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25th Nov 2015

Thanksgiving as a Proclamation of Hope

In the USA, Thanksgiving is a holiday that stems from a communal dinner between the first settlers in the New World, the Pilgrims, and the Native Americans who helped them survive their bitter winter in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The Pilgrims were radical Christians, a sect of Puritans, whose lives were filled with an austere understanding of the Bible. Yet, they managed to set aside a day of Thanksgiving, celebration and joy to share with the natives who had befriended them. Without the help of the Native Americans, who the Pilgrims considered to be heathens (as they were not Christians) it is doubtful that as many Pilgrims – or any of them – would have survived.

If the USA has a national holiday that can be considered to be spiritual or even religious, it is Thanksgiving, a communal holiday that is one of tolerance, even brotherly love for fellow citizens, and thanksgiving.

The act of giving thanks to The Divine is not only filled with appreciation, but with implied hope. Giving thanks means there is someone to give thanks to – there has to be some recipient for the appreciation – or what’s the point? Gratitude infers a blessing, a gift that was beyond one’s own sphere of power or influence.

Thus the act of thanksgiving includes a present hope for continued blessings, help, gifts or providential coincidences from their source. Giving thanks is a way of acknowledging our own limits, an act of true humility and respect, which simultaneously acknowledging our own worthiness for the receipt of the blessing, kindness, gift, etc. If a person were not worty to receive the blessing and give thanks then they could not actually “have” it – and we have all known instances of people (possibly ourselves?) who has received something wonderful, a lottery or scholarship winner, a special talent or opportunity, a gift of health or friendship, who subsequently blew it by their own behavior.

So thanksgiving is not only an acknowledgement to the source of our good fortune, but it is also an expression of our hope in our own worthiness to continue in that fortune and to benefit our selves and others by it.

“In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” – Isaiah 12:4

Wherever you are, in the USA or elsewhere, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. See more. Live inspired.

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23rd Dec 2014

Tis the Season to Light Trees

Often Christmas and Hanukkah coincide as Hanukkah is celebrated for eight full days. At this time of year, we seem to have a communal need to celebrate and light lights, perhaps due to the longest winter days in the Northern Hemisphere.

Driving in the early evening, each night seems to bring more yards that have trees and decorations of lights. Those who celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanza are all busy lighting one kind of tree or another.

Candle Tree

Tis the Season to Light Trees 2007 by Judy Rey Wasserman

A menorah, whether for Chanukah with eight candle holders or for Temple and Shabbat with seven candle holders is always biblically symbolic of a tree. Of course, the more recent holiday of Kwanza also features a menorah.

Historically, Christmas trees began with Northern European pagans, long before the spread of Christianity. It seems the lighting of trees and the yearly festivities were associated with the winter solstice. Just as the church incorporated and substituted saints and their days for the various non-Christian gods thus enabling conversion, so too did the church incorporate the winter holiday by claiming it as the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Based on the gospel account of Mary and Joseph sojourning to Jerusalem to pay their tribute, we know that Jesus had to have been born either in the spring during the time of Shavout/Pentecost or in the fall during Rosh HaShanna (celebrating the birth of humankind) or Yom Kippur.

We also know historically that although “a great miracle happened here” at the time that Judah Macabee and his men managed to keep the synagogue lights lit and fend off the invaders. This victory and the miracle of the Temple lights remaining lit for eight days when in reality there was only enough oil for one day’s light, led to Hanukkah being referred to as the feast of dedication. The gospels tell of Jesus celebrating this holiday, also called the Feast of Dedication, which remains one of celebrating the overthrow of tyranny and the freedom to practice one’s religion.

Ironically, the victorious Hasmonians (Macabees) were very liberal and their rule led to the acceptance of many Roman ways, which eventually led to uprisings by the more traditional Jews against the Romans around the time of Jesus. Of course, this led to the Diaspora.

Hanukkah is considered a minor holiday and no one takes off from work or school. Yet, in the USA , it is the most celebrated Jewish Holiday just as Christmas is the most celebrated Christian holiday. We all light trees give gifts, party and eat rich foods.

Although the colors of blue, white and gold represent Hanukkah while green, white and red represent Christmas in wrappings, cards and decorations, in actuality we are all lighting many colored lights. Christmas lights tend to be multicolored or all white and glowing. Hanukkah candles, the ones in all those little boxes from various manufacturers that fit the standard menorahs are likewise multicolored, while Shabbat candles are white (and at least one Friday night always falls during Hanukkah).

