RonitGallery https://ronitgallery.com I'm Ronit Wiener, I create compelling and bold statements through art. Sun, 11 Feb 2018 01:47:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://ronitgallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-ronit-wiener-site-icon-32x32.png RonitGallery https://ronitgallery.com 32 32 Because a Woman Has Her Place – By Ronit Wiener https://ronitgallery.com/because-a-woman-has-her-place-by-ronit-wiener/ Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:21:40 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=4333 My goal of this piece is to show that women have been behind bars and held back regarding their accomplishments and desires to move ahead in our country. The woman is ‘jailed’ behind the stripes except for her eyes and her hard-worked, veined hands; hands that have labored and formed callouses and scars. Her fingers are knitted together to form a bond and represents her determination to not give up. Her thumbs and forefingers form a shape that represents her uterus and the life she has created, given, and sustained.

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Explaining the meaning of my paintings helps me to grow closer to you my reader and viewer. Your understanding of why I create a piece I hope will help ignite curiosity and enthusiasm in you for all art.

Because a Woman has her Place Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 40, 2016

My goal of this piece is to show that women have been behind bars and held back regarding their accomplishments and desires to move ahead in our country.  The woman is ‘jailed’ behind the stripes except for her eyes and her hard-worked, veined hands; hands that have labored and formed callouses and scars. Her fingers are knitted together to form a bond and represents her determination to not give up. Her thumbs and forefingers form a shape that represents her uterus and the life she has created, given, and sustained.

Her fading body represent our limited time on earth and how important it is to contribute our own special talents to each other and our nation. I added the names of many of the strong women that have given their blood, sweat and tears to help create the United States and propel women forward beyond the background and metaphorical bars of repression that we’ve been historically held behind. The red is powerful. Passionate. It’s not to be ignored. These women have brought awareness of our power and worth and have created opportunities for generations of women long after their time on this earth has ceased.

Within the blue square is a woman in a cape holding a baby. She is my recreation of the Statue of Liberty. I’ve removed her crown as that is not what she needs to be recognized as powerful or worthy. And I’ve replaced her torch with a baby that represents the power to create in all forms. A torch doesn’t signify her light. She is sourced by the light that shines from within her. I’ve removed the robe of The Statue and wrapped a cape loosely around her to show she is a sexual woman too who embraces her womanhood and essence and doesn’t need to be bound tightly or controlled or confined. Her cape, like a superhero, does not connotes super-human abilities, but enlightenment instead through creativity, art, education, business, family and nation-building. And unlike a statue, she is free to move about as an equal, think for herself and decide what’s important. Behind her are the words, daughter, mother, friend, lover, sister, wife and teacher; the legacy of womenhood. Every woman can create her own way of being.

You will see many names of inspiring and courageous women here. I encourage you to look them up and read their stories. And since I am the artist, I felt compelled to also add the names of women in my life who I consider strong, kind, smart, beautiful, and have added immense value and love into my life.

This piece will be on display at the Koehline Museum of Art in Des Plaines, IL from September 29, 2016  – October 21, 2016.  Here is the link to find out more about the show this piece will be included in.

 

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Word Art Painting – Toned Down Colors, Turned Up Message https://ronitgallery.com/word-art-painting-toned-down-colors-turned-up-message/ Tue, 02 Aug 2016 17:27:30 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=4284 I've turn up my message and tone down the movement and color scheme. Here is the outcome - two pieces that can be sold together or separately. The artworks are called ‘Do You Love’ and ‘Can You Live’ . The quotes are not always clear, but they are worth figuring out. I share this with the deepest gratitude for my ability to paint and hopefully inspire.

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I’ve decided to create blog posts to explain what my work is about and what compelled me to create it. My goal is to bring more meaning, understanding and appreciation for each piece. I also hope it helps ignite curiosity and enthusiasm in you, my reader and viewer.

