I am using the Turkish spelling for the Hagia Sophia church/museum/mosque in Istanbul. I am leaving the foliage for a while as I regroup and hopefully come back to it with results nearer what I was looking for. I felt I needed something that was within my comfort zone as it were and decided to do a Tonalist/Orientalist (!) painting based on a simple colour complementary, in this case red orange/green blue. I wanted it soft, dark and moody and tried to keep detail to a relative minimum such as keeping the mosque to a silhouette not too distinct from the background sky. I quite enjoyed painting this so I am planning another Tonalist picture this time based around red, at least that is the plan.
Oil on linen 22" x 16".
There is a short step-by-step progress through this painting including the colours I used in previous posts on this blog.