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 Gallery: http://magiceyegallery.com/about.aspx
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've come to Kickstarter with an unusual book project that I hope you will help me bring to light and life. It 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 priority.
An Illumination of Blessings will feature my original illustrations and calligraphy in a unique interpretation of 36 blessings 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 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 collectors.
So, in addition to the blessings, there will be a section of commentary presenting my thoughts on the evolution of these images. 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.
Here you can see a detail from one of the drawings and an early stage of the digital color process that will make it part of a finished illustration for An Illumination Of Blessings.
With your generous help, An Illumination Of Blessings will come to life as a beautiful full-color hardcover book which I will publish on my own. It will be the next chapter in my artistic legacy for generations to come.
The funds raised for this project will cover these expenses:
• © copyright registration • Library of Congress identification (ISBN numbers) • book design and production set-up • printing, binding, promotion and distribution
In exchange for your contribution to my campaign, you will receive the following gifts with my compliments:
• for $5.00 or more: A blessing postcard with my thanks
• for $25.00 or more: A blessing postcard and one (1) signed book
• for $100.00 or more: A blessing postcard, (1) signed giclée print from a blessing of your choice and (1) signed book
• for $500.00 or more: Your name will appear on the book's dedication page. You will also receive (2) two signed gicleé prints from blessings of your choice and (2) signed books
Note: all prints are shipped unframed.
Shipping Rates for books and prints are:
• USA +$5.00
• International +$20.00
Please include the appropriate shipping rate with your contribution and your current shipping address information.
Please remember that I will not accept your contributions until this project is completely funded.
Barring unforeseen events, I am projecting a completion date of September, 2014 for this project. I will post updates here at Kickstarter, at my blog Imaginarius (http://imaginarius13.wordpress.com) and at Facebook.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about this project today. I look forward to working with you to make An Illumination Of Blessings the treasure I believe it was meant to be.
Risks and challenges
As a professional illustrator, writer and designer, I have always done my personal best to meet deadlines; this is essential to maintaining strong artist-client relationships. The only challenge that might impede my progress would be unforeseen life events such as illness on my part or that of a family member. Even so, if or when technical delays occur, I make it my business to keep my client(s) updated with all developments. And my book projects are no exception to this practice.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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