I haven't participated in Illustration Friday forever! But, when the topic showed up in my inbox this morning I knew I had to post one of my Burning Bush paintings.
Every week I put Illustration Friday on my list of things to do. And, every week it gets bumped to the bottom of the list. I guess I let that happen, but I really have been very busy with real work. I didn't want to let another week go by without posting. So, I'm posting one of the more recent paintings that I've done. It's titled "Priestly Blessing." The Hebrew reads "Y'varechecha Adonai V'yishmarecha" or "May God bless you and keep you." My interpretation and symbolism: may the hand of God bless you where ever you are on this earth and at all times.
This coming Friday, February 2nd, is National Wear Red Day. It is the beginning of Heart Month and is aimed at raising awareness of heart disease and stroke in women. I am a survivor of heart disease. Just over a year ago, on January 16th, I suffered a heart attack 10 days after my 45th birthday. Before this happened I had no clue to the time bomb ticking inside my chest. I had three stents implanted in my heart and a year later I am so much healthier. I exercise at least five times a week and eat a very healthy diet, which has helped me to lose 53 pounds. And, I intend to keep up the regimen so that I will be around to see what course the lives of my teenage daughters take and to enjoy sharing that with my husband for a very long time.
How appropriate that the theme for Illustration Friday is red. The red dress is the symbol of the American Heart Association’s movement to get the word out about this often-misdiagnosed disease, which is the number one killer of American women. Join me in taking care of your heart to improve your health and live a longer and stronger life. And, please wear red next Friday.
Here’s my contribution to Illustration Friday. I haven’t done it for sooooo long–it feels great to be doing it again! It’s hard to sit down and paint when I’ve not done it for a while. It’s scary to face that blank sheet of paper or empty document. I always feel so much pressure to get it right the first time. I don’t give myself the luxury of making mistakes or failing. I have to get over the “hump,” but I can’t always make myself do it. I have to get past that and let myself off the hook.
Doing thhis was very fun and rather theraputic. Especially after the last couple of months. My sister-in-law died a horrible death in mid-December and left us all feeling lost and down. Then I had a heart attack while at an out of town convention with the youth group for which I am the advisor. Talk about scary. I didn’t think the 250 teens I was with were causing the chest pain, though sometimes it feels that way. Now it’s all a blur and I can’t remember much. But, it was a life changing event and has made me realize I can’t take life or health for granted. I can’t sit around and wait to feel safe about starting an illustration or painting. I just have to dive right in and get started. Life may be shorter than we anticipate.
So, it's December 30th, my banner is still a fall design, and I haven't posted in over two months. I really need to get back into this because it challenges me to think creatively. I guess that should be my new year's resolution. Coming attractions... a timely new banner?
I'll start off by submitting this illo for IF. The flavor of watermelon is such a distinct and thirst-quenching one. I long for the fresh taste in the middle of winter.
Here's another illustration from the collection I've been working on. It's cold here today, so the leaves have started to change and begun to fall. Raking up a pile of leaves is just around the corner.
I just happened to do this on Monday for an work assignment. It fits the bill here, too.
The smell of fresh cut grass, crystal clear starlit skies, and fireflies... summer.
Wow, it's still Friday and I have an illustration to post. When I first saw the topic I wasn't sure something would come to mind. I was getting ready to shut down the computer for the night and curl up with a good book when the idea struck me. Last week's topic never found time in my schedule, so I'm pretty excited to have one done already. The whole "Illustration Friday" idea was a great one--it's really got me stretching my creative mind in a fun way, and it's great to see the variety of work done by others.
While I was feeling a little more confident I thought I'd share a few other ideas I've been working on.....
Miriam's Song as she crossed the Red Sea
Raising the Torah for Peace
Having gotten over the hump of creating a blog with a name and committing to trying it out, I guess it's time to push the envelope a bit further. So, I've decided to make my first entry to Illustration Friday. Nourishment can mean so many things to different people. Although I would have to say that I could eat ice cream every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, right now at this point in my life I am looking for a deeper kind of nourishment--something to fill the spirit rather than my never satisfied stomach.
As an ever-evolving Jew, I've come to feel more connected to the wisdom of Torah over the last several years. Last year a very special friend asked me to create this piece for her graduating high school daughter. This illustration not only expresses the spiritual nourishment of Torah, but it is important to me because the friendship nourishes me too. Her courageous and committed actions inspire me during times when I feel lost and without direction.
And so, although it is not a new illustration created for Illustration Friday, it is a big step for me. Having the strength to place my art "out there" for everyone to see comes from Barbara (and David), my friends.