Not everybody likes the blast of colors and movement that many of my pieces contain, so I had to get even more creative and try to turn up my message and tone down the movement and color scheme. Here is the outcome – two pieces that can be sold together or separately. The artworks are called ‘Do You Love’  and ‘Can You Live’

In ‘Do You Love’, I ask the questions ‘are you doing what you love?’, ‘have you created the lifestyle that brings you love?’ ‘is the love you created enough?’  Over the words LOVE I write words like sang, laughed, tried, seen, read, dreamed, failed, prayed, forgiven smiled, played, and learned. Did you notice these words are in past tense? I want you to look back and contemplate if your life is what you wanted it to be. Can you make it better going forward? What is enough love to you and have you achieved it. I want this piece to serve as a reminder in your home that there is always room to create more love.

This leads into the next piece which is in a similar style and color palate. It’s called ‘Can You Live’. This piece asks how do you live and do you do it with gratitude. This speaks in the present and going forward – be fearlessly authentic, do what you love, forgive, let go, fall in love, work for your dreams, find your path, dare greatly, be weird confidently and one of my favorites, learn to be unfuckwithable.  There are lots more in there. Find them and if you don’t already live by these motivational quote, why not? Is it worth it to ‘be kind to yourself’ or ‘make your life better by choice’.

The quotes are not always clear, but they are worth figuring out. I share this with the deepest gratitude for my ability to paint and hopefully inspire. If you are interested in one or both of these pieces please contact me for pricing. Both pieces are 36×24.

Can You Live By Ronit Wiener

Can You Live

Do You Love By Ronit Wiener

Do You Love

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Introducing RoGaWear! https://ronitgallery.com/introducing-rogawear/ https://ronitgallery.com/introducing-rogawear/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:45:35 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=4097 I created an activewear line based on my graffiti art. These inspirational pieces are wearable art creations for working out. Introducing RoGaWear – Activewear for women.

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It’s finally here… RoGaWear, Activewear for Women!

There are some things in life I truly enjoy and working out is one of them. I love yoga, kickboxing, hiking, a great workout, and Zumba; I do it all. And, I also love to create art. So, I discovered a way to bring these two worlds together.

I created an activewear line based on my graffiti art. These inspirational pieces are wearable art creations for working out.  Introducing RoGaWear – Activewear for women.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone capri back

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone – Capri – Back

RoGaWear legging and capri designs come directly from my colorful graffiti paintings. I love using meaningful quotes, words and numbers used in either a uniform or haphazard manner in order to express my feelings. I want to motivate women to know their worth, helping them achieve the mental and physical strength of their dreams.

For the paintings, I begin the process by creating multiple layers of background and then place my words on top. The process continues until the painting feels complete. Like my ‘strong woman’ scarf collection, the artwork highlights quotes about finding the fire within, personal strength and reaching our ‘A ha’ moments. The inspirational quotes emphasize never giving up or giving in and staying true to what make us feel strong.

One of my favorite forms of art, I enjoy the urban feel of the layers of paint, letters, stencils, and freehand. I love how my colors overlap each other like tall buildings, traffic, and people running in a bustling city. I love using inspirational quotes, words and numbers in a spontaneous fashion in order to get a feeling across.

The leggings and capris with the same name have different print designs. Even though the art is based on the same painting, the placement of the quotes will be found in different places.

I love that these leggings and capris have just the right amount of compression to hold in sensitive body parts, but not enough to squeeze too tight. The rise comes up to the waist, just below the belly button, alleviating muffin top!

I hope to expand my brand to other clothing items and accessories very soon. But for now, enjoy your RoGaWear leggings and capris! Go to RoGaWear.com and choose the activewear that makes you want to MOVE!

