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28th Oct 2010

Taking a Break in Color

For the majority of the past year I have been working with black and white creating Basic Essence Portraits and money and other images. Working in black and white is new for me as an artist, and I find myself yearning dip a brush into colors, which for me seems like taking a vacation.

Just as Warhol used his black silkscreens, I am scanning my images into the computer where I manipulate them into variations. While the variations usually involve color, it is not the same as working in color with my hand, using a brush, pen or paintbrush. In time I will also be painting upon the prints, as Warhol did with his silkscreens, but, the work is not at that stage.

While the limits of the black and white images have helped me grow as an artist, I miss working in color. Color is one of my strong suits as an artist, which is something I was told by my teachers.

I never tire of seeing the paintings by Monet where he paints the same scene at different times of the day and the color changes due to the light. The Hamptons, where I live, is renowned for its light, which has drawn many famous artists to this place. A drive along a county road here on a sunny day  is a glorious experience, in any season, thanks to the splendid light

Although the majority of my work continues to be in the preparatory stage of black and white for now, I must and do return to color, as a kind of break or vacation, because on some level as an artist I need color.

Below is a new small work, Genesis Dalet, that will be used in a new Visual Awakening Exercise in the revised  version of the e book, The Art of Seeing the Divine, Book 1, What Do You See? When the new, expanded version comes out everyone who previously purchased the original version online now will be notified of a link where they can get the newly revised version for free.  Basically the revised version add more Visual Awakening Experiences (brain games to gain Awakened Vision) to the 10 that are now included. This is a great deal, because when the revisions are completed the price of the book will also increase (but previous book buyers will get the new version for free)  To buy the book, Click: Full Book.

Genesis Dalet uses the Torah font letters of Genesis 1-3:7 for each and ever stroke, and therefore is a member of my Genesis: Sunset-Sunrise series. Among other things this series is about moments of inspiration and understandings — those AhHa moments, when we “see the light”.

In Genesis Dalet the moment of light depicted is so strong that it seems to create a dip in the land beneath it from its “weight”, looking like a heavy object placed on something soft like foam or a quilt. In reality, this effect is created as the bright light reflects and visually seems to overtake whatever immediately surrounds it.

Sometimes an inspirational idea we have can almost weight us down with its significance that we must somehow express the excitement, which can include jumping up and down, which visually echoes the sun in Genesis Dalet weighing upon the horizon.

While a painting can be understood to capture and reveal a moment in time, my symbol — strokes can be understood to represent the ideas,  memories, understandings and activities that led up to this moment of inspiration.  The eternal enigma of consciousness is that in order to fully be in and experience this moment of now consciously, we must perceive it through our memories.

Genesis Dalet by Judy Rey Wasserman
2101, Acrylic, watercolor pencils and ink
Strokes: Genesis:1-2:7

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
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01st Oct 2010

Framing Reality with Painted Prayers

Many of my paintings have “frames” painted around the image area, especially the paintings in the Genesis: Sunrise-Sunset series, which deals with how the physical universe is created (both theologically and scientifically) and then how we personally perceive that reality.

The frames are usually painted with gold or silver paint. They are placed a bit inside the background color, which then surrounds the outside of the frame. Sometimes the frame seems to hover within the edge of the image so the image continues past the painted frame.

Dead End at National by Judy Rey Wasserman
Strokes: letters from texts of Genesis 1-2:7, Deut. 6:4, Psalm 20 frame

Frames are usually created from the words of psalms, because psalms are prayers. Our reality is created by our beliefs and memories. We base our prayers, and our wants and hopes on these understandings. These beliefs may or may not be consciously held or chosen.

Our unconscious and unexamined beliefs are often in conflict with other ideas that we have chosen intellectually, but struggle to make real on an emotional or deeper soul level. When confronted with the perception of a new reality, we sometimes use denial, until we can filter and process the new reality. For instance, a child who is raised to feel inferior and worthless will not immediately resolve those feelings by the Judeo-Christian teaching that he or she is created in The Divine image and is the apple of His eye. [Note: Wherever you see the term, “The Divine”, please substitute the names for The Divine that are most appropriate and most meaningful for you, based on your beliefs and theology.]

Prayer (affirmations, visualization, positive thinking by other names) helps us to create new and better beliefs, to believe in new possibilities for ourselves and others. Praying encourages our ability to consciously choose a new reality. When we pray for someone who is ill to recover we are acknowledging the illness, just by the very act of praying for recovery, since no one prays for the very healthy to recover. By praying we are visualizing the healing we want to occur.

Scientifically, we know that speech creates sound vibrations and that these can be measured. Thus, they exist. Likewise, thoughts are also measurable, and have been measured in many experiments including some done at Yale over twenty years ago.

Our thoughts do create our attitudes, and to some degree our physical and mental health. So our prayers, whether spoken or thought immediately effect our perceptions of the world. If we stretch and pray beyond our known realities and experience, we expand our inner vision of reality. So, if I am feeling inferior and I prayerfully ask to be shown how I am the Apple of The Divine eye, if I ask to walk more in The Divine’s reality than my own, I am stretching the boundaries of my personal understanding and vision.

By my reckoning, our prayers reach further into the ultimate, into the spiritual realms or heavens than any of our other thoughts or communications, since by the very act of being in prayer, which means communication, we are furthering our alignment with God.

The frames are painted to show our prayers at the boundaries of our reality. The frames depict our prayers made visual. Looking at the images, which are entirely created with the original letters of the words of the Bible for strokes is a kind of visual way of praying through art.

However, there is reality that we do not comprehend. It exists beyond our reality. As we grow we understand, actively believe and see more of this reality, but there seems to always be more that lies beyond us. It beckons but eludes us. Communication is a two way street. Many people think of prayer as a way of talking to The Divine, but it is also a way of learning to listen to “that still small voice.”  The Divine speaks to us in many ways.

Often what we refer to as our conscience or a gut reaction to someone or something, or a “feeling” that urges us to do something uncomfortable, but good, such as donating money or being friendly to a stranger and risking rejection. Sometimes, The Divine speaks to us through the counsel of many. Of course, depending on one’s religion, there are holy texts, such the books of the Bible , which are considered to be the Word of The Divine One.

I often use the words (Hebrew letters) of a psalm for the strokes in a painted frame, because when we pray a psalm, we know that we are aligning ourselves more with the Lord. In some of the paintings I have the psalm facing outward, from the reality of the image (our reality), in some of the paintings, the words are facing in towards the image, depicting the Almighty One communicating to us. The Dock Less Traveled, uses both Psalm 19 facing out and Psalm 27 facing in to us.

Dock Less Traveled by Judy Rey Wasserman
Strokes: Genesis 1-2:7,Deut. 6:4, Psalms 19* 27 frame
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The frames are in the paintings to depict and remind us that we consciously or unconsciously create the boundaries of our reality with our beliefs and that we are always able to reach God through prayer, even when God seems to be as far away as the edge of reality.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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