THE INHERITORS 

-Belidiye workers with chunks of the Boukoleon Palace in the railroad below my balcony.-Sultanahmet Summer 2008 -Trici Venola ©2008

 Nobody seemed to care about the rotting glory. This stuff is probably all still there, although the rail service is discontinued. “Restoration” on the Palace has been announced.

The view from my balcony in summer of 2008.

SWEET SUMMER TWILIGHT

-Piano music from somewhere-The rush of the highway–Shriek of birds–O sweet long summer twilight–Out on the balcony with Ygor–4 years my cat-&now in this happiest of homes–Over the ruined Boukoleon arches–The train and the sea.–Never forget 8:32 PMSunday July 13 2008–TriciVenola ©2008
IN THE CORRIDORS OF LORD
-April 22 2008-34 years  today-TriciVenola ©2008 

34 years before this drawing, I cleaned up my act in order to do right by my talent and create art worth looking at. Drawing this fabulous Byzantine window was the best way to celebrate. It’s part of the Corridor of Lord, which connected the Magnaura Palace to the Church of Lord down the hill. 

With Ygor in 2008.

Remembering joy like a pain. It’s ten years later and Ygor is still with me.

Ygor just now.

STREET SCENE WITH MINARETS

Wild tribal music-A hot July night-The moon caught in the minarets of the Suleymaniye Mosque-TriciVenola ©2008 

And here it is: the moon caught in the minarets of Suleymaniye Camii. Next day I told an old man and he said, “Oh, I’ve seen it like that!!” Suleymaniye was built by premier Renaissance architect Mimar Sinan. He probably did it on purpose

THE PATCHWORK WALL
-Next to the Arasta Bazaar -Byzantine-Ottoman piecemeal wall sealing off the ruined Aetos Church & Wall of Nicophorus Phocas from the street. The latter runs right under me here toward the Blue Mosque. It used to connect the Boukoleon to the Great Palace.-TriciVenola ©5/2008

This wall was sandblasted by “restorers” some years ago, the guard tower kitsched up, and the 10th century Aetos Church and its frescoes razed for a hotel. We tried to get some help from Unesco, but were informed that the country in which the antiquities reside had to cooperate. I did get pictures, and I will do drawings. Stay tuned.

Drawing the ruined, doomed Aetos Church in 2008, and its location near the Arasta Bazaar. 

MOON OVER SULEYMANIYE

-Drawn to the beat of the tribal music wailing wilder and faster-Antik Restaurant with Zaza-A balmy Friday night on the bridge-11 July 2008- Galata Bridge-TriciVenola ©2008 

Walking home alone in the summer night, I stopped on the bridge in a restaurant I’d never noticed and found it belonged to an old acquaintance, Zaza. I’d been hiding out at home a lot that year, but the night was so beautiful I got out the book and started drawing. Am I glad I did!! Later, the moon dropped between the minarets like a horse into a corral.

OPERA SINGER
-Opera singer Ceyhan Tekellioglu at Coffee World in the Spice Bazaar.-TriciVenola ©2008

And a 16th century window above him.

DOG IN THE RUINS
-TriciVenola ©2008

The Boukoleon. Beyond the ruins, the moon over the Marmara Sea, out my window summer nights as I fell asleep.