To see all the latest designs follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

RoGaWear is a subsidiary of RonitGallery.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone - Legging - Front View

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone – Legging – Front View

Graffiti Thoughts capri front

Graffiti Thoughts – Capri – Front View

Love is in the Middle Legging - Front View

Love is in the Middle – Legging – Front View

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A Prayer to Heal – Mishabarach Painting https://ronitgallery.com/a-prayer-to-heal-mishabarach-painting/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:15:39 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=3912 I create blog posts to explain my work. My goal is to bring more meaning, understanding and appreciation for each piece and I hope it helps ignite curiosity and enthusiasm in you. I will discuss Mishabarach - a Prayer to Heal Acrylic on canvas, 30x40, 2009

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A Prayer to Heal – Mishabarach- this piece was very personal

I’ve decided to create blog posts to explain what my work is about and what compelled me to create it. My goal is to bring more meaning, understanding and appreciation for each piece. I also hope it helps ignite curiosity and enthusiasm in you, my reader.

Today, I will discuss Mishabarach, a Prayer to Heal – Acrylic on canvas, 30×40, 2009

At the time, a dear friend of mine had fallen ill and it was not clear if she was going to make it. This painting depicts a woman facing away from us. Her jugular is exposed as is her naked body, her physical heart and her spiritual heart. Disease exposes our human weaknesses. The drips coming down expose the daggers of the disease raining down upon her.

But the colors I chose are not depressing. In fact, they are hopeful. She’s not looking down. Her posture is not that of weakness. The prayer written over her body is called Mishabarach – a Prayer to Heal.

It’s consider a prayer for divine intervention: “God, do something!” It’s also more of a communal and public affirmation of hope — binding people together in a shared experience. It’s one of the central Jewish prayers for those who are ill or recovering from illness or accidents. The prayer takes its name from the first two words: “mi” and “shabarach” meaning, “the One who blessed.”

It asks that the One who blessed our ancestors bring about a complete healing for the person for whom the blessing is said. The prayer asks for the physical cure as well as spiritual healing, asking for blessing, compassion, restoration, and strength, within the community of those facing illness.

With the prayer written over the woman, the drips coming down also signify the community, friends and family’s love and prayers for her health to return. Prayer is converging over her physical and spiritual heart. She is not weakened spiritually by the experience. She has hope and strength in her community to come together and support her. Mishabarach is a gift.

This piece is available for purchase on my website here. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. And if you haven’t already, please sign up for my news letter.

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Warm Lentil Recipe https://ronitgallery.com/warm-lentil-recipe/ Tue, 05 Apr 2016 21:23:21 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=3905 It’s now April, And I was going to share one of my favorite warm-weather lentil recipes, but the weather in Chicago this week is freezing with blustery snow and wind. Therefore, I’m going to share my warm hearty Lentil recipe which will fill you up, lower your blood sugar and keep you warm until a warm spring arrives!

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Dinner Tonight!

It’s now April, And I was going to share one of my favorite warm-weather lentil recipes, but the weather in Chicago this week is freezing with blustery snow and wind. Therefore, I’m going to share my warm(but serve it hot) lentil recipe which will fill you up, lower your blood sugar and keep you warm until a warm spring arrives!

I love lentils! Lentils, like peas, garbanzos and peanuts, are legumes. You can think of them as a starch since they are mostly carbohydrate and protein with essentially no fat. They are high in soluble fiber have a low glycemic load; the fiber in them delays digestion. That in turn triggers a slow, steady release of sugar and insulin into the bloodstream – it’s a great way to keep your blood sugar in check!

I prefer the small dark green lentil which is known as the French lentil. You might find them labeled Puy lentils or by the French term “lentilles vertes du Puy.” Because they are so tiny, dried lentils don’t have to be soaked overnight like other legumes and they hold their shape after cooking. It is a good idea to rinse them well because they contain a lot of dust and dirt. Boil very gently and are done in about 50 minutes.

1/4 cup uncooked lentils = 169 calories, <1 gram fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 gram monounsaturated fat, 12 grams protein, 34 grams carbohydrates, 15 grams fiber, 3 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 mcg Vitamin K.

