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.