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Direct observation outdoors was a first for me. We went to the same forest every day and the outcome kept changing the whole week. The sound and smell of the forest, being alone and feeling it or being together with friends over there was happy moments. Sharing our artwork and seeing each other’s process was impressive for me. Some days I wanted to spend my whole day in the forest and I heard the same from my friends too. We wanted to be whole with the forest over there, we remember we are taking part in nature. We just forget it while we are in urban areas. I’ll decided to be more careful about these and share it with other people. This was the first time I worked with watercolour in a professional way. British artists helped us and encouraged us with many things. I tried to draw the essence and atmosphere of the forest, not only what I see. Gülçin Karaca, Academic in Art School For me, the best part was the mornings. We study, we woke up early every morning and I see people was doing that with pleasure and happiness. It was a unique experience for me to wake up this early (to study) and to feel enthusiastic and energetic. Sharing our works after each session, being watched by British senior artists was very motivating. Their methodologies and styles give me bright ideas. I also learned from other participants. Every each of us bring their own diciplines and colours to the project. Sura Seyhan, Art Student I was impressed by the British team’s discipline. They were quite comfortable and enthusiastic in the nature, which was motivating. All of their styles were different, and impressive. Their criticisms were also quite positive and motivational, which is unlike we are used to. We learned a lot from each other, but not only about techniques. Their ideas, point of view, sensitiveness and harmony was contributing for us. After this event I noticed that I have more eager to produce for nature. I am very willing to be involved in an SWLA like association in Turkey. Many of us think alike. I have heard the same thing from different people in the group. When I first started I was trying to draw directly from nature, anything that looks good in the first place. Most of the time I couldn’t finish my work. I was planning to finish them looking at their photos but Ben told me to do otherwise. “The story of that work was there and it has finished, don’t interrupt it”. He was right, it might be half but it was finished. I learned and felt it. In my artwork, I didn’t put any extra meaning but draw whatever I like (with whatever I wish to use) at that moment. I tried to figure out nature without thinking on aesthetics. It was a good method to understand a tree, a leaf or a flower. Even if it looks complex in total, when you look deeper you can see the perfect math in nature. Merve Ozcan, Research Assistant in Art School I learned about endemics and their importance. I noticed the difference of being directly in nature while producing and I found it necessary. I have been through a process. Me and my artwork relaxed during the week. Fatih Öztürk, Illustrator During the event, once again I noticed how hard it is to picture nature as it is. It was hard but satisfying. With this project, I have learned things about sweetgum forests, that I have never heard before. The methodology of oil extraction and local folks’ devotion to the process was remarkable for me. Since then (the end of the project), whenever I have been in nature, I remember the British Artists’ call for being silent and listening to the nature. I noticed that I don’t feel comfortable when I directly picture nature, so I harmonise it with imaginary human figures in my artwork (as I love to do); otherwise it wouldn’t feel like mine. Mert Tugen, Illustrator

Photography Cengiz Tapan, 2016

This project is co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey

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