So, in this Mosque, it isn't the tiles that I have remembered, it's the Ostrich egg! A few of Istanbul's Mosques include ostrich eggs amidst their light fixtures as they are believed to deter spiders & consequently...cobwebs! It must have worked, because I didn't see any evidence of spidery activity whilst I was there!
Whilst doing this, I'm still thinking about the ostrich egg & the courtyard motifs.
How can I bring all of these components together to create something unique & new?
As you can see from the multiple line changes above...I just couldn't make up my mind! It was time to just start & hopefully something would click & it would all fall neatly into place once I got going!
I had wanted to showcase the egg & my plan had been to decorate it with my variation of a tile flower design & some of the decorative patterning.
Whilst this isn't a COMPLETE disaster, it doesn't really say 'Turkish Mosque'. Instead it looks like an easter egg decorated with a Scottish thistle in the style of a logo for a country club!
Not quite what I had hoped for.
I did like the effectiveness of the plain blue & the brilliant gold though, so that was one positive!
However, the Easter Egg just kept staring at me & I knew that I couldn't leave my weekly project there. Even if it did mean that I was about to break one of my self imposed rules. At the end of the day, I want these projects to represent my memories & experiences, & what I had achieved the day before wasn't doing that for me.
I started asking myself the question...what if I turned it around? Out came the paints & pen & I quickly whipped up a new interpretation from the preliminary drawings the day before. This looked more promising. I had just enough of that background fabric, so I set to work again.
And ...yes...the first thing my daughter asked was whether it was a football!
But I know it's an egg & I'm relieved that the flower is no longer Scottish looking!! Whilst it is still not a perfect outcome, it is much improved on the initial attempt. These projects aren't about perfection, they are about exploring possibilities & stretching my concept & design skills!
In hindsight, I might have been better to have stopped on Monday, when I was finding it so hard to focus. I respect my 'disciplinary' self, & I recognise that the reason I was being so strict, is that if I didn't give myself time boundaries I'd be chipping away at it all week, when I have other commitments that need that time.
Having said that...perhaps I could allow myself to be a wee bit more flexible! ;-)