Monday, December 22, 2008
It`s been almost a month since the wedding and, strangely, I still feel a great need to relax. Unfortunately, the only art I`ve been involved in is illustrating the thank-you card, and finishing up my gift to our "matchmaker," a Russian doll painted in the theme of "A Woman of Valour".
Much light filters into our tiny apartment, despite the small windows....
I have started to concentrate my artistic efforts on my home and in my kitchen; Hopefully this is an art that can be picked up by anyone willing to learn!
I realize, though, that I am not only organizing our many things into this little place, but also organizing my many thoughts into compartments labelled "Not For Now," "To Be Continued," and "Urgent"... and I have a hard time prioritizing.
Posted by Shiran at 5:56 AM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Our tradition wisely teaches us that on the one hand, the individual should view the world as having been created solely for him, but on the other hand, he is but dust and ashes. In this way we strive to enjoy the pleasures of this world while never forgetting its transient nature, and keeping our priorities in order. It is said of a sage who kept two pieces of paper in either pocket with this as a reminder...
Posted by Shiran at 6:03 AM
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I`ve just read "Forever my Jerusalem," a personal account of the siege of the Old City in 1948 by Puah Shteiner. The story was still embedded in my thoughts as I drifted through the Old City this morning. Usually I dodge the tourists and slowpokes with my New-York-acquired lightning-speed pace, but today I just sat on a bench, as ancient as the stones surrounding me, watching people. The French couple I drew above approached me and gave me their details in Paris just in case I visit... What a nice way to make connections...
Feeling great and grateful to be here.
Posted by Shiran at 4:29 AM
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Now I have to say that I am not anti-American... I am actually marrying one. But there are certain types that, how should I say it... stand out... in the simple settings of Jerusalem. It just bothers me that people come here expecting everyone to cater to their needs, when they are, in fact, in Israel!
Posted by Shiran at 3:35 AM
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Healing means starting over, over on the remains of the past. The past lies beneath in ruins, but instead of denying it we build over it, renovating the old and integrating it with the new. Our past remains as part of the picture and builds up to what is present above it. This is my definition of repair.
Posted by Shiran at 4:19 AM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Oh, why oh why do we succumb to 21-shekel drinks that only make us sick?? The success of this place is, in my humble opinion, due to the clean, protective environment it seems to offer its customers. Here, amid the hordes of American teenagers and students, with English books and newspapers sitting on the bookshelves, it`s almost as if you are back in good old consumerist America. It`s comforting to have that something familiar when Israel still has no reliable customer service or money-back at stores. At least you don`t feel so alone. And at least there`s a Starbucks-like ambience where you could just sit for hours at a time without worrying about a waiter coming over to hustle you.
Posted by Shiran at 3:44 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The Jewish New Year has come, the latest stream of holidays is over, and once again I am inspired to break out my paints and brushes and get working, work like a maniac, quickly before it wears off! It`s been a while. Wedding bells are ringing and my fiance and I are running around town checking out apartments which we probably cannot afford and trying to wrap things up before it gets too late. Sadly, my best creative ideas have always come to me almost in a dream over the Sabbath and holidays, when I cannot write them down. But I am hoping to regain my inspiration and get started again.
Posted by Shiran at 4:53 AM
Sunday, July 27, 2008
My entry for Illustration Friday`s new topic, "Enough."I liked the definition: "Enough - in a quantity or degree that answers a purpose or satisfies a need or desire"I`m feeling pretty satisfied right now... beyond that, even, but in the healthy way in which a cup is overflowing but needs no more than what it contains to satisfy its function...
Posted by Shiran at 7:20 AM
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
A timeless place, full of stairs and rusty balconies and white shirts hanging on a line... Old Chassidic men disappearing round the corner before I get a chance to draw them properly.
Sitting in a narrow street, people watching us curiously... girls with braids shyly peer over our shoulders. Women hurrying about.
Sitting by the shuk (market), close to a smelly fish shop... He should have paid us for all the customers we attracted for him!
Posted by Shiran at 7:25 AM
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Painted waterlilies yesterday at the Israel Museum, for a change. Way too often I find myself rushing through the day in an attempt to finish everything that I set out to do. Painting outdoors forces me to sit still and study something for much longer than I would normally do at any other time. I was amazed to discover a whole mini-world in this murky little pond, with flaming-red goldfish and a frog-prince tugging at the waterlily stems from below the surface. A waterlily opened to the sun before my eyes. The combination of soft pinks, greens and yellows was so soothing that I was immediately able to block out the surrounding view of staff on break, tourists and young children, although their presence was felt and heard and contributed to the overall atmosphere of nature`s startling beauty.
Posted by Shiran at 7:01 AM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Chana Devorah and I returned to the Israel Museum this week to visit our little pond. The frog (alleged ruler of this little kingdom) even graced us with his presence and posed for my drawing for as long as he could bear it, until finally disappearing into the depths below... (I think the queen called him.)
Posted by Shiran at 7:04 AM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Luckily, I have come to the realisation that I am not a machine, and the working day does not have to be stacked with stuff in every available nook and cranny. So that`s taken atleast 20 pounds of "artist`s guilt" off my shoulders (Was I the first to coin that expression? It seems so prevalent, that who knows...?)Thought for the day: Eric Maisel, the famed American psychotherapist and creative coach, suggests an interesting method to get yourself going: 'Pick a time today to create. When that time arrives, say to yourself, "I am a wild, passionate, energetic creature!" Shout it out, if you dare. Work in a frenzy of creative energy.' - I`ll have to try it but I dare not shout it out loud...
Posted by Shiran at 6:56 AM
Monday, June 16, 2008
But here I am again, determined to keep this blog going after a year`s absence... Somehow the creative juices are running again. Been drawing outdoors a lot recently, in the Old City and elsewhere. The Old City is the most fun but also the most challenging because there`s so much going on and everything is so picture-perfect that one has a hard time deciding on what to do first. Hopefully this time I will not fade into oblivion as I did before...
Posted by Shiran at 5:29 AM