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IRENE BAT-ZVI - STONE CHARMS and MINIATURE PAINTINGS

Littleton, Massachusetts · 0 Sales

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IRENE BAT-ZVI - STONE CHARMS and MINIATURE PAINTINGS

Littleton, Massachusetts 0 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Last updated on February 26, 2011
As an Art History student I looked at numerous reproductions of Northern petroglyphs, South Africa’s rock paintings, Stone Age European murals, and drawings covering Caucasian cliffs. I was astonished both by the beauty of the images and that of the surfaces on which these images were painted, engraved, or drawn. This art was not for aesthetic needs only; this was a forgotten language once understood by human beings.

Little by little, this ancient language became clearer to me.

A moment came when I, as an artist, understood that I have to express my accumulated knowledge in a visual art form. In a flash of inspiration, I got it: beach stones! I understood that these little particles of huge rocks, treated by Water, Sun and Wind, perfectly matched my purpose. It became obvious to me that I could recreate the bygone cultures’ images on these little shreds of ancient "earth bones".

Now I spend time wandering on the shores of Caesarea and Acre (Israel), the Peloponnese (near Kalamata, Greece), Cote d’Azure (near Nice, France), and Nahant and Rockport (Massachusetts), searching for proper pebbles, looking for desired shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.

After the gathering is done, I sort my collected treasures by size and color. Then I clean and wash them. I do this with great love and care.

Every particular stone almost invites its own distinct image. The stone's curves, natural hollows and incrustations, homogenous or diversified color, impregnations and stains, game of Light and Shadow on its surface - all these powerfully suggest the choice of artistic subject and style.

I draw outlines with a fine black line. Still vague, the image slowly becomes clear, coming out against a pale grey, pale cream or pale fawn colored background. Then I put the first layers of transparent watercolors, using a subtle brush. Afterwards, I work hard on the tiny details, using watercolor and pastel pencils. And closer to the end, I add some color highlights, emphasizing accents where needed.

When the main image is ready, I work out secondary motifs. Usually, these are universal symbols originating from pre-historic cultures and ancient civilizations - Egyptian, Sumerian, Assyrian and others. While creating a Zodiac sign, I often write its name in hieroglyphs, cuneiform, or Phoenician characters (after consulting special literature, of course).

And every time I finish painting on a stone, I get a strong feeling - now I am in full harmony with the surrounding world!

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Each order will be usually sent on the next business day by U.S. Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation. Usually it takes 2-3 business days within Domestic U.S.A.

Handling and shipment within Domestic U.S.A. is free of charge. Cost of shipment outside of Domestic U.S.A. is $6.00 flat rate.

We send the Stone Charms with Delivery Confirmation. In the unlikely event of U.S. Postal Service failure to deliver, we will give you an option of choosing another Stone Charm or your money back.
Refunds and Exchanges
Stone Charms can be returned if not damaged within 7 days after delivery. We will return you your payment subtracting cost of shipping ($5.60 within Domestic USA) after confirmed delivery of the package from you to us.
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