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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My Favorite St. John’s Capital Framed Print
-Possibly this gladiator converted & was buried in St John’s- My favorite marble relic at St John’s- Searing heat did me in- So finished from a photo- 22 August 2012 ©TriciVenola 2012 All these 6thCentury capitals are lined up in rows on a grassy knoll in front of the ruin of St John’s in Selçuk. There was a Gladiator’s cemetery somewhere around here. Their tombstones are all around.
-Possibly this gladiator converted & was buried in St John’s- My favorite marble relic at St John’s- Searing heat did me in- So finished from ...
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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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Obama Kedi and Friends Framed Print
-Marble-cut graffiti and Guli Obama, who the President petted on TV. ©TriciVenola 2012 Guli Obama Kedi still lives in Hagia Sophia, where she hangs out near the altar, surrounded by fatuous tourists and clicking cameras. The stunning whirligigs at center are original Byzantine inlaid stonework, pre-dating that in the Taj Mahal by a thousand years. Gleaming pearly and black stone, it was cleaned just before this drawing. The graffiti is from one of the many balustrades and constitutes a texture of its own. Sadly I’ve lost the name of the young guard, but he too got his portrait.
-Marble-cut graffiti and Guli Obama, who the President petted on TV. ©TriciVenola 2012 Guli Obama Kedi still lives in Hagia Sophia, where she hang...
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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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Our Lady of the Stairs Framed Print
-Chin up & a spit-in-your-eye glint. She ain’t begging. The tissue seller. -From a photo. ©TriciVenola 2012 Freezing rain, and she was prepared, with her heavy skirt, her cardboard, her water bottle and her wares. She was in the stairway leading up to the tram from the pedestrian underpass at Eminonu. She was there for years, until they closed the underpass for renovation. I hope she’s comfortably inside now. She was happy to have her picture taken.
-Chin up & a spit-in-your-eye glint. She ain’t begging. The tissue seller. -From a photo. ©TriciVenola 2012 Freezing rain, and she was prepa...
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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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Screaming Betty Page T-Shirt
SCREAMING BETTIE PAGE 1992 She was the Counterculture poster girl of the 1950s. Bettie Page appeared in a fetching Santa hat and nothing else in the first issue of Playboy, and after that she became a legend in girly magazine circles. Not only did she have a fabulous body and an adorable face, but she and photographer Bunny Yaeger worked as a team, with a keen sense of humor, coming up with those over-the-top Bondage and Wild Woman poses. An entire generation of men grew up drooling over Bettie Page; her trademark black pageboy hairdo, with saucy bangs, has appeared as homage in everything from Archie Comics to Pulp Fiction. At some point Bettie married, became Born Again, moved to Florida and disappeared. Later it emerged that she’d had mental problems, largely caused by financial stress. Ironically her photos passed into the public domain. In the 1980s her star rose again with a generation of new fans. Bettie became aware that, in her seventies, she had become a pop icon. She moved back to LA and into the Playboy Mansion, and with the help of old friend Hugh Hefner, hired an attorney who put her in the black, gave press interviews (no pictures), inspired a movie based on her life, and autographed a print of this very painting. If you know who stole it, please return it. After all, Bettie liked the painting and autographed it for me. I painted Bettie from photos but put on fishnets and posed the legs myself. I already had the skull, and it was simple to set it on fire. I painted this in 1992, in 72 dpi, to thank dear Fred- I’ve lost his last name- for giving me my first Wacom tablet. In 1995 I sold Giclee prints of Screaming Bettie Page at a show next to a tattoo parlor on Sunset Boulevard. In 2004, this exact image appeared in a tattoo magazine, on somebody’s chest. In 2016 I bit the bullet and repainted it in 300 dpi poster-size. It took two weeks, but it’s a hell of a poster and yes, we’ll make it available.
SCREAMING BETTIE PAGE 1992 She was the Counterculture poster girl of the 1950s. Bettie Page appeared in a fetching Santa hat and nothing else in t...
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She was a Pretty Girl Framed Print
-Karim Hanim- Selçuk- 20 August 2012- Drawing her made me cry. ©TriciVenola 2012 Karim Hanim worked as a maid her whole life. She’s now retired, surrounded by grandchildren in this little hill house. We visited her to celebrate the end of Ramazan, and she sat for this portrait.
-Karim Hanim- Selçuk- 20 August 2012- Drawing her made me cry. ©TriciVenola 2012 Karim Hanim worked as a maid her whole life. She’s now retired...
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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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