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
-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, s...
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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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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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Sultanahmet Longshot

Perfect for coffee, tea and hot chocolate, this classic shape white, durable ceramic mug in the most popular size. High quality sublimation printing makes it an appreciated gift to every true hot beverage lover. .: White ceramic .: 11 oz … Continued

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Süphan 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 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 dire...
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