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Nina has hand-painted metallic gold to this vibrant print of an original watercolor. Archival giclée print, ready for framing. About giclée prints.
Aleph Bet Creation Watercolor pieces, painted and textured at the beach, give creative force to letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the sky, Aleph, signifying creative energy, and Bet, representing divine energy, surround the Burning Bush. The Ten Commandments rest upon the other letters atop Mount Sinai. Archival giclée print. About giclée prints.
Aleph Bet with Flowers Watercolor pieces, painted and textured at the beach, give creative force to letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The complete Hebrew Aleph Bet is arranged in alphabetical order (from right to left) framed by flowers. Archival giclée print. About giclée prints.
To Life! with Mosaic Within days of returning from Israel in January 2001, I created this collage to express my hope of peace and continuity for Jerusalem and Israel. It has over 150 individual watercolor-painted pieces. The foreground depicts a luxurious mosaic floor tile from Masada. The top is Jerusalem, and includes the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock. The dove has Shalom--peace--in its wings. Chai is inscribed over an entrance to the Old City; and the upper reach of the palm is the letter Shin. Three small, golden, six-pointed stars evoke the memory of King David who made Jerusalem our temporal and spiritual home. Archival giclée print. About giclée prints.
To Life! Festival Logo Within days of returning from Israel in January 2001, I created this collage to express my hope of peace and continuity for Jerusalem and Israel. It has over 150 individual watercolor-painted pieces. The foreground depicts a luxurious mosaic floor tile from Masada. The top is Jerusalem, and includes the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock. The dove has Shalom--peace--in its wings. Chai is inscribed over an entrance to the Old City; and the upper reach of the palm is the letter Shin. Three small, golden, six-pointed stars evoke the memory of King David who made Jerusalem our temporal and spiritual home. The upper half of the To Life! with Mosaic collage became the logo of To Life! A Jewish Cultural Street Festival held in Palo Alto, CA in September 2001. Archival giclée print. About giclée prints.
Holiday: Rosh Hashona The Seeing Eye represents God's omniscience. The ladder links heaven and earth, and represents an individual's fate and spiritual development. Views of the Old City of Jerusalem are illustrated through the ladder, and the Judean desert is within the ark. The Book of Life has glowing Hebrew Chai, meaning life. Pillars evoke the temple and the Torah. Vines encircling the pillars are fashioned, at the top, into the Hebrew letter shin, another symbol for God. The sun and crescent moon evoke the change of seasons and the passage of time. Grapes and pomegranates are among the seven biblical species associated with the land of Israel, and also represent fertility. Apples and honey are symbolically eaten on Rosh Hashanah to express our desire for a good and sweet year. Olive branches surround the words in Hebrew and English: Inscribe Us in the Book of Life. The background sky transforms into twin tallitot, or traditional prayer shawls. Archival giclée print, matted and ready for framing. About giclée prints.
Judaica Series I
To Life! presents our hope for peace and continuity for Jerusalem and Israel.
Tikkun Olam has Nina in the vineyards. Her Tikkun Olam is to create art to beautify people's lives. All the grape leaves have transformed into hearts to signify Nina's love going out into the world through her art.
Camellia Star of David shows a camellia inside the star (with chai--to life!-- in lavender in upper right of flower) and the letter shin in each leaf.
Rosh Hashona has the Book of Life set inside the ark
Vividly-colored cards include metallic gold, and are blank inside.
Set inside a circle and Magen David, the Hebrew letters, Yud Hey Vav Hey, are arranged in vertical format symbolizing the human form. The letters represent the holiness within each of us and our Oneness with Adonai, our Creator. The letters are pure white light as an expression of all rainbow colors. The landscape is bounded, top and bottom, by Jerusalem stone.
Judaica Series III
Pomegranates: The seeds of a pomegranate, according to biblical teachings, number 613--the same number of mitvot, or good deeds, contained in the Torah. Twin blue lines represent the Israeli flag and a tallit or prayer shawl. Sun and moon represent the change of seasons, the passage of time and the torah being passed down from generation to generation.
Dove over Sonoma: The dove of peace soars above vineyards and golden, rolling hills. Pomegranates represent the Torah; grapevines become Hebrew letters for chai (To Life!), a menorah, and shalom (peace). We also see olive branches, grapes, Italian cypress trees and barns.
A Good Year: A stylized Magen David becomes an apple tree of life which conveys Rosh Hashona (New Year) greetings.
Dove over Jerusalem: This night time vision of peace in the holy land expresses our endearing hopes.
The original watercolor painting was 14"x23".
It was digitally transformed into a 7'x12' vinyl banner for Congregation Shir Shalom in Sonoma, CA.
The banner was dedicated in a special shabbat service in Sonoma on November 14, 2009.
I wrote and presented this poem for the occasion:
Dove of Peace over Sonoma Vineyards
Banner Dedication Poem
By Nina Bonos
November 14, 2009
Yea, I walk through the Valley of the Moon, I feel her presence within and around me Sweet, purple grapes are ripening High above, the Shir Shalom Dove Grapevines become a menorah, Bright, red pomegranates recall our Torah. The golden, rolling hills of California,
And it is wonderful!
Adonai is alive in the vineyards.
While drawing and painting from my soul.
Inside the Shir Shalom window shape
A carefully crafted artist’s story comes alive.
Intuitively, shapes and colors emerge
From my heart, mind and hands
To share with you.
While dancing on their vines.
Grapevines appear as outstretched arms of friends,
Reaching for one another,
Linking arms, davening and singing:
Hiney Ma Tov u-ma nayim
Shevet achim gam yachad
How good and pleasant it is when
Brothers live together in harmony.
Sings her Song of Peace.
Soaring in the blue sky towards the clouds,
The full harvest moon, and the heavens,
Her melodious song delights the ears
Of the valley inhabitants below.
We see man and woman’s presence
In the bountiful valley,
In barns and homes sheltered among
Native valley oaks and Italian cypress trees.
The symbol of ancient Israel.
Multi-colored leaves become flickering candle lights,
Warming the glow of Hebrew letters spelling Shalom.
It’s seeds, numbering 613, represent the number of mitzvot
Prescribed by our Tree of Life.
Olive branches are another important peace symbol,
Reminding us of the Noah’s ark dove returning from dry land,
Signaling an end to flood, and a return to peaceful times.
Expressed in pastel, rainbow colors
Are our backdrop for a wonderful life in paradise,
Here in the Valley of the Moon on a beautiful autumn day.
The golden, rolling hills of California,
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