I think of it more as a way of life – something that has become such a normal part of my everydayness that it shapes how I view the world.
For most of my life I had both the fear of drawing as well as the desire to draw.
I wanted to learn to see, and therefore experience, those locations (and any new ones that I travel to) more completely.Part 8 of the Urban Sketchers Manifesto, to “show the world, one drawing at a time,” has a flip side: Sketching enables me to see my own world, one drawing at a time.Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.I sketch almost weekly with my local group, sharing sketches, art supplies and friendship.
Even when I stay home and enjoy sketches online, I am still a part of that rich network, learning with every sketch about other people’s lives.I think that my way to put things in my memory is to draw them. I live in a very dynamic surrounding — Israel is a warm country with warm weather and warm people.Of course, we have seashores, which calm us a little bit.In 2011, inspired by Gabi Campanario’s Seattle Sketcher column, I finally decided to overcome the fear.His drawings of Seattle – my birthplace and lifelong home – were of sights that I had seen many times, yet had never truly seen.In May, my husband Greg and I went to France for the first time, and I sketched the Eiffel Tower.