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.
The Joy of Kabbalat Shabbat Painting
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 more of my Shabbat paintings in my SHABBAT GALLERY.
I would love to know which painting is your favourite. Please let me know in the comments below. Thank you.
Thank you for your good wishes and your encouragement, Leon.
Thank you for pointing out this problem, Darlene. Although I had a link to my SHABBAT GALLERY, I didn’t give the links for the 4 Shabbat paintings. I have added the links now.
What a lovely thoughtful, appreciative comment. Thank you so much, Esther!
Chana, I really love this sharing of personal story and reflection behind your art theme. It offers a sense of history and nostalgia that is very meaningful and beautiful.
The luminous colors of ‘Shabbat Joy’ immediately imbues me with joy! It is an electrifying work of art. I think each creation is so wonderful, however I am particularly appreciating ‘Shopping in the Shuk for Shabbat’ right now. The rain with the softly glowing lights under the shelter evokes a warm, wistful feeling.
I only see one painting here, and love it! I would also love to see the other paintings you wrote about.
Have a great shabbat
And be inspired for more great paintings
Thank you, Tamar.
Nice to get an insight into the artist’s mind