Ismet and Arif Laughing

-Ismet & Arif- guards at St John’s- from a photo ©TriciVenola 2012

After days of drawing in St John’s these guys seemed like old friends. A fine time drinking tea and laughing in the cicada-buzzing shade,  Ramazan was over, they could drink tea and smoke, it was a party.

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.