Delicate Seasons Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Delicate Seasons Papercut Ketubah

The simplicity of this ketubah belies the complexity of the couples’ intentions and the work involved in bringing their vision to life. We began with a request for leafy images of the turning of the season and a very simple papercut design.  After many sketches sent back and forth, we hit upon a design that nests the text in a pattern of abstracted twigs.  The seasons are referenced in tiny buds, opening blossoms, new leaves, and finally aging and falling leaves – only a few for each season.  It’s worth the effort to spot the seasons this way!  The background color took 5 different tubes of paint to mix in order to match the periwinkle blue paint chip that the couple chose.  The background was painted on a stretched sheet of watercolor paper and then the text and papercut image were dropped on top to allow the cut paper to sit a bit...

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Papercut Orchestra Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Papercut Orchestra Ketubah

As always, the drawing table is clear when I start work on a ketubah and I am wide open to a new adventure!  This couple met while playing in an orchestra, he the horn, and she the bassoon, and along with the papercut images and the sunrise on the sea, they wanted the instruments somewhat hidden in the design.  The French horn (based on a photo of his magnificent instrument from an earlier era) was the easiest since it lent itself to becoming the rising sun.  The bassoon took some tweaking, at first very recognizable with all the stops and valves, and then stripped down a bit and nestled in among some sea grasses to keep it part of the bigger picture. Creating this piece involved lots of images sent back and forth to make sure the tree was just what the couple wanted.  If you look closely you can see that the papercut is elevated just slightly from the pastel colored background so it creates a thin shadow effect.  This way the delicacy of the papercut cannot be confused with a silk screened print. Here’s a look at the text and papercut before the color was...

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Leaves and Petals Ring the Seasons Ketubah

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Leaves and Petals Ring the Seasons Ketubah

The color palette of the seasons is represented in a ring of 32 trees, each one moving in color and foliage ever so slightly as the year marches forward.  The color changes are echoed in several lines that translate the chosen modern Hebrew text of the ketubah, lines the couple wanted to emphasize in their promises to one another.  Tucked in among the leaves is the college logo of the school where the couple met.  One of the special aspects of designing from scratch is the ability to place personal images and messages in the document to crystalize moments or experiences shared by the...

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West Virginia in Bloom Ketubah

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

West Virginia in Bloom Ketubah

For a beautiful ceremony on the top of a mountain, this couple sent me a very specific list of local wildflowers and trees at the peak of color.  These flowers are like old friends, and what a joy it is for me to place them in such a precious setting!  Language is so very important, as you can see from the care that clearly went into crafting this document. Here’s an image of the rabbi preparing to read the document as part of the ceremony.  My ketubot and marriage contracts are always mounted in hand-made folders, well protected – even on a mountain top!- and kept flat and safe until...

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Autumn on the Lake Ketubah

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Autumn on the Lake Ketubah

Rarely do I have the opportunity to pull out all stops when it comes to media in two dimensions, but this was one of those times!  The commission came from two people who love the outdoors, and when I saw the photo images of lake scenes in autumn, I started to ponder just how I’d capture the beauty.  Sumi ink and gold leaf for the text – no brainer there!  And the rest of the scene involved pastel chalk, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and colored pencils, each one helping me build the image from far distant background to the foreground.  Of course, the image on a ketubah is always in service to the text, so I worked to set the roundel of the text within a pictorial frame that draws the eye from the autumn details to the main event in the center. The couple found a text they loved on line, and appropriately asked permission to use that copyrighted text for this one-time use....

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A Ring of Precious Memories Ketubah

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

A Ring of Precious Memories Ketubah

One of the things that makes my worklife joyful is meeting a couple who have a concrete wishlist and the willingness to hand me a shopping bag full of ideas!  As you can see, this ketubah captures such a list, from references to the meaning of family surnames and histories, and from work  life (can you find the Drosophila [fruit-fly!]) to a montage of Jerusalem images and a trip over the George Washington Bridge. All of this is tucked into a unifying ring of specific flowers capturing the predominant colors of blue, green, and purple. A total...

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