Thursday, March 24, 2016

PAINTED HAMSA STONES



It was quiet for a while here on my blog. Facebook is partially to blame, or rather I am to blame for falling into the Facebook trap of easy and quick posting. I don't seem to be the only culprit of this. I have blog pals whose posts I am missing, seeing almost daily fast postings on Facebook instead. On the contrary I have a dear friend who took the consequences, closed her Facebook account, and pays attention to her blog with good posts, informative about her art work, with wonderful photographs. I think it would be best to find a middle way. Artisans' and craft people's Facebook posting keeps audience alive. Blog posts are for deeper insights and should be constructed in more detail, which does not mean they have to be endless long and boring, but more heart and soul should be felt in them.

 I also had another reason to be absent. I was quite busy. About a month ago I was invited by a curator to join an exhibition in Tel Aviv-Yafo. Not with paintings, but with my painted stones, "hamsa" and "against the evil eye" stones, which she had seen - yes - posted by me on Facebook. I happily accepted and started working. Well, I know, when you see the results, it looks more like playing, and it is, but it is certainly hard work too.

Of course first the raw material has to be collected. I always have large wadi pebbles, which I bring home from outings, but I did not have enough. So off we went looking for more.



I decided to prepare two styles of stones, round pebbles, the uneven bumpy, not flat kind, which I meant to paint very colorfully, all the colors, no worries! One source to obtain them you see in the above photo.

And then flat stones, the kind which is used for garden paths and decorative walls. Some of these we found in nature, and others I got from the Arab nurseries down hill. The flat slabs I wanted to paint with more muted and earthly colors, and I did not want to cover them completely with paint, but let the texture and color of the stone show through. I finished them with a matte varnish, while the pebbles got a glossy one.


The glossy varnished pebbles are hard to photograph, the last photo was taken before varnishing, therefore there is no glare.



 Mostly I let the form of the stones tell me what to put on them. This one for instance was in the shape of a fish, so that is what I painted on it.
The symbols of the hand, the eye, the fish, the heart, the colors of blue and turquoise are all Middle Eastern good luck and protecting charms. I added touches of my surroundings, like olives, pomegranates, grapes - and naive images of the old city of Jerusalem.

Here you see a small selection of the about forty stones I painted. The exhibition with works of many wonderful artists will open in the beginning of April at the Ben Ami Gallery in Yafo.


Photographs were taken by me - these and my painted stones, like all my work, are copy righted.


9 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Oh yes, you HAVE been busy Yael, all of those paintings, they are beautiful. If only the stones were painted, wouldn't it be nice to see all of world at it, and stop the any wars.

veroque said...

יעל, איך את מצליחה לקחת אבן פשוטה מהטבע ולהפוך אותה למלכה!
מקסים ויצירתי :)

Tomoko said...

Ohhh! You painted on the stones. I can hardly imagine those original stones as they were beautifully painted on them. Thank you for the great exhibition on your post today! Have a good weekend.

Tanja said...

Just beautiful those painted stones. :-)

Inger said...

Hello, I'm so glad you atopped by. I have to put your blog in my sidebar, which is how I keep up with my friends. An oldfashioned way to do it, I know. I love your take on FB vs. Blogging. So well written and thought out. I have an account, but I don't use it. Wanted to keep up with relatives in Sweden, mostly. I agree that FB can be helpful for many different reasons, from promoting your work to finding lost dogs. So I'm keeping my account for now. Love your stones, I know they will be much appreciated at the exhibition. All the best.

Beate said...

Ich bin immer wieder erstaunt über Deine ruhige Hand, die klaren Linien und darüber wie die grundlegenden Materialien, Stoff, Steine uvm aus der Menge heraus zu Besonderheiten werden. Bewundernswert.

Gruß aus dem Norden,
Beate

Brizanne said...

Was du nicht alles kannst!
Deine Steine sind wunderbar♥♥♥.... wenn ich näher wäre, käme ich 100% -ig an die Ausstellung!
Lass es dir gut gehn und sei herzlichst gegrüsst
Brigitte

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Yael, I wouldn't miss a blog post of your's! Your posts are thoughtful and inspiring. The flat stones--first time I see them, are lovely, as well as the round ones, and I love mine and see it every day.

stardust said...

Dear Yael - I think your painting got more magical and enchanting feel when painted on stones because in Japanese native religion, Shintoism, a god (or a spirit) is believed to reside in a stone, a river, a tree, a mountain … everything in nature. Wish your exhibition be successful.

Yoko