The image of the Candle Tree 2007 (AKA: “Tis the Season to Light Trees” card) is both a Hanukkah menorah and/or a Christmas tree. I have found that Jews immediately seem to see it as a menorah while Christians miss that imagery and see a Christmas tree. So each sees the image as a special holiday image, but we filter the meaning through our beliefs and assumptions. In the image the tree has nine candles as the center candle is the shamash, the candle that lights the others..

I had a large unfolded card printed of the image that I am using as my Seasons Greetings mailing this year. It is included here, with best wishes for many blessings for you, and your loved ones.

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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 at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the ;currently free e-book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

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26th Nov 2014

Source of Thanksgiving’s Tolerance & Peace

We have been taught that when the Pilgrims migrated to North America they came seeking religious freedom.

Actually, that is not quite true. The Pilgrims came seeking religious freedom to worship for themselves only – not for anyone else who did not agree with their strict puritanical practices.

History shows that European descended members of the Massachusetts Bay community who did not conform to the Pilgrim’s ways were booted out or soon left to found new communities that were more to their own liking. These settlers founded new communities in places such as Rhode Island, Connecticut and also landed at Conscience Point, New York, founding Southampton, where I reside.

Yet, our ideas of tolerance for others beliefs and religious freedom that we are thankful for on Thanksgiving Day were embodied in that first Thanksgiving celebration as the Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to give thanks and celebrate their provisions and new community. The Native Americans had helped and taught the light skinned newcomers how to survive the harsh Massachusetts winter, plant corn, and introduced them hunting our native game.

Contemporary American’s ideas of tolerance at our welcoming of immigrants (at least legal ones) seeking a better life, of sharing and helping those in need, and of religious toleration were demonstrated and taught by many of the Native American tribes America’s north east coastal regions.

Despite the revisionist history that attempts to cast the Algonquin and Iroquois as heathens and savages, they were largely peaceful peoples until the pale settlers arrived on many ships. Even so, in the northern colonies there was little, if any, fighting between the settlers and natives. In Southampton the Shinnecock tribe easily and quickly adopted the Christian religion and has maintained a church on their reservation to this day.

Any study of the Algonquin religion quickly reveals that they followed a basically
monotheistic religion, much like that of the Hebrew Testament. Some people, including Native peoples, believe that some of the USA’s Native nations, such as the Algonquins  and Cherokees are actually decedents of the lost tribes of Israel.

The various tribes did conduct war–like raids on one another.  The neighboring tribes in Southampton and Montauk regularly “attacked” each other. Yet records reveal that these exchanges were more like innocent panty raids as young warriors from local tribes cause a bit of chaos as they invaded and met the maidens of the other local tribes, like young bucks sparring (but easily surviving). While it may have reminded the settlers of the raping and pillaging in European wars, there was no raping and pillaging. Records show that then the elders of the tribes met, smoked peace pipes, and held a party for the tribes and marriages between the tribes ensured.

Montauk Lighthouse by Judy Rey Wasserman

Montauk Lighthouse by Judy Rey Wasserman
Strokes: Genesis 1-2:7,Deut. 6:4 & Gold “frame” Psalm 8

Even though he was only in his early twenties, George Washington quickly became a senior officer in the colonial forces during the first stages of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years’ War,  a war between England and France that was
fought in Europe, too. Native Americans fought on both sides.

For the colonists a war between England and French held religious concerns. France was a Catholic Country, and as such she was an ally of Spain. The religion of all the French and Spanish colonies was Catholic and Protestantism was not allowed. This was in stark contrast to the British colonies where different Protestant groups were tolerated and governed locally, ranging from Quakers on the left to Anglicans and the descendants of the Puritans on the right. Jews and Catholics were also tolerated and practiced openly in the colonies. Many of these groups were not welcome back in their countries of ancestry, or even in any European country. Winning the war was religious imperative as well as a concern of political allegiance. However the British colonies were aided by the same Native Americans who, a couple of generations previously also befriended them. Here Washington was exposed to the tolerance and ideas that helped inform his views when he became President, called for the first Thanksgiving and championed religious freedom.

From the first Thanksgiving until today we share our food and joy with others, family, friends, and neighbors who are willing to come together and give thanks for our blessings in tolerance and peace.

