Plein air drawing of traditional Turkish family
KELEŞ FAMILY

Keles Family Adilcevaz Derya Turan Bey Nürgül Karen Abdullah Omer -The best meatballs I ever ate. -©2016 TriciVenola — Abdullah is a cousin of my patron, Celal. He and his family picked me up at the airport bus in Van and took me home to dinner. His mother, smiling here right of centre, made from a secret family recipe: meatballs like malt balls, with liquid soft centers. Highly addictive! Abdullah’s wife Derya is in the university at Van. HIs brother Omer is principal at a village school that serves three towns.

Keles Family Adilcevaz Derya Turan Bey Nürgül Karen Abdullah Omer -The best meatballs I ever ate. -©2016 TriciVenola — Abdullah is a cousin of...
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Plein air drawing of Lake Van
LAKE VAN

The ancients gazed at these mountains from this forever sacred place 22 April 2016 Lake Van in front of Ulu Camii- Adilcevaz  -©2016 TriciVenola — Mere pen and ink does not begin to do justice to the symphony of white mountains floating above the pale lake. But the attempt — if you’re lucky— is art.

The ancients gazed at these mountains from this forever sacred place 22 April 2016 Lake Van in front of Ulu Camii- Adilcevaz  -©2016 TriciVenola...
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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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Plein air drawing of a matriarch at Aghtamar
MATRIARCH AT AGHTAMAR
Magnificent matriarch of the Eskitasçioglu Family at Holy Cross on Aghtamar -©2016 TriciVenola — This lady and I had some conversation on the boat coming over. She was unable to navigate the steep path up to the church, so I drew her inside it. Al her children and grandchildren are doctors and dentists. She has a beautiful smile!
Magnificent matriarch of the Eskitasçioglu Family at Holy Cross on Aghtamar -©2016 TriciVenola — This lady and I had some conversation on the b...
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Plein air drawing of traditional Turkish man
MEHMET ALI AKKUŞ
©TriciVenola Çanakyayla 2016 — Nazime’s husband had to work the fields that day, so his brother came to act as host. All the while I was drawing, a bunch of small boys ran in and out and perched here and there, watching, while Nazime’s daughters and daughters-in-law came in and out laughing and bringing food. It was a happy day.
©TriciVenola Çanakyayla 2016 — Nazime’s husband had to work the fields that day, so his brother came to act as host. All the while I was drawin...
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Plein air portrait of traditional Turkish woman
NAZIME AKKUŞ
Nazime Akkus 1 May 2016 Çanakyayla Mother of 11 in a small mountain village far from everywhere -©2016 TriciVenola — Far from everywhere except the spectacular mountains, the fields, and each other. Nazime told me that she had 14 children, but three died. She is Cela’s mother’s sister. This lady was 71 when she posed for me, and I did not cheat on her looks: she really does look like Jean Simmons the actress.
Nazime Akkus 1 May 2016 Çanakyayla Mother of 11 in a small mountain village far from everywhere -©2016 TriciVenola — Far from everywhere except th...
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Plein air drawing of old Turkish mosque
Old Mosque on the Water Framed Print
AdilcevazBitlis – Lake Van Ertugrul Bey Camii- 42 years today -April 22 -©2016 TriciVenola — I don’t know how old this mosque is, but it pre-dates the highway by a couple of centuries, judging by the depth of its entrance. In the background is Lake Van, ringed by snow-whitened mountains. Abdullah and I sneaked back after the crowd left, and I got this drawing in a couple of hours. The date is a private anniversary.
Adilcevaz – Bitlis – Lake Van Ertugrul Bey Camii- 42 years today -April 22 -©2016 TriciVenola — I don’t know how old this mosque is, ...
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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 a shrine at Ahlat
Shrine at Alat Framed Print
Four at the shrine in Ahlat-30 April -©2016 TriciVenola A great Muslim saint is buried here in this shrine. All day while I drew, groups of fundamentalist Muslim men came and knelt, praying at the shrine. While all the while a woman in traditional dress sat at right and tended to things on her phone.
Four at the shrine in Ahlat-30 April -©2016 TriciVenola A great Muslim saint is buried here in this shrine. All day while I drew, groups of fundamen...
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