ISRAEL IN COLOR

I've been back in my little Brooklyn apartment for a bit over two weeks now and as always I'm still digesting my time away in my most favorite place ( literally probably will be until the next time I touch down in Tel Aviv). I had plans to do a lot of sketchbook-ing when I was gone because some of my most favorite filled sketchbooks are ones that were done during time spent in Israel but for whatever reason it didn't really happen in this trip. 

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In the last 4 or so years Israel has been a huge influence on my creative work - the feeling, the moments, the colors all sneak their way in. I decided to pull together images that highlight the three and a half weeks I spent in Israel this summer - in color. As I am sure they are a new taking off point for work to come in the next few months. 

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The market for me is literally a paradise of color inspiration. These were both taken in Shuk Ha'Carmel.

 

I started my trip by staffing my third birthright group. I have now been to Israel more than two dozen times and staffing birthright trips makes me only fall in love with Israel more through fresh eyes of young adults who for most are only visiting Israel for the very first time. 

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As Birthright concluded, I went on to shoot the newest collection of work with my Israeli dream team of ladies ( THOSE PICS ARE COMING AUGUST 1ST! ) 

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And following that the first ever Ariel Tidhar pop up shopping event in Tel Aviv with Medusa Bags.  

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I realized on this trip - before I knew and loved Tel Aviv or anywhere else in Israel. I knew Ramat Ef'al.  Young Ariel looking snack worthy in my grandparents garden in Ramat Ef'al. 

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and now present day Ariel (: 

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I think one of the things that stands out to me is the strong contrast of natural earth tones with the vibrant colors placed into the mix. I think it's one of the many reasons I'm so drawn to Tel Aviv. 

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Even the street art that isn't exactly formal street art.... 

 
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This whole post would be pointless if it didn't include several pomegranate images. These taken in the Bnei Yehuda in the Golan which is almost as north as you can get in Israel. 

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And of course some ARIEL TIDHAR POM QUEENS.

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And a few more....

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Until next time Israel. Time to create.