Blue [Shanty] Forest 

The story of painting the Blue [Shanty] Forest
Invitation to paint huge painting
Invitation to paint huge painting

When I was invited to paint this huge painting, under a three months dead-line, I knew I would need help. I asked some of my best painting students to be my assistants. Niv Refael, Eithan Shacham, Dedi Shachar, Lee Trifon, Yasmin Ben-Ron, and Yossi Ronen, who joined towards the very end, when I was mostly painting on my own.

Daphna with Dedi and Eithan
Daphna with Dedi and Eithan

My assistants would come and go as they pleased, some worked more, some took trips to places far away, came back for a while, and continued. Towards the third month I found myself mostly alone. I would open the big derelict empty building in the old city of Jaffa, (The Califf night club) which was hired as a studio for that duration, climb to the third floor, turn on the lights, music (Mostly the Faure requiem) etc, and find myself alone with this amazing task.

Invitation to paint huge painting
Invitation to paint huge painting

When I was invited to paint this huge painting, under a three months dead-line, I knew I would need help. I asked some of my best painting students to be my assistants. Niv Refael, Eithan Shacham, Dedi Shachar, Lee Trifon, Yasmin Ben-Ron, and Yossi Ronen, who joined towards the very end, when I was mostly painting on my own.

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