Sunday, January 25, 2015

Summer in the middle of January

Last weekend we had one of those perfect winter weekends - blue skies with airy clouds and a gentle winter sun, that won't burn you, like in its cruel sister in summer would.
On Saturday I felt that the best place to sense this summer in the middle of the winter was on the beach, so we went there.
We bought ice cream and sat down on the grass, beside the path leading to the beach. People passed up and down, I was trying to capture them, passing in front of me, feeling that I'm looking at a very dynamic play, with extremely talented actors ;)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Crazy day at the museum ;)

Some sketches from the rainy Saturday we spent with our youngest daughter and her friend in the museum.
starting with the jazz concert for children
the girls got headphones with guided tours - and had been busy ;)
museum visitors making funny compositions
I love museum guards - they are looking so serious!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sketching the "storm"

The year has started in Israel with "stormy" weather. Ok, it's probably regular European autumn weather, but here we're waiting for some "wind+rain+even snow" all the year. As a Russian-born girl, few drops of rain couldn't frighten me, and yesterday in company of two other brave fellow sketchers we went to sketch the storm ;)
We've set down in a coffee shop on the beach, and as the beach was totally erased by the wild waves, I felt like I was sitting directly by the sea.
It's so difficult to transform the atmosphere, the sounds, the salty smell... But it was a great experience, and that what's matter at the end!

Monday, January 5, 2015

The last and the first

Two sketches - the last and the first of the year.
Celebrating the New Year at the great company of friends: 

Celebrating the 17th birthday of my son with the family:
Wishing you all as much as possible reasons to celebrate in the 2015!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Calming Alarm

Here are illustrations I did for the last issue of Einayim magazine, for a short story by Moshe Krone about a boy dealing with his parent's fights.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Two views

These two recent sketches from my sketchbook have something in common. I always prefer human landscapes to real ones. But sometimes I need to kill a time, and then even people-less panorama can be fascinating.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Neve Sha'anan - sketching the invisible citizens

Tel Aviv has many faces. As every big city, it has his respectable areas, new-build neighborhoods or nicely renovated historic areas. Sketching there is always nice, but sometimes you have a feeling of being in a well designed museum, lacking real life. 
For our last Sketchcrawl we met at Neve Sha'anan street. This place isn't featured on the postcards or "must see" lists, many Israelis tend to avoid it. Just a few blocks from Tel Aviv’s luxury hotels and popular tourist locations you suddenly feel you're in different country, only Israeli that you see on the street are "tourists" - groups of photographers, looking for "nice" poverty pictures, bourgeois couples from North Tel Aviv, looking for authentic places to eat. Its real citizens are foreign workers mostly from Africa and Asia, the invisible residents we usually trying to ignore.
I wasn't sure if by bringing here our group of sketchers wouldn't make the Neve Sha'anan residents feeling a bit like an animals in the zoo. But as sketching is less piercing and more integrated with surroundings, often invites interacting, I was hoping we'll be accepted ok. And we did.
We started sketching trying to be together as a group, little by little spreading up over the street. All "local" residents where very friendly, looking at what we doing, some of them even asked us to draw them.
It was really special day of sketching and interacting, here are what I succeed to capture.
Romanian Island in the African sea

the Eritrean barbershops are so great!
I did these three sketches one week before, when I came here with Aurore to check the place.