Floral and Papercut Detail

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Floral and Papercut Detail

This detail of the bottom of a ketubah shows the clarity of my wildflower painting and highlights the use of a tiny papercut (probably an inch and a half in diameter) to provide additional visual interest.  The intricate star shape is cut out of the full sheet of paper that forms the document, and it’s backed with a deep blue painted paper.  The star is further enhanced with colored pencil shading that create and in and out weaving look.  This type of container for greens or plants is one that is a universal image related to a tree of life, found in religious art throughout the...

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Abstract Tallit Fringe

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Abstract Tallit Fringe

This couple approached me with a focused and interesting idea. They were both drawn to the message of the tsit-tsit, the fringes on the four-cornered tallit, of prayer shawl, which serve to aid in mindfulness.  If you look carefully, you will see the knotted top of one of the fringes towards the upper right.  The eight white lines that come from that spot separate the color blocks as they intertwine outwards from the point of origin.  This is intentionally a subtle image of the knotted part of the garment. Colors were chosen by the couple. The ketubah is painted in a batik style which allowed me to drop rich colors of the couple’s choosing into areas separated by thin lines masked out at the outset. Gold leaf accents on the first two words of the document and throughout the painted tan areas add...

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Music and Nature

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Music and Nature

Nature in the spring, music, and great joyfulness infuse this ketubah.  I was able to keep the couple apprised of the progress of the work by sending photos as each stage of the design.  The vivid sunset colors are seen as a lighter watercolor wash behind the circle of the text.  At the very top, set against the night sky and its stars, is a small papercut box that incorporates the Hebrew names of the bride and groom -Avraham Itzhak and Yael Simona – placed against a music...

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Logo – The Shalom Center

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Logo – The Shalom Center

Many years ago I designed the logo for The Shalom Center.  At the time it was a simple image printed in one color ink on the organization’s publications.  It has since become a rainbow design which takes the simple lettering to a whole new level!...

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Copper border

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News | 0 comments

Copper border

I always look forward to crafting certificates for the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society because no two are the same and with a bit of information about the certificate recipient, I can allow my imagination to come up with something new each time. This piece features a border painted with a copper gouache (water-based opaque paint) so it shimmers, giving the entire piece a glow that sets of the most simple layout and palette. Please inquire about commemorative or honorific pieces I’d be glad to craft for your personal or organizational...

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