17 Jun 2011

New watercolor painting – submitted to show

Posted by Moshe Mikanovsky

Wish me luck! Few days ago I finished a new painting, titled “Just in case…”, and yesterday I submitted it to the Hang Man Gallery in Toronto for an upcoming group art show. I hope the jurors will love this painting and that it will be accepted to the show.

Moshe Mikanovsky, Just in case..., watercolors on paper mounted on board, 16"x16", 2011

Moshe Mikanovsky, Just in case..., watercolors on paper mounted on board, 16"x16", 2011

The show, titled “Very Superstitious“, triggers the artists to contemplate how superstitious are they. Interesting enough, the Hamsa is quite a dominant symbol in my artwork. I have painted it before several times, even on one of my Ketubahs (Luck and Blessing), made quite a few stained glass sunlight catchers, Mezuzahs and even a Menorah with original Hamsa designs, and have done some linocut and woodcut prints with the Hamsa as the main theme. The irony is, that I do not believe in what the Hamsa is standing for…

The Hamsa is a good luck charm, originated from middle eastern countries. It is said to be protecting against the evil eye. Many homes have hand-size Hamsa hang on the door or one of the walls, and many people wear it as a jewelry pendant. So here it is – I do not believe in the evil eye. I do believe that only people who believe in it, are actually susceptible to be harmed by it. But one that does not believe in it, can not be harmed by it. Interesting point of view, isn’t it?

Why is the Hamsa apears repeatedly in my artwork? Well, I think it is a simple yet elegant symbol that can be rendered in so many artistic ways. Also, it is very common in Israeli pop culture. People nowadays collect them and have walls covered with them. I also like some of the designs I see, like this one I depicted in “Just in case…”. I have seen it on this bohemian vendor in a NYC market. He was selling glass beads and jewelry, and while my wife was inspecting the merchandise, I started schmoozing with him, and told him I loved his Hamsa. He let me take some pictures of it, just in case I want to paint it one day. That was 3 or 4 years ago. And now I did find the opportunity.

I am quite happy with the way the painting came out. I painted it on watercolor paper mounted on board. I then sealed  it with sprayed UV-Resistant clear Acrylic coating.

So I hope to hear some good news with this painting being accepted to the show. Positive thinking my friends!



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8 Responses to “New watercolor painting – submitted to show”

  1. oh, WOW, Moshiko!

    it is BEAUTIFUL! and it’s perfectly apt for this exhibition’s theme too, so if the hanging committee guys have eyes in their heads and a tea spoon of sense – they’ll rocket it in!

    i love the simple, un assuming composition, and the details in the hamsa and in his hand – even down to his ring!

    i feel the same about not believing in the protective powers of the hamsa, and yet being attracted to its artistic beauty and folk charm. i used to sell hamsas in their hundreds in my art shop i used to have in Dizengoff Centre in Tel Aviv. from the tiniest metal key chain to big ones for the wall, and in a variety of materials and styles too. i remember that my ‘selling line’ (especially with tourists), was that this hand is believed to ‘push away bad luck’.

    and i also see here, in the UK, every other person wearing a cross, even if they are completely secular. it started as a religious symbol and watered down into becoming a fasion accessory .

    i wish u the best of luck with this painting, and in the spirit of superstitions – i’ll cross my fingers for u!……:-)


    Dalia Bar-Dror

  2. Thank you so much Dalia!
    I know what you mean about symbols stripped off their actual meaning. It is quite natural process though in human evolution.

    That’s cool that you had that shop in Dizengoff Center! Which years was that? I probably have seen it in the few times I visited the center…

    Thanks so much for the wishes! I will let you know how I did once I hear from the show organizers.



    Moshe Mikanovsky

  3. hia again!

    to your question about my shop in Tel Aviv: it was called Square Eggs, and i sold STRICTLY ONLY original hand made art, made by myself and 80 (!) other artists. so i offered the public a variety of really unique stuff, they couldn’t find elsewhere, and hardly ever see twice even in my own shop. plenty of materials, directions, styles and techniques: from the traditional to the modern, from the serious to the humourous, and even saucy and ‘naughty’. my shop was famous for having ‘ROSH TOV’, and open mind.
    i had it in the Dizengoff Centre for 10 successful years between 1993-2002, and for a while i also had a second branch in the prestigeous Opera Towers on the Tel Aviv beach.
    I loved my ‘baby’, and i took it and the customer service so seriously, that i personnally trained each new member of staff for more than a month (!) before i left them alone. we used to joke about it, calling it ‘pilot’s course’ (KOORS TAYISS), and if any of them ever lied to a customer or mis led them, just to make a sale – they were fired on the spot.
    i also never caved in to suppliers who tried to seduce me with low quality of cheap imported ‘crap’ for the sake of big profit. (and i strictly refused any ivory items, no matter how exquisitly they were detailed, and how ‘legally’ they were obtained, or how ‘humanely’ the poor elephants found their end). i’m proud to say, that my customers appreciated that unique view, and i had a loyal ‘cliantelle’ followers, that checked with my shop first, for any unique ideas for gifts. and as i ‘trained’ my customers to do, if they requested something that doesn’t exist – they came to me at least 1-2 months before the required date for the special gift, so either one of ‘my artist’ or myself, (depending on the requested item and style) – were commissioned to make a ‘one off’ tailored to their specifications. that’s why i named it Square Eggs. (and as u know from my e-mail address, (and in the near future with my web-site address) – i proudly kept this name and still own it.
    i really hope u DID visit my shop in one of your visits to Israel, and if u did – i hope we made u happy. :-)


    Dalia Bar-Dror

  4. Hi Moshe,
    Beautiful! I love it. Good luck with the judging.


    Naomi Broudo

  5. Thank you so much Naomi
    I will post shortly when I know the results….



    Moshe Mikanovsky

  6. Wow Dalia,
    This sounds so cool!
    You do have so many great stories, and they could be a basis for some amazing blog posts! Your experience is priceless. I hope I can learn more from you…



    Moshe Mikanovsky

  7. Fine painting Moshe. Good luck!


    Gabriella Goliger

  8. Thank you so much Gabriella!

    How was your event?
    I wanted to send you an email to ask, and tell you I finished the book – alas I am still reading it! I am such a slow reader, and I am also reading couple of other books in parallel (depends where I am at any given time) and now has to read this 1000+ pages For Dummies book for work… so I just can’t find the time to finish it. But I do enjoy reading it! And I will write again when I am done :-)



    Moshe Mikanovsky

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