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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 at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the currently free prior to and during an upcoming crowd funding campaign e book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

Check out the investment quality limited edition prints and decorative fine art at the online store and secure shopping cart. All purchases 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Plus, you can also get a copy of In the Beginning (still free at the date of this blog) or the “Manifesto of UnGraven Image Art – a Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Strokes”, plus gain membership to the mailing list via the store.

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31st Oct 2014

How are Bitcoin, the Bible & Art Related?

Any image of a crypto currency coin is a fantasy, even if it is a logo, since crypto currencies do not exist in real coin form. That is intrinsic to crypto currencies. Basically they can be understood as digital mathematical equations that have been solved and exist on a blockchain, which is also found only via the Internet.  Bitcoins and other crypto currencies are conceptual money.

The artwork shown here (below) is my Essence Portrait (basic image) of a Bitcoin.  It is a part of my In God We Trust art series, and its new Money Project.

Fiat currencies, those issued by a government have always had a physical form. Usually the artwork shown on a coin or bill has political relevance and reinforced the ideas of the country’s culture.  Fiat currencies that you may know or use are called:  dollars, Euros, British sterling, yen, pesos, marks and shekels, etc.  These forms of currency used to be backed by gold or silver, but none are backed by anything other than their governments strength and credit today.

Since neither fiat currencies nor crypto currencies are backed by any precious metal or other commodity, it is very simple to transfer their value between companies and individuals electronically and digitally. For example when you use a debit card to make a purchase the numerical value of that purchase is subtracted from your account and added to the accounts of the merchant and processing company. Actual paper or coin money is not actually physically transferred from your bank to the bank and merchant’s account.

 History and movies are filled with true and fictional accounts of train and armored car robberies that occurred as money or the precious gold or silver that backed it were moved in and out of banks.  Today’s bank robbers are hackers who rob digital databases for account information that they use to transfer funds to their own accounts. Both fiat and crypto currencies have endured these attacks.

In a way crypto currencies are safer than fiat currencies as a robber cannot rob digital wallets at gunpoint because physically there is no way to collect their loot. Armed robbers can and still do rob stores and banks and get away with currency bills and coins. Art robberies are also continue, but frankly, I cannot recall any art armed robberies.

Ironically, as art my image of a Bitcoin has value when it becomes a limited edition signed print or painting, which could be paid for online through my shopping card with a debit card,or handed to me in cash or sent  inbitcoin (or fractional amount). This image will be used in artwork that is available as perks and bonuses to reward levels in my upcoming Indiegogo campaign.

In addition to its value as art, this artwork is created following the tenets of Post Conceptual art’s UnGraven Image theory. Each and every stroke that makes up this image is a letter, a Torah font letter taken from specific Bible texts that relate to the image.

Bitcoin (Essence Portrait) by Judy Rey Wasserman

These letters also are symbols that also elegantly reference strings of elementary physics, which are the basis of the physical universe. Thus the strokes present an extra level of information that is additional to the image, adding additional and intrinsic informational value.

Bitcoin as a currency that is based on information called bits. These bits of information are binary. Likewise Torah font Hebrew is a binary font – the only alpha numeric binary font in any language. Thus each letter can be written using combinations of two letters, a yud and a vav, and also it is binary as each letter can be written by simply making one or two strokes. Thus, as strokes for any crypto currency, using the Torah font closely relates to digitized information.

Bitcoin as the most popular and prominent crypto currency is making strides forward, and then backwards, and then forward again to find acceptance and legitimacy with federal, state and foreign governments. Its proponents say that it will help the unbanked, which means poor people, both in industrialized and emerging nations. Of course helping the poor, fair weights and measures and equal opportunities are all found in the Bible, in the Torah(Pentateuch) and those ideas as principles and laws originated there, out in the Sinai desert as the Israelites fled Egypt, and have been carried forward by Jews and then Christians ever since.  Fiat currencies also have an inherent equality without regard to persons insofar as a dollar held by a poor person is worth as much as one held by someone wealth, but this is generally true for most valuable items and commodities, as well as all crypto currencies.

I have also noted that Bitcoin is making its best strides forward primarily in countries where the Bible is welcomed or at least legal to own and discuss openly.  This toleration includes countries that are not thought of as having either many Jews or
Christians, like Japan. It may just be a coincidence, but it is interesting to note.

However, as fine art my images of bitcoins (much more to be revealed over time and in the Indiegogo campaign) can legally physically go and be sold in countries that do not accept Bitcoin as of this writing such as Russia, or are difficult places to own a Bible because art easily crosses borders and barriers.

