Dove over Sonoma Vineyards is available as a 10"x16" or 14"x23" giclee print.
The original watercolor painting was 14"x23". It was digitally transformed into a 7'x12' vinyl banner for Congregation Shir Shalom in Sonoma, CA.
The banner was dedicated in a special shabbat service in Sonoma on November 14, 2009. I wrote and presented this poem for the occasion:
Dove of Peace over Sonoma Vineyards Banner Dedication Poem By Nina Bonos November 14, 2009
Yea, I walk through the Valley of the Moon, And it is wonderful! Adonai is alive in the vineyards.
I feel her presence within and around me While drawing and painting from my soul. Inside the Shir Shalom window shape A carefully crafted artistís story comes alive. Intuitively, shapes and colors emerge From my heart, mind and hands To share with you.
Sweet, purple grapes are ripening While dancing on their vines. Grapevines appear as outstretched arms of friends, Reaching for one another, Linking arms, davening and singing: Hiney Ma Tov u-ma nayim Shevet achim gam yachad meaning.... How good and pleasant it is when Brothers live together in harmony.
High above, the Shir Shalom Dove Sings her Song of Peace. Soaring in the blue sky towards the clouds, The full harvest moon, and the heavens, Her melodious song delights the ears Of the valley inhabitants below. We see man and womanís presence In the bountiful valley, In barns and homes sheltered among Native valley oaks and Italian cypress trees.
Grapevines become a menorah, The symbol of ancient Israel. Multi-colored leaves become flickering candle lights, Warming the glow of Hebrew letters spelling Shalom.
Bright, red pomegranates recall our Torah. Itís seeds, numbering 613, represent the number of mitzvot Prescribed by our Tree of Life. Olive branches are another important peace symbol, Reminding us of the Noahís ark dove returning from dry land, Signaling an end to flood, and a return to peaceful times.
The golden, rolling hills of California, Expressed in pastel, rainbow colors Are our backdrop for a wonderful life in paradise, Here in the Valley of the Moon on a beautiful autumn day.