Today my sister Ruth is celebrating her 80th birthday.
I haven't seen her for a long time, and do not have any close contact to
my family - time flies, and sometimes tears family ties apart, but I still wish her all the best on her big day. I made her 2 pieces, which I sent to her, both showing our family history as far as I know it. Our great grandparents came from the Ukraine in the 19th century and settled in the East End of London, between the Docks and the Tower of London, and I, too was born and brought up in this corner of the world.
The Hebrew text, 'Hineh ma tov uma nayim, shevet achim gam yachad', is a song which means ' How good and pleasant it is for brothers (family, friends) to dwell together' and is from Psalm 133 verse 1.
My great grandmother Rachel is on the left, in the tree house, my great grandfather Hyman on the right. In between is the photo of my mother with my brothers and sisters, Ruth is on the left. I smuggled myself in at the front, as there are no family photos with me on them.
This one shows our family at the top. My great Grandmother is sitting in the window of the house, Tower bridge is in the background. My Mother is standing next to the lamppost, and at the bottom, my great grandmother again with her daughters, Sadie and Fanny, and on the other side my grandparents, with great uncle Benny showing his head between them. So at least on the paper we have all managed to appear together!
I am linking to Art Journal Journey, journeys, as both pages show a journey through the history of my family.
And to cheer myself up I spend a couple of hours playing with paint, brayer and a glass plate to make these mono prints, which will be used as backgrounds for various things. The first ones were made with blobs of colour on the glass, blended with the brayer. I used very thin paper, which crumples a bit and adds to the texture:
Here I used a spiral stencil:
Here are some of the flowers found in the gardens of the Marien Hospital here:
Well, that has turned out to be a long post!
I am linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted by Kristin and Eva.
Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!