I had few requests to add some pictures from my trip to Israel. As you can guess I had several highlights and no doubt some of the pictures will tell a story or two. I am sure I’ll mention some in the future as I met some great people. However, I had a special story which I would like to mention as it is very much to do with art.
On my flight to Tel Aviv I sketched for a while to pass some time (4 ½ hours), highly recommend it. Across the aisle I saw a lady showing some paintings to her colleague and I was sure she was watching me sketching too. I looked at the paintings on her laptop screen and after a short time I could not resist so I asked her who those abstract paintings belong too and who was the artist? The lady said it was herself and we engaged in a conversation about her work and what she does, I introduced my story and love of painting. I will not mention the lady’s name here just in case she does not want me to do so. As it happened she was a Palestinian and she told me how she started painting some 10 years ago in college, funnily enough with the fellow who she met on the flight. She also told me that she runs some workshops and teaches children to paint in few places in the West Bank. I was very impressed and thought what a great idea it was and I was very proud to hear her story. I immediately suggested that if there was anything I could do to support such a great activity and keep the children away from trouble. If we can teach more children to use brushes and paints instead of throwing stones surely we need to encourage and support it. As you know I am not interested in politics and hope not to receive any comments here also. I hope that this great lady will write back to me as we discussed. I am sure we can try to help her and the children in the group to learn to paint by any means. I also believe that as artists we have a role to make it a better world and it would be hard to find a greater example than this. I am sure many more here, who read this can also help, as no doubt it will make a better place for children on either side and for us all.
In the mean time enjoy some of the pictures and I’ll add a post with some of the sketches soon. Hope you will also enjoy my trip, the smells and the colours of the places and hopefully one day it will be a shrine not for only amazing holy spiritual places but with a true peace. As many would say…. Inshallah