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March 4, 2013

A tisket a tasket by Ora Eitan

Last week while researching a subject for my Alphbe-Thursday I came across an illustrator who looked interesting and decided to research a bit more for a later post.

Ora Eitan (1940-) is a published author, illustrator and photographer of children’s books.
Ora is one of Israel’s most prominent artists and a Hans Christian Andersen Award Nominee.  She lives in Jerusalem where she teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Her published credits include Scuba Bunnies, Cowboy Bunnies, A tisket, a tasket and more importantly for me Georgia Rises ; a day in the life of Georgia O’Keeffe by Kathy Laskey and illustrated by Ora Eitan.
For me Georgia was a new found artist raised my interest recently when I read O’Keeffe (1887-1986) Flowers in the desert by Britta Benke.


Georgia O’Keeffe an American artist born in Wisconsin. In 1916, while in New York she made her name in the art world.  She painted large blooms as if seen through a magnifying glass and depicted the buildings of the city. 

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From 1929 Georgia worked ‘to and from’ New Mexico until she made her home there 1949. Here enchanted by the barren landscape and the wide blue skies she would collect animal bones and paint them as she had the flowers; magnified, but with remote stillness and a strange beauty you would only find in the desert.
The paintings after her move to New Mexico were more connected to the architecture of the adobe with the angles of the walls against the sky, for some less inspiring.

georgia rises
Georgia Rises; inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s  descriptive letters, tells us of an imaginary day in the life of the legendary artist in her home in New Mexico.
Before the sun rises Georgia leaves her home to paint. She walks the red rust hills; before settling down in the shade to paint ‘a bone, glowing white, the black wing of a raven, against the grey sky, a slice of silver moon’.
This intimate opening and Ora Eitan’s painting gives a delightful glimpse into the artist’s world as she becomes part of ‘nature’ and lays it on her canvas.
This little book for children gave me lovely biographical overview of Georgia O’Keeffe’s life and will have a place in my library.  

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