Monthly Archives: April 2016

Good to Put Your Feet Up

We left the house at the crack of dawn, climbed Masada, a six mile round trip, and then swam in the Dead Sea for an hour or so. After such a long, hot and wonderful day, it was time for … Continue reading

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Outside the Museum

The road in front of the Israeli Museum has an attractive sweeping curve which I sketched this morning. Today’s sketch pretty much focuses on the same view as a sketch I did back on February 14. Interestingly, both times as … Continue reading

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Quiet Time

The time difference between San Diego and Jerusalem coupled with a lot of walking through the Old City made for two very tired guests at the end of the day today. This is a quick sketch of them as they … Continue reading

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Mother and Baby Wait at Airport

I went to the airport to pick up our friends and while I waited I sketched a bit. This tired mom and baby were sitting nearby and I quickly sketched them both. This is a pen, paper and iPad sketch.

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Small Girl in Pink Rides the Bus

I sketched in pen while riding the train and bus today, lots of bumps but lots of fun. This was my last sketch of the day and a tiny girl in pink, holding onto the bar and her father’s hand, … Continue reading

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Sunny Road

It takes about an hour to drive down to Be’er Sheva from Jerusalem. I did several quick sketches as we drove there Sunday morning. The light was bright and the colors beautiful. These are composite sketches. Each time I would … Continue reading

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Man Reflects on Injustice of Parking Ticket

There is nothing like a parking ticket in a language you have trouble reading to make you feel wronged. Especially when you bought a parking pass, displayed it on the dashboard and departed fifteen minutes before it expired. It does … Continue reading

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Feral Cats of Jerusalem

There are wild cats everywhere in Jerusalem. These are bold cats, entering buildings in search of food, including our apartment, when the screen is not pulled. Cats are on the walkways, in the trash bins, the outdoor cafes, national monuments, … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day!

We were on our way to Passover dinner and stopped at Hadar Josef, a neighborhood of Tel-Aviv, where we lived 38 years ago. We tried to locate our old apartment but between the tremendous remodeling and our fading memories, we … Continue reading

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Happy Passover!

I went several times in the past three months to sketch the enormous sculpture by Alexander Calder but ended up sketching the incredible view that the sculpture frames out across the Jerusalem Forest. The sculpture sits in a large plaza … Continue reading

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A Kindred Spirit

Every now and then I meet someone who has a way of seeing the world that just clicks with me. In this case I met a long retired educator who still feels the fire for putting the power of education … Continue reading

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Playing at Be’er Sheva’s Fountain Park

We spent the day yesterday at Be’er Sheva, a city on the edge of the Negev Desert. I had a good day sketching as I made my way about the city, but it was not until I sat in the … Continue reading

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Man in Plaid Does the Dishes

Our stay in Israel is coming to a close in two weeks so we are increasingly busy as we make the most of each remaining moment. I was only able to get in one quick sketch today. I like parts … Continue reading

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My View from the Back Seat

While driving back to Jerusalem with our good friend,  I took advantage of my seat in the back and began this sketch on my iPad. The ride was bumpy and I told myself that I would edit out the stray … Continue reading

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I Liked the Way She Stood There

I noticed her standing there looking out at the sea, with her hands on her hips and her face lifted to the light. It seemed as though she were checking on its wellbeing. I liked the way she stood there; I … Continue reading

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Rus Comes Over

My one sketch today, a sketch of our guest Rus. This sketch was done in Procreate.  

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Agave at the Sea of Galilee

Looking south down the Sea of Galilee, the lake seems almost to merge with the sky and hills at the far end where the River Jordan begins. I am working on creating a sense of depth in a landscape. In … Continue reading

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Salt Deposits at the Dead Sea

Today’s sketch is based on another on line drawing I made at the Dead Sea Tuesday. My goal today was to give the landscape a sense of depth. I used cooler colors with less value for the Jordanian mountains, intending to … Continue reading

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View of Jordan and the Dead Sea from Masada

Masada, the ancient fortress and winter home of Herod, is a great vantage point to look down on the Dead Sea and the mountains of Jordan beyond. It was a cloudy day with intermittent sprinkles but the view was gorgeous … Continue reading

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Posting to Facebook

After a long day of touring Jerusalem with a camera, comes an evening of reviewing, selecting and posting to Facebook. Which means a short while ago our two guests were sitting on the couch with their electronic devices, reflecting away … Continue reading

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Learning

We know how people learn, it is not a mystery. It goes best when people want to learn something specific, have resources to consult, can ask questions, work in a respectful environment, have enough time,  get feedback as they go … Continue reading

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Now, How Are We Related?

Yesterday we drove up to Haifa and visited Peter’s second cousin, her husband and their large welcoming family. In the morning we sat out on the terrace, sipped wonderful coffee and puzzled through some of the details of their family … Continue reading

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Late Night Reading

This is a quick sketch of a man reading. It is done on the iPad using Procreate.

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Many people stop for a bite and a chat on Jaffa Street  in the afternoon, especially now that spring is here. This quick sketch is done in pen with a watercolor wash on multimedia paper.

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After Another Long Day

Today’s sketch is pretty much the same topic as yesterday’s- tired out tourist takes a much needed break. Aside from deciding to use softer colors and limp lines to convey a sense of being tired,  I pretty much just drew … Continue reading

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Resting by Reading

We have friends visiting so of course we toured the Old City here in Jerusalem. When we got back we all needed to rest. My friend quickly sank into the couch and her iPad and began to recuperate, becoming interested … Continue reading

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Tourists at the Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem

While our guests took a tour of the tunnels below the Western Wall in Jerusalem, I sketched the tourists in the plaza above. A few birds made their way into the sketch as well. This is mostly an ink and … Continue reading

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Reflections

I liked their attitude, these two women sitting on the other side of the cafeteria, arms folded and shoulders touching. And I liked their double reflection in the glassy table too. But all I managed was a simple pencil sketch … Continue reading

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At the Ice Cream Shop

I look for scenes that tell a story and each time I see this particular grandmother and grandson at our corner ice cream shop they get my attention. He is about 15, enthusiastic, talkative and a bit awkward. She is … Continue reading

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Pained Resignation

After eight weeks in Jerusalem we should know better than to try to rent a car in the hour before the agencies close at noon for the coming Sabbath- the Sabbath is taken very seriously in Jerusalem. But there we … Continue reading

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