Mittwoch, 3. Mai 2017

ISRAEL 24.4. - 2.5.2017

I realized lately, that its actually has been almost a year since my last post here...which doesn't mean that i haven't drawn for that long! I have been working on other projects and didn't really had the time to post stuff here - but thats going to change again.

So the reason, why i'm here now, is that i just came back from Israel. And I took of course a sketchbook with me (even bought a new one!), and I brought a selection of colored pencil (a lot of brown-yellows) and my watercolors, as well as fineliner and my beloved brushpen and pencils. I ended up using only one 0.3 fineliner and a 2B Pencil  - the colored pencils didn't work out, the brushpen didn't flow as usual, the watercolors were too much of a hustle. But on my next journey I will still take all of it with me, since you never know!

Ok, enough with the preparation, lets go to Israel:
Flying from Geneva to Tel Aviv on the 25 in the morning - i stayed overnight at a friends place. One hour after me, my girlfriend Eline landed from London.

The flight was packed - lots of orthodox jews with their newborns. There's not much to do on a flight, so i tried to get as much as possible in one drawing by "using" a fishlens.

As soon as I started to draw him, he would start to move and then go...always the same! It's also the only try with the brushpen...

Changed then to this two ladies - we and they were eating in this wonderful place "Kaymar" in Tel Aviv.

Next day we went to Jerusalem and of course to the old city - its super busy, but we managed to find a bit of a calm place to draw and for Eline to do some recordings.

Second day in Jerusalem - again in the old town, on our way to the golden dome, stopping to buy a card.

After the golden dome, where we didn't had time to stop, we stumbled over these street musicians. There was a strike going on, so almost all of the shops were closed, and thus as well less tourists.

"We serve soup" - Thats how you get welcomed at the wonderfull HaMarakia in Jerusalem. We ended up eating no soup, but shakshouka. This is the view from the garden in the back inside.
Next day in Tel Aviv, enjoying the start of shabat in a park, where I tried to draw the fascinating trees.

And trying to catch the scenery, this time with colored pencils, but....nope.

Next day, saturday, took a slow start, worked a bit at our Airbnb in the neighboorhood Florentine.

And then walked to the old town of Yafo (Jaffa), where there was more going on. The second i stood up after finishing this drawing, i got shitted on by a pigeon...

Relaxing afterwards on the beach just north of Yafo in the late afternoon.
In the post office, at the central bus station in Tel Aviv.

On sunday then with the sherut to Jerusalem again - its so shaky!

Jerusalem wasn't our final stop - Ramallah in Palestine was! Super busy city, so here a very calm and unspectacular corner south of the old town.

The next day again with the sherut and bus to Masada next to the Dead Sea (which you can maybe spot in the background). It was to hot and we had to little time to stop more, so only the bus station in the desert.
And then, it was already over again. After the security check at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, I had lots of time.

On the flight back then drawing a sleeping orthodox jew - he was a strange figure, with a shirt and comfortable wide pants.

By the way, if you want to see more picture of Israel i did, i have been there already some years ago. Here is the post from 2013: Israel in 2013.

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