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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Harmantepe
Harmantepe- very wet cold day -1May -©2016 TriciVenola — Another cousin of Celal’s, Ridvan, showed up at the hotel to take me at last to the village I’d come to draw, up in the mountains above Adilcevaz. We drove through misty rain under lowering clouds, with these four mountains brooding in front of us all the way: dark and implacable. On the way, we stopped for a flock of sheep, and I got out and took a photograph of this village. I was able to get this drawing later. It took hours, and the rain would have made it impossible in any case.
Harmantepe- very wet cold day -1May -©2016 TriciVenola — Another cousin of Celal’s, Ridvan, showed up at the hotel to take me at last to the vi...
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Plein air drawing of a remote village in Eastern Turkey
Harmantepe Framed Print
Harmantepe- very wet cold day -1May -©2016 TriciVenola — Another cousin of Celal’s, Ridvan, showed up at the hotel to take me at last to the village I’d come to draw, up in the mountains above Adilcevaz. We drove through misty rain under lowering clouds, with these four mountains brooding in front of us all the way: dark and implacable. On the way, we stopped for a flock of sheep, and I got out and took a photograph of this village. I was able to get this drawing later. It took hours, and the rain would have made it impossible in any case.
Harmantepe- very wet cold day -1May -©2016 TriciVenola — Another cousin of Celal’s, Ridvan, showed up at the hotel to take me at last t...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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