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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Chairs at Priene Framed Print
-Priene -Wind in the pines- Lion-footed chairs- Thick slick patina enamels the heavy solid marble- so familiar & right- 24 August 2012 ©TriciVenola 2012 The ancient Greek theater at Priene is overgrown with pine trees, which horrifies archeologists. I find it charming. There are five massive marble chairs around the stage at center. They are right at the edge and there is no blood screen. This means that the theater is intact from ancient Greek times, before the Romans and their blood sports. Alexander the Great paid for this theater. Did he sit here? Many tourists have, which is the reason for the thick enamel-like patina, all from the last hundred years.
-Priene -Wind in the pines- Lion-footed chairs- Thick slick patina enamels the heavy solid marble- so familiar & right- 24 August 2012 ©TriciVeno...
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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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Crosses in the Dark
-Drawing in the dark -Constellations in the marble -26October 2012 ©TriciVenola 2012 An exhausting drawing experience. There’s so much detail in Hagia Sophia that it almost subsumed the subject matter. But I had to do one drawing of these fabulous graffiti crosses in context. My back was literally against the wall, and I was scrunched down almost to the floor, for three days, to get this drawing. 
-Drawing in the dark -Constellations in the marble -26October 2012 ©TriciVenola 2012 An exhausting drawing experience. There’s so much detail in...
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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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Earth Angel Flyer T-shirt
EARTH ANGEL 1990-91 The worst fear I have is overpopulation. I thought of the Earth trying valiantly to save itself from too much of us, flinging disease after disaster. I thought of those awesome depictions of the Black Death as a flying skeleton, clearing away the clutter of too much birth. Since making art of my fears helps me sleep at night, I painted it. The clutter is all the junk people in America were buying for their kids, and the earth without it. A French friend looked at it and said, “Haha! That’s why the word is litter… for birth and for trash.” Painting this took about two months, and incorporated images from eleven previous paintings in the series, which I called Brazen Images. We meant it for a calendar, but couldn’t get anyone to print it back in those early Mac days. The previous eleven paintings were mouse-created in Studio 8, using only 256 colors, and are thankfully preserved in this condition. Blown up, they look like mosaics. In 1991, they were all reworked when Adobe Photoshop came out with its millions of colors. Earth Angel was started in Studio 8, but finished in Photoshop. After I’d painted that skull on the Wacom there was no going back, and I was able to create the rest of the skeleton to match. The earliest work files show a clumsy skeleton but a terrific arch, as I’d finally gotten to visit Rome and its wonderful tombs full of juxtaposition. In the finished work, dimly around the inside of the arch appear various dieties from the Brazen Images paintings. The images represent fertility and birth and are applauding the clearing away of the junk. In other words: Enough. Also appearing are elements painted in 1988 in MacDraw II, which only allowed 8 colors, count them 8: black, white, magenta, red, yellow, green, blue, turquoise. I made Pointellist patterns in these colors and painted ads with them for BBDO.
EARTH ANGEL 1990-91 The worst fear I have is overpopulation. I thought of the Earth trying valiantly to save itself from too much of us, flinging ...
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Empress Framed Print
At last!! Both Hagia Sophia and Hagia Eirene in one shot, as they actually appear. 2nd Century Hagia Eirene, at left, was rebuilt after the Nika Riots of 532, and served as a munitions dump under the Ottomans. Hagia Sophia, built by Justinian and Theodora, was consecrated in 537, the greatest church in Christendom for 1000 years. After 1453, it was a mosque, renovated in the 16th century by great architect Mimar Sinan, for Suleyman the Magnificent. Sinan buttressed the huge and fragile dome, anchoring the buttresses with minarets, which set off the grand old dame like a fabulous pair of earrings. No other building so completely illustrates the duality of Istanbul’s history. I still look at this and hear Mahalia Jackson singing “Way Up.”
At last!! Both Hagia Sophia and Hagia Eirene in one shot, as they actually appear. 2nd Century Hagia Eirene, at left, was rebuilt after the Nika Riots...
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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 Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia Agape Framed Print
HAGIA SOPHIA AGAPE ©2011 by Trici Venola. Drawn during 25 hours in June from the terrace at Seven Hills Restaurant, Sultanahmet. This shows the East Face of this grand old Empress, weathered by 1500 years of storm, siege, fire, sunglare, the Crusades, and the Conquest of Constantinople. 500 years ago Mimar Sinan, the great Renaissance architect, fortified the dome with stone buttresses, anchored with minarets. The domes at lower left cover Ottoman tombs. We forget how huge this building is but are reminded by a glance at the tour buses and crowds at lower right. Commissioned by the Michael Constantinou Family. “Just draw it straight,,” he said, “no arty seagulls, no slanted composition.” It’s now hanging on a wall in Greece.
HAGIA SOPHIA AGAPE ©2011 by Trici Venola. Drawn during 25 hours in June from the terrace at Seven Hills Restaurant, Sultanahmet. This shows the East ...
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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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