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Donkeys drinking from the Jordan river by orna

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Donkeys drinking from the Jordan river by 

Watercolor painting.
The painting is based on my husband’s image "Donkeys drinking from the Jordan river


The image was taken at the Jordan river very close to Christian baptism site called Yardenit. You can see Donkeys drinking from the water.

The Yardenit site has nice dressing rooms, inside restaurant, outdoors bistro and souvenir shop.
Yardenit site is operated by kibutz Kinneret.

Kibutz kinneret is one of the first kibuzim. It is situated on a hill on the west bank of the Jordan river southern of the sea of Galilee(Kinneret in Hebrew).
Kibbutz Kinneret was established in 1913. Through most of its years the members of the Kibbutz earned their living from agriculture. The area typical weather forced the Kibbutz members to develop a wise agriculture based
on good and thrifty watering and fertilizing. The Kibbutz is famous for its Dates orchards.
The beginning of planting date in Israel began by a Kinneret member that brought branches from Iraq. The Kibbutz has an orchard of over 5000 date trees in different ages and in a variety composition of species. The Kibbutz
processes the fruit and creates from it a variety of secondary products that are being sold in local and abroad. In addition a unique dates shop was developed in the Kibbutz, which is another marketing source for
the date branch.

Naomi Shemer one of the best Israeli song writers and composers, was born in kibutz Kinneret. One of her first songs is called The Eucalyptus Grove she wrote it about the place shown in the image. She wrote the lyrics and melody.
Naomi Shemer is buried in the cemetery of the kibutz on the shore of the sea of Galilee (it is an historic site worth visiting).


  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 6 years ago

    I admire your artistic vision and interpretation of your husbands imagery.. You two are a great team ! :-) I love this artwork. It is balanced, well composed and beautifully rendered. It reminds me of Nachum Gutman’s illustrations to some of my favorite childhood books. Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanover 6 years ago

    you have so improved on the photo and made this into a great watercolour.

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937over 6 years ago

    Very beautiful………reminds me of the Garden of Eden era………….!

  • riverotter
    riverotterover 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured as a charter member! Stunning work and writing!

  • Roger Sampson
    Roger Sampsonover 6 years ago

    I am so impressed with this painting AND with your talent. You have been blessed with a wonderful gift. Your narrative is so informative, I truly thank you for that. WOW I’m glad I have seen this!!!


  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...over 6 years ago

  • Sarai
    Saraiover 6 years ago

    A donkey was used to protect, and to scold a prophet. How awesome to see this painting honoring the creature given such lame titling for its stubborness. Sometimes stubborness is needed to do the right thing.



    HELUAabout 6 years ago

    Lovely, charming painting!!! Beautiful scenery and colours!!!

  • Dawne Olson
    Dawne Olsonover 5 years ago

    Terrific!! This is one of my favorite in your portfolio… such a lush and peaceful region. One of my favorite in Israel. The information you include with this work is great.

  • Thank you Dawne.

    – orna

  • Carol Berliner
    Carol Berlinerover 5 years ago

    Wooooooow greeeeat work I loooooove your styled

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