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Watercolor and Urban Sketching in Italy

Last May I spent time in Rome and Tuscany, eating wonderful food, drinking wine, and sketching the city and countryside where opportunities to make and view art abound.  These are my choices of the best images from my trip. Take the stairs down to the banks

  16.09.2017

Combining Art and Medicine

I love the look and feel of old medical textbooks.  Their authorative aura was often enhanced by leather binding. They harken back to a time before the internet, when medical knowledge was priveliged information available to only a few. When I transformed this old medical textbook

  16.07.2017

Views of a Lost Manhattan Landmark

I was saddened by the blaze that destroyed Beth Medrash Hagadol, the 167 year old landmarked synagogue on the Lower East Side.  The building was not in use since 2007, and I photographed this structure when it had an active congregation in 1987.  When I heard

  4.07.2017

An Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Tuscany

Tuscany is an enchanting place filled with scenic beauty, but beneath the surface there is dark history. On a recent painting trip to Italy I had the opportunity to tour an abandoned psychiatric hospital in the town of Volterra. In the late 19th Century when it

  18.06.2017

Jean Martin Charcot: Urban Sketcher

I have always been interested in physicians who incorporated art into their life and practice, and one of them was Jean Martin Charcot.   A towering figure in the medical world of the 19th Century, Charcot was born in 1825 and finished medical school at age 23. 

  8.06.2017

New Year’s Day Sketching the Q Train Inaugural Ride

New Year’s Day was a rare opportunity to participate in the opening of a new subway station.  The Q line now starts at 96th Street and stops at 86th Street and 72nd – all new stations – before heading toward Coney Island.  After years of construction

  1.01.2017
  Travel

Capturing the Bolivian Sunlight in Watercolor

There is nothing like the dazzling sunlight in the Bolivian Highlands.  At 12,000 feet the bustling city of La Paz and the amazing Lake Titicaca have a crisp atmosphere that brightens colors like I’ve never seen.  This post presents a selection of my sketches and watercolors,

  10.12.2016

Subway Inspiration

Recently I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying my sketchbooks onto the subway.  More crowded than ever, the NY subway is an endless kaleidoscope of people, fashion, and color.  This post presents some of my favorite work based on scenes in and around the subway.  Some

  18.09.2016

Speaking of Art and Aging at MOMA

It was my pleasure and honor to speak today at the Museum of Modern Art in a lecture entitled “Picturing Aging: The View From a Geriatrician.”  The talk presented my portfolio of images of aging, and discussed the relationship between art and growing old.  It was

  23.05.2016

Painting in Maine

This past summer I had the opportunity to continue my watercolor exploration in Maine. Part of my journey included a workshop sponsored by Coastal Maine Art Workshops with the master watercolorist, Alvero Castagnet. Alvero’s work is all over the internet and his ability to create drama with paint is

  20.09.2015

Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.