<A Turksh photo-journalist in the Turkish House – Kybele 3/04—— The Turkish house still exists at Kybele, all made of brightly-painted decorated wood, just off the garden, built to look like the old Turkish houses of antiquity. It’s the hotel library.
Beth AM in the garden @ Kybele—— Pretty Beth from Ireland, sang in a Taksim cafe, moved on to Barcelona with her Turkish amour.
HASAN IN THE TURKISH HOUSE
Hasan in the Turkish House – Kybele——A horizontal take on the Turkish house, all made of decorated wood up off the garden at Kybele, with the bonus of a portrait of Hasan, the third Akbayrak brother, who patiently held still for this.
BIRDS & EMPTY CAGES
Spring out in the garden – Baby mourning doves – from the Turkish house – & close-up -Surrounded by empty birdcages- This drawing will kill me – as much white-out & paste-up as ink—–What I remember most is the American war correspondent, fresh from Iraq & a bit shell-shocked, climbing up on a stool to look into and exclaim over the nest. Kybele wouldn’t have caged birds.
YONCA IN 2004
Mike’s beautiful daughter Yonca at dinner in a place out in Fulya.
ALP’S DAUGHTERS & TASSELS
-Zeynep – Irem – 2004—– I called Irem “Brown Sugar” because of her glossy brown hair. Zeynep was a little hyperactive pixie. We were upstairs in their Uncle Mike’s Museum, with so many tassels they made a texture of their own. Both these girls are now beautiful assured young women, multilingual and traveled.
ZEYNEP SULTAN CAMII
Very cold. – Zeynep Sultan Camii Sokak——I froze, drawing this, bundled up against the frigid March breezes. Just when I’d put in about an hour getting the exact perspective, the Imam showed up and very kindly invited me to come draw inside, behind a plate glass window, next to the stove. Alas! I couldn’t change the perspective. Even the comfy chair he offered was wrong, as it was higher than my original stool. But this drawing is worth it, and they brought me hot tea.
I EAT YOUR FINGERS
Bayram & his favorite carpet -“This art is so good I eat your fingers.” ——Bayram’s comment on the previous drawing. He liked this one too.