Sunday, April 11, 2021

Reworking another sketch from four years ago

Takht-e Soleyman (Throne of Solomon)
Watercolour and oil pastel
©2021 Charlene Brown

Originally the site of a Zoroastrian fire temple built in the 3rd century CE, Takht-e Soleyman is situated on the rim of a calcium-rich spring on a hill formed by the outflow from the spring.   The complex was fortified and established as a summer palace by Mongol Ilkhanid invaders in the 8th century and eventually influenced the development of Islamic architecture when the Ilkhanid rulers converted to Islam.

When our group from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria visited the site high in the Alborz Mountains, springtime flowers were beginning to appear, and an overnight snowfall had covered some of the surrounding orchards.

Here is the link to my blog post about the original sketch of Takhte-e Soleyman (which has been computer-abstracted).