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03rd Dec 2021

Holiday Tree of Light

Is it a Christmas Tree or a Menorah?

Holiday Tree of Light is scripture art that fits either, as it features a Bible quote: Samuel 22:29.

For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness.” — 2 Samuel 22:29

Maybe it’s a coincidence that the Festival of Light, falls closely with and in some years, falls on the winter solstice. This eight day celebration often coincides with Christmas. Maybe a coincidence, but in the Hebrew Testament there is no word for “coincidence”.

In the USA during the winter holiday season, most suburban neighborhoods, and most shopping areas and villages are filled with lights that appear after Thanksgiving. Our cultures tell us the lights are for (in usual order of calendar celebration) Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanza. However, lights are lights, and our eyes send our brains images of many glowing lights. We see a festive season of lights.

What’s the Biblical Theology of the Winter Holidays?

Christian scholars assure us that Jesus (in Hebrew, Yeshua) was definitely not born near the time of the winter solstice.  The Greek Testament tells us that Joseph and Mary were on their way to Jerusalem, a pilgrimage to the Temple that Jews took at Passover and for the Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.  The Early Church, and especially the Holy Roman Church of the early middle ages, created a holiday called “Christmas” to coincide with and compete for audience share with pagan celebrations of the solstice.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Light, is not found in the Hebrew Testament, also called the Tanakh. The story of Hanukah is found in the Apocrypha, which is a non-canonical collection of writings. The true story of the Maccabees and the miracle of eight days of light occurred during the time between the two testaments.

Hanukkah is what is called a “rabbinic” holiday. This means it is not a holiday that must be observed according to Mosaic Law from the Bible. Passover, which becomes Easter in Christianity and Shavuot, which becomes Pentecost are examples of biblically commanded holidays. The early Christians celebrated Hanukah, especially the Jewish followers of Jesus celebrated Hanukah, known also as the Feast of Dedication, in John 10:22.

Basic theology from both testaments confirms and encourages our bringing light into the world, especially during dark times. Stemming from Genesis 1, when the LORD G-D first created light (and by that light saw that it was good/tov).  We give thanks for the miracle of Light that came and is in our world and lives and the miracle of the light that miraculously sustains us in our times of darkness.

Plus, we, as the observant children of the Creator, are encouraged to follow His example (as best we can). We light lights, we give gifts of charity and kindness.

A Seasonal of Tree

In Western Jewish and Christian cultures, this holiday time is a season of light – but it is also a season of trees.

Tree of Light by Judy Rey Wasserman, colored version 1

As described in the Bible, a menorah is a kind of image of a tree, often ornamented, that holds individual burning lamps, or candles, and more recently even electric lights. A Christmas tree is a real tree or some version of a tree (realistic or abstract) that is decorated with ornaments and in the past candles, but now usually electric lights.

Hanukkah is very popular joyous holiday of gift giving, singing special songs, and enjoying special rich foods, and candy. Christians, followers of Jesus, are following His (and His early disciples’ example) by lighting when they Christmas trees, giving gifts, singing carols, and dining on special rich foods, and candy on Christmas.

Version 2 of the Holiday Tree of Light is featured below. In this colored version the you can see both the blue and white colors symbolizing Hanukkah, along with the greens and reds of Christmas. Interestingly these colors also represent places. The blue and white of Israel and Jerusalem, plus the green and red of Italy and The Vatican.

Holiday Tree of Light by Judy Rey Wasserman, colored version 2

The artwork below, Holiday Tree of Light, is a colored in adult coloring page, by me, Judy Rey Wasserman. Is it a Hanukkah menorah – or a Christmas tree?  We celebrate together!

The words on the tree are KJV translation of 2 Samuel 22:29. You can see that text cited on the base of the tree.

Holiday Gift for You

The black and white version of Holiday Tree of Light artwork is below. It is a special holiday gift from me to you for joining the Art & Inspiration newsletter – but only from Hanukkah eve through December 31, 2021. After that the special page with the link to the printable PDF will be removed. This downloadable PDF is for a 8.5 x 11 inch printout. [Note; If you joined the new newsletter in 2021, you don’t need to rejoin to obtain the PDF. Newsletter members always receive a newsletter with a link to the newest gift downloads. If you are not yet a member of our Art & Inspiration newsletter, you can easily join it from the sidebar on all blog pages, and the footer pages at Art of Seeing The Divine –the shop, or UnGraven Image. or the small sign-up st the end of this article.]

Holiday Tree of Light by Judy Rey Wasserman

Is it a Menorah or a Christmas Tree?

