Dead Wasp

A dead wasp I found one day end of August on the floor in a Berlin café. The one sad thing about dead insects on the floor is how they indicate the end of the summer. The two good things are, they don’t move and thus provide an excellent subject for drawing, and most important,…

A perfect Cup of Tea

Tea preparation and consumption are an integral part of our cultural history and many would agree that the traditional preparation instructions (warm the pot, use one teaspoon of tea for each person and one for the pot, pour boiling water over it) should be followed with almost religious devotion. Unfortunately it may at times prove…

Naked

Quick sketch of a tree outside a café in Berlin, done on a sunny day last October. I had expected the tree to be full of leaves this spring. Now, it looks as naked as it did on that sunny autumn afternoon. It had died. Pencil on 3×4 inch paper Jacob Kanev, Berlin 2014-10-05, CC-BY…

Religious Terrorism in Europe

At the time I’m writing this it is not more than a couple of days ago that on 7th January 2015, two masked gunmen forced their way into the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, in Paris. Using automatic weapons and calling »Allahu Akbar« they executed eleven writers, draughtsmen and editors in broad daylight.…

Go away, Father Christmas

Christmas is approaching again, that feast of love. And despite all lamenting about how awfully commercial Christmas has become lately, and how it is only about presents and not about love (especially as kids are concerned), and only about buying and about consumer goods (especially as kids are concerned), I think the way most people…

Geh weg, Du Weihnachtsmann

Weihnachten, das Fest der Liebe, rückt wieder näher. Und trotz aller Klagen wie schlimm konsumorientiert Weihnachten ist, und wie es nur um die Geschenke geht und gar nicht um Liebe (vor allem bei den Kindern), und wie kommerziell alles geworden ist (vor allem bei den Kindern), finde ich, daß so wie die meisten Leute die…

Nothing

We’re sitting outside a café in Prenzlauer Berg, enjoying some semi-good coffee. Weather is fine, I get my sketchbook out and ask »what shall I draw?« Y. doesn’t really want me to draw and answers »nothing, please«. So I made this quick sketch. No pencil on 3×4 inch paper. Jacob Kanev, Berlin 2014-12-12, CC-BY 3.0

Wölfe in der Großstadt

Märchen sind ein wunderbarer Schatz der deutschen Kultur. Über Jahrhunderte mündlich weitergegeben, von den Gebrüdern Grimm gesammelt und 1812 in der ersten Ausgabe veröffentlicht. Leider habe ich oft ein sehr ungutes Gefühl beim Thema Märchen. Meistens dann, wenn meine kleine Tochter aus Angst vor Wölfen nicht einschlafen kann, oder wenn sie mir erklärt, was eine Prinzessin…