The drawing originated from the last family holiday we had in Oludeniz, in Turkey.
I took my notepad and pencils with me to do some scribbling when i got bored of taking camera shots with my Samsung web camera.
Just by the complex we were staying in were the remains of some roman buildings. The temple part remained intact in the centre of the city, but i was given the opportunity to take a drawing of the ruins nearby…a path between the complex and the beach ran right past the ruin.
so, i found the perfect place to sit…someplace i could see the plants, the sea and the stonework, and started drawing.
and whilst drawing, I drew quite a crowd…even if it was the lizards who lived around the Roman Ruins.
Upon landing back home at Manchester Airport….I picked up my watercolor pad and drew a copy of the scribbled drawing from my notepad
I used vermillion and burnt umber for the far away stones, and yellow ochre for the bricks nearest to me. To create the bushes on the path, i used sep green, and the centre of the painting was filled in with shades of cerelean blue.
You see, I was sat on the veranda of my Turkish holiday apartment in Oledeniz, when this chap popped from behind a tree to say “Hello!”
And then he started following us around the hotel complex and the nearby beach – passing from tree to tree with his feet, and saying “Hello” to us and other guests willing to give him some time.
I don’t know what attracted him, but I could guess it was a small amount of fruit left on a nearby bird table – anyhow, upon seeing me – he kept on popping up around the gardens on the resort, if not for the fruit – the supply of fresh water spraying around the flowers!
I’m sat on a seat waiting for my tea with Mum and Dad. The sun is shining brightly on this part of the Turkish Coastline, local fishermen are sat by the harbour – seeing to their nets. The water is so clear, you can see the fish swimming around the boats.
The café is by a fountain, and there are shaped box – trees in the shape of Dolphins, Pelicans and Flamingoes around it. As we sit down to eat we’re greeted by two real live pelicans – kept by their owners – the cafe’s owners named their establishment around them. We’re reassured – They’ve been Fed.
A Cup of Apple Tea, is the perfect start to the lunchtime treat about to come. Local Fish , Chips and Salad. The chips were really crispy and were dusted in a special mix of rosemary and thyme… But in essence its the Fish that’s the star of the show in these parts – Landed by the fishermen and served in herby citric breadcrumbs with a slice of lemon. The Mushy peas and Tartar sauce side players on the dish – but nice all the same.The Salad is just as nice – Fresh Tomato Cucumber and Lettuce, served with a Tzatziki sauce, and the obligatory Turkish olives. Drinking a Beer would have ruined the taste of this lovely dinner – so I have a lemonade instead. As the sun shines down on the waterside, it makes rainbow bubbles in the glass which land on the tablecloths. Local seabirds look on enviously from the pathway – waiting in hope for a piece of fish to drop from the table. Alas for them…the tables are guarded. The café owners Cat is watching them from nearby.
Some cold ice tea, and a fruit salad finish the meal off nicely. After paying and thanking our hosts we then walk alongside the harbour, where there are a number of boats from the local fishing fleet alongside visiting yachts.
I’ve been looking over my notebook this morning and a common theme seems to have taken place.
My love for pen drawing (not taking photographs of) places I’ve been to…
Whilst I was on holiday in Turkey, the lagoon beach on Oledeniz gave me lots of opportunities to capture the surroundings around me. And whilst i’m not an avid sunbather – I had plenty of time to develop a tan while I was doing it.
The drawings are of the Roman Ruins near to the Lagoon area of Oledeniz. They have been well preserved and are now offset against the beach clubs and sandy beaches of the hotels in the area. Old Roman Bricks now settle with Turkish Flowers and Sun Loungers, and it was wonderful to see.
In some places the local wildlife used the piles of marble as a cool hiding place from the sun. Aside from the sun, the area reminded me of Castlefield’s Roman Wall…but without any of the facelift!
When it’s 40 Degrees in the shade, and you are in a Turkish Hotel ? What do you do? Go Lizard Spotting, of Course.
I first met this fellow hanging around on a wall outside my hotel bedroom in Oledeniz. He was there in the Long grass above the Ground Floor apartment, and popped his head up to say “Hello!”… It could have been the water sprinklers that he was interested in – or perhaps the supply of fresh fruit dropped outside. But every day i’d see him running around the big trees of the hotel estate…you couldn’t miss him really, he was huge!
I soon found out I was in the centre of a bit of a menagerie, with not only Lizards but small mice, cats, birds and bees on the plot (Turkish Honey – Yummy with Fresh Fruit!)