Is it a menorah or a Christmas tree , or both? You decide by the colors you use. Or, don’t color it and decorate your place with the black and white version.

Whoever you are, however you celebrate the festivals of the miracle of Light brought into and overcoming darkness, enduring blessings, and renewed Dedication, I pray you are blessed with light, love 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.

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.

Check out the Fine Art Limited Edition prints, decorative prints, books, and printables that are currently available to you through Judy Rey’s Art of Seeing The Divine Shop. You don’t have to buy to avail yourself of the art and inspiration available there. However if you select to collect investment quality archival art, or decorate your home with images created with strokes that are original letters from Bible texts, or buy a gift for someone special, there is a secure shopping cart that accepts most credit cards so your purchase is easy to accomplish. https://artofseeingthedivine.com

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29th Nov 2021

Poinsettia Psalm 148

Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.” — Psalm 148:1

This artwork’s name tells the basics of its story: that it is scripture art created from strokes that are the original Torah font letters from the Bible’s Psalm 148.

This image combines the two powerful symbols of this season: the six pointed star of David (the red leaves) and the four pointed cross (the green leaves).

It fascinates me that this holiday season of lights for the Biblically based religions often combines their symbols and images. For instance, a menorah — and the basic symbol of Hanukkah is an eight candle menorah– is a tree. A menorah is always a symbol of a tree, and that comes from the bible. What is one of the main images or symbols for Christmas? A tree with lights on it!

Poinsettias have become popular flowers in the west as the bloom in December during the holiday season.

Yet, there is more to the image depicted here, as it combines the two powerful symbols of this season: the six pointed star of David (the red leaves) and the four pointed cross (the green leaves. poinsettias have become a popular decoration during the winter holiday season.

Poinsettias are native to Mexico. According to legend in the 16th 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 17th 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 green and red, which are the colors of Italy where the Vatican is located.

Poinsettia created with Psalm 148
Poinsettia Psalm 148 by Judy Rey Wasserman

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Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and cutting-edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing that is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Can this be true? See for yourself. See more or yourself. Discover the art of Judy Rey Wasserman’s UnGraven Image.
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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19th Nov 2021

How are a Shofar and Thanksgiving Cornucopia Related?

What is a Shofar and what does it have to do with Thanksgiving?

A shofar is a kind of trumpet made from a ram’s horn. It announces Rosh Hashanah, which is also called the feast of Trumpets.  Rosh Hashanah has become known today the Jewish New Year.

Photo of a Shofar

Rosh Hashanah third most significant religious holiday after Yom Kippur and the
Passover. It is celebrated as the Jewish New Year. It’s a civil new year, the beginning of a time when debts of goods, services, and favors are repaid or forgiven, debts are settled, relationships between people are at least attempted to be set right, a time of forgiveness and renewed relationships, plus it’s when the Jewish calendar changes the date of the year.

This makes sense as for an agricultural society, one’s wealth is based on the abundance of one’s harvest. Wages can be paid, debts can be repaid, goods and services can be contracted looking forward to the coming year.

Originally, the Feast of Trumpets was not a new year, nor was it called Rosh Hashanah – but the Feast of Trumpets. We first encounter in in the Bible in Leviticus 23, verses 23-25, as the Lord is speaking to Moses:

23” And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

24 “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

25 “Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.”

The seventh month in the Jewish Calendar is called Tishrei. It is the seventh month counting from Nissan, the first month when the Jewish spiritual new year coincides with the Feast of Passover.

The month of Tishrei fell during the ending of the harvest season in ancient Israel.  Similarly, the Thanksgiving of the Pilgrims to the new world was held towards the end of their harvest season.

An “offering made by fire unto the Lord” was an animal sacrifice. Back in the times of the Tabernacle and later the Temples, animals denoted wealth. In those agrarian times sacrificing a perfect member of one’s livestock was giving away one’s time, effort, and wealth.

Animals were first humanely slaughtered. They were not burned to death. They were cooked over the fire. Cooked because at the gathering time of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot there were many people to feed, in addition to the Levites. The feast of trumpets remains to this day a time for people to gather and have a festive meal.  This is a lot like our Thanksgiving celebration today. That centerpiece turkey – that’s today’s burnt offering!  The pilgrims got the idea for their communal meal from the Bible that they faithfully read.

The blast of a shofar is an urgent wake-up call. It sounds much like a modern ambulance siren.  The shofar blasts are sounded intermittently during services at Rosh Hashanah. It is considered both a blessing and good deed to hear them.  It is a call to give thanks.

What is a Cornucopia and what does it have to do with Thanksgiving?

A cornucopia is also a horn that grows on a head. The word Cornucopia come from combing two Latin words Cornu means horn and copia, means plenty.

