23 May 2010

7 days of creation watercolor artwork – One Day

Posted by Moshe Mikanovsky

7 days of creation watercolor artwork – One Day

One day, watercolor and ink, 10"x13", 2010

Genesis 1, 1-5:

1 IN THE beginning G-d created the heaven and the earth.

2 Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of G-d hovered over the face of the waters.

3 And G-d said: ‘Let there be light’ And there was light.

4 And G-d saw the light, that it was good; and G-d divided the light from the darkness.

5 And G-d called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

The first painting of the “7 days of creation” gave me the opportunity to create an abstract work, using my grid and squares styles. Envisioning the light and dark, separating from each other, I divided the grid into right and left, straight in the middle of the paper. The right side, associated in Jewish tradition with the good, is where the light is. The left side, is where the darkness. But each one of them is spreading into the other. The wet-on-wet technique in watercolors helped me achieve this, by colors bleeding into each other.

The effect is very striking and simple!

Both English and Hebrew versions of the first five verses from book of Genesis are hand written around the edge of the painting in ink. The name of the painting is from the English translation. Rather than saying “Day One”, the translation says “one day”. The entire series was named in a similar way.

This painting is part of the series, which I presented at the Israeli Artists Group of Toronto 2nd Annual Art Show. It is available for sale. Price for one painting is $300 (+ tax). For all 7 paintings $1800 (+ tax). If you are interested in purchasing, please contact me.

I will also show the entire series (with a new “Fourth day” painting) at the Riverdale Art Walk, aka the RAW, on June 5-6.



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  4. As a canvas painter, I feel more people are interested in watercolor….

    I like whqt you are doing.
    I too, have been working on a “Creation” series from Genesis1. See it on my blog. I have two pieces to finish, one being the sixth day (for which I also have chosen to do man and woman hands….)

    I am much older than you… I did Art Fairs in the 70″s and 80″s. In many ways, you can be reassured that you sold nothing. They are great venues for ceramicists, etc.

    I did well the day I sold original framed screen prints for $17.50… But still did not sell enough to make back expenses.

    Did you have your mugs and key cchains? They might have done well.

    Your work is too beautiful to be out under a tent.


    Marilyn R Miller

  5. Hi Marilyn,

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. I love your artwork!! And the creation series looks great. I wish you had a bit better images so I could see each painting in a bit more details and clarity….

    I would love maybe to write a blog post about contemporary creation artwork… probably not for FAV but for my own personal blog…

    As for the key chains etc – I couldn’t bring these, nor even Giclees, to this art fair, because it was originals only for painters… I am still learning a lot about the business, and what works and what not, and will take me some time to figure these things out, but I quite enjoy it…

    Thanks again!


    Moshe Mikanovsky

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