Floral and Papercut Detail

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Floral and Papercut Detail

This detail of the bottom of a ketubah shows the clarity of my wildflower painting and highlights the use of a tiny papercut (probably an inch and a half in diameter) to provide additional visual interest.  The intricate star shape is cut out of the full sheet of paper that forms the document, and it’s backed with a deep blue painted paper.  The star is further enhanced with colored pencil shading that create and in and out weaving look.  This type of container for greens or plants is one that is a universal image related to a tree of life, found in religious art throughout the...

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Abstract Tallit Fringe

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments

Abstract Tallit Fringe

This couple approached me with a focused and interesting idea. They were both drawn to the message of the tsit-tsit, the fringes on the four-cornered tallit, of prayer shawl, which serve to aid in mindfulness.  If you look carefully, you will see the knotted top of one of the fringes towards the upper right.  The eight white lines that come from that spot separate the color blocks as they intertwine outwards from the point of origin.  This is intentionally a subtle image of the knotted part of the garment. Colors were chosen by the couple. The ketubah is painted in a batik style which allowed me to drop rich colors of the couple’s choosing into areas separated by thin lines masked out at the outset. Gold leaf accents on the first two words of the document and throughout the painted tan areas add...

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Music and Nature

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Music and Nature

Nature in the spring, music, and great joyfulness infuse this ketubah.  I was able to keep the couple apprised of the progress of the work by sending photos as each stage of the design.  The vivid sunset colors are seen as a lighter watercolor wash behind the circle of the text.  At the very top, set against the night sky and its stars, is a small papercut box that incorporates the Hebrew names of the bride and groom -Avraham Itzhak and Yael Simona – placed against a music...

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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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