Thursday, February 21, 2013

A trip to Egypt: Luxor


Fifteen from Luxor

 I took the sleeper train from Cairo and arrived in Luxor twelve hours later, staying at the Susanna Hotel.

I painted several pictures from its roof terrace. The weather was uncharacteristically cool, the sky overcast. 

The Winter Palace from Hotel Susanna, oil on card, 12 x 9 cm  SOLD

Th Protestant Church from Hotel Susanna, oil on card, 11.5 x 9 cm

The two above are among the best pictures I have ever painted. They have the right sort of balance between spontaneity and fluency, and show curiosity.

Luxor- the Coptic Cathedral, oil on card, 10.5 x 12 cm  SOLD

 Luxor- the Nile from Susanna Hotel, oil on card, 13 x 10 cm  SOLD

I enjoyed sitting at in the beautiful gardens of the Winter Palace, a wonderful colonial pile, and seeing the boats on the Nile.

Luxor- the gardens at The Winter Palace, oil on card, 8 x 10.5 cm

 Luxor- the Nile, oil on card, 13.5 x 10 cm  SOLD

 Luxor- a boat on the Nile, oil on card, 9 x 12.5 cm

Luxor- feluccas, oil on card, 12 x 15 cm

I crossed the river and worked on the East bank.

 Luxor- a mosque, oil on card, 12 x 15 cm  SOLD

 Luxor, a smallholding on the East bank, oil on card, 12 x 15.5 cm  SOLD

Luxor- a view from the east bank, oil on card, 14 x 8.5 cm  SOLD

Luxor- a village on the east bank, oil on card, 14 x 10 cm

Luxor, the east bank, houses, oil on card, 11.5 x 16 cm  SOLD

 Karnak- an obelisk, oil on card, 10 x 8 cm  SOLD

I went to the famous sites but I didn't do much work there, mainly because because you feel like a precessed cheese in them, and I`m more interested in our contemporary mess, in  less mediated  places.

The light in Luxor is enchanting, teasing sometimes with pearly effects, then with strong fiery colours. What makes painting less enjoyable there is the constant harrying from salespeople, taxi dreivers and children (who sometimes throw stones) forcing one to work from cafes or restaurants.


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