Our Lady of the Stairs Framed Print
-Chin up & a spit-in-your-eye glint. She ain’t begging. The tissue seller. -From a photo. ©TriciVenola 2012 Freezing rain, and she was prepared, with her heavy skirt, her cardboard, her water bottle and her wares. She was in the stairway leading up to the tram from the pedestrian underpass at Eminonu. She was there for years, until they closed the underpass for renovation. I hope she’s comfortably inside now. She was happy to have her picture taken.
-Chin up & a spit-in-your-eye glint. She ain’t begging. The tissue seller. -From a photo. ©TriciVenola 2012 Freezing rain, and she was prepa...
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She was a Pretty Girl Framed Print
-Karim Hanim- Selçuk- 20 August 2012- Drawing her made me cry. ©TriciVenola 2012 Karim Hanim worked as a maid her whole life. She’s now retired, surrounded by grandchildren in this little hill house. We visited her to celebrate the end of Ramazan, and she sat for this portrait.
-Karim Hanim- Selçuk- 20 August 2012- Drawing her made me cry. ©TriciVenola 2012 Karim Hanim worked as a maid her whole life. She’s now retired...
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Plein air drawing of a shrine at Ahlat
Shrine at Alat Framed Print
Four at the shrine in Ahlat-30 April -©2016 TriciVenola A great Muslim saint is buried here in this shrine. All day while I drew, groups of fundamentalist Muslim men came and knelt, praying at the shrine. While all the while a woman in traditional dress sat at right and tended to things on her phone.
Four at the shrine in Ahlat-30 April -©2016 TriciVenola A great Muslim saint is buried here in this shrine. All day while I drew, groups of fundamen...
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Plein air drawing of Suphan Mountain in Eastern Turkey
Sühan Dag Framed Print
Father Mountain 24 April -©2016 TriciVenola — Celal wanted drawings of what he saw as a child when he climbed up this hill over the town: In one direction, the town, and in the other, this second-tallest mountain in Turkey. Everyone in town calls it Father Mountain.
Father Mountain 24 April -©2016 TriciVenola — Celal wanted drawings of what he saw as a child when he climbed up this hill over the town: In one...
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Sultanahmet Long Shot Framed Print
The fronstpiece for Drawing On Istanbul 2. Sultanahmet and the Mouth of the Bosporus, from Cihangir across the Golden Horn.
The fronstpiece for Drawing On Istanbul 2. Sultanahmet and the Mouth of the Bosporus, from Cihangir across the Golden Horn....
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Sweethearts’ Tomb
-The Sweethearts’ Tomb- Deniz loves Ozon! Hordes of babbling Spanish, searing sun, giant red ants, & artifacts of romance in St John’s- August 24 2012 ©TriciVenola 8/2012 One fairly-well preserved tomb in the middle of wreckage.
-The Sweethearts’ Tomb- Deniz loves Ozon! Hordes of babbling Spanish, searing sun, giant red ants, & artifacts of romance in St John’s- August...
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Plein air drawing of Eastern Turkish landscape with teahouse
Teahouse at Ulu Camii Framed Print
The teahouse at Ulu Camii. Kef Kales, Adilcevaz, Lake Van. Terraces cut 3500 years ago roll up from the lake. Everyone in town knows this spot: a happy tranquil place. And you can drink the water.  -©2016 TriciVenola— I spent a few hours drawing this, with a couple of interested gents from the mosque checking in now and then to see how it progressed. As I drew, groups of people drove up and sat chatting in the teahouse. This is the same view the denizens of the ancient city had, from every single house, rising in tiers up from the lake.
The teahouse at Ulu Camii. Kef Kales, Adilcevaz, Lake Van. Terraces cut 3500 years ago roll up from the lake. Everyone in town knows this spot: a happ...
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Plein air drawing of aqueduct at Suphan
The Aqueduct at Süphan Framed Print
A shepherd: the Aqueduct at Asagi Süphan -©2016 TriciVenola  — He leaped up on the very edge of the ancient aqueduct and harangued the sheep, while all around him was glory. He did it just as I had gotten to that place in the drawing, as though it had been planned. We are in A Suphan, where project patron Celal Ögmen grew up, and he particularly asked me to draw the aqueduct. This took about an hour and a half to draw, sitting on the old stones while chickens strutted nearby. That’s Lake Van out there, and this aqueduct originally ran all the way down to it, about 4000 years ago.
A shepherd: the Aqueduct at Asagi Süphan -©2016 TriciVenola  — He leaped up on the very edge of the ancient aqueduct and harangued the sheep,...
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Plein air drawing of tombstones in Aghtamar
The Monks of the Holy Cross Framed Print
Bunnies among the tombstones on Aghtamar Island, Lake Van -©2016 TriciVenola— Oh it is remote. Dead silent, miles of pale water between you and the shore, no electricity, freezing in winter, much discipline, much work. What the monks lacked in creature comforts was replaced by the absolute luxury of their art and craftsmanship. There was a library here, and perhaps manuscript illumination, as well as the carved bas-reliefs, the paintings, the stonework. These gravestones are from many centuries and surround the church. Some have been knocked down, others broken or eroded, but each intricately decorated tombstone, created with patience and care, celebrates an entire life dedicated to faith.
Bunnies among the tombstones on Aghtamar Island, Lake Van -©2016 TriciVenola— Oh it is remote. Dead silent, miles of pale water between you and the...
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Plein air drawing of old ruined house
THEIR OLD HOUSE IN ÇANAKYAYLA FRAMED PRINT
Their old house in Çanakyayla - original Kurdish name: Werangazi Soddies like my ancestors lived in out on the American prairies -©2016 TriciVenola — This is the village Celal’s mother was born in; drawing it was the reason for the project. When his mother was born, people undoubtedly lived in this house, which showed clear remains of a kitchen. Somebody lived in it not too long ago, for there were still the rags of curtains fluttering near the remains of a window. To the right, a rock house with a sod roof shelters sheep. In the distance are modern cinderblock houses. Notice the electrical lines. Until recently, villages as remote as this one had no electricity at all.
Their old house in Çanakyayla - original Kurdish name: Werangazi Soddies like my ancestors lived in out on the American prairies -©2016 TriciVenola ...
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Typical Topkapi Tourist Framed Print
His wife and daughter were undoubtedly inside, lost in raptures at being completely surrounded by ormolu. After a couple of days drawing all this French Ottoman froufrou, I was just finishing up when this guy stomped out of the palace and flopped down on the bench. I couldn’t resist! The tree and the palace decor are likely the same vintage: 18thC. The Ottomans built this palace after 1453. One Sultan's mother was French, and it shows.
His wife and daughter were undoubtedly inside, lost in raptures at being completely surrounded by ormolu. After a couple of days drawing all this ...
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