Hello, my name is Ayşe Eylül Sönmez. I’m from Turkey and am a watercolorist and stylist by profession. I studied Fashion & Design and hold a Master degree in Art Teaching from the University of Gazi, in Turkey.
Now, I am a professor of Art and Fashion at Hacettepe Universty and also have an art studio where I teach Painting and Watercoloring in Ankara, where I live with my family.
If you come to Ankara, don’t miss visiting my studio at Hamamonu, Art Street number 11. I’d love to offer a cup of Turkish coffee and show you my wonderful works.
Painting is a childhood passion for me; and, thanks to my parents’ staunch support, it has become my profession.
I fell in love with watercolor painting when, after my graduation, I started painting. I’m impressed by the sky, smooth fabrics and colors; and am inspired by Van Gogh, who is my favorite artist. I love his color usage and brushstroke. Rembrandt is also one of my favorite artists. I especially love the light inside his paintings.
As I love painting landscapes, I usually paint imageries of Istanbul, a wonderful city in Turkey that embraces two continents, one arm reaching out to Asia, the other to Europe.
I love transparency touches of watercolor. I think it is romantic and smooth. The feature makes me feel into a tale and I feel very relaxed, polite and royal while I am painting. Moreover, mixing colors is very enjoyable and exciting.
Let’s talk about my watercolor kit
At home and studio, I usually use 36 and 24 colors of St. Petersburg White Nights watercolor set, Van Gogh watercolor brushes and Fabriano watercolor pad about 270-300 gsm. I have also a travel watercolor kit that contains a 12 colors of Schmincke Akademie watercolor set, 2 little brushes and a little watercolor pad to sketch outside.
During my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading books and poems. I am a very sociable person. I love traveling, meeting new people, discovering new places, and admiring picturesque corners of the world. I like eating ice cream while listening to birds’ songs. My favorite animal is cat, though. I love cats very much. I think they are cute.
I like Selcuk architecture. My favorite designers are John Galliano (because of his colors and jewelry usage) and Elia Saab (because of his feminine designs).
I thank Doodlewash and World Watercolour Group for guest posting my paintings on their website. This is a great honor for me.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in