Israeli Wildflowers Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Israeli Wildflowers Ketubah

One member of this couple has 7 generations of roots in Israel!   Their choice of theme was protected Israeli wildflowers with the addition of the bride’s bouquet flowers – calla lilies.  Flanking the text are two eucalyptus trees, and in the near ground, sprigs of blooming eucalyptus.   The canopy across the top, of course, represents the huppah. When researching the trees, I found that not only are eucalyptus trees not native to Israel (they were introduced from Australia to help stabilize the soil when the swamps were drained), but also that there are species that bear little resemblence to one another in flower!   So it was back to the couple to specify exactly which type of tress they wanted.   We all learned something interesting!...

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Beloved Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Ketubah Art | 0 comments

Beloved Ketubah

A most delicate huppah and naturalistic wildflowers in shades of purple grace this ketubah.  The wedding took place in beautiful garden that seemed to be blooming just to complement the ketubah itself! I am a stickler for accuracy in the historic forms of the letters and the natural forms and colors of the flora.  I work with field guides and photographs, and in the spring and summer delight in visiting my floral companions in situ, where I know them by their names and recall where I first painted each of them.

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Bezalel Style Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Bezalel Style Ketubah

This couple had a long and diverse list of images they wanted to incorporate into their ketubah, and since they ranged from references to their Hebrew names, respective family trees, and favorite holidays to lunar cycles and Jerusalem, I chose to compartmentalize the vignettes by utilizing a layout that was popular in the 1920’s in the recently founded Bezalel School of Art in what was then Palestine.  The Art Nouveau-influenced use of curved lines brought to the school by German immigrant artists came to characterize a Jewish style of that period, and this very fact was meaningful to the couple along with their specific imagery requests. Challenges like this, to create balance out of a dissimilar list of images, is a great part of the joy my work brings...

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River of Words Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

River of Words Ketubah

A palette of color, complementary lettering styles and a vision of simplicity and movement were all that were needed to develop this ketubah.   The small papercut ‘shema’ with tiny gold leaf specks picks up the lightest line of text, written in gold, and brings the entire piece to life.

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Rennie MacIntosh-Inspired Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Rennie MacIntosh-Inspired Ketubah

A color palette limited to copper, red, blue and black is the perfect compliment to the designs inspired by the early 20th Century artist Charles Rennie MacIntosh.   This custom ketubah, even in its simplicity acknowledges the family backgrounds and aesthetic sensibilities of the couple.   Not every tiny cut square is backed with color, and the manner in which the piece is assembled allows the depth of those blank squares to create a play of light and shadow over the piece.   This ketubah was commissioned in 2011. Here’s a close-up:

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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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