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Mahatma Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh

The first time I arrived in Rishikesh was in April 2008, it was LOVE of first sight. The sights, colours, sounds and the gentleness of the people caught me.

First few steps on Laxman-Jula Bridge, Rishikesh 8.4.2008

I traveled alone but thanks to Shiva and to the Good Spirits, that I felt safe and comfortable, like I have been in India before.

Lino Cut, Rishikesh, 2019

There are some miracles in life, and my work on that Lino, on 2019 of Rishikesh is one of them.
Every evening at sun set I used to bring my tools to the best point of view in the Ashram and did my work. Some times people looked at me with strange looks, but I continued. That was like I was ordered to do it with no excuses.
And so I created day by day – the stormy waters of the Ganga, the Ashram opposite with the round arches that’s never finishes, Shiva’s majestic and glorious statue that was the place for gathering and praying and the soft most beautiful mountains around that were like cuddling us. Thanks to Shiva and the universe that I managed to finish the work.

Rishikesh is a Holly city and pilgrims arrived from all over india.

Rajasthan family in Rishikesh
My favorite Cafe in Laxman-Jhula, looking at the riverside and to the bridge. 2008.
The Cafe with the best Israeli salad in town.
Visited it regularly from 2008 – 2019

I was lucky to find in my next visit – The Mahatma Yoga Ashram, run by Yogi Ji. That was like finding my second home.

View to the river from Mahatma Yoga Ashram, Pastel drawing, 2015
My first project in the Ashram was to paint the concrete LOTUS, creating a beautiful seating area. 2015
In pic. with lovely Laura (on the left). We are keeping in-touch until now.
My next project in Mahatma Yoga Ashram was painting the gats. Bright lovely colours were most suitable for the amazing atmosphere in the Ashram. 2015
People come again and again from all over the world
A quick drawing of the beautiful Ganga river & the Himalaya mountains.
Water colour, 2016
Visiting a Cave Man, lives 15 years in a cave, always smiling. With Yogi Ji (in white) and friends.
9 Oct. 2016
Drawing Buddha in the Reading Hat was an amazing spiritual journey.
My two books are placed proudly on the top shelve.
Oil paints, 2016
The guests helped me painting, and we created a beautiful scenery of Buddha by the Ganga river.
Tal and myself in a Well Being Ceremony by the river, next to Shiva’s statue
23.2.2019
Relaxed and happy after Painting Buddha in meditation room.
1 March 2019

Sadly because of the pandemic Mahatma Yoga Ashram, by the Ganga river, closed down on Feb. 2020. The Ashram was active for 10 years.
The Reading Hat flew away by a Hurricane storm sometime on 2018
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The final project on my last visit on 2019, was an idea by Yogi Ji
who wanted to create a beautiful background with local stones and a Shrine
to welcome the guests lovingly.

The guests at the ashram came from India and from all over the world.
The Yoga classes in Mahatma Yoga Ashram were the best in town, with excellent teachers.
Yogi Ji the founder and the manager of the Ashram, was a unique teacher and spiritual leader. He taught sacred wisdom in a humble way, wearing ordinary, gave happiness and hope to every soul.

My First Drawing in Mahatma Yoga Ashram.
Water colour, 2015

Longing for Mahatma Yoga Ashram & Rishikesh 💌 March 2021

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Moods in the Living Room

Genesis, Nudity, King Bibi

A year ago, on the 3rd of March 2020 my work attended a group exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israel.

As we had 3 elections in 2 years time, I thought that a topic from our impossible political situation will be most appropriate for the exhibition titled: “That makes me lough”.

King Bibi, in the opening group exhibition “That makes me lough”, 3.3.2020
Ben Ami Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

The idea to create a “window” in which to present current issues, started in 2013. I built a real metal window and wooden shutters with the possibility of placing different pictures that can go in & out and be exchanged.

The window was presented in a solo exhibition on 2014, By Albert Choen, actor.

The window was first shown in my solo exhibition on 2014 at Bet Panorama, Tel Aviv. The look of the real window that can change pictures lit a surprised-smile on many faces.

Closed Window

The window can be closed when needed, such as the sacred icon boxes in Europe and personal religious cabinets in the Far East.

The window with changing images at the opening of the exhibition, 2020

In 2019-2020 with 3 elections in a row, as we were breathing politics & news from heads to toes, I felt it was necessary to present it visually – by creating one work – Moods in The Living Room – with the main characters in our lives – Genesis, Nudity, King Bibi.

Genesis, Nudity, King Bibi – These are the three main issues we are concerned with

King Bibi

Now we are facing the 4th election on 23.3.2021. And so again the three main issues that we are concerned with are – Genesis, Nudity, King Bibi.

Genesis
Nudity

At this time at list we the artists are required to bring a smile and humor to the hearts with art.

I do hope that soon we’ll be able to change the images where beauty, peace and love will unite us, and they will be the main issues in our lives.

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Rainbow – a metaphysical, spiritual and emotional form

I started working on “Rainbow”, because of my interest in our mental connection to the metaphysical form that appears in the sky, in spectacular colors and disappears so quickly. But mysteriously always brings us happy and comforting feelings.

Double Rainbow, London
Photo: Zohar Manor-Abel 20.10.2014  

At the sight of Rainbow, I always have thoughts about the universe and us – being one.

I am looking at the Rainbow, longingly, admiring its beauty and hoping it’ll stay painted on the sky as for long as possible. As a kid I wanted to find a way to catch it, so it would not disappear but stay forever.

