Plein air drawing of Artos Mountain with trees
Artos Mountain and Kavak Trees Framed Print
Artos Mountain -Kavak Trees -Waiting for the ferry to Akdamar -Snow-streaked mountains behind thrilling sheaves of poplar trees  -And then the pale sheet of the sea... a common sight around here. 3 May -©2016 TriciVenola — All over Van are these stands of white poplars with the white-streaked mountains behind. The lake is so vast it looks like a sea. As I drew this, the man in the picture walked up and down the rows, planting his field. I was waiting for the only boat to Aghtamar. Since there was no tourism, there were no boats, but I lucked out: a large Turkish family had booked one, and they invited me to come along.
Artos Mountain -Kavak Trees -Waiting for the ferry to Akdamar -Snow-streaked mountains behind thrilling sheaves of poplar trees  -And t...
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Plein air drawing of ancient carving of bunnies griffins and bears at Aghtamar
BUNNIES & GRIFFINS & BEARS OH MY! Framed Print
-©2016 TriciVenola A shot-up saint over a zoological stack of fabulous creatures, with two happy bunnies in the centre. The rabbits are indigenous to Aghtamar Island, and to many other islands nearby. Most of them are black, a hallucinatory hippity-hop among the rocks and seagulls. Torn-up celery and lettuce for the bunnies line the tourist walkways. Centuries of monks must have dined on these rabbits, worn their fur and probably made pets of them as well. They are accompanied by white goats and gulls.
-©2016 TriciVenola A shot-up saint over a zoological stack of fabulous creatures, with two happy bunnies in the centre. The rabbits are indigenous...
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Column in Priene Framed Print
Spirits are sleeping, but they dream of now. ©TriciVenola 2012 Two hours in scorching heat, drawing this column from the Temple of Athena Polias, dedicated in 334 by Alexander the Great in Priene, a city high on a hill over a grassland that once was the harbor. Realized with horror that I’d left out one of the two small sections at the top. It drove me crazy. A friend said, “Trici, nobody in this life will ever notice that,” but-Damn! So I went in digitally and fixed it.
Spirits are sleeping, but they dream of now. ©TriciVenola 2012 Two hours in scorching heat, drawing this column from the Temple of Athena Pol...
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Drawing of a shepherd in an Eastern Turkish village
DAPPER SHEPHERD
Dapper Shepherd at Harmantepe  -©2016 TriciVenola — What the well-dressed shepherd shall wear on a rainy day in the mountain village: Biblical shepherd’s crook, copious umbrella, rifle, cigarette and neon green tennis shoes. A friend of Ridvan’s, it was his flock we stopped for at Harmantepe, and I got this drawing. The sheep look like troops behind a general. I love this drawing.
Dapper Shepherd at Harmantepe  -©2016 TriciVenola — What the well-dressed shepherd shall wear on a rainy day in the mountain village: Biblical s...
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Date with an Angel
There it is: a Seraph holding up one corner under the dome, in Hagia Sophia’s stunning architectural innovation: a square under a dome. This was the first temple in this shape, and it has carried the day for centuries.
There it is: a Seraph holding up one corner under the dome, in Hagia Sophia’s stunning architectural innovation: a square under a dome. This was the...
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Plein air drawing of ancient carving of David and Goliath at Aghtamar
David and Goliath for Phoebe Framed Print
From a photo: drawn while grieving over the loss of Phoebe. I'm not good for much else. Taken from right next to the wall. I always wished I could have taken my friend there. She would have loved the irony of such humour and light carved in stone. And God knows she wielded her slingshot all her life with grace and skill, slaying many giants.
From a photo: drawn while grieving over the loss of Phoebe. I'm not good for much else. Taken from right next to the wall. I always wished I could ...
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Galata Tower 2012 Framed Print
-4 days drawing Galata Tower -I met everyone on the street! ©TriciVenola 2012 Ta-da! No book would be complete without a drawing of this landmark, the icon of Beyoglu. The pointed lead hat replaced the original terraced topknot of this tower, which the Genoese built in the 13thCentury on Byzantine foundations. There are ruins of other towers and connecting walls, which enclosed the  Genoese settlement.
-4 days drawing Galata Tower -I met everyone on the street! ©TriciVenola 2012 Ta-da! No book would be complete without a drawing of this landmark,...
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Plein air drawing of a shepherd boy holding a sheep
HAPPY SHEPHERD
“Happy to be a shepherd” in Karaseyh Köy -30 April -©2016 TriciVenola He dropped out of school- said he’d rather be a happy shepherd than study. He’s ten. — This was relayed to me by a dismayed Ezra. The kid refused to learn to read, even, and his parents allowed him to leave. But he and the sheep do look happy!
“Happy to be a shepherd” in Karaseyh Köy -30 April -©2016 TriciVenola He dropped out of school- said he’d rather be a happy shepherd than st...
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Jesus Rocks Framed Fine Art Print

