Shelter of Peace Papercut

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Shelter of Peace Papercut

The central part of this calligraphic work features a cut out Magen David image which appears to float over a sky blue watercolor wash.   This effect is produced by mounting the lettered art on a ring of matboard that elevates it above the painted background. The colored letters are created by adding drops of changing color to the pen nib before it runs dry.   adding color by brush to the pen nib instead of  dipping the pen into color both helps to control the amount of paint laid down and allows the colors to blend in the pen as they are applied to the paper!

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Baby Anouncement Papercut

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Baby Anouncement Papercut

This hand-lettered and hand cut piece of art was commissioned for a family welcoming a new baby – the new rose joining her parents.   The entire piece was cut from one sheet of paper and the colored parts were carefully painted and attached behind the papercut, giving the piece a feeling of depth.

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Jerusalem to NYC Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Jerusalem to NYC Ketubah

Sometimes the images that people want on their ketubot spring so fully formed that there’s little for me to do but listen up and prepare my brushes!   This couple knew exactly how they wanted their document to look, with meaningful references to their Jewish lives and the influence of the Big Apple on each of them.   The lower corners obviously highlight architectural landmarks from Jerusalem and New York, and closer to the center a small feast of foods include not only kiddush wine, but the groom’s late father’s favorite egg cream next to the seltzer bottle. Notice that the colors of this entire ketubah are soft.  The text was written in grey ink, not black, to fit into the design as the focal point without overwhelming the delicacy of the rest of the surrounding imagery.    ...

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Pomegranates and Grapefruits Ketubah

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Pomegranates and Grapefruits Ketubah

Somewhat fanciful, definitely tasty!   The bride gave me a concise list of fruits that she wanted to frame the text.   I used pomegranate leaves and blossoms to connect the upper right and lower left.   I love these requests. Some years ago I was researching a piece of art that incorporated the 7 species from the Torah and I found an old book on a library shelf published by Oxford University – a compendium of paintings of edible fruits and nuts from around the world.  I wanted to eat it up!   I used it, turned it back in, and then returned to the library about 2 months later to check it out again.  To my dismay it had been ‘de-acquisitioned’ – tossed out as useless!!   Agkh!!!  Love your library, and be sure to tell the librarians when you fall in love with an obscure book.  It might just save it from becoming recycled...

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Engagement Scene Ketubah

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Engagement Scene Ketubah

Clusters of white and tiny blue flowers bookend the painted image of the place where this couple decided to marry.  Quite often, people send me photos to work from, and it’s always a delight to be privileged to hear the ‘back story’ which makes it possible for me to produce a lasting image that captures what’s inside the bride and groom!  The outer blue border was meticulously painted around everything else to create an inner frame.   As with other clients, I asked this couple to send me paint chips and I mixed the paint to match their preferred colors. In the top of the canopy, the words in raised gold leaf spell out “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” in Yiddish. I always try to get details details details from people so I can read their minds artistically, but I also advise folks to not choose the color palette for their ketubah to match the sofa!  Furniture changes, taste changes, and hopefully the marriage will outlast current styles and remain a treasured part of a home for decades to come!...

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Jerusalem/Family Tree Ketubah

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Jerusalem/Family Tree Ketubah

There’s a short list of imagery that has consistently appeared in ketubah art for as long back as we’ve seen historic evidence.   One of those visual references is Jerusalem, and even today, when people seem so caught up in the here and now, I am most frequently asked to paint a reference to Jerusalem.  Here’s a vignette under the most colorful and intricate arch of a dreamy Yerushalayim Shel Zahav. One of the challenges of laying out a ketubah like this is to take two texts, in this case Aramaic and English, of different lengths, and fit them both into exactly symmetrical shapes.   I do not work with a computer, but rather rely on my eye and years of experience working with alphabets. At the base of the ketubah, a full-crowned tree becomes the backdrop for a three generation family tree, with names written in English, Hebrew and Yiddish, and Cyrillic letters!   I’m sometimes snapped to attention in my work when I realize that these documents are more than lovely mementos or legally binding contracts for an individual couple.  As is this one, they are often historic capsules that create a visual home for generations of family information, and they are of course heirlooms-in-the-making, crafted with finest materials on paper that will last for future...

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