On a long tiring flight, I was not too amused by another predictable rant on “Intimidation in Tehran” in the Time magazine.However, while browsing through, I could not help notice a stunning photograph taken by Olivia Arthur.

The image captured the interior of the Blue Mosque in Isfahan (Iran). So after weeks of procrastination, inertia and admittedly wavering self-confidence, I ventured to paint a version based on the image.

I tried not to imitate the image (despite the cliche that art imitates life!) but tried to achieve the spaces and lines that can also be a great expressionistic subject here. This is of course a basic version and I intend to add more personal details to make it another humble creation of yours truly.

The Time magazine does not mean much in my life but surely for this image I am thankful to the publication.

15 Responses to Isfahan’s Blue Mosque inspires a painting

  1. vidya rao says:

    That is beautiful! you’ve captured the quality of the light so beautifully, and the lines of the mosque, the street, the living presence of people! Stunning!

  2. sumair says:

    I think the best painting of yours so far ,,,
    its beautiful

  3. Asmapk says:

    really like the way you have used the element of light and dark, amazing!

  4. MysticSaint says:

    wow! lovely hue, warm.

    what is the dimension of the painting? done on oil right?

  5. RR says:

    These are such kind words..

    Vidya ji: thanks the original photograph was quite helpful 🙂

    Sumair: first of all please note that these are the acrylic paints that you chose in Lahore..thanks. Ah, I am not sure – this is more of a copy of the original photo.

    Astarte: thanks:)

  6. RR says:

    thanks bro: this is a 3×2 ft size:
    acrylic on canvas –

    Good to hear from you – hope all is well with the PHD

  7. That’s one beautiful painting, indeed! For a moment, I couldn’t believe it’s painted by RR. 🙂

  8. Arches. Corridors. Chaddors. Eyes. Echoes. Isfahan. Allah…Can the artist who painted these dreamy sensations be kind hearted enough to gift it to somebody he is fond of?

  9. Zia Hashmi says:

    A brilliant attempt at capturing the image of fascinating contours of mosque’s interior. A superb painting and am sure must be one of the marvels you have produced so far. ZH

  10. priya says:

    beautiful RR .i liked it.

  11. Meher says:

    Beautiful! You are so talented!

  12. […] (Image: Painting by Raza Rumi. Blue Mosque, Ishfahan, Iran.) […]

  13. JinxTheGypsy says:

    Excellent use of colours. You have captured light and shadow brilliantly. Very well done.

  14. Nice site and useful matters. my dear neighbor, I’m an Iranian artist and will very appreciate you if you add my site to your linking list.
    Keep up the good work

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