Drawing India

All works were done on my travels through India, Summer of 2013.

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“Monsoon Colors 1” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Fountinhas” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim Market” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Market Portrait” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Rickshaw” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Cafe Sketch” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Market Sketch 2” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Monsoon Colors 2” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“St. Sebastian” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim 1” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim 2” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Field Worker” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim 3” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Young girl” Pen on Paper, 2013

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“Hampi” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Agra” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim 4” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim 5” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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Sketchbook Page, 2013

Old Goa

Sometimes life gets busy and moves so fast, that it is easy to loose track of various projects.  However, my experiences in India last summer are too exceptional to skim over just for the sake of catching up to the present.

So, its time to revisit last July, when the Monsoon was so heavy that I found it difficult to think, draw, see…but when I could wipe the fog on the window clean, I found moments of clarity in still cathedrals, in wet ruins, in the florescent green of moss covered stones.

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“Old Goa” Pen on Paper, 2013

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“Old Goa 2” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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Prints

Just a quick side note before I continue with my account of the Black Sea….

I have recently been in touch with people about selling prints of my paintings.  I have sold a few in the past, but have never done much advertising for them.  Its good for me because prints are easy and fast to make, and good for the client because they are affordable, can be printed at any size and look almost as good as an original.  So, that being said if you are interested in purchasing a print of any sketch, painting or drawing of mine, please contact me at gabrielleannreeves@gmail.com.  You can find most of my work on this site, as well as at Gabriellereeves.com.

A few examples of prints sold…

"Mala in the Monsoon" Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

“Mala in the Monsoon” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

"Waldo" Oil on Canvas, 2011

“Waldo” Oil on Canvas, 2011

"On Road"  Oil on Canvas, 2008

“On Road” Oil on Canvas, 2008

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“Apparaition” Oil on Panel, 2010

Thank you to everyone who has supported my work!  Now, back to the Black Sea…

Babayanlılar: The People of Babayan

As a part of my project this summer, I conducted a series of individual portraits, and Ibrahimpaşa‘s residents served as my models.  I made as many portraits as I could, and sometimes could barely keep up with all the appointments I made.  I drew the villagers at work, in their homes, drinking çay in the kahve hane (coffee house) and taking lunch breaks in the town square.

Rather than bringing models into my studio, I wanted to see and interact with them in their own element, where they where comfortable, where they are themselves.

Thank you to all of my village models, for all that you have taught me…

"Kus Mehmet" Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

“Kus Mehmet” in his shop, Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

"Dukkan" Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

“Dukkan” with Kus Mehmet behind the counter, Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

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“Mustafa ve Linda” Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

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“Eski Mustafa” Graphite on Paper, 2013

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“Merve” Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

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“serefe” Graphite on Paper, 2013

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“Recep” Ink on Paper, 2013

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“Ismet 1” Graphite on Paper, 2013

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“Ibrahim ve Mustafa” in the kahve hane, Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Ismet 2” Graphite on Paper, 2013

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“Kadir” the kahveci, Graphite on Paper, 2013

Interior

Works of the inside, or from the inside looking out…

All drawn on location in Ibrahimpaşa, as part of my BHC project.

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“Kahve Hane” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Interior” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Saadet” Graphite on Paper, 2013

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“Kizlar” Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

 

Local News

On an early morning in late May, I caught a ride to Nevşehir with some Ibrahimpaşa locals.  I found myself sardined in the back of a van, soft bodies surrounding me on every side, bumping along the road to Nevşehir with a group of Turkish women.  We were on our way to make gözleme and other Turkish goods for the first day of a 10 day long food drive.  I had been invited on the excursion, and was eager to help as well as spend a day in some new surroundings.

I spent the morning rolling out paper thin dough with the village women, practicing my Turkish and eating way more than I ever thought I could.  When my attempts to turn down more gözleme or baklava seemed to be failing, I decided to take a break from rolling  dough (which I was embarrassingly terrible at) and walk around the city in search for a good place to draw.  Unless you want to go to the mall, or eat some American style pizza, Nevşehir is not the most interesting place to visit in Kapadokya.  However, there is a Byzantine castle on a hill above the town, and plenty of shady spots to sit on the streets below.

I settled myself outside of the Nevşehir Belediyesi (or local government building), where there was a perfect view of the ruins, and began work on an ink and watercolor sketch.   I had been working for about an hour when I heard the snap of a camera from behind me.  Before I knew it, I was surrounded by a small news crew that had seen me drawing on the street and rushed over to ask me questions.  There can be an awkward moment when you are talking with people whose English is about as good as your Turkish and it becomes confusing which language is the best to communicate in.  So, we switched back and forth, speaking Turklish, as I explained where I was from and what I was doing in Kapadokya.  When the interview was done, they thanked me and rushed inside the Belediye building to bring me a fresh cup of Turkish coffee that I enjoyed as I leisurely finished my drawing.

It was a matter of days before the paper circulated in Ibrahimpaşa with the short interview I had in Nevşehir.  There was a bit of excitement at the local bakkal as I passed around the paper with locals and we all read it together.  Apparently, my Turkish isn’t as good as I think…because there were a few facts that were a little off…but I was so pleased and honored to be mentioned in the local news.  I love Turkey, in all its spontaneity!  To see a digital version of the article click here.

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“Nevsehir” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

Street Drawings

Working on the streets of İbrahimpaşa

While in residency at Babayan (though I had a beautiful cave studio) I spent most of my time perched on the neighborhood streets, and the town became my studio…

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"Neighborhood Scene 2" Graphite on Paper, 2013

“Neighborhood Scene 2” Graphite on Paper, 2013

"Neighborhood Scene 3" Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

“Neighborhood Scene 3” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

"Neighborhood Scene 4" Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

“Neighborhood Scene 4” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

"Neighborhood Scene 5" Ink on Paper, 2013

“Neighborhood Scene 5” Ink on Paper, 2013

"Manzara 4" Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

“Manzara 4” Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

"Mavi Kapısı" Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

“Mavi Kapısı” Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

"Tractor" Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

“Tractor” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013