What’s the point in painting?
Imagine you enter a restaurant or a jewelry store… Try to recall that thrilling sensation when an exotic dish or a fascinating luxurious piece of jewelry takes you in and makes you forget about all other business. You feel an urge to grab it, taste it, merge with it… Well, painting is my way to reproduce such sensations and to pass forward the evolving vibrations.
What do my pictures depict?
First of all, it is my strong feeling for the nature of Israel – its rich GARDEN and its blooming and colorful flowery palette… This garden is rich in symbolic forms that are meaningful for Judaism as well for other religions …
How is a painting born?
I make sketches at any free moment - while looking at flowers, sitting on a bench… In these series of small sketches I try to catch rhythms, motives and moods, and to learn them by heart as melodies.
When at home, I stretch a canvas, touch and caress it as if it were alive, expecting its response. I think of a blessing for a work yet unborn. Then I either copy my sketches as they are or develop a new one based on their motives. Drawing is often made in pencil or in charcoal, but my favorite is oil pastel which enables free line drawing… And then, one by one, the paint layers appear.
The first background layer is a bunch of color patches. Then lots of new layers land on top of these preliminary color patches. They are made of paint and paste which helps create a texture both sophisticated and inviting, calling for touch and caress. I give colors a lot of thought, tuning myself to a specific hue, thinking of its energy and its unique message.
Sometimes, while working, I have physical vibrations coming right from my stomach. It’s usually until that stage that I keep searching and repainting, while this precious vibration announces that the real work has started. The image produced at that vibration time is usually full of contrasts, a sharp and unpleasant conglomerate, which I strive to balance afterwards by filling in the lacquers and glazing, creating half-tones and subtle color transitions. The resulting variety combines opaque as well as glowing lacquers. In fact, I am inspired by sophisticated surfaces created by nature, such as the multi-layered surface of minerals, or the play of light in pearls… Minerals provide me with a lot of warmth, their touch causing a pleasant sensation inside that urges to create. So I place them around the candles, sprinkle them with aromatic oils and they help me enter my canvas door into a fairy tale world. Once there, I might pick up one of the stones, study its texture and think of its powers and impact on people.
When I review all those intervening stratums, I start making repairs: erasing at some points, placing accents on others, adding tiny dots and delicate lines so as to achieve an esthetic and harmonious form. Once my new jewel is ready, I thread in some strings of gold…
Art Flavor or Flavor of Art?
The working atmosphere is never complete without music, mate or white coffee as background. White coffee is a Yemenite drink containing ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper. When hot, it spreads reviving and relaxing flavors, warming you from inside and filling you with positive energy. And if I also rub some vanilla into my canvas, I paint in the” fresh cake” mood…
So here is a winning recipe for being creative