Burgundy Flowers Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Burgundy Flowers Ketubah

The bride and groom requested specific flowers and burgundy and claret colors to adorn their most simple ketubah, so peonies, dahlias, roses, and orchids balance the rectangle that defines the space. Watercolor is a medium that is forgiving only if the painter embraces patience to add transparent layers to build both depth of color and a sense of dimensions.  Gold leaf sets off both the lettering and the floral...

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Midsummer Night’s Dream Ketubah

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

Midsummer Night’s Dream Ketubah

The inspiration for this ketubah was a first date to see Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a dream it was to be able to work with the words and color palette of this piece! The couple sent me pictures of themselves for the central image, and a request that the magical tree, sky, and vines wrap them in lively color. I used a variety of colored pencils- some hard and some more waxy- to define the color areas, and then watercolor and gouache to paint the leaves and green vines.  Completing the design are tiny Swarovski crystals in jewel tones in the tree crown and greens among the...

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Gifts of May Day Ketubah

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

Gifts of May Day Ketubah

What an experience it was to work with an exciting pair of musician/circus performer/activists who decided with great joy to bring their closest friends and families together for a rollicking May Day wedding on a Texas ranch! As you can see, the design is a complex melding of traditions and conscious inclusion of the spiritual touchstones of their lives.  First of all, this is a ketubah in FOUR languages: Aramaic, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew, and English, each expressing an aspect of commitment in a lettering style that suits the culture and meaning.  The texts float above a representation of the Kabbalistic tree, and in the four corners of the text block are images that recall the significance of the date of the wedding – a Beltane fire, a Maypole, an image for International Workers’ Day, and a sheaf of wheat for the period of the Omer. Above the text is an antique circus wagon wheel, and below, over a tree trunk base, is a schematic drawing of the gear mechanism of a carousel! Turnings and turnings! Papercut herbs and flowers towards the bottom are interspersed with imaginary flowers, and references to the Tarot and the phases of the moon complete the design.  The star-sprinkled sky is also embellished by tiny Swarovski crystals, difficult to see in a photograph, but dazzling on the actual ketubah. Our first Skype conversation yielded 4 pages of notes, and to my delight I was given extremely specific imagery to track down, including the Latin names of the papercut flora! I must say, I lived very happily in the magical and spiritual land of this ketubah for a few...

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Nature’s Colors Papercut Award

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Nature’s Colors Papercut Award

Each year I am fortunate to be commissioned to create honorary awards for the PA Psychiatric Society, and I begin the process by inquiring about the recipient.  In this case, the recipient is a distance cyclist, among other interests.  I chose the papercut scheme after learning about some of those interests, and chose a palette of colors that one might see on a long-distance bike...

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Torah Wimple – The River out of Eden

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Jewish Ritual Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Torah Wimple – The River out of Eden

This Torah Wimple (binder) was commissioned as a gift from a rabbinic school class to the chapel at the school upon ordination.  The passage from the book of Genesis, transliterated as “V’nahar yotzei meyeyden l’hashkot et hagan,” means “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden.”  The wimple is crafted of colorful silks, quilted and embellished, with a backing and ties designed for ease of function and to grip the klaf (parchment) without sliding down, because, after all, this is a piece of ritual art which must do its job!  The text is created with textile paint, and further embellished with Swarovski crystals in the place of the tiny tagin (crowns) that appear in the Torah text. Torah...

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Sycamore through the Seasons Quaker Document

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Sycamore through the Seasons Quaker Document

One precious tradition in the Quaker community is to have all attendees at a wedding sign the marriage document as witnesses, so the design is begun with that in mind. The lines for witness signatures continue far below what’s seen here, and upon completion, I’ll take the document back and erase the very light lines.  Here the couple chose to work with the image of the sycamore tree in its four seasons arching over the text with the lines for witnesses (who will sign in brown ink) below, implying the roots and support for the marriage.  The text is nested within nature images, the wildflowers at the base of the tree echoing the seasonal changes in the tree’s crown....

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