Friday, December 7, 2012

Esfahan Bowl

Esfahan Bowl
6" x 6"  Oil
$75.00 + $10. s/h
In 1977 and 1978 I lived in Esfahan, Iran.  I taught ESL, English as a Second Language, to helicopter pilots on the Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi Army Airforce Base.  Esfahan was, and I assume still is, one of the most beautiful cities I've visited.  The architecture, the mosaics on the buildings, the wandering alleys in the bazaar.  It was an incredible oasis in the middle of the country.  Like many foreigners, I left Iran due to the revolution and the political problems.  As history has told us, the Shah, the people, and the Ayatollah Khoemini did not see eye to eye.  Anyway, I bought the most beautiful copperware, carpets, and other souvenirs.  This is one of the bowls from Esfahan.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday we went to see Argo.  It was quite stressful and not always easy to watch the history of the time.  My daughter could not believe that I had lived there and only left 10 months before that took place.  When I see something like that movie and hear about Iran on the news, I'm often saddened by what I see and hear.   It's a country with such an incredible history and culture.

I also just finished reading "Iran Awakening" by the Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.  She speaks of her life as a lawyer and judge in Iran.  It was very interesting.

As in the past, for the month of December, my daily paintings are 25% off.  Those posted in December will have a Paypal button reflecting that sale.  However, if you see a painting from the past that you'd like, please email me and I'll send you a Paypal invoice reflecting the sale price.  And, I'll gift wrap any paintings that you'd like sent as a gift!


Nancy Van Blaricom said...

This post was / is filled with a lot of information ... very interesting being there then and the news we hear about today. Your bowl is beautiful and of coarse brings back a lot of memories you cherish I'm sure.

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Your painting is beautiful and your stories so enlightening. It is so sad what often happens to lovely cultured parts of the world. Sending blessings to you and yours! xoox

CrimsonLeaves said...

So beautiful, Pam, and your thoughts on Iran brings a new side to many of our thoughts on the Middle East. We lived in Ankara Turkey for 3 years in the late 80's. Your copper bowl reminds me of the prevalence of brass that many Americans tapped into. Copper much prettier to my eyes.

martinealison said...

Une très jolie publication... Tout comme vous je suis attristée de ce qui se passe dans ce pays...
Une merveilleuse composition qui intègre un bol splendide et rempli de magnifiques souvenirs.
De très belles couleurs.

Gros bisous.

Pam Holnback said...

Nancy, thank you. I've got several of these bowls. I should get painting!

Thanks so much Debbi. You're right! Look what happened to the roman Empire!

Sherry, thank you. I am saddened by all that's happening in the mid-east. I remember people there being just like us, normal families wanting the best for their kids.

Merci Martine. J'ai tant de souvenirs. J'ai un bon nombre de peintures en avant de moi !

Theresa Paden said...

So interesting to hear of your adventures in Iran! I'm glad you were able to leave safely before the chaos happened. Beautiful painting and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your treasures from Iran in your upcoming work!