Plein air drawing of the Big Boukoleon Arch
Big Boukoleon Arch Framed Print
BIG BOUKOLEON ARCH ©2011 by Trici Venola. This fabulous old arch looks about ready to collapse, which is why we preserved it here. Every brick is accurate, just as they were fitted together in the ninth century when this palace was built. Once rising grandly out of the sea, it now fronts on a highway. Burned by Crusaders in 1204 and truncated by the Sultan in 1871 to make room for the Orient Express Railroad, this grizzled survivor is still beautiful. Up top, weather has desiccated the remains of a window into the shape of a lion, an echo of the ones that used to stand on its vanished balconies. Those are in the nearby Archeological Museum. This one is now more appropriate. Drawn in full searing sunlight with ants crawling on me, cats slumbrous in the afternoons, during 30 hours in July, and well worth it. During the long sessions, the whoosh of cars on the highway behind me took on the sound of the waves. 35 x 70 cm, drafting pens on rag paper, this drawing was commissioned by Donna Perkins of the Boreal Forest in Alberta.
BIG BOUKOLEON ARCH ©2011 by Trici Venola. This fabulous old arch looks about ready to collapse, which is why we preserved it here. Every brick is acc...
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Plein air drawing of portals at the Boukoleon Palace
Boukoleon Portals Framed Print
BOUKOLEON PORTALS © 2011 by Trici Venola. This magnificent 9th-century Byzantine Palace once rose out of the Marmara Sea, part of the city walls of Istanbul when it was Constantinople. It was faced with brilliantly colored marble and embellished with statues. Burned by Crusaders in 1204, the Palace structure was occupied anyway by the local populace, until it was dynamited in 1871 to build the Orient Express Railway. Later, around 1962, the city filled in the harbor and built the highway. This scrim, The Big Arch, a pillar colonnade and some piles of brickwork are all that remain. They still have an awesome presence. This drawing took 40 hours. It’s 35 x 70 cm, done with drafting pens on rag paper, commissioned by Donna Perkins of the Boreal Forest in Alberta, a lady as interested as I am in documenting these vanishing foundations of Western culture.
BOUKOLEON PORTALS © 2011 by Trici Venola. This magnificent 9th-century Byzantine Palace once rose out of the Marmara Sea, part of the city walls of I...
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KEF KALESI ADILCEVAZ 

Kef Kalesi, Adilcevaz, Van c1500 BCE Ulu Camii c1300 CE-©2016 TriciVenola— This majestic ruin of an ancient city permits an entire mountain rising at the edge of Lake Van. Archeologists have removed ancient artifacts to the museum in Van. Each terrace held houses, and the rooftops of one level were the balconies of the next. At right, you can see fragments of old stonework, traces of huge arches and passages. At centre is Ulu Camii, a 700 year old mosque with a modern glass minaret. Sheep graze below what must have been the fortress an entire village.

Kef Kalesi, Adilcevaz, Van c1500 BCE Ulu Camii c1300 CE-©2016 TriciVenola— This majestic ruin of an ancient city permits an entire mountain rising ...
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KEF KALESI DOORS

Doors Kef Kales - Adilcevaz -A c3000-year-old doorway. Fascinated by the way this rock ages. It looks like the ancient Urartians scored the living rock and created a castle out of the very mountain. There is a legend of treasure hidden here, but no one knows where. I think we’re looking at it.  -©2016 TriciVenola — These doors lead to tunnels going throughout the mountain. In addition to the usual rumours of treasure, Abdullah told me that they are well-explored by archeologists. Things found there are in the Archeological Museum in Van.

Doors Kef Kales - Adilcevaz -A c3000-year-old doorway. Fascinated by the way this rock ages. It looks like the ancient Urartians scored the living roc...
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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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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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