Loving Greeting Shabbat Outdoors
I have very fond memories of the times when I prayed and danced outdoors on some Friday nights in Jerusalem. I will never forget the happiness I felt as I joined hands with my sisters after candle-lighting. We were not really aware of the men on the other side of the mechitzah as we danced and sang to welcome Shabbat. I remember feeling the earth beneath my feet, smelling the scent of the trees around us, and looking up at the stars in the heavens above.
As a result of these wonderful Friday night experiences, for which I am still very thankful, Kabbalat Shabbat is one of my favourite and most recurring themes.
My First Painting: ‘Kabbalat Shabbat’
The first time I painted this subject was in 2011. At this time I lived in a studio apartment in Nachlaot, Jerusalem. Since my one room had only a very small window it was quite dark and not conducive to painting. As a result, I painted outside. So my first Kabbalat Shabbat painting is very small. I enjoy painting outside using watercolours, so this didn’t bother me. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
However, after a while I began craving painting on a larger scale.
My Second Painting: ‘Greeting Shabbat‘
About two years later, I moved from Jerusalem to a four-room apartment in Beer Sheva, where I set up one of the bedrooms as a studio. One of the very first oil paintings that I did on a large canvas was on this theme. For this second painting, ‘Greeting Shabbat’, I chose to use a limited palette in order to express the idea of spirituality.
My Third Painting: ‘Shabbat Joy‘
Recently, in 2022, 11 years after my first Kabbalat Shabbat painting, I felt the urge to return to my beloved theme.
For some years now I have been experimenting with digital artwork, using my large iPad, Apple pencil and Procreate software. This was my media of choice for my third Kabbalat Shabbat painting – ‘Shabbat Joy’. My goal was to use strong colour to increase the feeling of joy. I also wanted the women to be the focus and have missed out the men all together!
My Fourth Painting: ‘The Joy of Kabbalat Shabbat‘
Finally, as soon as I finished ‘Shabbat Joy’, I painted ‘The Joy of Kabbalat Shabbat’. I completed this just two days ago. It is also a digital artwork, based on my first painting, but with a lot of changes.
Outdoor Praying Due to Covid
For some time now, I have been finding quiet places in my neighborhood to pray outdoors, due to the problems associated with Covid. I continue to enjoy praying outdoors.
Verse 3 from Isaiah Chapter 6
וְקָרָא֨ זֶ֚ה אֶל־זֶה֙ וְאָמַ֔ר קָד֧וֹשׁ | קָד֛וֹשׁ קָד֖וֹשׁ יְהֹוָ֣ה צְבָא֑וֹת מְלֹ֥א כָל־הָאָ֖רֶץ כְּבוֹדֽוֹ:
”And one called to the other and said, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.’ “
You can see my four Kabbalat Shabbat paintings in my SHABBAT GALLERY.
I would love to know which one is your favourite. Please let me know in the comments below.