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Art From My Heart

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S: Art From My Heart - Natalie Handelman

FC: Art From My Heart | Natalie Handelman

1: This Book is Dedicated to Those I Love

2: On a trip to Europe in 1951, following my graduation from New York University, and before beginning a Masters Degree at Columbia, I had an epiphany- a magical moment of self discovery. It was in Florence, Italy, in The Medici Chapel where I found myself awed, amazed, and totally transfixed with the grandeur and splendor of Michaelangelo’s four huge reclining sculptures- Day, Night, Dawn and Twilight. At that very moment my passion for art was born- has never ceased- and it has been art from my heart ever since. A year later I married Don, and then had our two sons, Jim and Rick (James and Richard). Don’s mother Edith, an artist, and my beloved mother-in-law, encouraged me to take a beginning painting course at the Art Workshop of Westchester’s County Center, (she did the baby-sitting, and loaned me all her equipment). It was there that I truly found myself, surrounded by easels, brushes, paint and turpentine. After learning the basic techniques I yearned to be original, shunning copying and being influenced by other artists, yet continuously visiting museums. What did inspire my subject matter, however, were current events. These were, for example, the assassination of Robert Kennedy, the ‘67 Israeli war, the destruction of the World Trade Center, the winning of The Triple Crown by Secretariat, the funding by our son (via The Mathers Foundation) of five different Nobel Prize winners. | Introduction

3: My paintings sold well (150 were sold), and my ego thrived. I had eight one-woman shows, and participated in many group shows, often winning prizes and consequently receiving much publicity and local renown. Yet something was missing. I yearned to make more people happy with my work, not merely the individuals who bought my paintings. Subsequently I started to donate my works to worthy causes. It was only then that I felt satisfaction and gratification! My works were auctioned, or given as prizes to many different charities. I contributed works to hospitals, cancer societies, medical research facilities, a legal aid society, a home for retarded adults, and a refuge for battered women. Meanwhile the homes and offices of those I loved were decorated with my paintings. I also gave friends my works in the form of jewelry, pillows, purses, needlepoints and placemats. (I even decorated the cast of a friend with a broken arm). My website ( proved to be a lot of fun. It was created by Scott Handelman, my grandson! It received “clicks” from all parts of the world, (3200 as of this writing), including most European countries, Australia, Asia, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Canada and almost every state in the U.S. In the following pages you can see some of my works. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I enjoyed painting them!

4: "My First Painting" Oil - 9" x 12" July 9, 1958 | "My Father - Joseph Meltzer" Charcoal - 11.5" x 14" August, 1958 | Early Paintings | Painted in a class called "Beginning Painting" taught by Monica Benefiel at County Center.

5: "My Mother - Bea Meltzer" Oil - 20" x 24" 1959 | "Grandma Schulman" Oil - 24" x 18" 1960 | Mother wearing her "bluebell" uniform. She volunteered with children at Memorial Hospital in Manhattan, once a week, for 25 years. | "Ricky at 5 Years" Oil - 12" x 16" 1961 | "Jimmy at 6 Years" Oil - 15" x 19" 1960

6: "High Fly" Oil - 24" x 36" | "The Inspection" Oil - 24" x 36" | "Walking the Fence" Oil - 24" x 36" | "Hoop-La" Oil - 24" x 36" | 1968

7: "The Children's Hour" Oil - 24"x 36" | "Breakthrough" Oil - 24" x 36" | "Dance to the Piper" Oil - 18" x 24" | "The Sandpipers" Oil - 24" x 36" Painted when Bob married Elizabeth Taylor (Betty).

8: "Boy Blue" Oil - 24" x 36" | "Feeding the Ducks" Mom & Lauren | "A Walk in the Park" Oil - 18" x 24" | "Big Sister" Oil - 24" x 36" | "Girl Reading" Oil - Painted entirely with a knife 14" x 26" | 1968

9: Portraits | "Rick" | "Jim" Painted on a flood-stained canvas - Oil 21" X 26" | This painting became a self-fulfilling prophecy

10: Figures | "Jim at Seventeen" Pastel 27" X 22" | "Sassy Lassy" Oil on Canvas - 15" x 30" | "Isadora Duncan" Oil | "Iris" Oil - 24" X 36"

11: "All Races Under the Tree of Life' Acrylic - 20" X 24" | "The Golfer" Acrylic | "The Flower Arranger" Oil | "Home Run" Oil

12: "The Tango" | "Secretariat" After Secretariat won the Triple Crown. | "Travelscapes" Mixed Media

