Gece Çizimler/Night Drawings

Ibrahimpaşa is stunning at night; when everyone retires into their homes, the streets are quiet, and dim lamps reflect yellow and orange hues against stone houses tumbling down the hill.

The last time I did a night drawing was in Istanbul 2 years ago, with fellow sketcher Nicole.  We sat awkwardly at a tippy table in Fener, using çay as medium while street cats walked across our drawing paper and the light rapidly faded.  I remember how uncomfortable the situation was, but also how all of these challenges brought about unexpected energy to our drawings.  For me, another layer of difficulty brings another layer of exhilaration, and I find that my work often benefits from a bit of chaos.

One way to add a great deal of chaos to the drawing process, is to work at night.  Finding a good light source, sitting in the cold, trying to capture the infinite lights and darks that appear within shadows, being able to see the colors you are using….all difficulties in the night sketching process.

In the early Kapadokyan summer, I sat under a dim street lamp with frozen fingers. Drawing shapes that had become so familiar to me during the day, and so mysterious at night.


“Gece Çizim/Night Drawing 1” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013


“Gece Çizim/Night Drawing 2” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013



“Gece Çizim/Night Drawing 3” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013



2 thoughts on “Gece Çizimler/Night Drawings

  1. Your blog is fantastic Gabby! I really liked “Gece Çizim/Night Drawing 1.” You’re portrayal of the light and ambience is done so well! Keep up the good work! It’s good motivation to keep up on my blog as well! Check it out of you get a chance (, I think you may enjoy it. I am going to Marrakech at the end of November. I’m so pumped. I have always wanted to visit Africa, so this should be a good starter. Hope all is well. Take good care. -Tony

    • Thanks so much for the comment Tony! I will definitely check out your blog and add a link to it, it my “friends” section. Thats so great you are going to Marrakech, you better do a whole lot of blogging while you are there. I can’t wait to see you pictures. Take care!

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