Monthly Archives: February 2016

Street Drummer

At nearly five in the afternoon Yafo Street in central Jerusalem was full of hurrying people. A street musician began to play the hang drum and people stopped to listen. I was lucky to be already sitting across the street … Continue reading

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Highway Sketch

    Driving back from the Ben Gurion Airport we encountered a long traffic jam, due to construction I think. Fortunately I was in the passenger’s seat with my sketchbook and the trees were lovely and inviting. I have been … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon at the Park

  It was a beautiful spring day and perfect for sketching in Jerusalem’s Beit HaKerem neighborhood, where we are staying for these three months. The park I visited today is a long, narrow green-space along the Begin freeway. The walls, … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean?

  The body language of thinking often involves sitting up straight, staring directly at a person, computer, or text, and a hand gesture that shows surprise or attention. I believe I caught all three of these this morning in this … Continue reading

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Cafe at Ein Karem

We walked through the Jerusalem Forest to Ein Karem, a ancient village where Saint John the Baptist grew up. It is a beautiful town full of stone buildings, small parks, cobblestone lanes, monasteries, churches, and a central area where we … Continue reading

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In the Jerusalem Forest

  I watched two adventurers scramble on the rocks across the way from me in the Jerusalem Forest, a gorgeous green space along the west side of the city. I noticed how much fun the pair seemed to be having … Continue reading

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Are You Interested?

I do not know what academic topic these two were discussing today in the Hebrew University Library’s cafe, but I thought that there was a more personal and unspoken topic being considered as well. I tried to capture the positive … Continue reading

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Admiring the View

I was in the midst of sketching the rocks at Wohl Rose Garden when an elderly man with a cane stopped along the path, his face turned up, his hands leaning on his cane, his eyes on the view. His … Continue reading

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Canna Lilies and Geraniums

In a wild garden near us plants are free to do their own thing. Canna lily leaves and geraniums intertwine and brighten up the day of those who pass by and notice. This is a watercolor and pen sketch on … Continue reading

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The Referee Report

  The decision about whether a scientific paper merits publication in a journal is usually made by fellow scientists. Decisions like these require a huge effort by the referees to understand new ideas. Many of my sketches are attempts to … Continue reading

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Passing by the Agaves

Jerusalem, like San Diego, has huge agaves succulents. The unusual shape and size of their leaves are especially fun to draw. The figure hurrying through the shadow suggests a story, perhaps one about getting home before dark. This is a … Continue reading

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What Does It All Mean?

  I didn’t get a chance to sketch until the end of the day but fortunately I had an excellent model, sleepy but fixated on making sense of a lecture on his computer. One of my goals is telling a … Continue reading

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Statue Again

I went back to the Hebrew University and sketched another view of the sculpture  from last week. This time I worked at showing its energy by making it more abstract and using stronger colors. Unfortunately, I lost the look of … Continue reading

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Jaffa Street

Downtown Jerusalem has a long street shared by pedestrians, stores, sidewalk cafes, street musician, and light rail, but not cars. I was puzzled at first by what looked like a lack of barriers between the light rail and people but … Continue reading

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Sderot HaMuze’onim

This is a sketch of a street near the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem. The more I draw the different types of stone around Jerusalem, the more I realize how little I know about showing texture and irregular shape. I … Continue reading

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Bus Stop

My learning goal for this week is to understand how to draw stone walls and stone buildings, which is pretty important if you want to do landscapes in Jerusalem. After a long morning of sketching stone without much progress, I … Continue reading

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A Hedge and a Path

Jerusalem has a system of shortcuts for pedestrians, walkways that keep you out of traffic and let you cut across huge blocks. This particular footpath is near our apartment and one of my favorites now that its massive aloe hedge … Continue reading

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Garden at Hebrew University

  I did several versions of this statue on the university lawn. The bare earth with the beginnings of a flower garden attracted me but then I got distracted by the statue against the winter sky. I  am not sure … Continue reading

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Another Coffee Shop

There is no doubt about it, I like to be warm when sketching. Temperatures in the low 50’s are just too cold for my California bones. This is a scene in the warm library coffee shop at Hebrew University. The … Continue reading

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The Old City Walls again

  Yesterday’s sketch bothered me. One of my goals is to use image to tell a story and yesterday’s sketch did not do so. I woke up thinking that it would have been better if I had included awestruck people. … Continue reading

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The Old City

If you stand at the Montefiore Windmill in Jerusalem, you can see down into a valley and across it to the walls of the Old City. It is hard to take your eyes off of this view, you could spend … Continue reading

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A Coffee Shop Kind of Day

The winter storm is easing, but today was still a great day to sit indoors, sip coffee and sketch. Since people are my favorite subjects to draw I headed off to one of the many university coffee shops. I drew … Continue reading

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Skype Sketch

The 10-hour time difference between Jerusalem and California makes for sleepy Skyping for our son, who stayed up very late to talk to us. When the talk shifted to technical work,  I got out my sketch pad, a pencil and watercolors, … Continue reading

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Watching the Winter Storm

  We two Californians were mesmerized by the clouds that came in to Jerusalem this morning. Sitting in the warm apartment I looked out and captured this scene on our balcony. I went back and forth with including the Jerusalem … Continue reading

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From the Botanical Garden

I sketched awhile at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens; this sketch includes the apartment buildings on the hills above the garden. I love the look of this city and the way it is laid out. Most buildings here are made of … Continue reading

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Early Thursday Morning

The Jerusalem morning light pours through the blinds and adds warmth, good cheer, and a bright glare to our breakfast table. Drawing a blinding glare that obscures shape will take more practice but for now I used diffuse yellows and … Continue reading

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Belgium House

  The Belgium House at the Hebrew University is a great place to get a cup of coffee, some sunshine and a sketch. The gardens are lush, inviting and set up for groups and individuals. I started off drawing the … Continue reading

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Damascus Gate Bus Plaza

I am beginning to feel more comfortable sketching in pubic here in Israel and did a first pass of this sketch while waiting for the tram near Damascus Gate, one of the entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem. One … Continue reading

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Reconnecting with a friend

  In the late 70’s we stayed in Israel for 17 months. Now back in Israel for a few months we are happily reconnecting with old friends and taking lots of photos, two of which I used for this sketch- … Continue reading

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