13: "Visions of Santa Fe" Collage - 24" x 36" | "Madame Butterfly" Collage - 32" x 32" | "Taj Mahal Dreams"

14: Abstracts

16: "Zach's Engine" 2010 | "The Client"

17: Abstracts

18: Flowers

20: Flowers

22: "Wool Market at Marrakech" | "Israel - Dome of the Rock" Oil - 20" x 46" I967 | "Rise and Fall of the Phoenix" 3-D Mixed Media - 17" x 28"

23: "Genesis" Acrylic - 24" x 46" | "Bok's Singing Tower" Lake Wales, Florida | "Map of the World" Acrylic

24: "Bora-Bora" Collage | "Taha'a Island, French Polynesia" Watercolor on Yupo Paper | "Point Lobos - Big Sur" Oil - 24" x 36' | Landscapes

25: "The Pond at Brookhill" Oil | Brookhill

26: Landscapes | "Danbury Road" | "Autumn at Morningside Pond" Acrylic | "Everglades" Oil - 50" x 16"

27: "Ketchum, Idaho" Watercolor | "Alpine Pass" Watercolor | "San Francisco - The City by the Bay" Acrylic

28: 3-Dimensional Acrylic South Carolina Plantation | Landscapes

29: "Lakeview" Watercolor | "Flowers" Watercolor

30: "A View of the Adirondacks"' Watercolor | "San Francisco Bay" Watercolor | "Storm over the Hudson" Watercolor

31: "Lake Gleneida" Carmel, New York Oil | "Red Rocks of Sedona" Acrylic - 22" x 28" Feb 13, 2010 (My 80th Birthday) | "The Bridge" Watercolor

32: "Field of Wildflowers" Acrylic - 4' x 6' 2003

33: "Columbus Circle" 34" x 64" 2010 | "The Bull and Bear Market" Collage 2008

34: My Symbol - Yin / Yang | Dr. Gloria Warner, then a Psychiatrist bought this and hung it in her waiting room at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She said it brought tranquility to her patients.

36: "Soaring" Oil | 'Through the Porthole" Collage/Mixed Media

37: Living Room Wall Winter 2010

38: Commissions, Sales & Barters

39: Bartered for unpacking cartons by moving men (Moved to Purchase, NY) | Bartered (1985) in exchange for a needlepoint pillow of my Yin/Yang symbol | Bartered for an unusually beautiful sweater

40: Bartered for 1 year of Orthodontic work for Jim and Ricky - Dr. Morton Heide

41: Double Helix DNA Research Painted for Jim's Office | Painted for Rick's Office 24" X 52" | Painted as an advertisement for Scott who was collecting Absolut Ads. The Ad showed 4 generations of golfers: Scott, Natalie, Bea and Joy.

42: "Pine Street" 4' X 6' Painted for Don's Office

43: Painted on a friend's arm cast | For Sue and Joe's Katonah Home | Painted for Joy and Rick's home in Scarsdale

44: American Cancer Society's Paul Williams Building In West Palm Beach - Painting Covers Two Story Atrium Donated in 2003

45: Donated to Boca Raton Hospital 5' X 4.5' 1986 | Donated to Legal Services of Hudson Valley | Donated to the Legal Services of Hudson Valley White Plains Office | Donated to The American Cancer Society West Palm Beach, Florida

46: Painting is located in the auditorium. Scaffolding had been erected in the lobby, the canvas was custom built, in house TV featured the progress of the painting, and patients could watch from their rooms as I painted. | 10' x 4.5' 1987 Painting is located in the Staff Cafeteria | Donations to White Plains Hospital

47: Betty's Garden Donated in 2010 to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University

48: "Purple Fantasy" Mom and Dad sitting in the lobby of 700 Building in Boca West. When we sold our apartment, I donated the painting to Nassau County's Coalition Against Domestic Violence

53: Boca West Art Show 1998 | "The Rise and Fall of the Phoenix" Three dimensional painting of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001. This painting won first price at the Rye Women's Club in 2006

54: Lecture on my paintings to our Discussion Group in 2006 (Group members were very interested in my paintings and begged me to discuss my thoughts behind them)

55: Rick, Me, Scott & Don

56: "The Betrothed: Abby & Scott"

57: My website: Made by Scott in 2004

58: For Natalie Circles within swirls, Brush stroked on canvas, Lined with joy And tears, Cascading through the years of inner history. From little girls who dance And twirl And sing inside The larger, taller ones. Tightly chained in captivity The urge to flow, To paint, to know To write and rhyme in curling lines. And every time the links burst free, That is the essence there, of her creativity. By Dr. Gloria Warner Scarsdale, New York 1972

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