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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Windows of Color Ketubah

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Windows of Color Ketubah

Most of my work is just a joy, and once in a while, the joy comes even before I have the germ of a visual idea!  In this case I was blessed to be asked to create my first ‘second generation’ ketubah!  I’d created the marriage contract for the bride’s parents … a while ago!  Starting with a phone conversation and the most simple thumbnail sketch, we knew we were on the right path.  The couple saw my sketch of 3 balanced but different-sized rectangles looking like windows into their new life. It was a GREAT idea that became our touchstone going forward. The central text is the traditional Aramaic language, and on either side a text that was written by bride and groom in English and translated into Modern Hebrew. I often ask people to take a field trip to a paint or hardware store and pull paint chips for me to match.  This is one of the more magical things I get to do as I stir in a touch or this or that, mostly by instinct, to match the chips.  This design called for colors spanning the three rectangles in a spray of arcs.  It may look simple, but this required eight color arcs to move from a central point off the right side and allow the edges of the colors to read naturally.  Wherever you can picture a ‘line’ between colors, the individual letters are drawn with my pen in two different colors, coming down exactly where the colors should meet! Good, sharp pen nibs and magnifying lenses over my glasses are among my tools of choice....

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New York City Skywatchers’ Ketubah

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

New York City Skywatchers’ Ketubah

Deep sky, its swirling and wispy clouds reveal tiny pricks of starlight and a massive rising moon. You may imagine correctly that both bride and groom are deeply connected to New York and love to look beyond the lights of the city to the skies.  The moon is mounted on a reverse-beveled board so it floats in the blue/purple heavens.  What’s impossible to see in this photo is the deeply stippled background of lunar craters under the grey lettering! So take a look at the moon-in-progress: Another thing that’s hard to see in the photo is the detail on the skyscrapers, each showing the tiniest bits of light in windows. About 6 different pen nibs were used to write the English text since each line of lettering is very slightly larger than the one preceding it. (Star Wars...

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