Thursday, February 16, 2006

February Flowering In Israel

Blooming Almond Tree


Wild Cyclomens.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Yael's portfolio is renewed. Her new works are added to the section Graphic Design, Illustrations for Children, Greeting Cards.
Today I publish here three of her new illustrations to the book "A Butter-fingers".

Yael Pushkin Illustration
Yael Pushkin Illustration
Yael Pushkin Illustration

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Tu B'Shevat – a New Year of Trees.

Here I begin to tell about the Jewish traditions and holidays, which we celebrate in Israel.
This series is started symbolically – with a New Years of Trees. Let it be my blogging year start.
On February 13 we celebrate a minor Jewish festival Tu B'Shevat – a New Year of Trees. “Tu B'Shevat” means the 13-th day of month Shevat of the Jewish calendar. It falls each year on different day in January or February. But never mind which date it is, each year at this time almond trees begin to flower. Tu B'Shevat is the beginning of a new cycle for the tithe on fruit trees. This is the most beautiful season in Israel.
The New Year of the Trees -- Rosh Hashanah La'ilanot -- is an ancient concept. Though the 15th of Shevat isn't mentioned in the Bible, the Mishnah tells us that on this day the tithes on fruit were taken to the Temple in Jerusalem. Tu B'Shevat was also the start of the tree-planting season when God determined which trees would live, which trees would not and how fruitful any would be in the coming year.
The early pioneers of the State of Israel began the practice of celebrating Tu B'Shevat by planting trees.
In the 1600s, Jewish mystics in Safed created a Tu B'Shevat seder modeled after the Passover seder. Participants eat four different categories of fruit and drink four different combinations of red and white wine or grape juice, symbolizing the four seasons and the mystical "four worlds"
I publish here two pictures: one of the blooming almond tree, and the next of my husband and daughter keeping the old tradition.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

I start Blogging here!

Hello, I am Gali Pushkin - graphic designer and artist from Israel. I am happy to welcome you on my blog. I catch a chance in the very beginning to apologize for my English, far from being perfect. My posts here will not be proofread by anyone. I am grateful for my friend AndyE Barnes, who did this with my site. I can’t trouble him any more.

I have just uploaded my new web site I offer there a variety of products with my original graphics on them.
It is also closely connected to my another site This site is devoted to my graphic services and artwork. On-line collection of my original vector clipart is located there.
On this blog I will post about new products and services, my articles and simply news of my life.