Artist's description:

This is the ruin of one of the most spectacular Omani Forts, in central Oman. The edition took about 6 months to complete because I hand paint the stencils, and there are dozens of them to give the work a painterly quality. It was finished in 1984 so 'out of the vault', so to speak.
The fort was built to keep out the maurading Portuguese in the 1600's, based on the stone forts they built on the coast to torture the Omani people.
There were medieval cannons lying around in the fort, the wooden supports long rotted away, and I stubbed my toe on a cannon ball on my first visit. I took the mother of a dear friend who came out for a visit with me,and she tripped over one of the cannons. She could not believe these military antiques were not in a museum and I hope they are now.
Many people used to go to Bahla because it also used to be a center for the arts: weaving and pottery making. I hope it still is.
It was always a good stopping point to buy dates (best in the world!) and have a picnic and sketch under the shade of the date palms. Here a man is adjusting a really heavy load of dates in a huge palm frond woven basket. He was taking the dates to the potter to buy an Ali Baba sized date jar to store them in.
I liked the potter and would go talk to him. He was getting on and trying to get his brother to take over the family business. I bought two large date jars and anything else to keep him experimenting with glazes ( I think with one of the British universities, Durham). He had two large beehive kilns, which reminded me of the 'hornos' here in New Mexico, so I always felt homesick in Bahla. But while I was out of the country I heard he had died, so I went to see if his brother was keeping the pottery going. It was funny (I am also a ceramist, so I know how to build kilns) because the brother had tried to cut corners and fire the pots too fast and take them out of the kilns before the pots had cooled completely. Somewhere I have photos of the two exploded kilns --blackened shards everywhere....what can I say? He got better at it..... contact me at: with any questions.

Materials used:

Arches rag and Sericol archival printing ink (will last forever!)

Bahla Fort, Sultanate of Oman (1984)


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