Plein air drawing of a matriarch at Aghtamar
MATRIARCH AT AGHTAMAR
Magnificent matriarch of the Eskitasçioglu Family at Holy Cross on Aghtamar -©2016 TriciVenola — This lady and I had some conversation on the boat coming over. She was unable to navigate the steep path up to the church, so I drew her inside it. Al her children and grandchildren are doctors and dentists. She has a beautiful smile!
Magnificent matriarch of the Eskitasçioglu Family at Holy Cross on Aghtamar -©2016 TriciVenola — This lady and I had some conversation on the b...
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Plein air drawing of traditional Turkish man
MEHMET ALI AKKUŞ
©TriciVenola Çanakyayla 2016 — Nazime’s husband had to work the fields that day, so his brother came to act as host. All the while I was drawing, a bunch of small boys ran in and out and perched here and there, watching, while Nazime’s daughters and daughters-in-law came in and out laughing and bringing food. It was a happy day.
©TriciVenola Çanakyayla 2016 — Nazime’s husband had to work the fields that day, so his brother came to act as host. All the while I was drawin...
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Plein air portrait of traditional Turkish woman
NAZIME AKKUŞ
Nazime Akkus 1 May 2016 Çanakyayla Mother of 11 in a small mountain village far from everywhere -©2016 TriciVenola — Far from everywhere except the spectacular mountains, the fields, and each other. Nazime told me that she had 14 children, but three died. She is Cela’s mother’s sister. This lady was 71 when she posed for me, and I did not cheat on her looks: she really does look like Jean Simmons the actress.
Nazime Akkus 1 May 2016 Çanakyayla Mother of 11 in a small mountain village far from everywhere -©2016 TriciVenola — Far from everywhere except th...
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Plein air drawing of Eastern Turkish lanscape
RECEDING WATERS OF STONE
Squint at this hill and the scattered rocks and bushes become sea-foam, drenched survivors creeping out of the caves, staring at the receding waters. Down through the valleys, Lake Van stretches shimmering to the white mountains, floating in their mist across the border in Iran. As I drew, Abdullah brought me this fossiized seashell. The Flood.-©2016 TriciVenola — Can’t you just see it? I still have the shell. It’s got a bit of actual shell attached, but most of it is solid stone. This view was to my left as I drew the ruined Armenian church on the mountain.
Squint at this hill and the scattered rocks and bushes become sea-foam, drenched survivors creeping out of the caves, staring at the receding waters. ...
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Plein air drawinf of ruined Armenian church amidst Eastern Turkish landscape
RUINED ARMENIAN CHURCH
Armeni Kilisesi— 22 April 2016 In the centre of an immense green haven-improbable pink bushes— absolute peace... shepherds, Kongal dogs, mooing cows, drifts of conversation from the guides away over the grass. These are Armenian churches -©2016 TriciVenola — One of the happiest drawing experiences ever. Abdullah and his pal wandered away and left me blissed out and drawing for a couple of hours. They said that yes, the area to the left and behind the ruined church at centre is another settlement. The dark hill at left was covered with those salmon-pink bushes. At right, reflected sunlight arced up from a hamlet hidden behind the hill.
Armeni Kilisesi— 22 April 2016 In the centre of an immense green haven-improbable pink bushes— absolute peace... shepherds, Kongal dogs, mooing c...
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Plein air drawing of flock of sheep near Turkish village
SHEEP IN KARAŞEYF
Outside the new school in Karaseyf Köy  Clouds streaming up from the top of the mountain (Suphan Dagi) -©2016 TriciVenola Here’s the other side of Süphan Dag, a mountain in the Bitlis province of Eastern Turkey. Karaseyf is on the other side of the mountain from A Süphan. I was outside the school, drawing like mad as sheep and tractors paraded by and students and teachers giggled and watched over my shoulder. A happy time!
Outside the new school in Karaseyf Köy  Clouds streaming up from the top of the mountain (Suphan Dagi) -©2016 TriciVenola Here’s the other s...
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Plein air drawing of traditional Turkish women
THEY BOUGHT ME ICE CREAM
Beautiful girls of Ahlat all dressed up and excited to be out! They bought me ice cream! -©2016 TriciVenola — The shrine at Ahlat is the centrepiece of a vast landscaped cemetery that is also a park, on the edge of Lake Van. It was Sunday, and these girls were all made up and dressed up and out for the day, carrying their computers and phones, having a wonderful time. They crowded around while I was drawing the pavilion, tilted over the roots of the tree, and brought me an ice cream bar. Each girl looked very different, but they were all so vibrant and beautiful I just had to draw them.
Beautiful girls of Ahlat all dressed up and excited to be out! They bought me ice cream! -©2016 TriciVenola — The shrine at Ahlat is the centrepiec...
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Plein air drawing of traditional Turkish women
TRADITIONAL TURKISH WOMEN
Women of the Akkus Family Çanakyayla Nazime Sibel Imran Ceylan Çanakyayla -©2016 TriciVenola — These are traditional girls, and one is married into the family. They never show their faces except to their husbands and to other women, but they were happy to be drawn. We had a fine time with much cracking up. The white lacy kerchiefs are for married women. Ceylan’s is streaked with vivid colour as she was yet unmarried. Whenever RIdvan or Mehmet came into the room, back went the face veils. All around our feet was a horde of obstreperous little boys. I posted a commemorative photo, but got an immediate call from Celal in Istanbul requesting I take it down. Two of the girls’ husbands worked for him at the restaurant there. “Kids are fine,” he said, “and drawings are great, but nobody wants a picture of his wife or sister all over the Internet.” But they loved the drawings.
Women of the Akkus Family Çanakyayla Nazime Sibel Imran Ceylan Çanakyayla -©2016 TriciVenola — These are traditional girls, and one is married i...
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