I'm on a special holiday in Turkey, celebrating my father's 80th birthday, in the beautiful city of Istanbul. Walking down the wide avenues and into history, one of the first things I noticed of course (once I'd recovered from the overwhelming gloriousness of it all) was the ornamentation - patterns galore everywhere I looked; and colour, decorative ornamentation, flowers ... patterns patterns patterns.
I've only managed to post a few of my photographic captures here, hoping that they'll inspire you as well ... my creative soul is dancing with delight in this country. I shall have to visit again one day, for longer than one too-short week.
I've barely had time to breathe never mind draw anything, but have tons of ideas to work on once when I get back on Monday. I'll be posting pics of the city itself as well soon, and more ... meanwhile, you'll have to forgive me if things are a bit erratic in here for ... well, for a while yet.
Wishing you a glorious week. Cheers from Istanbul.