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Torah Mantle Detail:Date Delicacy is a detail from the larger Torah Mantle Dates.
Torah Mantle Detail: Fig Promise watercolor & acrylic
Torah Mantle Detail: Fig Promise is a detail from the larger Torah Mantle: Figs.
Torah Mantle Detail: Fig Sweetness watercolor & acrylic
Torah Mantle Detail:Fig Sweetness is a detail from the larger Torah Mantle: Figs.
Torah Mantle Detail: Grape Sacrament watercolor & acrylic
Torah Mantle Detail:Grape Sacrament is a detail from the larger Torah Mantle:Grapes.
Torah Mantle Detail: Olive Alive intaglio etching
Torah Mantle: Olive Alive is a detail from the larger Torah Mantle: Olive Peace.
Torah Mantle Detail: Olive Continuity intaglio etching
Torah Mantle: Olive Continuity is a detail from the larger Torah Mantle: Olive Peace.
Torah Mantle Detail: Wheat Abundance watercolor & acrylic
Torah Mantle Detail:Wheat Abundance is a detail from the larger Torah Mantle:Wheat.
Torah Mantle: 7 Sacred Species Windows Details from 6 different Torah Mantles illustrate the Seven Sacred Species of the Holy Land (wheat, grapes, olives, pomegranates, figs, dates and barley). Moon in 2 phases illustrate the change of seasons and passage of time. Sonoma County, where Nina lives and paints, shares the same latitude as Israel, so many of the same species are grown in both places.
Torah Mantle: 7 Sacred Species My inspiration for the Seven Sacred Species watercolor comes from a passage in Deuteronomy 8.10 where we are introduced to the Sacred Bounty of the Land of Israel: For the Lord your G-d is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams and springs and fountains issuing from plain and hill; a land of wheat and barley, of (grape) vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey. G-d cites these seven foods both for their spiritual as well as nutritional benefits.
Torah Mantle: Wheat Wheat is one of Seven Sacred Species of fruits and grains symbolic of Israel's fertility. It represents a farmer's settled life, as opposed to a shepherd's nomadic life. Wheat requires well-tilled soil and abundant rains. A good wheat harvest represents abundance and peace.
Torah Mantle: Olive Peace intaglio etching
Torah Mantle: Dates watercolor & acrylic
Torah Mantle: Figs watercolor & acrylic
Torah Mantle: Pomegranate Becoming I sat next to our backyard tree to paint a young, green pomegranate turning red. With it’s dashes and splashes of color, the star looks electrically-charged.
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.
Tree of Life II Chai (To Life!) inscribed in roots below ground. Words of the song: It is a Tree of Life to those who grasp it, (in blue at base) refer to the Torah. Archival giclée print. About giclée prints.
Judaica Series II
Tree of Life
Vividly -colored cards include metallic gold, and are blank inside.
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.
Shalom: The dove has been traditionally associated with peace. In the story of Noah's ark, it was a dove bringing an olive branch in her mouth which let Noah know that the waters had receded enough for life to reappear on earth.
Menorah: In dark nights in the midst of winter, Jews around the world light the menorah celebrating Hanukkah. This holiday recalls the triumph of light over darkness and justice over tyranny.
Torah II: The Torah represents the heart and soul of the Jewish people and is referred to as the tree of life. This torah has the message: Sh'ma Yisrael--which is the watchword of our faith expressing our belief in one G-d.
Mazal Tov II: Bright, jewel-tone colors and many textures highlight this card of congratulations or mazal tov.
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.
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,
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