OK, so let’s get to the recipe! Here’s one of my favorite ways to prepare hearty green lentils. Feel free to modify the recipe to whatever you have in your fridge. For example, add celery or okra during the cooking process.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt (add more at the end to your taste)
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 ½ cup dried green lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 ¾ cups of water or broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ cups fresh spinach

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms until they’ve released their liquid. Then add the onions and carrots then sauté until onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add the spices, salt and pepper.
  2. Add the lentils, the can of diced tomatoes with the juice and the tomato paste until the mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the water or broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil then cover and lower the heat to a simmer for about 50 minutes. You’ll know the lentils are cooked when they are no longer hard when you bite into them.
  3. Much of the water will have evaporated by now. Give it a taste. Does it need more salt and pepper? Are the lentils no longer hard?
  4. Now add the spinach and mix again. Let it simmer another 5 minutes and ENJOY!

This dish keeps well for a week in the fridge and can be eaten by itself or as a side with fish or meat or keep it vegetarian! It also freezes well.

Saute the mushrooms, onions and carrots

Saute the mushrooms, onions and carrots

Almost done! Mix in the spinach

Almost done! Mix in the spinach

Add the lentils. Then the Tomatoes, water & Bay leaves

Add the lentils. Then the Tomatoes, water & Bay leaves

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Avagadro’s Number and Face Your Fears https://ronitgallery.com/avagadros-number-and-face-your-fears/ Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:22:15 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=3701 I’ve created blog posts to explain my work. Today I will discuss Avagadro’s Number and Face Your Fears. They both are personal and have to do with dyslexia.

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Cool Painting… what does it mean? What was the story behind it? Why were you compelled to make it? How long did it take you?

I find that when people are drawn to artwork, these are just some of the questions that are going through their heads. Something catches their eye and keeps them exploring.

Since I too am asked these questions, I’ve decided to create several blog posts going forward to explain what my work is about and what compelled me to create it. My goal is to bring more meaning, understanding and appreciation for each piece. I also hope it helps ignite curiosity and enthusiasm in you, my reader.

Avagadro's Number by Ronit Wiener

Avagadro’s Number by Ronit Wiener

Avagadro’s Number and Face Your Fears are two paintings with similar messages. They both are very personal and have to do with dyslexia. Avagadro’s Number was a formula I learned in high school chemistry class. I loved my teacher, but hated numbers and formulas. Mainly because I wasn’t good at it. Unbeknownst to me or my teachers, I was dyslexic and was not diagnosed until my mid-twenties – three years after graduating college. I loved science and learning about the periodic tables, but could not wrap my head around the numbers and letters that were needed to complete an equation. Out of frustration, I would ask my chemistry teacher ‘when will I ever use this formula?’ Well, I found a use a few decades later! The formula 6.022×1023 particles and some of the periodic table are embedded in this piece. Other numbers and letters are floating around the girl who is having an awful time putting them together. She is pushing them away – willing them to leave her alone. But I found a way to bring them together in harmony, finally! (FYI – Avogadro’s Law is the relation which states that at the same temperature and pressure, equal volumes of all gases contain the same number of molecules. The law was described by Italian chemist and physicist Amedeo Avogadro in 1811.) taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avogadro_constant

 

Face Your Fears is a painting of a boxer – dressed as a Betty Boop like character. Shadows are cast around her and following her. The words ‘face your fears’ are above her and there are number and letters pouring down on her. Yep, that represent me and dealing with my fears and inadequacies of ‘not being smart enough’ and not believing in myself. Also, not knowing how to change the situation. Since then, I’ve learned to laugh at my mistakes, ask for help, understand some of my limitations while still trying to dare greatly.

The original and prints of Face your fears is available here. Avagadro’s Number is no longer available.

