Sunday, December 14, 2014

Walking and sketching in bazaar in my inspirational season..

Isfahan / Serai Mokhles

Autumn is my favorite season. In some respects I like this season even more than spring. Diversity in colors, specially warm colors is wonderful and we may experience changing in colors spontaneously. Feeling warmth of sunlight on our skin is delightful and watching the companion between light and shadow is really charming.

Because of changing in weather we can see many layers and the sense of depth in around scenes and it is good time for drawing and sketching perspectives.

Isfahan / Timcheh Malek

These days I tried to prepare an easel for outdoor sketches. I made an easel from a camera tripod. The result is a simple useful easel, and I am really excited of having that. It makes easier my watercolor sketching experiences.

Here are some plein air watercolor works that I have done in two days in Isfahan bazaar.

Isfahan / Serai Mokhles - another view

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Energy of losing

Let your soul take a flight  (A beautiful village near Isfahan)

  The beautiful autumn is coming in.
Leaves are turning yellow and red and the trees are losing their leaves.

Here are some new paintings from kavir (desert). The subjects are near Isfahan. Only the last one is from our trip in summer.

The fall season, the spring of life
Spinning with love

The slow, quiet autumn in my kavir

In the middle of the road

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Some new aspects of Naqshe Jahan square

A view from the Jame- Abbasi mosque / Naqshe Jahan square / Southern side

I had a post about Naqshe Jahan square about 2 years ago. There, I had introduced that square. And also in some of my other posts, my subjects had been from that square and it's bazaar and the historic buildings around there.
Here I have collected some old and new sketches of this square that I have done by pencil, graphite and charcoal, and tried to show different sides of this square from new points of view. I wish you enjoy this showcase of one of the town's beauties through my eyes.

Naqshe Jahan square/ Panoramic view / Ali Qapu palace is located on the western side

Jame- Abbasi mosque / Another view

Gheisarieh: Grand entrance to the bazaar of Naqsh-e Jahan square / Northern side

Western side / Saadi alley
Western side / Saadi alley / Closer view

Ali Qapu palace / Western side
Ali Qapu entrance is seen in the background

Sheikh Lotfollah mosque / Eastern side

   And some sketches of the carriages in the square.


There are many traditional handicraft shops around the square. 


Friday, November 14, 2014

North of Iran (3) / On the road

Some watercolor paintings from the north trip / On the Road

Who else is there above and beyond you/ Size: 44-63.5 cm

The smell of sunburnt earth/ Size: 40-65 cm

Let's stay in the garden/ Size: 41-41cm

Monday, October 27, 2014

North of Iran (2)

Some watercolor paintings and sketches from north of Iran (Part 2)
Part 1

North of Iran - An sketch / Summer 2014

Watercolor painting / Size: 37-50 cm

North of Iran / An sketch


On the road / Size: 33-65 cm

Friday, October 24, 2014

North of Iran (1)

Some watercolor paintings and sketches from north of Iran.

Watercolor painting / North of Iran / Size: 40-40 cm

North of Iran / An sketch

Watercolor painting / North of Iran / Size: 40-40 cm

North of Iran / An sketch

Monday, October 20, 2014

Two paintings / After the trip

I painted these 2 watercolor paintings after returning from Paraty.

After Paraty (Pereque river) /  Size 30-60 cm   

An exquisite light / Size: 50-69 cm

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The joy of sharing (2) / Paraty, 2014 - Workshop A

It was about 40 days ago, the 5th international urban sketching symposium in Paraty- Brazil. I presented an approach in urban sketching in my workshop. Here, I describe more about the workshop and also a short report of what happened during the workshop in Paraty.

Workshop A: The joy of the movement (of learning) from simplicity to complexity (in sketch)


Beginning with free lines and colors. Mixing pigments on paper not on our palletes. the idea is not to have any pre-conceptions as to what the work will look like when completed nor to achieve a particular image that we have in our mind.

 My work during the workshop

We were trying not to control the colors.
Then, using new ideas based on our inspiration of the moment to see where this takes us. 
 In this section, I requested the participants using only primary colors at first, for simplifying the process. There is also a post in the USK website that I used merely primary colors. And also after mixing the primary colors, I asked them to switch their works with their friends, so each one could work on a piece which was new and fresh to her or his mind.

I started this piece and then Kumi finished the work by adding a new layer on it.

It could also make the sense of cooperation in action. And also I think through this cooperation and sharing the ideas, we would have a feeling of freedom of compulsion about an special work and therefore it would make a different kind of fresh energy for observation and working.

Here are some studies that I have done during my teachings in my country:

Also I am doing a similar practice with pencil's lines and charcoal before doing the main work (paint or sketch) :


In the workshop groups, I had some professional artists, teachers and instructors and some talented sketchers that I was excited to see their ways of working on the paper and their results. It seems hard to teach them. But not very much, when you know that the teaching is also a part of learning process.
It was exciting for me, when I was seeing that others are also enjoying of playing with pigments.

Step 2

Finding a view which suit our shapes and forms.
Working on adapting the free forms to match with the chosen perspective. (with minimal changes to the free forms)
This step may repeated two times or more, and also the participants may switch their works with others and make ideas on other's works.
 From the first to the last workshop, I made some changes in my method of presentation. In the last workshop I started with the simple demo (I had done this step at the end of other workshops).

 My work during the first workshop

My work during the second workshop (I started with playing with pigments as you see on the right)

  My work during the last workshop

Step 3:

I actually didn't have enough time for this step, but it can be experienced more in future in our daily sketches. 

 After the first 2 steps we go back to our common way of sketching:
-         We use a subject matter as the source
-         Designing the composition, applying perspective geometry and drawing the forms
-         Adding colors to the forms and shapes

( of course, these may have some changes in different styles)

And we survey the influence of our exercises on the previous steps

In our approach:
-         Beginning with colors exercise and playing with freeform lines and pigments
-         Finding a suitable view and adapting the free forms with minimal changes to match with the view.
And our approach might be coincided with the common way of sketching or in the background of that.

Some words about the learning goals:

It's about 10 years that I am busy in art and architectural education and perspective geometry is one of my favorite courses. When I am doing an sketch or paint, I am getting many helps from geometry in the background. But in this workshop I tried to display that, how simple and joyfull it can be to make a good result with carefully observing and following not only around but also wonderful happenings on our papers (as I tried to show in my short time demos) .

I stayed in Sao Paulo half of a day before going to Paraty and a whole day after symposium. These are some giftes from there:

São Paulo Museum of Art

São Paulo / Paulista avenue

 São Paulo Museum of Art

The Tietê Bus Terminal / Sao Paulo