All the Difference Colorful Papercut

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Currently Available, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

All the Difference Colorful Papercut

Inspiration abounds in Pirke Avot, and Danny Seigel’s translation of a verse from the book continues to resonate and renew itself as I explore the text visually.  This papercut, all connected in sometimes tiny places, features gently falling olive branches and fruit, and the text in Hebrew and English.  Pastel chalks, the particular box of which has accompanied me for many a mile, blend in the background, setting off the white text and design, and bringing it to...

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Medieval Star

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Currently Available, Jewish Ritual Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Medieval Star

Throughout the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, manuscript art filled volumes with sacred Christian, Jewish, and Moslem writings.  While the lettered texts ranged from Latin to Hebrew to Arabic in a variety of ‘hands’ or lettering styles, there were some few decorative elements which were shared among the cultures. Initial letters, those elaborate letters that started pages of text and often featured fanciful animal and vine decoration, and gilded and painted leaves and dots, frequently had their counters-the spaces within the letter shapes-filled with patterns.  These patterns are found in Ireland’s Book of Kells, in 15th Century Haggadahs from Spain, in elegant Books of Hours from France, and in elaborate Arabic writings from the Middle East. Trefoils, ‘golf clubs’ – little patterns that served to fill in blank spaces around letters – have fascinated me since I had the good fortune to see pages from the Book of Kells when the book toured Philadelphia in the 1970’s, and to study with Mark Van Stone, master of Celtic lettering arts.  I decided to give these  doodles free reign, and the result is the Medieval Star, crafted entirely of these tiny shapes.  I used only a straight edge, a compass, and a Rapidograph pen, and built the design from the very center out, allowing it to grow organically. The entire design is less than 12 inches...

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Peace Papercut

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Currently Available, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Peace Papercut

A trilingual papercut proclaims Peace in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.  Cut from one sheet of paper and mounted on a watercolor background, the viewer has to look closely to see the olive branch growing out of and upwards from the center of the letter ‘e’, as if striving against the odds to win!  The framing includes a silk mat and rubbed back wood...

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Nation Shall Not Lift up Sword

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Currently Available, News | 0 comments

Nation Shall Not Lift up Sword

Here’s a gentle piece of art with a mighty message.  In Hebrew and English, Lo Yisa Goy El Goy Kherev and its English translation appears in a taupe color of gouache over a soft watercolor background.  Custom framed, the piece measures 10 X 13 1/2 inches.

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Seven Species Giclee Print

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Currently Available, News | 0 comments

Seven Species Giclee Print

The seven Biblical species:  wheat, barley, pomegranates, grapes, figs, dates, and olives fill the oval mat in their natural colors and beauty.  Each element of the original painting is built up of many layers of transparent watercolor so that they achieve a brilliant luster and depth. The process of Giclee printing, a one-at-a-time production on the finest watercolor paper with archival inks, captures the full beauty of the original painting.  

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Blessing and Peace Papercut

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Currently Available, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Blessing and Peace Papercut

At first glance, this looks like a simple design, much like an intricate cut snowflake, but look closer and see the Hebrew text that surrounds it:   “May this space know only blessing and peace.”   Notice, too, the six tiny hamsa images close to the center of the papercut.   Cut by hand, this was carefully blocked and balanced, inspired by Persian tile designs but clearly a contemporary contribution to Jewish art! A version of this piece is currently available as shown below, hand cut and backed in a range of soft greens and custom-framed to a finished size of 13 1/2 X 13 1/2 inches.  Inquire about having the design cut and framed to your...

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