Skull on Fire T-Shirt
SKULL ON FIRE 1991 The first thing I ever drew with a Wacom. After a demo at LAMUG came a knock on the door, outside was Fred, the Wacom rep with the first, huge, tablet in his arms like a baby, presenting it to me. I borrowed the skull from a friend who had bought the skeleton entire from someone who got it in 1968. We think she was Indian, as they used to sell their impoverished dead. My dentist said that the tooth exposed in her lower jaw may well have killed her. I propped her mouth open with a flashlight and spent the night drawing her. Afterwards I’d be in cut off in traffic, thinking, whatta jerk— and then— but he has one of THOSE in his head. A miracle. To thank Fred, I set the skull on fire and sat Bettie Page on it in her underwear. The skull was the one used in many artworks. In 2016, I repainted Screaming Bettie Page poster-size in 300 dpi.
SKULL ON FIRE 1991 The first thing I ever drew with a Wacom. After a demo at LAMUG came a knock on the door, outside was Fred, the Wacom rep with ...
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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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Sultanahmet Long Shot Framed Print
The fronstpiece for Drawing On Istanbul 2. Sultanahmet and the Mouth of the Bosporus, from Cihangir across the Golden Horn.
The fronstpiece for Drawing On Istanbul 2. Sultanahmet and the Mouth of the Bosporus, from Cihangir across the Golden Horn....
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Sweethearts’ Tomb
-The Sweethearts’ Tomb- Deniz loves Ozon! Hordes of babbling Spanish, searing sun, giant red ants, & artifacts of romance in St John’s- August 24 2012 ©TriciVenola 8/2012 One fairly-well preserved tomb in the middle of wreckage.
-The Sweethearts’ Tomb- Deniz loves Ozon! Hordes of babbling Spanish, searing sun, giant red ants, & artifacts of romance in St John’s- August...
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Plein air drawing of Eastern Turkish landscape with teahouse
Teahouse at Ulu Camii Framed Print
The teahouse at Ulu Camii. Kef Kales, Adilcevaz, Lake Van. Terraces cut 3500 years ago roll up from the lake. Everyone in town knows this spot: a happy tranquil place. And you can drink the water.  -©2016 TriciVenola— I spent a few hours drawing this, with a couple of interested gents from the mosque checking in now and then to see how it progressed. As I drew, groups of people drove up and sat chatting in the teahouse. This is the same view the denizens of the ancient city had, from every single house, rising in tiers up from the lake.
The teahouse at Ulu Camii. Kef Kales, Adilcevaz, Lake Van. Terraces cut 3500 years ago roll up from the lake. Everyone in town knows this spot: a happ...
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Plein air drawing of aqueduct at Suphan
The Aqueduct at Süphan Framed Print
A shepherd: the Aqueduct at Asagi Süphan -©2016 TriciVenola  — He leaped up on the very edge of the ancient aqueduct and harangued the sheep, while all around him was glory. He did it just as I had gotten to that place in the drawing, as though it had been planned. We are in A Suphan, where project patron Celal Ögmen grew up, and he particularly asked me to draw the aqueduct. This took about an hour and a half to draw, sitting on the old stones while chickens strutted nearby. That’s Lake Van out there, and this aqueduct originally ran all the way down to it, about 4000 years ago.
A shepherd: the Aqueduct at Asagi Süphan -©2016 TriciVenola  — He leaped up on the very edge of the ancient aqueduct and harangued the sheep,...
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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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Plein air drawing of old ruined house
THEIR OLD HOUSE IN ÇANAKYAYLA FRAMED PRINT
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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Plein air drawing of traditional Turkish women
THEY BOUGHT ME ICE CREAM
Beautiful girls of Ahlat all dressed up and excited to be out! They bought me ice cream! -©2016 TriciVenola — The shrine at Ahlat is the centrepiece of a vast landscaped cemetery that is also a park, on the edge of Lake Van. It was Sunday, and these girls were all made up and dressed up and out for the day, carrying their computers and phones, having a wonderful time. They crowded around while I was drawing the pavilion, tilted over the roots of the tree, and brought me an ice cream bar. Each girl looked very different, but they were all so vibrant and beautiful I just had to draw them.
Beautiful girls of Ahlat all dressed up and excited to be out! They bought me ice cream! -©2016 TriciVenola — The shrine at Ahlat is the centrepiec...
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Plein air drawing of traditional Turkish women
TRADITIONAL TURKISH WOMEN
Women of the Akkus Family Çanakyayla Nazime Sibel Imran Ceylan Çanakyayla -©2016 TriciVenola — These are traditional girls, and one is married into the family. They never show their faces except to their husbands and to other women, but they were happy to be drawn. We had a fine time with much cracking up. The white lacy kerchiefs are for married women. Ceylan’s is streaked with vivid colour as she was yet unmarried. Whenever RIdvan or Mehmet came into the room, back went the face veils. All around our feet was a horde of obstreperous little boys. I posted a commemorative photo, but got an immediate call from Celal in Istanbul requesting I take it down. Two of the girls’ husbands worked for him at the restaurant there. “Kids are fine,” he said, “and drawings are great, but nobody wants a picture of his wife or sister all over the Internet.” But they loved the drawings.
Women of the Akkus Family Çanakyayla Nazime Sibel Imran Ceylan Çanakyayla -©2016 TriciVenola — These are traditional girls, and one is married i...
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Typical Topkapi Tourist Framed Print
His wife and daughter were undoubtedly inside, lost in raptures at being completely surrounded by ormolu. After a couple of days drawing all this French Ottoman froufrou, I was just finishing up when this guy stomped out of the palace and flopped down on the bench. I couldn’t resist! The tree and the palace decor are likely the same vintage: 18thC. The Ottomans built this palace after 1453. One Sultan's mother was French, and it shows.
His wife and daughter were undoubtedly inside, lost in raptures at being completely surrounded by ormolu. After a couple of days drawing all this ...
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