Drawing with charcoal powder is a technique that demands patience, attention, accuracy, and persistence.
The base of the drawing is formed with pencil sketches, following which commences a process of slow and gentle brushing. Many additional layers are added, using brushes dipped in dry charcoal powder.
This technique allows me to gradually fill large surface areas, which facilitates the transition of smooth shades and different textures. Stage by stage, the subjects acquire depth, creating the illusion of bursting through the paper and coming to life.
Working with oil paints imbues my art with a world of rich, lavish color.
Most of my work is in monochrome, inspired by old photographs that were captured by the loving eye of my husband’s grandfather, or dug up from the kibbutz archives.
I love diving into the depths of the archives, unearthing stories so long frozen through the camera lens, and giving them a new personal spin. The paintings provide a fascinating glimpse into the isolated community and family life on the kibbutz – both then and now.
I believe that creativity should be nurtured and developed. Therefore, I always enjoy trying out new techniques, and avoid resorting to the regular and familiar.
Each time I test a new technique, I encounter an undiscovered, exciting aspect of myself and my art, enabling me to step out of the regular work structure.
My techniques include water paints, pastel, markers, and acrylics, among others.