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Boxing – Laila Ali – Painting by Ronit Wiener https://ronitgallery.com/boxing-laila-ali-painting-by-ronit-wiener/ Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:05:04 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=3700 Cool Painting, what does it mean? What was the story behind it? I’ve create several blog posts to explain my work. Today's I'll discuss Boxing - Laila Ali. I love Laila Ali! She is an incredibly strong woman mentally and physically and I find her strength and determination incredibly beautiful. When I was preparing pieces for my Imperfect Beauty collection, I wanted to show women who are vulnerable as well as women who could pack a punch! And then it came to me – it all centers on Laila Ali. The portrait I painted of her is of a very determined woman.

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Cool Painting… what does it mean? What was the story behind it? Why were you compelled to make it? How long did it take you?

I find that when people are drawn to artwork, these are just some of the questions that are going through their heads. Something catches their eye and keeps them exploring.

Since I too am asked these questions, I’ve decided to create several blog posts going forward to explain what my work is about and what compelled me to create it. My goal is to bring more meaning, understanding and appreciation for each piece. I also hope it helps ignite curiosity and enthusiasm in you, my reader. Today’s discussions is about the painting Boxing – Laila Ali.

I love Laila Ali! She is an incredibly strong woman mentally and physically and I find her strength and determination incredibly beautiful. When I was preparing pieces for my Imperfect Beauty collection, I wanted to show women who are vulnerable as well as women who could pack a punch! And then it came to me – it all centers on Laila Ali. The portrait I painted of her is of a very determined woman. The other woman is like a protégé, she stands for all women who seek to reach Ali’s mental and physical state on their own terms.

I’m not a boxer. I don’t even like boxing. But what I like are the messages that she delivers. The message in this piece is about how nothing is impossible but the minds of people who want to keep you down. The quote I use is as follows:

IMPOSSIBLE is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given then to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

But I could have used several of her other quotes just as easily…. hmmmm, ideas for more paintings? Here are a few of her other quotes:

By being an athlete, I have uncovered so many other ways to express my beauty. Being a strong, fearless woman makes me feel beautiful. I love the way I look and feel when I am two hours into my training and my skin is glistening with sweat and my clothes are drenched because I have given it all I’ve got.

I’m a professional world champion. Of course if you’re a world champion, you’re working harder than everybody else. You’re making the commitment, and you’re making the sacrifices. If it were easy, everybody would be able to do it. Everybody would be able to be world champion, but everybody can’t be. Everybody doesn’t have it in them.

 

The original and prints in different sizes are available here.

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Don’t Judge Me and Acceptance https://ronitgallery.com/dont-judge-me-and-acceptance/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:02:30 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=3699 The two pieces I will discuss today are called Don’t Judge Me and Acceptance. They are about how as women we feel we’re being ‘watched’ for our inadequacies.

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Cool Painting… what does it mean? What was the story behind it? Why were you compelled to make it? How long did it take you?

I find that when people are drawn to artwork, these are just some of the questions that are going through their heads. Something catches their eye and keeps them exploring.

Since I too am asked these questions, I’ve decided to create several blog posts going forward to explain what my work is about and what compelled me to create it. My goal is to bring more meaning, understanding and appreciation for each piece. I also hope it helps ignite curiosity and enthusiasm in you, my reader.

The two pieces I will discuss today are called Don’t Judge Me and Acceptance.   They are about how as women we feel we’re being ‘watched’ for our inadequacies.

Acceptance by Ronit Wiener

Acceptance by Ronit Wiener

In the piece called Acceptance there is a cute nose and perfectly plump lips while the original eyes are covered by beautifully colored butterflies. The butterflies are covered with eyes looking in every direction. They are watching your every move. Watching your every flaw. But who is the one really watching you? I find that most people are too self-centered to be watching anyone but themselves. ‘They’ are not watching you. It’s your own inner voice telling you it’s time to make changes to your appearance.

Along the left side of the painting are names of things we do to ourselves to make us feel better. Brow lift, face lift, Botox, rhinoplasty and chemical peels just to name a few.

