Al-Dakhla, 2012, oil pastel on paper, 9x12

I lived in this neighborhood in Sudan for about a half of a year. They call it "Al-Dakhla". All of the houses are made entirely out of mud brick that they dry out in the sun, except for the metal doors. Sometimes these metal doors are painted with awesome designs, but most of the ones I saw were either pink or a drab blue-green. There are huge date palms everywhere and scruffy bushes here and there, until you get down to the Nile, where everything explodes with green.

 

Oil pastel is a really, really good medium to use in a hot climate. It melts right on, creating a thick impasto and the opportunity for clean layers. I also used an orange peel to blend things