Drawing On Istanbul

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Drawing On Istanbul
In 1999 Los Angeles artist Trici Venola left the digital world to travel and draw in Turkey. This blog is about living in Turkey.
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  • A DATE WITH AN ANGEL: Worlds Collide in Hagia Sophia 5 days ago IT’S ALL ALIVE The date of this angel is probably slightly after 1261. That’s when the re-enfranchised Eastern Christians of Constantinople dug up Henri Dandolo and threw him out the window of Hagia Sophia, officially ending the sixty-year Roman Catholic … Continue reading →
  • PEACE IN THE RUINS: Drawing the Hospital of Sampson 6 months ago I sat on a hillside covered with wild mustard, drawing Byzantine bricks through chestnut trees just coming into bloom, and the whole world was yellow and green. A sunny day in April, and I was drawing in dead quiet: a … Continue reading →
  • GHOST CHURCH: Drawing Theotokos in Chalkoprateia 9 months ago 5th century AD: Furious clamor as police descend on Constantinople’s Chalkoprateia, the Bronze District, where Jewish artisans live, creating and selling bronze items. Screaming in outrage, bearded Jews in caps are dragged from their shops, beaten, banished. An earlocked apprentice … Continue...
  • SNOW CAFE: Drawing Plovdiv in Winter 11 months ago Oh, it’s cold now in Istanbul. Days like diamonds: brilliant sunshine, icy in the shadows. The sun fools you into wearing a lighter coat, and then it sets. Such a fantasy, Istanbul, amid seas and waterways. But its magnificent trees, … Continue reading →
  • 2013 in review 11 months ago THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! It’s lovely to see you, all 25,000 reads, Stateside and in Turkey and in the UK, and astonishing that we are still being read in all through the Balkans, Scandinavia, Asia, Europe. I love that there … Continue reading →

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