In full disclosure, I am NOT judging anyone who chooses to do anything that helps them feel better about themselves. I am not against any of these procedures. Acceptance is about self-acceptance and about acceptance other people’s choices. My forehead would be smooth if I could afford Botox all the time! I accept my body and the aging it’s going through, but that doesn’t mean I want to keep them as they are!

The quote in the butterfly wing says ‘Because I want to see acceptance in your…’ and you can complete the sentence. Maybe the quote should have been changed to say ‘Because I want to see and feel acceptance of myself’.

Don’t Judge Me  is available as an original or print by clicking here. And Acceptance is available as a print by clicking here.

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Sides of a Woman https://ronitgallery.com/sides-of-a-woman/ https://ronitgallery.com/sides-of-a-woman/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:41:36 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=3698 I’ve create blog posts to provide information about my art. Today's discussion centers around two pieces called Sides of a Woman and Sides of a Woman II. I’ve tried to unwrap just some of the facets of a woman’s beauty. Her physical side, her emotional side, her need for sexual release, intellectual stimulation and romance.

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She’s Got a Great Body….

… body in art, that is! Here are a few pieces I created for a show called Beauty Imperfect, but were not displayed due to the riskee nature of Sides of a Woman II. These pieces celebrated how women can be strong, vulnerable, sexual, and feel beautiful naked – physically and emotionally.

In these pieces called Sides of a Woman I and Sides of a Woman II I’ve tried to unwrap just some of the facets of a woman’s beauty. Her physical side, her emotional side, her need for sexual release, intellectual stimulation and romance.

Sides of a Woman I by Ronit Wiener

Sides of a Woman I by Ronit Wiener

Sides of a Woman I is a very vulnerable piece. Her nudity shown from different angles, in different colors and in different textures. She represents all woman in that every woman has strengths, vulnerabilities and feelings towards her body. She’s most comfortable showing you her backside because than she can’t read your judgements. Her face is drawn in two different ways in one portrait and neither shows her full face. A freeze frame of her face is not enough to represent who she is. She will surprise you. She’s not yet strong enough to look at you head on.

Sides of a Woman II by Ronit Wiener

Sides of a Woman II by Ronit Wiener

In Sides of a Woman II, she shows you her romantic side by the love poem written (from the 1700s) on the left side of the canvas. She is showing you her body with no shame that she is a sexual being. Do you think that is her hand or the hand of another person pleasuring her? You can see through her middle, where a woman is most vulnerable and then on the right side of her the numbers and intellectual side. She is not afraid to show you what she is made of. NOTE: the gallery the Beauty Imperfect show was in made an executive decision not to show this piece because many children walk through the space. How do you feel about that? Do you think they were right? How would you answer questions about this piece to your kids?

What makes you feel strong? What do you do to ‘make yourself beautiful’ for society? Send me your comments.

Both Sides of a Woman I and Sides of a Woman II are available as originals or prints.

 

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Am I Still a Woman – Life After Cancer https://ronitgallery.com/am-i-still-a-woman-life-after-cancer/ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 20:02:33 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=3453 Am I Still a Woman? is the story of a woman who had cancer; beat it; but lost parts of her body as well as part of her identity in the process. She wants to believe she is more than her physical appearance or a vessel for a fetus. She's trying to find a different and new way to define her femininity on a emotionally and spiritually level.

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Tell me about that painting! – Am I Still a Woman?

Cool Painting…

  • What does it mean?
  • What was the story behind it?
  • Why were you compelled to make it?
  • How long did it take you?

I find that when people are drawn to artwork, these are just some of the questions that are going through their heads. Something catches their eye and keeps them exploring.

Since I too am asked these questions, I’ve decided to create blog posts to explain what my work is about and what compelled me to create it. My goal is to bring more meaning, understanding and appreciation for each piece. I also hope it helps ignite curiosity and enthusiasm in you, my reader.

Today, my ‘Tell me about that painting!I’m going to discuss is:

Am I Still a Woman? original painting by Ronit Wiener - Life after cancer

Am I Still a Woman? by Ronit Wiener – A journey in defining self-worth.

