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Dear Izmir

View from Asansor, Izmir
View from Asansor, Izmir

Canım İzmir (Dear Izmir):

İzmir, my sweet and dear city!
If I die far away from you one day,
May they bring me to you,
But while taking me to my grave,
May they not say of me, "He died,"
May they say, "He is sleeping."   (lyrics by Dario Moreno)

I was treated to a beautiful sunset over the Aegean Sea during my recent visit to Izmir.  From the top of the cliff, watching the colors of the sky change literally to the last seconds of a day, I was thinking about Dario Moreno and how he must have missed the gorgeous sunset like this when he was away from home.  My Turkish friend had introduced me to this famous native son of Izmir.  Born and raised here, Moreno became well-known as a singer/song-writer and attained success later in France and other countries.

  Izmir, Turkey II

Izmir, Turkey II

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 inches (29 x 21 cm)
Frame/Mat: No

Purchase: Sold

Izmir, Turkey III (A View from Asansör)

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
Frame/Mat: No

Purchase: Sold

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4 Responses to Dear Izmir

Meera Rao
via ktanabefineart.com45 months ago

The Izmir Turkey 2 is absolutely gorgeous with the jewel like colors against the grey streets :)

Keiko Tanabe
via ktanabefineart.com45 months ago

Hi Meera, thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my painting of a colorful market in Izmir. This light-filled street was just one of many things I saw and wanted to paint while there, and I'm glad you liked it.

Keiko Tanabe
via ktanabefineart.com45 months ago

Veny, you're so right -- Izmir is not just a big city but it is also a very interesting melting pot of cultures. Thanks for your kind words about this painting!


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