Rhythm Stream

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Rhythm Stream 72dpi© Durga Yael Bernhard

Rhythm Stream is a gouache and ink painting that I did while traveling.  The year was 2000, and I was in the south of France, en route home from Guinea, West Africa.  I had just spent nearly a month in Guinea studying the traditional dance and rhythm of the region.  Every day was spent dancing and drumming in the intense heat and dust, color and smells of the capitol city, Conakry.  My body and mind were suffused with the rich polyrhythms and intricate movements of Guinea’s most sophisticated art form.  I loved every minute.

When I arrived in Europe, I spent a week in the gentler environment of the Mediterranean coast, where I visited a friend, rode a bicycle down winding country lanes, practiced the rhythms I had learned, and painted my impressions of West Africa.  Africa, which had enveloped me in her pulsing stream of life energy.  Africa, with her ancient traditions, bold patterns, porous red earth, and smiling people.  I could only grope toward expressing what I felt in words . . . images come easier.  Many paintings resulted from this trip; this small piece, just 12″ wide, was among them.

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A good week to all,

D Yael
Yael


http://dyaelbernhard.com

Author / Illustrator of
THE HUNGRY HAGGADAH: A Passover Story in Rhyme
THE JEWISH EYE – 2016 /5776 calendar of art
JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE: Exploring Trees Around the World
NEVER SAY A MEAN WORD AGAIN – A Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review;
winner of the Sydney Taylor Award and National Jewish Book Council Award
THE DREIDEL THAT WOULDN’T SPIN – A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING – A Children’s Book Council Notable Book
GREEN BIBLE STORIES FOR CHILDREN – Nat’l Green Book Festival Notable Book
A RIDE ON MOTHER’S BACK – An American Bookseller Assoc. Pick of the List
– and more!

 

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Mexican Market

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Mexican market 72dpi© Durga Yael Bernhard

Like last week’s “illo” of a Chinese weaver, this week’s Mexican market is from another educational reader titled simply “The Gift”.  New vocabulary is paired up with a story that tells about another culture.  These stories are simple and sometimes even shallow – yet they introduce children to another place, to other children just like themselves, and it makes an impression on young minds.  I paint the place as vividly as I can, regardless of the story.

Everyday life is especially colorful in Mexico, and I enjoyed the rainbow hues of the marketplace, where grocers scoop from jars and wrap Abuela’s provisions in white paper.  My protagonist is the young granddaughter seen at right.  Her grandmother possesses near-magical powers as a cook, and the girl soon discovers she is part of that special lineage.  That is the gift – the richness of Abuela’s kitchen.

Order Mexican Market as a POSTER this week, and get a free greeting card (of the same image)!   $10 for the poster and card, shipping included.  Order your poster here.  Your can also order a six-pack of cards for $15.  Order greeting cards by filling in the title here.

A good week to all,

D Yael
Yael


http://dyaelbernhard.com

Author / Illustrator of
THE HUNGRY HAGGADAH: A Passover Story in Rhyme
THE JEWISH EYE – 2016 /5776 calendar of art
JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE: Exploring Trees Around the World
NEVER SAY A MEAN WORD AGAIN – A Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review;
winner of the Sydney Taylor Award and National Jewish Book Council Award
THE DREIDEL THAT WOULDN’T SPIN – A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING – A Children’s Book Council Notable Book
GREEN BIBLE STORIES FOR CHILDREN – Nat’l Green Book Festival Notable Book
A RIDE ON MOTHER’S BACK – An American Bookseller Assoc. Pick of the List
– and more!
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Chinese Weaver

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Chinese Weaver 72dpi© Durga Yael Bernhard

Here is an illustration that was commissioned by an educational publisher several years ago.  The story, The Magic Brocade, was published as part of a series of reading resources.  The story introduces new vocabulary and rules of grammar, as well as another culture.  This multicultural trend in educational publishing is most welcome – especially when the  story is a traditional folktale such as this one.

I very much enjoy painting and drawing architecture.  This is one of the best ways to create a visual sense of place.  In this case, I chose a 3/4 perspective not only to give more than one view into the house, but also to add a sense of dimension.  The cloud-like shape of the illustration, mimicking the shapes in Chinese silk weavings, intersects the structure of the house with unexpected curves.  Creative cropping does much to make an image more interesting, and my publisher liked the result.

Order Chinese Weaver as a POSTER this week, and get a free greeting card (of the same image)!   $10 for the poster and card, shipping included.  Order your poster here.  Your can also order a six-pack of cards for $15.  Order greeting cards by filling in the title here.

A good week to all,

D Yael
Yael


http://dyaelbernhard.com

Author / Illustrator of
THE HUNGRY HAGGADAH: A Passover Story in Rhyme
THE JEWISH EYE – 2016 /5776 calendar of art
JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE: Exploring Trees Around the World
NEVER SAY A MEAN WORD AGAIN – A Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review;
winner of the Sydney Taylor Award and National Jewish Book Council Award
THE DREIDEL THAT WOULDN’T SPIN – A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING – A Children’s Book Council Notable Book
GREEN BIBLE STORIES FOR CHILDREN – Nat’l Green Book Festival Notable Book
A RIDE ON MOTHER’S BACK – An American Bookseller Assoc. Pick of the List
– and more!
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