Tag Archives: Art

A New Use for Chopsticks

14 Jul

As it turned out, last year when we lived in Haifa and I was a busy student and my than-bf-now-husband a busy entrepreneur, we used to order a lot of oriental food.

Our favorite restaurants were “Tatami”, Japanese food, “Giraff”, Thai food, and “Tokai”, Chinese food.

Nowadays we eat more home-cooked meals, I guess it’s mostly because where we live now we can only order sushi or pizza and we can’t eat that every day, right?!

Anyway, from all of those oriental meals we had, we were left with a big collection of chopsticks that were always delivered with the food. Frankly, I’d rather use a fork, so we had nothing to do with those chopsticks (yet I love collecting useless stuff).

So yesterday I made them into sort of a wall art hanging.

The chopsticks were in a paper wrapping, which I opened, and then glued all the paper wraps to each other and glued the separated chopsticks in between them.

This is made entirely from recycled wooden chopsticks and their paper wraps:

A closer look:

I actually have no idea what it says (hopefully nothing bad).

Let it also be a memorandum for our bad eating habits in the past.

Have a great day,

Gal 🙂

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Beets and a Tribute to Avigdor Arikha

6 Jul

Avigdor Arikha, artist of the everyday, died this April at 81, this article nicely summarizes his work:

http://www.economist.com/node/16103920?story_id=16103920

A few years back I received a b-day gift from my aunt – a book with his paintings. I took a lot of inspiration from it, I like the simplicity of lines and shapes, the light, mostly daylight falling on objects, and the ability to make the everyday life into art. The subjects of Arikha’s work have ranged from potatoes in a bag to his wife’s hats, his wife, scenery in Israel etc, set in interesting compositions and always looking so realistic and alive.

This is one of those paintings inspired by Arikha’s work. Remember the beets from the previous post? Of course I don’t have his skills, experience and technique, but these beets did remind me of his paintings, so I’ve decided to acknowledge it in this post.

Beets, acrylic on canvas.

Charcoal

26 Jun

Some practice with charcoal, from a few years back:

Hopefully next weekend I’ll have new posts with new recent work for you.

Meanwhile, another busy week is about to begin.

Nude sketches

26 Jun

A few years ago I used to have an artistic phase of nude drawings. Of course I still love nudes, I think one can find beauty and character in every body (literally). In drawing, so-called flaws in our culture, such as fat and wrinkles and hair in strategic places, are what makes the drawing more realistic and interesting.

However, nowadays I’m looking for different challenges, as I feel I got the technique and I want to add more feelings, colors and personal expression.

So this is a partial collection of some of my earlier nude sketches, these are all drawn from models:

Drawn with pencil

Drawn with pencil

Drawn with charcoal

Drawn with brown chalk

Drawn with charcoal

Life is a Cabaret

25 Jun

This is just a small painting I’ve done lately,  I was going for a kind of a smoky sexy feeling, like in old cabaret posters.

Before:

and after:

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