Ephesos – 3rd Century BCE—–Tomb Harpies! Bird-footed angel musicians on a tomb,Museum at Selçuk
ALEXANDER CHAIR 4
“Did Alexander the Great sit here?” “Probably,” said Julia, “ he paid for it.”——- One of his generals founded Priene. This was a port city, now high above a plain of grass. Five of these marble chairs are right at the edge of the dais. There is no Roman blood screen at this theater: it’s in its original Greek theater state.
ALEXANDER CHAIR TAKE 5
Priene- Take 5 on the chairs—–I had longed to draw these chairs since first seeing them in 2009. Julia wandered away and left me for hours, but I just couldn’t get it right. I eventually did something from photos I took that day, but still want to go back and do it from life.
Head of a Commander late 2nd C AD Selçuk-Ephesos – “Isn’t he handsome?: I said, and Henry said, “That’s a dream, 2000 years after you’re gone and some woman is saying, ‘Isn’t he handsome…’” – This drawing is as mangled as the Commander—–
MUTE NOSTRIL AGONY
Mute nostril agony—–Selçuk Archeological Museum: Illustrating Jim Morrison’s lyric…
DIDIM HORROR GRIFFIN
Horror Griffin flanked by bulls at Didim. I wonder how many full moons have seen this soundless shriek – 21April 2015—– No scream from the mouth of a woman, lion or bird could be as awful as this one. Drawn in broiling sunlight at the Temple of Apollo in Didim in Izmir on the Aegean. This chunk of statuary is a ways off from the unfinished Temple, which was abandoned around 100 CE.
DIDIM GRIFFINS IN THE SUN
A row of griffins in the sun at Didim 21 April 2015—–These blocks look like they were meant to go on top of a row of columns, but are stacked on the floor of the great unfinished Temple of Apollo at Didim. Each one is exquisite, blackened golden marble. There was a group from Taiwan who surrounded me, watching me draw with little shrieks of enthusiasm, bought books and were generally wonderful. Stuff like that keeps me going.