Category Archives: Painting

A Painting of a Bird

Dear Readers,

A few weeks ago, Max came into my office/studio and said, “I’m bored.”
I offered him a few options. One was to paint. He said, “Yes!”

I asked if he wanted paper or canvas. He chose the canvas board, then picked out
a few of my brushes and I helped him set up his workspace on the dining room table.
He didn’t want an easel, saying, “Painting flat is better for me.”
I helped him put out colors (he wanted the acrylics), water, some rags and paper towel.

He was clear on which colors he wanted to start with (blues) and what he wanted to paint (a bird).

While painting, he called me over and asked:
“What do you think of this color?”

I replied,”What do YOU think?”
Then I continued, “Max, I love your color choices. But its your painting. You get to decide if you like it, if you want to change it, if the colors are the ones you want. Really, all that matters here is if YOU like it. If you’re happy with  it.”

He carried on. M used a lot of water and realized that if he tilts the painting, that very watery paint will run.  Instead of it potentially being a “oh, no, my painting is ruined” moment, we used this discovery for good.  M took it in stride. I showed him how he could dab off extra water if he wanted, and explained that even if it ran, that he could choose to keep it as part of the painting.

Then he said, “I’m really interested in making a realistic eye for the bird. All my pieces have some realism in them.”  He spent a lot of time on the eye and he talked more about how important it was for him to do.

M said it was a painting of a Robin and also of a Flamingo, but didn’t want to title the painting too specifically.

So, here it is, “A Painting of a Bird” by Max  Halberstadt Turits, August 2015,  11″x 14″ acrylic on canvas board.

A Painting of a Bird by Max 2015
A Painting of a Bird by Max 2015

Love and peace,

Elana

Icy cold outside, warm inside-thank you

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Dear Readers,

I’m working on a new post for soon, but just wanted to say:
Thank you and Welcome
to all the new followers of recent weeks
and days as well as everyone who’s been here
a long time.

I hope you stay warm enough or cool enough.
Wherever you may be on the planet,
I’m so glad you’re here, too.

Love &

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Je suis Charlie

Solidarity, sympathy, horror, and outrage
at the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo’s office
and staff in Paris, France today.

Love,  respect, and light to all suffering.

For democracy, free speech, satire, art in all forms, artists, cartoonists, writers, editors, journalists,  truth seekers — the pen and brush and marker and paint and paper and colors and creativity and souls and hearts and imaginations silenced today must be remembered and carried on.

With love and profound sadness,

Elana

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Update at 3:36pm: from Buzzfeed –adding this round up of artists/cartoonists responses:

and link below:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/heartbreaking-cartoons-from-artists-in-response-to-the-ch#.qhEee1y5Z

 

Love, light & peace for all—Happy, Merry Everything!

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Dear Readers,

My deepest thanks to you for reading The Way It Is blog.

THANK YOU! 

Also sending out a warm welcome to the most recent followers/subscribers.

I hope that for any of you who celebrated Chanukah –
that it was bright and fun!

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Chanukah lights 2014 by EH.

 

And for all celebrating on this Christmas Eve,
I wish you a Merry and brilliant Christmas
and a Happy, healthy New Year!

Love, light, and peace for all.

Elana

Holiday card copyright Elana Halberstadt /Planet Elana Art Studio, 2014.
“All cats on the bed” (holiday card) copyright Elana Halberstadt /Planet Elana Art Studio, 2014.

 

 

First day of fall & sweet new year

 

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Dear Readers,

A warm welcome to all the newest likers and followers!

Happy first day of fall.

detail from an illustration 2012
detail from an illustration 2012

Happy New Year /Shana Tova to anyone celebrating the Jewish
New Year (starts tomorrow evening (Wed. 9/24).

I hope the new season and new year is good, healthy, and sweet for all of you.

detail from illustration, 2012
another detail from same illustration above, 2012

Love & peace,

Elana

The People’s Climate -Because we only have ONE planet

Dear Readers,

"Be the change" by Elana Halberstadt, 2014
“Field trip-Be the change” by Elana Halberstadt, 2014

The People’s Climate March is happening in NYC right now

and with solidarity events all around the world.

Livestreaming and info is available here: http://peoplesclimate.org/

Because we only have one planet!

To everyone who’s there in person–

You’re all amazing–thank you!

Love & peace,

Elana

From a holiday card by Elana Halberstadt, 2008
From a holiday card by Elana Halberstadt, 2008