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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.
Ark Curtain: Apple Tree watercolor & acrylic
Camellia Star of David 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.
Nina has hand-painted metallic gold to this vibrant print of an original watercolor. Archival giclée print, ready for framing. About giclée prints.
Collage: Torah Torah original mixed media collage includes watercolor pieces, the Sh'ma (mezuzah prayer), handmade paper, brass and copper; and natural elements, such as tree branches, leaves, pottery chards, shells, or glass.
Available in different backgrounds: watercolor-painted paper and various handmade papers including real Egyptian papyrus.
No two are exactly alike. 8”x10” matted and 3/8” - 5/8” in depth. Can be personalized. See Commissions page for personalized examples.
Collage: Tikkun Olam Tikkun Olam original mixed media collage combines natural elements, such as tree branches, with copper and brass, watercolor pieces and handmade paper. No two are exactly alike. 8”x10” matted. Can be personalized.
Tikkun Sonoma Tikkun Olam, developed by 17th century Jewish mystics, is a teaching which means to repair the world, primarily through social justice and environmental action. This watercolor painting is a symbol of healing: for individuals, for society and the environment. Although the woman in this painting is meant to be Every Woman, she also represents my artist's life and me. My heart is in all that I do, and all that I create. I observe beauty, reflect upon that beauty, and then I create art that heals. 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.
Schecheyanu Presents the blessing which gives thanks to God for bringing us to this season. English words in calligraphy read: Praised are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, for granting us life, for sustaining us, and for helping us to reach this day. Archival giclée print. 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.
Tree of Life
Vividly -colored cards include metallic gold, and are blank inside.
Guitar and Piano Duet -- A bold composition celebrates the resonance of stringed instruments and piano.
Poco Adagio -- A musical term that means somewhat slow, gradually.
For the Love of Music -- This is for you, or the music lover in your life.
Celebration -- hills become a guitar; trumpet and piano music dances over roads and hills.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday: A Good Year A Good Year: A stylized Magen David becomes an apple tree of life which conveys Rosh Hashona (New Year) greetings. The 11 x 15 mixed media collage original of this image is available. (Sorry, prints not yet available.)
Rosh Chodesh Women`s Gathering In this piece, four women representing the four seasons (from left to right: winter, spring, summer, fall) dance around the Tree of Life. Their arms, resembling tree limbs, reach high into the night's changing sky. The primary figure assumes the yoga tree pose atop the Hebrew word chai meaning life. This Rosh Chodesh dance celebrates renewal and new beginnings while seven stars of David surround the new moon. A museum-quality, giclee print of an original watercolor painting. About giclée prints.
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: 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.
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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