Delicate Blues and Purples of Spring Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Delicate Blues and Purples of Spring Ketubah

Springtime on the east coast brings a profusion of color, and it’s always a wonder to welcome blues and purples after a long grey/brown end-of-winter.  This ketubah sets the text off with delicate wisps of monkshood, Virginia bluebells, columbines, dayflowers … the fleeting riches of the season tucked into all variety of greens.  To work with the design, we chose to letter the text in a cool grey instead of black, so the effect of the entire piece is in keeping with the flora of the season peeking out to appreciate new...

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A Far Out Acacia Tree Ketubah!

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

A Far Out Acacia Tree Ketubah!

The groom was born and raised in Be’er Sheva, and when the couple spoke to me about the central image being an acacia tree in the Negev, I was already dreaming in the gorgeous, subtle colors of the Israeli desertscape. As I often do, I asked the couple to bring me a ‘few’ paint chips so I could have a larger palette from which to build some contrast.  When 18 chips arrived at my door and they were basically an array of psychedelic colors (at least by way of contrast to the desert!), I knew it was time to rearrange my own vision! Here’s a look at how I clustered the chips I chose to use so you can see how the design developed: Lettering in white on a deeply saturated (richest color) background is tricky, but a mix of several opaque white water-based paints gave me the coverage I needed and the ability to add enough water for the paint to flow through the pen.  No do-overs, so this takes concentration! If you look very carefully, you will see two hands rising from the trunk of the tree into the crown – a touch the couple requested.  In the palm of each hand is an open heart. The first letters in each line of the poems on either side of the trunk in Hebrew and English spell the names of the bride and...

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Generations Torah Mantle

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Generations Torah Mantle

Every commission is an adventure, and this one was certainly a great one.  I took a call from a man who had purchased a Torah scroll years ago, and was having it refurbished with new atzei chayyim, the poles on which the parchment is attached.  All of this work, and a new mantle and wimple, were to be created in time to mark a dear grandson’s Bar Mitzvah celebration.  The Torah itself was driven to my shul to be accurately measured, and I spread countless fabric swatches out in out conference room to begin the collaboration of ideas and hopes.  Unique to this mantle is a pocket sewn onto the outside back with a calligraphed fabric panel inside listing all the known direct ancestors of the Bar Mitzvah. The Torah will remain in the synagogue ofthe Bar Mitzvah until it moves to another synagogue for another family milestone.  Names are to be added as younger family members come of age!  Oh, the words appliquéd on the front and finished with Swarovski crystals are L’dor vaDor – from Generation to Generation! In addition to the mantle, I used the same fabrics to create a new...

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Agnon Poetry – Blessing a Home

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Agnon Poetry – Blessing a Home

A wedding gift to bless a couple in Israel is a line from a poem by Agnon colored with a limited palette and featuring Israeli wildflowers winding around a huppah – the representation of a...

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Engravers’ Arts Certificate

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Engravers’ Arts Certificate

In the tradition of 19th and early 20th Century engraved certificates, I created this piece to honor the service of a leader in his field.  The palette includes greys, navy blues, rust red and a more pale red/brown, and also a hand-mixed iridescent copper gouache.  (Gouache is a thick, water-based paint that may be used either with brushes or dip pens.  Tiny additions of gold leaf complete the...

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