Rhythm Stream

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


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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