Close up of strokes of Judy Rey Wasserman's Bitcoin Essence Portrait\

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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 at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the currently free prior to and during an upcoming crowd funding campaign e book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

Check out the investment quality limited edition prints and decorative fine art at the online store and secure shopping cart. All purchases 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Plus, you can also get a copy of In the Beginning (still free at the date of this blog) or the “Manifesto of UnGraven Image Art – a Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Strokes”, plus gain membership to the mailing list via the store.

Check out the images and availability of limited and open edition prints — Click: store.

Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey

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15th Oct 2014

Money Project $10 bill as Crowdfunding Perk

Here is a newly completed finished $10 USA bill (#Bible ‘s Exodus 20 – the Ten Commandment’s original letters are the basic strokes and Leviticus 19 are the portrait’s strokes) for my Art as Money project, which is a part of my In God We Trust series. It is an original digital print, or tradigital print as various hand-drawn parts are combined to make the image, plus, some work was completed only on line, using mouse or keyboard. & also perk in an upcoming crowdfunding Indiegogo campaign. I want to show money as currency in a new, less profane way. Hopefully as an inspiration for how we use it. Money can be a blessing or a curse. Which is it for you? What do you think?
USA &10 bill created with strokes from Bible's Exodus 20 (Ten Commandments) and Leviticus 19 by Judy Rey Wasserman

USA $10  Bill Series CF 2014 by Judy Rey Wasserman

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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 at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the currently free prior to and during an upcoming crowd funding campaign e book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

Check out the investment quality limited edition prints and decorative fine art at the online store and secure shopping cart. All purchases 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Plus, you can also get a copy of In the Beginning (still free at the date of this blog) or the “Manifesto of UnGraven Image Art – a Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Strokes”, plus gain membership to the mailing list via the store.

Check out the images and availability of limited and open edition prints — Click: store.

Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey

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08th Oct 2014

Art as Value, Wealth and Money Project

A new soon to launch art project will explore the creation, understanding and use of wealth through rendering money and objects that are exchanged as wealth, but have no intrinsic value themselves. For instance,  a bag of rice can be exchanged for an amount of wealth, it has an intrinsic value, but the currency paper bills issued by governments, even if they were backed by gold or silver, have no intrinsic worth, they are only small printed pieces of paper that are issued in high amounts.

The art project will include unique fine art images that comprise a subset of my series entitles, In God We Trust. Like all of my UnGraven Image artworks, the images are created using strokes that are the original letters (Torah font) from specifically selected Bible texts. The texts are selected to have relevance to or for the final image.

The project explores what we value, specifically, what the viewer may value, and how we recognize and revere value.

Value and worth in art, life, and world currencies is ever changing. Like the weather, value moves like autumn leaves blown up, down and away by the wind. And, like leaves on deciduous trees, value moves through
seasons that are both intrinsic (personal) and extrinsic (societal).  An example of an intrinsic value change can be seen in the relationship a tot has to a treasured toy or object, like a stuffed animal or toy. The item is often carried everywhere and it must be in the child’s bed at night. Yet by the time the child becomes a teenager that previously treasured item has been discarded. Some items almost always have universal intrinsic value, like water and food protein sources.

We are all aware of occurrences of extrinsic value shifts. For instance, when the cost for consumer goods like food or heating oil rise, or when we approach a seasonal communal holiday when we purchase special foods,
decorations and, perhaps even gifts.

Most people, worldwide, think about their wealth (money, or valuables that can be exchanged for goods and services) frequently, more than on a once a day basis. All kinds of thinking and emotions may be involved in relation to money, from excitement and happiness to worry, fear and even grief at loss. We even fuss over money that we do not have, meaning our lack of funding and perceived ability to purchase a desired outcome.

Yet, how aware are we of the actual money we have or seek to own and use? Do you recognize the image below? If so can you specifically indicate exactly where you have seen it? Where is it located? Do you own a similar image yourself?

Federal ReserveSymbol

Look at the image below. Do you see the previous Federal Reserve image above within it?

Cleveland$100billCF2014 USD $100 Bill (Exodus 20) by Judy Rey Wasserman

This art image above of a USA $100 Federal Reserve Note was created with strokes of the original letters of Exodus 20 (Ten Commandments) plus the English letters and numerals, including Judy Rey Wasserman’s signature, which on most other works is in Hebrew in her signature-logo, but here used to emulate the placement of an government official’s signature normally placed on an USA government issued bill. The use of Exodus 20, is to inspire the viewer to use their money lawfully and according to eternal principles and truths.