Cornucopia photo

The cornucopia has different non-biblical roots. Our understanding of a cornucopia as a “Horn of Plenty originated in ancient Greece. It was adopted by the Romans who basically took aspects of Greek mythology and renamed those Gods as their own. Then the Romans spread their culture to all the lands ad people that they conquered, except for the Jews. Rome tolerated Judaism to keep the peace for as long as the land of Israel submitted to Roman civil authority.

Both Greek Myths involve the breaking of a horn. In the first, the God Zeus, as a baby breaks the horn of the goat who was nursing him. In the second, Hercules (the demigod son of Zeus), breaks the horn of Achelous, the river god during a battle. After the braking the horns become symbols of unending nourishment, the harvest and nourishment. The Hercules story then involves Greek goddesses, earth Titan Gaia, goddess of luck, and later Annona, goddess of the grain supply to the city of Rome.

Abundantia with a Cornucopia, by Peter Paul Rubens 

The above painting, Abundantia with a cornucopia, by Peter Paul Rubens, is an allegorical depiction of the Greek goddess of abundance. Can you see that the cornucopia is a ram’s horn, also known as a shofar.

Under the rule of the Holy Roman Empire the peoples of the conquered lands were “converted” to the Latin form of Christianity. The cornucopia became “adopted” by the Celts and most of European continent. The Latin gods brought by the Romans were renamed and changed into the names of Christian saints. Instead of worshipping the Roman Gods, people prayed to Jesus and the father but also to patron saints. For example, Saint Isidore is widely venerated as the patron saint of the harvest, land, farmers, peasants, day laborers and agriculture in general, as well as brick layers.

The image of the cornucopia overflowing with harvest vegetables, grain and flowers was familiar to the early European settlers in the New World. As Thanksgiving continued to be celebrated, decreed by President Washington, and then established as a legal holiday under President Lincoln the use of the cornucopia became common.

Is the Shofar Cornucopia a Shofar or a Cornucopia?

It’s both. Both a shofar and Cornucopia are are types of horns. Granted the cornucopia has been more modified and usually is a kind of woven basket.

Both Thanksgiving and the biblically commanded holidays that are still celebrated by Jew are holidays for giving thanks.

The Shofar Cornucopia artwork features — in both English and the original Hebrew the scripture verse:

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.”

Psalm 136:1

Celebrate the fall harvest holidays of Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashanah, and Sukkot with Scripture Art from Judy Rey Wasserman.  Bless your place or share a gift this a black and white artwork. It’s ready to frame — or make it uniquely your own by using it as an adult coloring page.

Shofar Cornucopia by Judy Rey Wasserman
Shofar Cornucopia (Colored) by Judy Rey Wasserman

The colored-in version currently available for as a PDF printable to download at the Art of Seeing The Divine Shop. https://artofseeingthedivine.com/product/shofar-cornucopia-aleph-colored/

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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.

Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and cutting-edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science-based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing that is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Can this be true? See for yourself.

Check out the Fine Art Limited Editions and God’s Word open edition prints, books, and printables that are currently available to you through Judy Rey’s Art of Seeing The Divine Shop. You don’t have to buy to avail yourself of the art and inspiration available there. However, if you select to collect investment quality archival art, or decorate your home with images created with strokes that are original letters from Bible texts, or buy a gift for someone special, there is a secure shopping cart that accepts most credit cards so your purchase is easy to accomplish. https://artofseeingthedivine.com.

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08th Nov 2021

What Makes Money, Art and Crypto Currency Valuable?

Value and worth is based on the perceptions and decision(s) of an individual or collective.

How $1 = $100 USA

For instance, a one-dollar USA bill is considered to be worth less in value than a hundred-dollar USA bill. Yet each bill is the same sized paper printed with basically the same amount of chemically compounded inks. Each bill costs about the same amount of money to print.

What differentiates the one-dollar bill from the hundred-dollar bill is their artwork and the promise that the current value of the bill is backed by the government of the USA. Yet their intrinsic worth is almost exactly equal.

The paper money issued by the USA used to be backed by gold. Now they are only backed by a promise from the government. This is true for most paper money issued in the world. After the American Civil War, the value of confederate bills plummeted as there was no Confederate government to back up these promissory notes.

Value or Worth is Not Intrinsic to Any Currency or Collectible

Food, water, shelter, or medicines, etc. have some inherent value. Their individual costs may rise or fall based on supply and demand, but these commodities are necessary to sustain life. Neither currency, art nor collectibles have inherent value because they cannot sustain life.

