Hello, my name is Ayşe Eylül Sönmez (visit my website and follow me on Instagram!). 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.
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.