This original digital image will be one of the prints used in Judy Rey Wasserman’s Upcoming Crowd Funding campaign as a perk for supporters. The campaign will actually be giving art money away to each and every
contributor!

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To obtain a free (but only until the end of the crowd funding campaign e-book, In The Beginning, which tells the inspirational (and often funny) story of the founding of UnGraven Image Art theory, plus the discovery of Bible Eyes (AKA SHMR Vision), that is a revolutionary fulfillment of Bible prophecy Click here (PDF for you to save will open right up) –>  In the Beginning PDF

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24th Sep 2014

Happy 5775 New Year and Birthday to You!

The Biblically commanded holiday of Rosh HaShannah celebrates the creation of Adam, the first human. As such it is understood as the birth of humankind, making it a kind of second birthday that you and I share. We all share this birthday, whatever religion, faith, creed or ideas that we each follow.

Currently, Jews and some Christians observe the holiday of Rosh HaShanna.  Yet in the Bible it is clear that this is a festival for everyone including the “stranger”, the neighbor, living in the midst of the Jews and the other tribes of Israel.

The words translate to Head (rosh) of the (ha) year (shanna). Like in English, the Hebrew word: “rosh”, means head like the one on your neck and also at the front, as in head of the class.

The Biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah. This translates to Day (yom) of raising noise, inherently a loud noise like a shout (teruah), and is referred to as the feast of Trumpets.

The trumpet used is a shofar, which is a ram’s horn.  It is a blast for the coronation of a king and also recalls the substitution of a ram, for Jacob as a sacrifice by Abraham. A total of 100 blasts from a shofar are made on each day of the festival.

Among the other Rosh Hashanah observances is the eating of an apple dipped in dipped in honey, to symbolize the hope for a new year of sweetness.

In the image above the apples bob as the notes of the shofar blast. All of the artistic strokes in this image are the Torah font letters from the Hebrew hymn, Aveinu Malkenu.  Aveinu Malkenu means:  Our Father, our King. This hymn is prominently sung during synagogue services on Rosh HaShannah.

Rosh HaShannah Song with strokes from Aveinu MalkenuRosh HaShannah Song, 2013. Strokes are the Torah font letters of the hymn, Aveinu Malkenu

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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 at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the currently free prior to and during an upcoming crowd funding campaign e book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

Check out the investment quality limited edition prints and decorative fine art at the online store and secure shopping cart. All purchases 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Plus, you can also get a copy of In the Beginning (still free at the date of this blog) or the “Manifesto of UnGraven Image Art – a Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Strokes”, plus gain membership to the mailing list via the store.

Check out the images and availability of limited and open edition prints — Click: store.

Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey

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11th Sep 2014

Predicting the Future of Fine Art

The future of fine art is easy to predict in broad terms.

Art’s future is predictable because it continues to repeat its history – only in new configurations that use and stimulate the science, technology and social insights of its current times.

Yet the artists who are creating the future of art can be difficult to recognize, and invest in collecting their works. It is actually scientifically difficult to literally see, and then recognize what is truly revolutionary and new in its own time.

Few people have the ability (brains) that allow them to be early adopters in any field. This is because we actually perceive (including see) see through our memories. When something radically new, is presented to us it is actually difficult and uncomfortable for us to perceive it. Early adopters seem to enjoy this level of discomfort, their experiences with perceiving what is new have been positive (perhaps and especially as young children), so they naturally reach out for the unknown idea or item.

This kind of adoption is different from that of the majority who are eager to own the latest tech gadget that is really at best an improvement of previous gadgets that were generally accepted. Such a gadget is not really radically new. This is why tablets, which are really just a new form of PC, caught on quickly. They are basically smaller laptops or bigger PC-based phones. The original technology that was radically new, and climbed the mountain to gain acceptance was the idea of PCs and then that they could be linked through the something we now call the Internet.

In fine art this tends to make artists, even contemporary artists who are making works much like the artists of a previous generation acceptable. Thus Contemporary artists whose works resemble Picasso type abstractions, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art are acceptable but appear to be new because they use new materials or have some twist. These works are not revolutionary, just new twists on what was previously revolutionary. These artists and their works are discovered by the art world “cognoscenti” and accepted into a blue chip gallery fold. It is as if the fact that a work has sold for a high price somehow makes it radical, even revolutionary. Yet, art history shows that many works by now almost forgotten establishment artists sold for high prices in their day.

