AN ILLUMINATION OF BLESSINGS is
a unique visual interpretation of 36 universal
blessings; an artistic legacy for generations to
Many of you may know me as an artist, an
illustrator, a teacher or a writer. For a detailed
profile, please visit this page at The Magic Eye
In recent years, I've learned that all of these
skills and experiences have merged to inhabit the
work I am meant to do. And that is why I went to
with an unusual book project. The
was successfully funded and
is now completed.
is called 'An Illumination of Blessings'
and promises to be unlike any book of blessings that
you've ever seen.
But first a little background:
In spirit, it follows my recent book, Between Heaven & Earth:
An Illuminated Torah Commentary. This is
known as a 'visual midrash' which is an
illustrated interpretation of the The Five Books of
Moses. It was published by Pomegranate and continues
to sell worldwide
Since its publication, I've fielded many questions
regarding the nature of my next project. Would I
tackle The Book of Prophets, or do a Passover
Haggadah? Perhaps, but not yet.
In the process of designing Between Heaven
& Earth I've learned that while the Torah
is the blueprint of creation, its collected
stories of Biblical archetypes in the history of a
nation are also a narrative to live by and a call
for mindfulness in our relationship with the Source
of all light and life.
Because I've been very blessed by the warm
reception that Between Heaven & Earth
has generated, I decided that making an illuminated
book of blessings would be my next creative
An Illumination of Blessings
features my original illustrations and calligraphy in
a unique interpretation of 36 blessings and one
psalm that I've
chosen from among the many that have been composed
in the Jewish tradition over the centuries. Their
purpose is to help us focus on our physical and
spiritual well-being in the context of our
relationship with the Source of all life.
More specifically, they address the details of
daily life, life-cycle events, the foods we eat and
the natural phenomena of our world. In my book, the
thirty-six blessings and one psalm will be arranged in six
categories: Life, Sustenance, Journeys, Sight,
Wisdom and Peace.
Although the words of the blessings appear in
Hebrew and in English, this book is not only for
those who practice Judaism. Because these blessings
are universal in nature, they speak to most aspects
of daily life, inspiring ideas and actions meant to
benefit us all. I've expressed this idea in my
interpretation of Psalm 136, a poem
praising the Source of all life and creation.
There are some who maintain that a work of art needs
no verbal explanation, but my experience has been
otherwise. in light of the frequent questions I
receive at my gallery/museum exhibits and from my
published work, I have made it a practice to
document my images both for myself and for my
So, in addition to the blessings, there is a commentary presenting my thoughts on the
evolution of each image. Please know that my words
are there only to provide clues for you as an
observer because I feel that a work is never really
complete until you've contributed to its intent.
The illustrations for An Illumination Of Blessings
are 'tradigital' which is a blend of traditional drawing with digital
editing and color. Each illustration will incorporate a Hebrew blessing with its
English translation. These will be written with calligraphic alphabets that I
designed especially for this book.
The kickstarter project is over and the book is available for purchase. You can see comments about the book
at my blog
and at Facebook.
I look forward to your questions and comments and to sharing An Illumination
Of Blessings with you!
The signed book can be ordered here via paypal
for $36 dollars plus tax, shipping and handling.
You can buy signed prints from the book at the