Trilingual Kannada Ketubah

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Trilingual Kannada Ketubah

It’s a rare and wonderful aspect of my work that I learn so much in working with people.  This tri-lingual ketubah features a language from the state of Karnataka in India – Kannada.  I was commissioned to write the text and then the groom’s brother picked up the ball to create the accompanying artwork, so it was a great...

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Flora of Israel and the Pacific Northwest

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Flora of Israel and the Pacific Northwest

This couple took advantage of the wonders of scanning and Skype to provide input about every detail of their ketubah:  favorite Pacific wildflowers, specific trees to flank the text, the design of pomegranates topping the ketubah with foliage tying into the rest of the border… It’s a great way to design, when I can sit with a sketchbook and hold images up in real time across the miles! The most delicate flowers in the border pop forward as the almost misty settings of the two trees sit back while holding the space in an aesthetic whole.  Beyond the Western Red Cedar is a hint of the Olympia Mountain Range, while moving back from the Cypress are suggestions of ancient Israeli homes and the colorful mountains of the...

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Art Nouveau Ketubah with a Nod to Fibonacci

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Art Nouveau Ketubah with a Nod to Fibonacci

How wonderful to find myself learning as I stir paint!  The couple who commissioned this ketubah knew from the outset that their love of Art Nouveau would help shape the design, and this process moved through many iterations to arrive at what you see here.  What looks like a pixillated pair of designs towards the top corners are representations of the Fibonacci sequence.  A fanciful strand of DNA anchors the lower center.  A glimpse of the night sky at the time and place of the wedding arcs over the text, and a color scheme chosen with paint chips became the palette.  Astronomy, mathematics, genetics, Russian and Belgian art history, color mixing science…  What a...

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Quaker Wildflower Document

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Quaker Wildflower Document

In the Quaker tradition, a couple planning to marry seeks the counsel of the Meeting, and all those present at the marriage ceremony sign the wedding document as witnesses.  The image here is the ‘before,’ awaiting the signatures of bride and groom and the 200 who will gather to sign!  Simply crafted, this document echoes the design and coloring of the couple’s wedding invitation.  The text and area for signatures are surrounded by native North American wildflowers, inked in a mixed color that matches the wedding invitation ink color.  The document measures 18″ X 30″.  The columns of lines for witnesses are extremely light so as to not detract from the...

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Tri-lingual Ketubah – Hebrew English Telugu

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Tri-lingual Ketubah – Hebrew English Telugu

An extraordinary opportunity for me to learn came with a request to craft a marriage document (ketubah) in three languages:  Modern Hebrew, English, and Telugu, a language spoken by the bride’s family in their home in south eastern India.  Working closely with the rabbi/officiant, and then with a Hebrew translator and members of the bride’s family, we were able to acquire beautiful translations of the words that the bride and groom composed for their document.  While I spend much of my life creating song and visual art that could easily have come from the late 19th century, for this piece I have been praising the internet to the heavens! The couple chose a palette limited to mango orange and cobalt blue, and the addition of gold leaf (many, many leaves, I can assure you!!!) allowed me to use those three color elements alone to craft the ‘long and narrow, simple and elegant image with paisley design.’  I sought out a small volume from the Victoria and Albert Museum on 19th Century shawl designs, heavily influenced by patterns from India, and with that, the aging hippie within took to the studio, happily!  Can you imagine how many proofreaders I engaged?                               Notice below that the Telugu text is written with TWO different text weights.  Written in monoline (which means no thicks and thins within the letters), I used two different Rapidograph pens to be certain that the writing was absolutely correct.                ...

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Hamsa Ketubah II

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Hamsa Ketubah II

The bride and groom searched for a ketubah that would reflect their backgrounds and visions and found that I had crafted a text once before within the shape of a hamsa.  The groom is Moroccan-born and speaks several languages, including French and Arabic. The Hebrew along with English and Arabic translations of a line from Shir HaShirim circle the text. The couple chose the colors they wanted to reflect a sunset atmosphere, and two tiny butterflies complete the design.  Raised gold leaf dots highlight the design.  The lettered art is created using gouache, an opaque, water-based paint, thinned to flow through a chisel-point...

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