JESUS ROCKS

Imperial Gallery, Hagia Sophia: Isanbul

This most-famous mosaic Jesus is upstairs in the Imperial Gallery, and was created in 1261 after the expulsion of the Latins. We don’t know the name of the great master who created it, but it’s probably where the tradition began of the face that always seems to see you, no matter where you stand. I learned why in the drawing: one eye is straight, and one is to the side. HIs face is actually as wide as it is long. His lips are not pursed but full, and it took three tries to get him right, with that look of compassion, sorrow and acceptance of us humans gazing up at him. From missing bits of mosaic, I discovered that the artists painted the color first on the sticky compound, and then matched the stone bits to the colors. Jesus’s robe is lapis lazuli.

The mosaic is barely preserved, the bottom chewed up to just below this area. Not shown is the Virgin Mary, to the left, and John the Baptist at right. It was discovered under plaster in the 1940s, after Hagia Sophia became a museum under the Turkish Republic.

JESUS ROCKS Imperial Gallery, Hagia Sophia: Isanbul This most-famous mosaic Jesus is upstairs in the Imperial Gallery, and was created in 1261 after...
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Plein air drawing of poplar trees in Van
KAVAK TREES IN VAN
Grand Deniz Turizm Restaurant last stop before Akdamar -3 May  ©2016 TriciVenola —Who knew I was allergic to poplar trees? I love them— but sometime since they chopped down every single one in Istanbul, I developed an allergy. Once I went into a pharmacy and described the symptoms, they fixed me right up with a syrup and some pills. These are planted in rows just at the pier for the boats to Aghtamar Island in Lake Van, where I wanted to go.
Grand Deniz Turizm Restaurant last stop before Akdamar -3 May  ©2016 TriciVenola —Who knew I was allergic to poplar trees? I love them— but so...
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Plein air drawing of old Armenian tombstone with little girls
LITTLE GIRLS WITH TOMBSTONE
A Süphan , Adilcevaz, Van. These little girls are out in their front yard, and so is this Armenian tombstone. -©2016 TriciVenola — “For centuries we lived in peace ... — a Turkish acquaintance in Van.  The Urartians left artifacts all over Van province, mute testimony to a vanished culture.  I met many people who said, “Oh my grandmother was Armenian...” etc. The little girls were standing in their own front yard over an exquisitely carved tombstone that was obviously half-buried, probably under their cinderblock house in the sheep pasture.
A Süphan , Adilcevaz, Van. These little girls are out in their front yard, and so is this Armenian tombstone. -©2016 TriciVenola — “For cent...
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Plein air of portrait well dressed Turkish man
MAN OF SUBSTANCE
A man of substance! 1 May -©2016 TriciVenola— Semsattin owns a hat import business and occupies the house opposite the hotel, which looks out at Kef Kalesi and the lake. He’s a friend of the hotel owner, and showed up well dressed and asked for a portrait. Normally I field such requests, but one look at that moustache, hat and demeanor made me change my mind. He gave me a hat!
A man of substance! 1 May -©2016 TriciVenola— Semsattin owns a hat import business and occupies the house opposite the hotel, which looks out at ...
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