My Favorite St. John’s Capitol
-Possibly this gladiator converted & was buried in St John’s- My favorite marble relic at St John’s- Searing heat did me in- So finished from a photo- 22 August 2012 ©TriciVenola 2012 All these 6thCentury capitals are lined up in rows on a grassy knoll in front of the ruin of St John’s in Selçuk. There was a Gladiator’s cemetery somewhere around here. Their tombstones are all around.
-Possibly this gladiator converted & was buried in St John’s- My favorite marble relic at St John’s- Searing heat did me in- So finished from a ph...
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Obama Kedi and Friends
-Marble-cut graffiti and Guli Obama, who the President petted on TV. ©TriciVenola 2012 Guli Obama Kedi still lives in Hagia Sophia, where she hangs out near the altar, surrounded by fatuous tourists and clicking cameras. The stunning whirligigs at center are original Byzantine inlaid stonework, pre-dating that in the Taj Mahal by a thousand years. Gleaming pearly and black stone, it was cleaned just before this drawing. The graffiti is from one of the many balustrades and constitutes a texture of its own. Sadly I’ve lost the name of the young guard, but he too got his portrait.
-Marble-cut graffiti and Guli Obama, who the President petted on TV. ©TriciVenola 2012 Guli Obama Kedi still lives in Hagia Sophia, where she hangs o...
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Sultanahmet Longshot

Perfect for coffee, tea and hot chocolate, this classic shape white, durable ceramic mug in the most popular size. High quality sublimation printing makes it an appreciated gift to every true hot beverage lover. .: White ceramic .: 11 oz … Continued

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Süphan 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 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 dire...
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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 24 ...
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Teahouse at Ulu Camii

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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The Aqueduct at Süphan

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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The Monks of Holy Cross
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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Their Old House in Canakyayla
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

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 Fren...
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