Rainbow 1
Nov. 2014. Wood, steel, oil

One day on 2014, I found a wooden pallet thrown on a sideways road. It was broken and bruised. From the first glance I knew that pallet would turn into a Rainbow.
Iron straps and screws are the ones that will hold the rainbow together! After all, I always wanted to catch a rainbow. 😘

Rainbow 1: Yellow, red, greenish, turquoise, bright blue and silver. Materials: Wood, metal rods & screws & oil paint. The silver symbolizes the infinite sky and infinity from which the Rainbow appears and then disappears.

A moment of excitement when the construction of Rainbow 1 is ready
Rainbow 2, Los Angeles

My need to lock the Rainbow with metal and screws is symbolic for unfulfilled desire to preserve the bow for ever.

Rainbow 2: Purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and silver

Rainbow 3
Splashes of light in the studio
Rainbow 3

In the book of Genesis, it is most significant that after the Mabul (the big flood), The Rainbow is the tangible symbol of God’s promise that another flood will never come down on earth again.

A full Rainbow, Los Angeles
Photo: Arnon Manor

The perfect shape of the Rainbow as a semicircle, part of a circle, or even as a line, combined with the spectacular colours projected on it, can bring us to the point of transcendence!
The sight of the rainbow rises even higher in The Book of Kings, in which the Rainbow equals the sight of the figure of God.

Rainbow 5
Full spectrum

The perfect shapes of the Rainbow with its most beautiful colours that appear and disappear, reflects perfection and brings us closer to our childhood-soul and to dreamy optimistic feelings. 

Rainbow 4
Compressed cardboard, in work progress

As rainbow radiates spiritual feelings, I thought that creating a Rainbow should be made out mainly of recycled materials. So I choose to work with wooden pallets and compressed cardboard. (as above and below, Rainbow 4, 6)

Rainbow 6
Optimistic point of view
Rainbow 7, 18 August 2018
My Shadow & Smoky Gaza Strip

One can feel and see injustices even through a Rainbow. The above work – Rainbow 8, is homage to a friend and the people of Gaza Strip, also to the people of Gaza, who wants to see their sky – smoke-free sky.

Happiness at work
Rainbow in the sky with stars
Rainbow 8, 9 Feb. 2020
For positive & happy times

Rainbow 8, created on Feb. 2020. For positive & happy times.

The idea to work on Rainbow appeared on my birthday — 1.7.2013.

Rainbow – a symbol of Hope & Unity!

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The Hand of Coincidence

I created 25 minimalist sculptures, in cube forms, that raises topics on social, political and environmental issues.

Enclosing some sculptures in the project. Some other are in previous posts.

Earth’s Treasures
אוצרות האדמה

It took me four blessed years to work on the project, 2014 – 2018.

Oceans Against Plastic
אוקינוס נגד פלסטיק

All the wooden cubes are found objects. The cubes are fortunate now to have another life, as sculptures; carrying important messages.

With a stroke of paint, in black, red, turquoise etc., the themes are revealed to the world to attract the attention of the people, so these important subjects can be dealt with.

Bloody Shoe Sole
סוליה מדממת

It was a challenge to incorporate subliminal social messages, universal concepts and social issues in small wooden cubes, to create meaningful minimalistic work.

Temple
מקדש

These ideas have been bubbling in my head for a while. They got a form & shape and grow out to be a new form from each cube, and the subject matter became one with the cube. In a way, each cube’s unique form, character and texture leads me.

Distance the State of Mind from Conflict, War
להרחיק הלך רוח מעימות, ממלחמה

I sand, scrub and polish each cube, to reveal the beauty of the wood, the texture and its specific qualities.

Homage to Creativity
מחווה ליצירתיות

Each cube represents a universal subject.

Coca Cola Status
סטטוס קוקה קולה

Each cube slowly reveals its secrets to me. Some were nearly in perfect form but the wood was painted brutally, covering its qualities. Others, their ugly form and deformed shape inspired me to bring up ideas I wanted to present.

Longing for Mars
ערגה למאדים

Wood, metal, acrylic, oil, tar, plastic, varnish. Sizes of cubes vary between 7 – 10 cm².

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Neighbourhood & Tricycle

“Neighbourhood & Tricycle” is one from a series of paintings – “Neighbourhood”, which I created in 2021.

Neighbourhood & Tricycle“, Acrylic on canvas. 45 * 50 cm.


I came to London for a short visit, but my trip lengthened due to the coronavirus lockdown. I found myself spending much time in my AirBnB. Looking out through the back window, I was exposed to a new world, and I was inspired to create a series of paintings, the “Neighbourhood”.

The changes in color that took place outside, day by day, hour by hour, captivated me. There was a schoolyard that felt as if it was trapped by the houses around it.

“Neighbourhood”, Acrylic on canvas. 45 * 50 cm.

״Neighbourhood,” my initial acquaintance with the world outside my window (Stamford Hill). It was as if I had just met a new friend.

“Neighbourhood & Tricycle,” A child’s tricycle caught my eye. It had been left in the schoolyard, and the sky and houses around it were smiling. (Top pic.)

“Neighbourhood & Girl Jumping on Rope”, Acrylic & Oil crayons on canvas. 45 * 50 cm.

“Neighbourhood & Girl Jumping on Rope,” was created when I saw a young girl jumping rope in the schoolyard under a dreamy sky.

“Hey, who’s the new one in our Neighbourhood”, Acrylic on canvas. 45 * 50 cm.

“Hey, who’s the new one in our Neighbourhood?,” a painting I made when I saw the surprised look on the girls’ faces at the schoolyard, who looked at me, as I was looking at them.

“Snow in the Neighbourhood,” is a quick painting I did at the sight of the first snowfall in London.

Working on these paintings filled me with joy.