Monthly Archives: March 2016

Evening View of Kifar Sha’ul

  It was warm at last and so I went back to the Jerusalem forest to sketch for the full afternoon. I love looking out across the valley to the small villages that sit on the terraced hills. I sketched … Continue reading

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View from the Balcony

  When we first got to Jerusalem, I sketched the view of the city  from our balcony. It was very cold then, hovering around freezing and I focused on recording what I saw. This sketch today is nearly the same … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Table Catalyst

There is something about working at a kitchen table, especially late at night, that makes ideas grow. Maybe it is the conditioning from all those hours spent at the table as a child doing homework. Or maybe it is sitting … Continue reading

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Listening to Each Other

  I planned to sketch outside today but the heavy rain drove me into a cafe. There were artificial orchids on the tables and I got into drawing them. Soon a couple sat at the next table and my attention … Continue reading

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Happy Easter from Israel

Celebrating Easter in Israel is an odd experience for someone like me. Holiday preparations here are of course focused around the Jewish holidays, not the holidays of other faiths. The stores are not full of baskets, eggs, and the Easter … Continue reading

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Caesarea

We sadly left David and Tara at the airport and then went on north to Caesarea National Park, the site of a once grand old harbor and city that was built, destroyed, and rebuilt by just about every group that … Continue reading

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Purim Butterflies on Jaffa Street

Today Jerusalem celebrated Purim, a religious holiday that involves costumes and fun. We went downtown with the crowds and hung out, admiring the costumes and enjoying the festivities. This is a composite sketch. I combined the parts of several sketches … Continue reading

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After Another Tough Day of Vacationing

After six miles on our feet visiting the university, the Israeli Museum and downtown Jerusalem, it was time to recuperate again on the comfy couch back at the apartment. I caught the feeling of being tired in this sketch a … Continue reading

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Learning about the Holocaust

I sat on a stool at the Yad Vashem Museum, doing quick sketches of people down the hall looking at a powerful photograph depicting the Holocaust. This little girl put her hands over her heart as she looked long and … Continue reading

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It Was a Long Day

We got back to the apartment late and some of us were in need of a rest. It is a small apartment but it turns out that with cooperation, a blanket and a couch can accommodate two people very nicely. … Continue reading

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Real Reading

Savvy teachers pay attention to the body language of reading when their students read in class. And old teachers may never stop noticing a real reader when they see one. Real readers have facial expressions that change depending on the … Continue reading

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Ideas and Discussion

What is a vacation if not an opportunity to work on solving a problem of mutual obsession? Or better yet, an opportunity to sketch a type of interaction, people learning together, that has long fascinated me? The body language of … Continue reading

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Fighting Jet Lag

If you traveled for twenty-four hours, had a meal, did a little sight seeing, and then worked on a tough puzzle with your father, this is what your body language might look like as you fight jet lag. The focused … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Marathon

Jerusalem closed down for its marathon today. The family run was great fun, fast moving kids, parents in search of kids, babies in strollers and brightly colored shirts on everyone. I could not keep track of the figures and limbs as … Continue reading

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At the Jerusalem Market

Today I stopped by Jerusalem’s traditional open air market, the Mahane Yehuda Market, sometimes known as the shuk. It is a very busy place and I had been trying to get my courage up to draw there. I shouldn’t have … Continue reading

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Central Bus Station Security Line

Security vigilance is a constant in Israel. People and their belongings are routinely checked at bus stations, large stores, museums, theaters, and airports. In this sketch of the entrance to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. I wanted to convey how … Continue reading

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Tel Aviv Corner

It was fun to take the bus down to Tel Aviv for the day with friends. We visited three small museums each honoring an Israeli founder, Ben Gurion, the first prime minister, Chaim Bialik, the poet, and Reuven Rubin, the … Continue reading

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Hooray for Pi Day Teachers!

March 14 is a wonderful day for teachers due to a delightful coincidence between the way March 14 is written and the approximate value of Pi, a mathematical constant. Irrational numbers can be mysterious and teaching students to understand and … Continue reading

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Sketching a Statue Again

The Hebrew University has a huge Henry Moore bronze statue, “Draped Seated Woman,” on its lawn. It is angular, somewhat abstract and totally commanding. Besides being beautiful, it never gets up and walks away in the middle of a sketch. … Continue reading

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At the Next Table

We went out to lunch and I was happy that our table provided such a good view of a stone wall since I am still working on capturing the look of stone. It was a bonus that I also had … Continue reading

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Outside Yad Vashem

Visiting Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial for the victims of the Holocaust, left me feeling pensive, sad and worried. How could this happen, could it happen again? Other visitors seem to feel this way too, you can see it in their … Continue reading

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View of Kfar Sha’ul

  I was just finishing up when a young woman jaunted down the sidewalk into my sketch and made all the difference. I love the tilt of her hip and head and the way it turns my landscape into a … Continue reading

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Hebrew University Lawn

  The morning fog was still lifting and people were out and about at the Hebrew University. From time to time I sketch this view. I love the way the four triangles of this landscape, sky, lawn, deciduous trees, and … Continue reading

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Lunch Line

  I often sketch people interacting with each other over a long meal but this sketch is about five individuals who seemed to be on a short lunch break. There was something about their body language that said they were … Continue reading

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Chagall Windows

Since sketching is such a great way to really see something, I went to Ein Kerem to sketch Marq Chagall’s stained glass windows in the Hadassah Hospital’s Synagogue. The twelve windows celebrate the twelve tribes of Israel and are arranged … Continue reading

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Yafo Street

Sunday is a work day in Israel and Yafo Street in downtown Jerusalem was full of activity. There was much to sketch but the zigzag of the light on the buildings, street and people caught my eye and I spent … Continue reading

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Tired Out

We spent Saturday hiking in the mountains on the coastal side of Jerusalem and returned home with just enough reserve power for one quick sketch or email check apiece. This is an ink and watercolor sketch.

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What Do Researchers Do All Day?

My brother sent the following note about my February 26 sketch, “What Does It Mean?” “I like this sketch. It reminds me of an illustration that I saw once that was duplicated exactly into two cells. The overall caption was … Continue reading

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Oh Nana!

  I wasn’t close enough to really hear the discussion but from time to time an, “Oh Nana!” would make it to my ears. The body language of their interaction, the intense attention of the young woman, the gestures of … Continue reading

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Israeli National Flower

Hebrew University has a nature walk through part of its campus, a raised boardwalk with seating areas perfect for sketching. It is particularly nice just now with all the spring flowers, including the Israeli national flower, the Anemone Kalanit. I … Continue reading

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