Am I Still a Woman?, Acrylic on canvas, 48×60, 2012 it’s the story of a woman who had cancer; beat it; but lost parts of her body as well as part of her identity in the process. The Question of ‘life after cancer’ is real for her.  Though I never have had cancer, I’ve seen enough of people go through it to embrace their fears and feel their trepidation of what is life going to be like afterward. The colors I chose for this piece represent what she may have been feeling when being told by her doctor, ‘you have cancer.’ She went through the surgeries and chemo and now is left with scars and a few less body parts that previously defined her womanhood.

She has rid the cancer from her body, but at a price. She no longer has her breast or her uterus and fallopian tubes. As she is walking forward in life and trying to see the future for herself. Her body is scarred by stitches across her breast and her abdomen. The red by the stitches represent not only her bleeding from the physical changes but of what her definition of who she is as a woman. Under foot are two clear boxes, which represent caskets. In one is her breast and in the other is her fallopian tubes and uterus. She looks to the side, not wanting to truly face her emotional pain. She wants to believe she is more than her physical appearance or a vessel for a fetus. In the background on the left side are the words not easily visible Am I Still a Woman? she asks herself that not sure if she is ready to answer. And not sure if society will still consider her whole.

Though this piece may seem quite morbid, I find it uplifting. I find that since she is still walking forward in life she is going to be ok. Her posture is straight and her chin is up. It’s ok that she is questions and mourning her body. After mourning comes healing. She will be able to answer her question and feel whole again. I have no doubt.

I’ve always enjoyed painting strong women or women seeking clarity on a physical or spiritual realm. I appreciate women who dare greatly and even if they fail, they’ve achieved by attempting what’s scary to them.

This piece was part of an exhibition called Beauty Imperfect from 2012 promoting women’s health and breast cancer awareness and survival. You can find it and other pieces from my Beauty Imperfect collection.

If you like to purchase the original or print of this piece please click here.

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Wrapped in Silk – RonitGallery Silk Scarf Collection https://ronitgallery.com/wrapped-in-silk-ronitgallery-silk-scarf-collection/ Tue, 01 Dec 2015 21:43:05 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=3539 I’ve called this scarf collection my ‘Strong Woman’ collection not only for the themes and what each painting represents, but also for the strong colors, the sumptuous feel of 100% silk and the size that perfectly wraps around a woman.

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Wrapped in Silk – wrapped in a story

consider2I’ve always considered fashion a functional art form. So when the opportunity to create wearable art from my own designs emerged, I jumped on it! It’s with such happiness that I debut my new RonitGallery silk scarf collection.

My canvas artwork themes usually portray women who are finding their ‘a-ha’ moments. Many women have told me that my art reminds them to stay true to themselves, to love who they are and be inspirational to others. I’ve selected 6 designs to start. These 6 cover my favorite collections – women, Judaica, cityscape and word art.

I’ve called this collection my ‘Strong Woman’ collection not only for the themes and what each painting represents, but also for the strong colors, the sumptuous feel of 100% silk and the size that perfectly wraps around a woman. Go to my store to read about the meaning of each scarf. Find the right one for you!

The purchase of these scarves shows that you have a woman in your life who is unique like no other! Perhaps that woman is YOU! Add ‘zhuzh’ to your wardrobe at the same time!

May you wear this scarf with empowering energy as a reminder of your beautiful essence.

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Pumpkin Crème Brulee https://ronitgallery.com/pumpkin-creme-brulee/ Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:15:57 +0000 https://ronitgallery.com/?p=3457 I’m not willing to give up on the warmth of late summer just yet. As I shuffle through my fall recipes I came across one of my favorites to make during this short season - Pumpkin Crème Brulee.

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Pumpkin Crème Brulee YUMMMM!!