For instance, a bag of rice can be exchanged for an amount of wealth because it has an intrinsic value to sustaining life. People need food to survive. 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 to be valued as stated on the print.

For the value of any currency, art, or collectible to be trusted – and thus in demand and considered valuable – it must appear to be relatively secure by many people. The more people agree that a rare or one-of-a-kind item is valuable, the more valuable it becomes.

Dollar Bill, 2012, Series 2
Dollar Bill, 2012, Series 2 (Exodus 20 strokes) by Judy Rey Wasserman

Art: The Alchemy of Turning Oil Paint on Board into Gold

Let’s compare two same sized oil paintings, which are portraits of women who are pleasant, even lovely looking but not exceptional beauties. Neither woman is historically famous for any achievement beyond being the subject of a portrait.

The first painting remains in private hands. It was commissioned by great Uncle Harry who was a wealthy manufacturer of cotton towels and linens from 1919 until 1967 when his heirs sold to an even bigger company. Great Uncle Harry commissioned one of the then best portrait painters of his time to create a portrait of his beloved wife, Betsey. Aunt Betsey’s memory is cherished by her living descendants who have argued over who gets to keep the painting over their mantle since it was inherited. The family continues to tell of her kindnesses and her role in founding the family. To them, this portrait is priceless.

The second painting has a similar background story.  A popular artist was commissioned by a wealthy husband to paint a portrait of his wife, who like Aunt Betsey, had no real claim to fame, such as being a queen, or famous in her own time. Her descendants, if she had any, are not known to have fought for ownership of this painting, which was never delivered to the husband.

These paintings each have the same materials, are same sized, and have similar subjects, who are similarly positioned.  If we simply valued the paint and wood panels these works are painted on, their worth would be just about the exact same.

A Painting’s Value Can Vastly Differ Between People

For our example, Aunt Betsey’s portrait was painted by John Singer Sargent. Sargent remains considered one of the best, if not the best American portrait painter of his time. His works today remain revered. They hang in great museums and collections. The current auction price reached for a work by Sargent is $23.5 million. Similar strong offers from dealers and collectors have been made but rejected by great Aunt Betsey’s family because the portrait remains priceless to them.

The painter of the second portrait was also famous in his day and most of his works hang in the best museums. His portrait of the other lady is of someone we have come to call, the Mona Lisa.

Since the Mona Lisa has belonged to the Louvre since the French Revolution, and although it was stolen for a brief time, it was returned and has resided at the Louvre since 1911. It is not for sale. This portrait is said to be the most valuable painting in the world based on its insurance.

Just as we can guestimate what the auction price for great Aunt Betsey’s portrait based on previous priced received at auction, we can look to a recent auction price for a recently sold da Vinci. The difference is that we absolutely know the provenance of the Mona Lisa, whereas the da Vinci painting we are using is only attributed to him by many, but not all da Vinci authorities. The portrait of Salvatore Mundi, attributed to da Vinci, was sold at Christie’s auction in 2017. The Saudi Royal family purchased it for $450 million.

Why is a Da Vinci Portrait Worth Outstandingly More Than a Sargent?

Opinion.

That means most people who have seen the works by da Vinci and Sargent – and who are financially able in to purchase either work, hold the opinion that would prefer to invest in, and more frequently view a da Vinci.

Investment not only refers to money, but time and effort and perhaps some dispensable entertainment cash, the kind of money one might spend on a movie or less expensive activity like bowling or a sightseeing bus. It is well known that significant numbers of people, usually tourists, pay the entrance fee to the Louvre so that they can see one specific painting: the Mona Lisa. It is a big draw for the Louvre. The tourists go home with bragging rights that they have seen the Mona Lisa, having spent time, money, and effort.

The greatest art inspires people to see their world in a new way. It changes lives. Through the painting of the Mona Lisa da Vinci takes us past the surface of things, letting us peek at depths beyond our common visual perception, at a smile that fades and teases, and at a background that seems real the way dreams can for the dreamer.

Everyone who bid on the Salvatore Mundi for over $23.5 million held the opinion that the da Vinci was worth more than even the best John Singer Sargent. The Saudi Royals either figured that the painting was worth more to them, or possibly had current access to more money that they were willing to spend on art than the other bidders.

John Singer Sargent remains a great and inspiring portrait painter. Museums and collectors covet his works. $23.5 million dollars obtained at auction testifies to the prestige and value of his works. Granted, there are many more John Singer Sargent paintings whose whereabouts are known in the world than there are da Vinci’s. Scarcity does tend to make an artist’s works more valuable. Yet, not so much more valuable that scarcity could account for the hundreds of millions of dollars in disparity between the value of a da Vinci portrait to Sargent portrait.

