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.

what road am I on

Loose sketch of monarch butterfly

¬†The caterpillar may or not know what he will change into (what do you believe?), but the symbolism is what I’m reaching for here. As an artist¬† I’m aiming to get back on the road my Creator seems to have laid out for me, hence this image. I made it mainly to get a sense of what color pencils will do to evoke the soft texture and subtle shift of colors of the monarch’s wings.

Why blog

its never too late to start something new. I’m an artist, but for a couple decades I hesitated to see myself that way, even if it was first obvious to everyone else as early as the 1st grade. so this blog will document my journey back up to what Adonai, G-d of the universe, would probably have wanted me to be doing years ago.

self -oil-'79 webA

this self portrait was done near my last year of college (1979). I’ll put up more art from that period from time to time, but my real reason to have a blog is to get me posting new things daily. I welcome your comments and candor.

the paper I painted on with oils is 18 x 24, so the head is larger than life. often I find a surprising result when I venture beyond what I’m accustomed doing, like moving from mono to stereo, and later to surround sound.