This is actually the first silk piece of this design, it preceded the rainbow version by some months. Here's a fun fact to know and tell: a word or words that are the same upside-down and right-side-up are called ambigrams. Not to be confused with palindrones, something of which my father is an expert. His creation for my second son: Sail, Elias!
My father adds the following:
Two points please,
1. Ambigrams were celebrated in 1961, of course. 2. The first son's palindrome is more elaborate providing you accept CA for California: Did Isaac nix a tax in CA as I did?
In September, I posted two watercolor sketches I created for a CD by musicians Peter and Ellen Allard. They selected the first design, with a few modifications. Above is the finished silk painting for the CD cover. Below is the outside of the finished CD cover, and underneath it is the inside. The music is wonderful - it makes you want to sing and dance! You can hear some of the music at Sounds Write Productions, a division of URJ Books and Music. Click on any image for a larger view.
A new prayer shawl (tallit) which is for sale at Dayenu, Judaica at the JCCSF, a Jewish gift store inside the Jewish Community Center right in the heart of San Francisco. For purchase, you can give them a call at (415) 563-6563. Click on image for larger view
A new tallit (Jewish prayer shawl). 70 x 22 inches, hand-painted silk. This piece is available at Dayenu, Judaica at the JCCSF, a Jewish gift store inside the Jewish Community Center right in the heart of San Francisco. For purchase, you can give them a call at (415) 563-6563. Click on image for larger view
Ellen Allard, a wonderful musician who specializes in children's music, contacted me recently to create some artwork for her new upcoming CD, entitled, "Little Taste of Torah." These are two color sketches I sent to her, based on discussions with her and her producer. They are watercolor with a little gouache, about 5 x 11 inches.
My father John always has pen and paper ready to go, and is inspired by almost anything. Sometimes he gets better ideas than the one I'm working on... Here's a couple of his suggestions for "Noah's Ark."
I've stretched the silk piece, which when hemmed will be 22 x 70 inches. The area where the animals and letters will be has been prepared with anti-flow. I've written most of the Hebrew Cursive Calligraphy, and outlined all the animals with colored dyes, and used colored gutta for the clouds' outline. Now the painting fun begins. The rainbow colors needed to blend together, just like a watercolor wet into wet, so there's no anti-flow in those areas. Rendering the animals is time consuming, but it's so fun to see them come to life. Click on any picture for a larger view. Stay tuned for Part 4...!
In the Bible, Noah's ark begins with a conversation between God and Noah. This is how it begins for me, after a conversation with a bright, lovely 13 year old and her classy grandma. Sort of a mess of books and photos and paper and tracing paper... The drawing takes shape slowly. Some pieces need to be drawn and redrawn, so they are just the right size to fit in with all the others....Finally, the drawing comes together. You need to click on the image in order to get an idea of what's going on. Part two coming soon....
This was a workshop demonstration of glazing - creating layers of transparent watercolor. The blues and purples that were the first layers come subtly through the other layers, and pop out in the foreground as the lighter stalks of weeds and grasses.
This demo piece was painted during one of the watercolor workshop that I have given from my studio. Martha - friend, neighbor and student - asked for a demo on painting fur in watercolor using her hairy friend Harry as the subject. Sadly, Harry left us last month. He is fondly remembered!
This is a tsedakah box. The literal translation of the Hebrew word, "tsedakah," is righteousness or justice. The usage of the word tsedakah is the religious obligation to help others. A tsedakah box is a collection vessel for giving donations to those in need. This Tsedakah box was was painted in acrylics, and donated to a non-profit organization which then auctioned the donated boxes and collected the moneys for various charitable organizations. On the top, in Hebrew, is the word Tsedakah. In English, it says, "turn night into day." That phrase is reflected in the outside and inside images of the box.
Here are the latest designs for my challah covers. These cover the sabbath braided bread, adding some visual beauty to the celebration of the day of rest. 17 x 17, hand painted silk. You can see other designs on my challah cover page.