Currently once actually radical Conceptual art and artists like Lawrence Weiner are now also accepted. Now that these works are accepted, they are not actually currently radically new, but they were radical and pioneering until enough (a tipping point) of had enough encounters with them so they could readily be seen and understood.

Ironically this ready acceptance of artists who are new with a slight twist but not really revolutionary is also predictable and a part of art’s history.

In fine art the past exists to give us shoulders to stand on so we can see and direct a path to the future. Art (I mean great art) is ALWAYS revolutionary, which implies a lack of nostalgia — just ask Gauguin and probably the other artists who overturned the established norm of their time.

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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 at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the currently free prior to and during an upcoming crowd funding campaign e book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

Check out the investment quality limited edition prints and decorative fine art at the online store and secure shopping cart. All purchases 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Plus, you can also get a copy of In the Beginning (still free at the date of this blog) or the “Manifesto of UnGraven Image Art – a Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Strokes”, plus gain membership to the mailing list via the store.

Check out the images and availability of limited and open edition prints — Click: store.

Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey

If you wish to have an advantage and to know exactly when the campaign goes live so you have first choice of the rewards that are for originals or limited editions,and get a copy of the free e book, you can use this link to sign up for the revamped free newsletter:
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11th Jul 2014

How Did I Miss Pissarro’s Birthday?!

Happy Belated Birthday to Camille Pissarro!

Since Pissarro is one of the most influential artists in my life, and also since his birthday falls only two days prior to my own, I am woefully embarrassed to admit that yesterday I forgot to make his yearly birthday tweet. In my meager defense I can only point out that yesterday I was woefully sleep deprived (you should only see the remains of the poor candle I burned at both ends!). I nodded off early (calling it a nap) and awoke surprised to see that the sun had risen. So, for the first time since a few years ago when I ended up spending the night in an emergency ward room due to an accident, I even failed to tweet out my daily sign-off message (blessing).

Camille Pissarro was born on July 10, 1830, in what is now the US Virgin Islands, which were then in the Dutch West Indies.

Almost every Modern and Contemporary artist owes him a great debt of thanks, from the Impressionists right up to my theory of Post Contemporary art.

Pissarro helped create and keep together the group of artists that became known as the Impressionists and personally also influenced the Post Impressionists, the Neo-Impressionists and the Pointillists. The artists who turned to him for his artistic advice (wisdom!), encouragement and friendship included, but are not limited to: Claude Monet, Édouard Manet , Armand Guillaumin, EdgarDegas, Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Georges Seurat, and Paul Gauguin.

Influenced by both science and religious concepts the Impressionists sought to portray the light. Pissarro was also a revolutionary in that he portrayed the common man (a theme later taken up by van Gogh) more that the then also revolutionary focus on the emerging middle class (favored by Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir), instead of the wealthy and renowned.

As a founder and leader of Impressionism, Pissarro, as a founder of Impressionism could have continued down that path once his work was esteemed, which is what artists normally do once their work becomes accepted. Instead, Pissarro courageously veered off to focus on new, more radical ideas, joining with the Neo-Impressionists. Thus, Pissarro is the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, and also in all four of the major Post-Impressionists exhibits, alongside the works of Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

The ideas and movements of Modern and now Contemporary art all stem from and build upon the ideas of Pissarro and the Post Impressionists he mentored and influenced.

When I began my experiment by painting the first work of what was to become Post Conceptual Art theory, I was actually thinking about Pissarro. I knew that what I was doing was revolutionary, as revolutionary as focusing upon the light and not the flora, fauna, architecture or person(s) that the light was falling upon to reveal. In my the e book, In the Beginning, I tell the story of that first experiment and even include my Post Conceptual and UnGraven Image art portrait of Camille Pissarro, which points to and even cements his influence on art even to our day.

Camille Pissarro by Judy Rey Wasserman Strokes: Psalm 27, Psalm 119:105, Ecclesiastes 2:13, Psalm36:10, Isaiah 60:1

Camille Pissarro by Judy Rey Wasserman
Strokes: Psalm 27, Psalm 119:105, Ecclesiastes 2:13, Psalm36:10, Isaiah 60:1

 

 

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