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20th Dec 2011

Holiday Greetings!

This is my special holiday greeting of 2011. Whatever you celebrate, I hope that this image of Artists Poinsettia will help inspire you to see new, hidden meaning and inspiration everywhere.

Each of us actually sees the world differently from anyone else as our brains use our memories to see. For instance when we see a flower, such as a sunflower, or brain almost instantaneously compares the reflections of light it receives from the eyes to other similar reflections to discern that we are looking at a sunflower. Perhaps, like my brain, your brain touches upon memories of Sunflowers painted by Vincent van Gogh to decode the meaning of what my eyes see, whether I am conscious of the memory or not.
By seeing the works of great and inspiring artists, we are actually learning to see in new ways that can impact and inspire our lives.

Poinsettia with portraits of van Gogh, Da Vinci, Picasso, Warhol, Monet and Rembrandt

Artists Poinsettia by Judy Rey Wasserman

As you probably know I create art according to the tenets of Post Conceptual Art, and this art falls under the branch called UnGraven Image. Each and every stroke of the flower and Essence Portraits is a letter from the only font in the world that is binary, phonic and alpha-numeric, and thus best represents the attributes of the elementary physic’s strings, the tiniest pre-matter and energy of the physical universe. [See the You Tube video “Painting with the Big Bang of Genesis” to discover visually how this all comes together in a painting. Click: HERE.]

Below is a close up of a section that allows you to see many of the my tiny letter strokes

Poinsettia Artists image

Poinsettia Psalm Artists combines the hand created artworks of Poinsettia Psalm 148 with the Essence Portraits of (clockwise from top) Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Leonardo Da Vinci. These artists are universally acclaimed as some of the top artists in the history of Western Art, plus each has uniquely inspired aspects of my work, which, except for Picasso, I have somewhat explained in previous blogs and article.

Artworks that combine handmade paintings or drawings into a new unique digital artwork are called “tradigital.”

More Inspiration

Many of the images used can be seen larger in articles and blogs, plus information as to their strokes and influence can be found in the links below:

In writing this message I was surprised to discover that although I mention Vincent van Gogh most frequently in my articles and blogs (notice his prominence at the top of the poinsettia!) as his work and writings have been the most profound influence on my work and even life, but I have never actually just focused upon him in a blog. This will be remedied early in 2011.

The Poinsettia Psalm 148 ‘s blog, including symbolism, choice of psalm, and more can be found by clicking HERE. It is also available as a print. Click: http://ungravenimage.com/blog/2011/12/poinsettia-psalm-148/

Monet Click: http://ungravenimage.com/blog/2009/11/lessons-from-monet/

Rembrandt Click: http://ungravenimage.com/blog/2011/07/happy-birthday-rembrandt/

Warhol Click: http://ungravenimage.com/blog/2009/08/birthday-tribute-to-andy-warhol/

Da Vinci Click both links:   http://ungravenimage.com/blog/2011/08/leonardo-da-vinci-essence-portrait/

http://ungravenimage.com/blog/2011/05/did-leonardo-da-vinci-envision-post-conceptual-art/

Picasso Note : this is the first time the Picasso Essence Portrait has been shown online and an upcoming blog will feature and explain it and also how his work helped lead me to my theory of Post Conceptual Art, including the branch of UnGraven Image.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whatever you celebrate — I hope that you have a happy, fulfilled and joyous Holiday Season,


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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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09th Dec 2011

Watermill Sunset

In Watermill, NY, there is a field one passes on a back road to the sea. Multimillion dollar homes are about a half a mile away, but the homes nearby have increased in value and are probably worth at least a million, although elsewhere they would be reckoned as average homes. The field is low enough that it is filled with sea a sea grass. Perhaps when the original farmers were here their cattle grazed on in the field.

For the moment the field is fallow,left to the wild sea weeds. It is someone’s tax deduction, perhaps credited as a wet land. For now it exists, much as it always has, wild, even primal and seemingly eternal. When the sun sets over the field, it is a glorious sight.

The glory of the sunsets over this field comforted and inspired me as I would pass by this field daily, for about a month during a difficult time as this art theory, movement and ministry was just beginning. It was both a time of testing and learning and learning to walk closer and recognize and rely more on my source of inspiration – that “still small voice.”
Water Mill Sunset

Water Mill Sunset 2004

By Judy Rey Wasserman
Genesis: Sunset-Sunrise series

Strokes: Genesis 1-2:7. Deut .6:4, and “framed” by Psalm 8

18 x 24 inches, acrylic on board

Click here to see a larger image in the store

Although the paintings have been compared to Impressionist paintings for the vibrancy and action of the strokes, in fact the works are created slowly, with letters piled upon letters and interwoven. In the Water Mill Sunset I experimented with also using the letters as glazes over other layers of letters.

My use of glazes of in this work was a breakthrough in the practice of Post Conceptual art for me. I have used this then new technique often in my work since then. That makes WATERMILL SUNSET a pivotal work and important work.

I was inventing the methodology for working with a letter for each stroke using acrylic paint, which is now known as Post Conceptual Art theory, including the branch of UnGraven Image. My own training was with oil paint and I was learning how to use acrylics more as the Old Masters had used oil. One day. When I have a large studio space, I would like to also use oils, but that would require space as I would need to leave each canvas or board to dry before I could begin the next layer. There are many, many layers.

