The Citadel and St. John’s in Selçuk
A long happy time on my birthday in 2012 drawing this longshot of Selçuk, with its great ruined monuments. Just beyond the trees at center is the huge ruin of the Temple of Artemis, broken marble half-sunk in a marsh, storks nesting on the one surviving column.
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.
Guardians at the Gate
My hat is off to the people who guard the treasures in this country. It was the day after Ramazan ended, and these two security guards were in a fine mood. They were happy to pose, and I was happy to draw them.
The heat was pounding down, a scratchy pulsing chorus of cicidas, so I took refuge at the top of this ruined staircase behind the altar, to draw the Citadel on the hill above.
Eros on a Dolphin
Racketing around Izmir with Frances on a happy day. This bronze is 1800 years old.
One fairly-well preserved tomb in the middle of wreckage.