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Stitches in Time

The painting below (30 x 30 cm) is one of the last I started (and not yet finished) in Israel, while in the middle of taking the house apart, dismantling paintings, contemplating the mess, shipping out boxes, and running out of milk in the process. While I was busy packing up, I developed a rather serious addiction to knitting, which has been keeping me very busy and more quiet than usual. I have happily spent many many many hours completing stitches, one after the other, teaching myself how to do it, and it has been a very therapeutic process. Just what I needed in order to face the stress of moving. I just need to sort out some particular cables and finish up a sweater, and then maybe another, and then I will get back to the paints…

Self portrait with Milk and Mug, 30 x 30 cm, oil on panel, 2011

I also recently delivered 16 paintings to Bernard Gallery in Tel Aviv, a bright ground-floor gallery space on Ben Yehuda Street, run by an elegant and savvy couple from France with enthusiasm for figurative art. Introduced by an enthusiastic art curator I met in Israel, Bernard selected several of my “messy bedroom” paintings and self-portraits from Israel, and I will post details of upcoming exhibition details as soon as I have them. If you are interested in the purchase of any of the following pieces, feel free to contact Bernard Gallery directly.

Twilight violet and lime, 35 x 40 cm, 2010

Stage 2-4, Oil on paper, 2010, 50 x 70 cm

Self-portrait Study, 2010, oil on linen

Self-Portrait in Studio, Oil on paper on wood, 2009, 50 x 65 cm

Self portrait in floral blouse, 2010, oil on panel, 25 x 30 cm

Self portrait as Housewife with Cat, 2009, oil on linen, 70 x 50 cm

Salmon Lover, 2010. Oil on panel, 35 x 40 cm

Red Pareo, 2011. Oil on panel, 30 x 30 cm

Pink Sheets, 2010. Oil on panel, 35 x 40 cm

Pink Sheets Study, 2010. Oil on paper, 50 x 70 cm

Pink Pillow Study, 2010. Oil on paper, 50 x 70 cm

Memory Window, 2011. Oil on panel, 25 x 25 cm

Memory Painting with Cat, 2011. Oil on panel, 25 x 25 cm

Implosion, 2011. Oil on linen, 70 x 70 cm

Gabriele's Trumpet, 2009. Oil on linen, 40 x 60 cm

Bathroom Laundry, 2010, oil on paper, 50 x 70 cm

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  1. September 21, 2011

    Rebecca,
    I truely have become an admirer of your work. The expression and feeling just pulls me in.
    If art is the universal language, you speak clearly and
    poetically.
    I cannot think of another artist to compare with you. Your self portraits, messy bedrooms and daily compositions are windows into a world that sooth my sore eyes.
    I’m sure you touch many with your talents. I always celebrate your art!
    All my best to you, cheers!

  2. Rebecca Harp #
    October 8, 2011

    Dear William,
    Though I have not met you (yet! :)) your words of appreciation have certainly endeared you to me, and this comment here of yours has left me speechless for several days now. I think it must be one of the finest compliments I have ever received, and I hardly feel worthy of it. But if my paintings do bring a sparkle to your day, then I am most happy. I am very honored to count you amongst my friends and fellow artists.
    Rebecca

  3. December 16, 2012

    Hi Rebecca. I looked at your paintings and liked them . I paint myself but don’t like to paint still life. You gave me an inspiration for making still life with humor and yet interesting and professional.

    • Rebecca Harp #
      February 20, 2013

      Thanks so much for your comment, and I am sorry to be able to reply only now! A candid sense of humor is essential whenever approaching anything serious, in my opinion. It keeps things real, and less artificial, I think. Hope the painting is going well!

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