menorah giving light

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Sometimes I try a different style, and do it quickly to see where it leads. Starting with the earlier idea of light being ethereal, this was done on rough paper using crayon to pull out the highlights before applying watercolor– a wax resist technique. I envisioned it through a water-soaked lens as the lights played on reflections. Eventually I gave it as a wedding gift for friends.

rabbis

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2 rabbis stand listening while 3rd rabbi reads from the bimah, with ark in background

Back in October I took up a project that had been awaiting my attention. This scene was composed (credit due to imagery by R. Tanenbaum) by our associate rabbi and given to me; he indicated it can be used frequently in his web design work and would appreciate having it done “anyway you chose to.” Now that frees the creative process–so I went with a traditional approach using watercolor as I have become familiar with that.

Note that I’m still trying to break out and experiment with different styles, to recall the things I saw and heard while at college.

metamorph con’t 3

Here I worked the background of the chrysalis.morph step H2-519~2

Let it be noted that a fascinating series of transformations occurred after the caterpillar pitched himself and before this stage of the chrysalis – and I intend to draw them — but will probably put them to their own page with a link to view it.

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morph step J-532~2

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In the last two images I brought out a charcoal pencil and eraser for the black areas. Not only do I mix my media but I take a departure from simply representing the image to interpreting it in a way that isn’t too abstract, just playful.