Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Winter Solstice - Chanukah

As we reach this time of year, I begin to feel delight in the fact that the days are starting to get longer. I wrote a small composition called, December Ballad that expresses the simple joy I experience. Have a listen!

I created the artwork Dreidel Magic in celebration of Chanukah, which is a special occasion when a candle is lit for each night of the eight-day holiday, commemorating Jewish struggle for religious freedom and the miracle of one having the freedom to bring light into the world.

Oily foods are eaten, songs are sung, and children twirl their dreidels.

In this work, I scanned four dreidels on a flatbed scanner and then used PhotoShop to filter the images.

To play the dreidel game, each player starts off with 10 tokens. Players put two tokens in the middle. The first player spins the dreidel. When the dreidel stops spinning, the player follows the instructions associated with the letter facing up:

Gimel - Take all the tokens
Hay - Take half the tokens
Nun - Do nothing
Shin - Put two tokens in the middle

See Scanned Chanukah Series to view individual images!

May light be abundant in your life!


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