#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.

Sun-9-July-2017

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#442 – Park benches

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Yesterday afternoon I took a break from work and ate a snack in the René Moawad Garden. I sat on a bench under a ring of trees, their canopies linking in a perfect circle around a pond. The garden reminded me of parks in Aleppo, where I used to live – full of families and kids playing, people reading and enjoying the atmosphere – exquisite!

Sat-8-July-2017

#439 – Breakfast by the pool

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Today I finally managed to find time to sketch in the daylight. I did this one after having my breakfast. The restaurant of my hotel is partly arranged around a swimming pool, so I haven’t been swimming as you’d be bathing right in front of an audience. One couple chose a far away spot to eat, perhaps so the lady could take off her headscarf. The trunk is part of a big artificial palm tree.

Thu-6-July-2017