Genesis Candle Aleph (Study) is a new painting created with the original letters of Genesis 1:1-5 for the strokes.  Those symbol strokes are made with watercolor pencils and acrylic paint on watercolor paper.

So, in reality all that is on the paper are colored letters, which your eyes see and your brain “translates” into an image of a candle and flame.

We translate the Hebrew into English as “Let there be light!’  That seems how we would say it in English, and that translation is found in English Bibles for both Jews and Christians.

In Hebrew there are two basic verb tenses, complete or incomplete.  Obviously when an action is completed it is in the past. When an action is in the present or future it is incomplete.

What the Hebrew actually says is “Be: Light!” Here future and present are one.

Jewish prayers are all in the present (incomplete) tense, often beginning, “Blessed art thou oh Lord our God…” (transliterated as: Baruch Atah Adonai).

The most famous prayer for Christians begins similarly and in the present tense, “Our father who art in heaven…”    

Power to create is only and always in the Now.  In the Bible, this begins immediately, with the initial creation of calling light into the now of existence in Genesis 1.

What is also amazing is that the light is not described, it is named. More accurately, it is named via the vibrations (sounds) of three letters, aleph, vav and resh.

Sounds are waves, as is light, which brings us back to the mysteries of elementary physics, and of course, the Big Bang. As you can see from the image below, what I worked to depict is that  energy, the waves and vibration.

This new painting is a study for artworks I am creating about and depicting light. Some of these, and perhaps the image of Genesis Candle Aleph will be a part of the second section called “Let There Be Light”, which is the second section of a new  art and inspiration book I am creating.  My smaller works , even postcard sized, as usually better for an e-book reader or printed book (still fairly small) because the symbol-strokes (letters) can here and there be seen.

This image will also be used as an award for an upcoming Indiegogo campaign as part of a reward.

Genesis Candle Aleph painting by Judy Rey Wasserman

Genesis Candle Aleph (Study) 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

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