Galata Tower 2012: Work in Progress 1

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The first session of four days of drawing on this charming street.

Galata Tower 2012: Work in Progress 2

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No pencil this time. Look Ma, no hands!

Galata Tower 2012: Work in Progress 3

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Broke up the session by visiting a mural being painted nearby, also another art studio.

Galata Tower 2012

-4 days drawing Galata Tower -I met everyone on the street! ©TriciVenola 2012

Ta-da! No book would be complete without a drawing of this landmark, the icon of Beyoglu. The pointed lead hat replaced the original terraced topknot of this tower, which the Genoese built in the 13thCentury on Byzantine foundations. There are ruins of other towers and connecting walls, which enclosed the  Genoese settlement.

The Tissue Seller Study

A first attempt to capture the magnificent woman in the next drawing. It was just too crowded to stand and draw, so I went back and took photos.

A first attempt to capture the magnificent woman in the next drawing. It was just too crowded to stand and draw, so I went back and took photos.
This photo makes her look pitiful. She wasn’t.

Our Lady of the Stairs

-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.

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