Etz & Chaiim / by debbie rich

I'm back to working on two Judaic pieces. 

The left-side painting shows the word "Etz" which is Hebrew for "tree." The language is read right to left, so the right-most and middle forms are the word tree, and the left-most form is, well, a tree. I currently have the first layer of sky, earth and all forms. Ready to add layer #2. Here's an earlier stage

The right-side painting shows the Hebrew word "shalom" which means hello, goodbye or peace. I'm interpreting it as "peace" for this piece. The first layer of sky and letter form are complete, and I'm working on the grass. I will add a figure with raised hands to the center (currently a stick figure) and a sunset emanating from the sky's center. Here's an earlier stage