I sit here at Coffee World in the Doğuş-Holding-owned marina AVM (because it is an AVM ‘shopping center’) basically because no one in Turgutreis has figured out that good coffee+free WiFi+a breeze=customers; either that,  or they just couldn’t care less.



So what does the tourist want? In any discussion of sustainable tourism, that question has to figure into the picture.
But it’s not the only question. Which means that even if “If You Build It, They Will Come” is true, it does not necessarily make building it a Good Idea.

In fact, at this point, in Bodrum, “building it” is no longer a good idea at all – if “it” is a hotel, dwelling or  commercial establishment. The fact is, we’ve got enough of them already.  Trust me – ask anyone, and they’ll all tell you the same – the exception being anyone in the construction industry, or any politician dependent upon the construction industry.

But don’t get me wrong. Just because I am against the idea of paving paradise to put up a parking lot does not mean I am against construction in Bodrum (or Turkey or anywhere) per se.

In fact, construction in Bodrum is necessary.
In fact, construction in Bodrum is very necessary.

For example,

Build me a sewage treatment plant in Turgutreis so that I can swim in the water somewhere reasonably close to where I live.

Build me a couple of schools, so that my neighbor’s kids can get a full-day education that might give them a chance of growing up to be something a little more emotionally and economically rewarding than a bus boy or a cleaning lady in a “7-star hotel”.

But please,


and certainly,




If you’re thinking of coming to Bodrum, think of a sailing trip in the Gulf of Gökova.
Think of staying someplace other than an all-inclusive hotel that doesn’t put anything back into my community.
Think of how what you’re doing affects all of us here, including the farmers that are trying to feed us, and the sea turtles that are still out there, somewhere,

and think of yourself, and how you will want it to be here when you come back again.