747 – Sunshine at the AUB

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to have a free afternoon before I caught my flight back home from Beirut, so naturally I took the opportunity to do some sketching. The American University of Beirut (AUB) was established in 1866 and the campus has some lovely gardens and old buildings. This sketch also serves as my first for the Doodlewash June challenge, the prompt being “sunshine”…though I still have a couple to post for the May challenge!


#447 – Women in black, man in white

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I haven’t posted in a while and reckon I’ve missed a couple of days – that always seems to happen when I get back from travels. Anyway here is one I did exiting Lebanon at the airport – a super fast sketch of some passengers. No watercolor in this one, so I can’t count it as one of my #WorldWatercolorMonth efforts!


#445 – Appetito Trattoria

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Last night I chose a restaurant rated highly in Trip Advisor – it turned out to be very nice and I had a tasty dish of ravioli stuffed with spinach and cheese. The lady serving me was complimentary about my sketch and even took a photo. In the drawing is their pizza oven – obviously wood burning (that’s a log bin above it).


#443 – Unfinished building

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Late posting of a drawing I did on Sunday. After working most of the day I walked downtown and ate a sandwich at a little café. This building has been designed by Zaha Hadid – an Iraqi-British architect, famous for wacky, fantastic and dynamic buildings. Unfortunately work seems to have halted – though someone at the café (who said he was one of the 5 key skateboarders in Lebanon…you meet the most interesting people when sketching!) said that he has seen them doing work on it.