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17th Oct 2013

Psalm 145 (Monarch Butterfly Study)

The colorful image of a Monarch Butterfly below is created with strokes that are the original Torah font letters of Psalm 145. So, in reality, if you were looking at the original postcard sized artwork, what you really would be holding a tumbled painted mix of Psalm 145’s letters, which are painted, and written with fine art ink many times.

Your brain tells you that this is an image of a butterfly because it compares the image to previous images (impressions of light) that you have seen. If you have previously learned to recognize Monarch butterflies specifically, you have additional visual memory information that you can apply yo your recognition of what you see.

Do you see the teeny-tiny specks of white found in the mainly black spaces? These exist as a part of my artistic technique as all of the black spaces are made by the overlapping of black letters. Although I can continue to add letters to turn an area of paper of canvas totally black, here I allow tiny specks of white watercolor paper to show through to add a kind of sparkle, the way the buttery does shine in
strong sunlight.

The scripture texts that are used in my art is carefully, specifically, and often prayerfully chosen. Probably you are familiar with some of the words of Psalm 145:

“8. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.9 The LORD is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works.”

Few creatures need “tender mercies” more that of butterflies and caterpillars. We have Monarchs and other butterflies in my garden. They appear like flying flowers, or petals, but their wings are thinner and more fragile than the petals of the flowers they frequent. The butterflies seem to understand this as they fly carefully, protectively, to avoid any leaves or flowers touching their wings.
Monarch Butterfly Psalm 145 strokes by Judy Rey Wasserman

Psalm 145 (Monarch Butterfly Study) by Judy Rey Wasserman

Of course, during their transformational or cocoon stage they are most vulnerable to predators and in need of mercy to make it safely through this time. This is the main reason that Psalm 145 is used as the text for my strokes here. In the vulnerable cocoon stage the magnificent Monarch is most humble, unattractive and defenseless. The  the relevant verse is below.

” The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that are bowed down.” — verse 14 Psalm 145 KJV

Close up of Psalm 145 (Monarch Butterfly) wing

Close up of a section of Psalm 145 (Monarch Butterfly Study) by Judy Rey Wasserman

This new original painting is on a 4 x 6 inch postcard.

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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.

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