After doing a guided meditation to prepare for my upcoming birth, I was inspired to make a painting using imagery from my experience. The image is a pregnant wolf with the Sh’ma painted around the border “Hear Oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is ONE!” and the “ONE” is coming from out of the wolf’s mouth. The baby wolf has a blue gem glued to it’s belly. The red parts are going into and coming out of the wolf, and also surround the wolf. An arm cradles the wolf at the top, coming from the red, like the red shape is the womb of God in which the wolf is being cradled.

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This painting has a meditative feeling, and depicts a woman deeply connecting with the natural world around her. She is attuned to the spiritual aspects of nature, and has a blissful look in her eyes. I made this painting while fasting on Yom Kippur, and listening to Krishna Das. This interesting combination produced a uniquely mystical painting and a feeling of new beginnings.

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This image was made entirely with thick layers of crayon, which I etched away with a knife. The technique I use is tedious but creates a feeling of heightened focus, so I have a sort of spiritually meditative experience while making these. The image is a chamsa (traditional Jewish symbol for luck) with a star of David in the center, and “chai” (life) carved in Hebrew. The detailed carving creates swirling colorful patterns throughout the image. I really like making these!

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This painting was custom ordered by someone with a deep appreciation for the Kiddush ritual of Shabbat. Sharing this appreciation, I greatly enjoyed this project! Here is the result (click the image for closeups and a detailed description of the painting, including what the Hebrew says, etc):

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This traditional symbol has always seemed mysterious and magical to me. Click here to see more of my paintings: ShirChadash.etsy.com