17 Jun 2011
New watercolor painting – submitted to show
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.
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!