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Ibex of the rocks

Ibex on rock 29.5X39.5 cm
Ibex on rock 29.5X39.5 cm

 

This Ibex was from the beautiful park surrounding the grave of David Ben Gurion, in southern Israel. The park is full of these young sprightly animals. This particular one was looking out at us, making sure we weren’t any threat. He stood there on the rock with all the grace of a young prince, examining his new kingdom, and proud to be alive.

I started the painting by lightly putting in shades for the Ibex and its surrounding trees, like this:

Ibex 1

I added detail, layer after layer, putting the details of its face, some yellow washes…

Ibex 2

Working on more detail, and putting over it some more light washes to bring the image together, it turned this way:

Ibex on rock

Waterlily

waterlily
waterlily

There is a pond in the Technion that is full of waterlilies. I took a photo of this one some years ago, and recently decided to paint it. Of course it evoked memories, and I was transported to that hour I spent by the pond, admiring the sunlight and nature spread around me.

For this painting I wanted to evoke a kind of softness, so I worked in very wet washes. Every shape of leaf or petal was wetted individually, so the paint would not go past the borders, and I could maintain a clarity of the forms.

waterlily 1

I applied some light washes of yellow to the flower, then concentrated on the surrounding leaves, putting layer after layer of wet wash. I let the edges of the painting run into watery dilution, to softly bring a circle of the image into focus.

waterlily

The trickiest part was getting the dark areas right. I realized that proper dark areas gives a sense of realism. Finally I went back to the flower and finished it off. I did not forget the little fly sitting on the left petal!

This is a 33X29 cm watercolor painting.

Acacia trees in the desert

Acacia trees
Acacia trees

Acacia trees flourish in the desert climate of southern Israel.  They are mentioned multiple times in the bible, as the major building material for the tabernacle.  While traveling in the Negev (southern Israel), I came across four acacia trees on a hill, standing neatly in a row. They grew crookedly, probably because of the desert wind that kept blowing.

This painting is 14.5 X 21 cm , painted quickly from a photograph. I like the way it came out, without much working into and blending of colors. It maintains a simplicity and brilliance.

 

 

Spirit of Nature

Spirit of Nature
Spirit of Nature

I started by wetting the paper, then randomly adding splashes of washes. I sketched in the nymph, outlining her with pen.  I added some more splashes of color. When it was dry I added a little detail, turning the blobs into a landscape.

I mixed my colors so they would be dull and soft. This gives the painting a dreamy look which I rather like.

 

 

Rosy Yearning

Rosy Yearning
Rosy Yearning

I was walking one afternoon from the University to the shopping mall. It is a pleasant walk of about half an hour, leading through quiet streets of private homes. Coming around the corner that leads to the main street with all the traffic and noise, this rose caught my attention. It stood there, between the peaceful neighborhood and the busy hurry life. It was so exquisite, with its soft petals opened to receive the best of both worlds. The rose open, stretching its head out from among its leaves, seems ever so receptive, yearning for more.