During this time I was working at a short-term temporary day job to bridge the gap until my initial funding came through. I was working as fill-in for an Academy Award winning actor whom I greatly respect for his courage as a human being. This went on while his assistant was away, plus I was teaching him various computer programs, because I am a bit of a geek.

It was a job I enjoyed because the boss was such a dear, plus it was a kind of relaxing break from painting, which I continued to do once I returned home. I think it lasted six weeks until both my funding came through and the real assistant returned.

By then I was painting a new work where I would apply the glazing techniques I used in this artwork, plus I had also moved bravely to tackle a larger supports. As I have moved up in the size of paintings, my skill and courage has grown as much of each painting is created using the very smallest brushes available. I now have very large works also.

WATER MILL was a breakthrough painting in another way. The free flowing method that the grasses are painted with using the name of the Lord (yud-hey-vav-hey) was also a breakthrough moment.

Before this painting my strokes were usually far more ordered, in chains or precisely applied. The very way the grasses would blow in the late winter then early spring breeze inspired this. Although the Hamptons have a reputation for being green and lush, at this time, only evergreens are green in the late winter here. There are no leaves on the trees, no flowers and even the famous Hampton hedges are bare.

My area has a wild, even stark beauty in the winter that has a peaceful feel. There is an essential wild splendor here that I aimed to capture in WATERMILL SUNSET.

What do you think of it? Comments are welcome below.

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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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01st Dec 2011

Poinsettia Psalm 148

This artwork’s name tells the basics of its story: that it is created from strokes that are the original Torah font letters of Psalm 148 and that it is an image of a poinsettia.

Yet there is more to this image, as poinsettias have become a popular decoration during the winter holiday season.

Poinsettias are native to Mexico. According to legend in the 16 th century a young, poor Mexican girl was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside as a present for Jesus’ birthday, and to place these before the church alter. When red flowers blossomed the flower became associated with Christmas. By the 17 th century Mexican Franciscan friars were including poinsettias in there Christmas celebrations, claiming that the leaf pattern symbolized the Star of Bethlehem, while the red color symbolizes the blood of Christ. Plus, of course the colors that symbolize Christmas are greed and red, which are the colors of Italy where the Vatican is located.

Poinsettia created with Psalm 148

See a larger version or collect the print HERE.
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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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01st Dec 2011

Learning to Speak Hebrew without a Paintbrush

For many years my hands have been eloquently “speaking” Hebrew, specifically in Torah font as the original letters of Bible texts are the strokes of my paintings and drawings.

However, although I could read Hebrew, as it is almost totally phonetic, there were only a few words that I could read, speak or hear and recognize their meaning. I  had no understanding of the grammar. Any grammar that does not follow the rules of English has previously befuddled me.

In school, my worst subject was always any other language that I would study, other than English where I had straight A’s and advanced courses. Without the special help of a very well known and beloved French teacher, Mrs. Henrietta Rattiner in the High School of Music and Art, I might not have graduated. Before this dear teacher took me under her wing the only subject I studied was French, and I studied it for hours a day, but I was failing and it was the only subject where I did not have an A or at least a B +.

Since my video, “Painting with the Big Bang of Genesis” won Ulpan Or’s first prize in their Facebook contest, I have been studying Hebrew with their system.

Today ends my third week of  study with Ulpan Or, and I am speaking and writing in Hebrew and even understanding short stories in the workbook. This is a huge accomplishment for me, which I have accomplished with less actual time spent studying than in my previous attempts to learn another language that did not go as nearly well.

Ulpan Or’s system includes a CD of sound recordings that are keyed to the workbook. First I listen, and listen, and listen (I listen more than the times recommended as I am a visual and then kinetic learner). But I can do a lot of my extra listening while doing fairly routine or mindless tasks, so this works out fine.

The workbook has written material that corresponds to the CDs. Ulpan Or sent me three well done workbooks, which are all Introductory Level, my general workbook, one on verbs and another for learning the Hebrew letters, including script letters.

The real power behind Ulpan Or’s system for me is Miri, my teacher in Jerusalem, who speaks with me over skype twice a week. She encourages me as I stumble along speaking my new Hebrew words and sentences. Having to speak and listen in Hebrew with Miri has made a huge difference for me!

As part of my last assignment, I had to make up and write 15 sentences using at least 15 new nouns in Hebrew. This is an amazing assignment as I have only been studying for three weeks, which has been wedged into my normal full time life’s activities.

Here are some of my sentences, with the English translation beneath them. And, since I am still learning an practicing Hebrew script, I use the block letters I am so familiar with as my strokes, but have added in the vowels.

Speaking Hebrew Miri tells me I am doing very well, and I understand her. Amazingly, I am also having fun, which after wresting with French and Latin for many years, amazes me.

I also understand more of the Hebrew texts that I use for my paintings. The photocopied sheets I hold in one hand while I hold a paint brush in the other have the translation in English, but now that I am catching on to the grammar I am beginning to figure out more of what the actual Hebrew words mean.

I wonder if and how this new knowledge and even success at what has always eluded me will change my work.

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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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