Late summer has come and gone. But there are parts of fall that are truly dreamy. Fall colors shone beautifully  in the trees  and my mums are thriving. The best of fall fruits and vegetables are popping up at the grocery stores and on displays. Pumpkins in different sizes and colorful acorn squash make a perfect centerpiece for a fall table. My cold desserts recipes are on the back shelves and I’ve started sifting through my favorite fall recipes. Here’s one of my favorites, Pumpkin Crème Brulee.

I’ve used a variation of Bert Green’s Pumpkin Crème Brulee for years and it’s always been a hit.

Most people find the delish crunchy crackling topping the hardest part to create without burning the brown sugar or not creating an even effect. I have three versions of how to do this. I’ve tried all three and they all work.

MY NOTES:

The original recipe calls for one large ramekin, but then I would never share. I like to use single serving sizes so each person can covet their own! I like using different size ramekins, not everyone wants a big, serving… just a taste to cleanse their palate. I suggest you use at least 1 teaspoon of light brown sugar per ramekin. Make sure it’s evenly spread. Shake the ramekin and spin it and then spread the rest carefully using the end of a spoon or knife to get the edges. This is very important.

pumpkin creme brulee by Ronit Wiener

Finished creme brulee with the blow torch from my local hardware store

HOW TO’s OF A CRUNCHY TOPPING: You can buy a kitchen blow torch which will run you between $36 to $65. They are small and will do the trick, but it takes time and lots of butane to do 8 or more ramekins. I prefer putting that expensive kitchen gadget away and going to your garage or local hardware store and get a real blow torch. (Don’t forget the goggles and to clear the area of any flammable stuff. This is when my husband takes the kids, leaves the house, and checks our insurance plan. I say trust your inner flame thrower!) The torch works incredible well and fast. Blast for about 10-15 seconds in the center – not too close. Make sure the edges are also done. My blowtorch cost $17 at my local hardware store. (get the kind with the built-in self ignitor, it’s so much easier.)

For those of you who are not ‘blow torch ready’, you can use your broiler. Make sure the sugar is evenly spread! Preheat your broiler. Adjust your oven rack so that the top of the crème brulee is about 3 inches from the heat. Broil until the sugar melts and turns brown, about 1-3 minutes. Watch them carefully. Remember that ovens have hotter and colder spots. You may need to rotate some of the ramekins.

 (The original recipe can be found in the book Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax Published by Chapters Publishing Ltd., 1994)

Here’s my version:

I prefer the use of more spices – I love the warmth of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, but if you prefer a mellower brulee, decrease the amounts ginger, nutmeg and cloves by half. This recipe serves 8 and can easily be doubled.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks (room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp each ground ginger, nutmeg and ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp dark rum (optional, I didn’t use it)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 – 2 tsp of light brown sugar per ramekin

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare a large roasting pan with 8 ramekins on it and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan combine the heavy cream and regular sugar. Stir frequently until the sugar dissolves. Turn off heat.
  4. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg yolks until light and fluffy, then gradually whisk in the pumpkin and spices. Slowly whisk in the hot cream mixture. Then stir in the rum, if using, and vanilla.
  5. Pour or ladle the mixture in the ramekins. Set the pan on the center rack and then pour enough hot water to reach half way up the ramekins.
  6. Bake until the custard is set but still slightly wobbly in the center – about 1 ½ hours.
  7. Remove the ramekins from the water and cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
  8. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  9. Now it’s time for the crunchy top layer!! There are a few ways to create that brown sugar caramelized hard top. Please see my notes above.
  10. Once you’ve browned the top, set each ramekin on a plate (The top will be warm and hard and the custard cool and creamy) and serve!

A few berries on the side would add some color! ENJOY!!

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Ramekins, after cooling in the refrigerator over night, with sugar on top

Looks Great! Just a few more to make before serving...

Looks Great! Just a few more to make before serving…

I wanted to take one more picture of them all completed, but the natives were restless and gobbled them up!!

I wanted to take one more picture of them all completed, but the natives were restless and gobbled them up!!

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