Sunday, January 27, 2013

The train to Küçükçekmece

On the train to Küçükçekmece, an older, impeccably dressed gentleman sat across from us, staring out the window with a faint smile on his face, lost in thought. At some point, he came out of his dream and realised I was up to something. His smile faded. I was concerned that perhaps I had offended him, but decided to nervously show him his portrait when we got up to leave the train. The smile returned, wider than before, showing off a row of pearly teeth and a twinkle in his blue eyes. He nodded his head and searched the train for any notice our interaction. I thanked him, wished him a good day, and hopped off onto the platform. As the train rolled on, I waved a quick goodbye, and turned away.


  1. Nice from you to tell us the story of this portrait. Nice sketch!

  2. Enjoying your artwork. I may be visiting Istanbul and my daughter who is living in Izmet this summer in July. Do you think it might be possible to get together and sketch? I don't speak the language at all but would enjoy sketching with another while there. my email is if you want to contact me.