One of a Kind Scarcity Does Not Equal Valuable

One-of-a-kind never to be repeated exactly items are produced daily by most adults, even children. These disposable items are tossed in the garbage or flushed away, even though precisely repeating the item is likely impossible. Thus, scarcity itself does not make an item valuable.

If an item is considered valuable to a significant enough amount of people who have the means to purchase it then scarcity adds to its price. Usually, thing bestows a kind of bragging rights to the owners.

Collecting Toilet Paper

In the early days of Covid 19 in the USA, there was a run-on toilet paper. Many states and municipalities had issued shelter-in-place orders. People were busily stocking in extra household items including toilet paper. This meant that stores were running out of items as customers were purchasing unusual amounts of supplies. Nearly half of the stores in the USA were out of toilet paper for part of the day on April 19, 2020. The news of lack of toilet paper prompted people to begin hording toilet paper for fear it would run out.

According to How the Coronavirus Created a Toilet Paper Shortage, Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC College of Natural Resources, the shortage was caused by panic-buying, not a problem with the supply chain. Grocery stores and other retailers usually only keep several weeks’ worth of toilet paper in their warehouses, the sudden increase in demand — largely fueled by panic-buying and hoarding — quickly depleted stocks. https://cnr.ncsu.edu/news/2020/05/coronavirus-toilet-paper-shortage/

Stores were limiting quantities sold to buyers. People who managed to buy up and horde these supplies were privately selling rolls at a limited profit. People who had enough toilet paper stocked away gently bragged that they had enough or were ok for now to acquaintances. For a few weeks having enough toilet paper gave a boost in status.

By the end of a few weeks, stores were fully restocked with toilet paper, although many continued to limit quantities purchased to prevent more hoarding. People who had hoarded toilet paper began to use up their supplies. Those who had invested in toilet paper to sell privately for profit were left with a lot of toilet paper.

The Covid 19 toilet paper scarcity was a small-scale enactment of what can happen when a perceived scarcity creates a boom then bust scenario.

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).  

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 like toys. Those items that were not on sale up to the day before the holiday, plummet to giveaway prices the following day.

What we value intrinsically can also be fleeting. This is especially easy to perceive by observing children mature. The tot who is bereft when a favorite toy teddy is misplaced turns into the preteen who tosses the same now distasteful teddy into the garbage.  

Yet there are things, and ideas (including ideals) that we hold to be personally meaningful, inspirational, and even eternal. We belong to groups that have visual symbols to represent these values, which can vary from wearing a sport team’s brand logo to religious symbols of Stars of David or Crucifixes.

Since Alexander the Great first placed a portrait of himself on his realm’s coins to help spread his power and fame, governments have places images or symbols to represent their message. What messages does the actual physical money you have convey?

Do We Value Money Enough to Actually See It?

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 much do we value money? How much real attention, beyond the mental litany of not having enough, needing more, and the seesaw of daydreams of what we would buy verses fears of imagined financial woes? How familiar are we with actual money we carry with us and use?

Do you recognize the image below? Do you own a similar image of this artwork issued by the USA government yourself?

Federal Reserve Circle (Exodus 20)
Federal Reserve Circle (Exodus 20) by Judy Rey Wasserman

Do you recognize what this artwork portrays? Where have you seen this kind of image before?

Good for you if you answered USA paper money.

All of the bills, or only some of them? Does this image appear on the right or left side of the portrait in the center?

See for yourself:

Ten Dollar Bill, Series A, by Judy Rey Wasserman

This art image above of a USA $10.00 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 a 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.

So, What Makes Money, Art and Crypto Currency Valuable?

Value and worth is based on the perceptions and decision(s) of an individual or collective. We each decide, consciously or unconsciously what has value and worth to us.

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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.

Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and cutting-edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science-based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing that is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Can this be true? See for yourself. See more or yourself. Discover Judy Rey Wasserman’s UnGraven Image Art.

Change the way you see the world through art mage of the Word. Check out the Fine Art Limited Edition prints, decorative prints, books, and printables that are currently available to you through Judy Rey’s Art of Seeing The Divine Shop. You don’t have to buy to avail yourself of the art and inspiration available there. However, if you select to collect investment quality archival art, or decorate your home with images created with strokes that are original letters from Bible texts, or buy a gift for someone special, there is a secure shopping cart that accepts most credit cards so your purchase is easy to accomplish. https://artofseeingthedivine.com.

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22nd Oct 2021

Do Older Brains View Memory Differently Than Younger Ones?

A Revealing Scientific Study

A study by neuroscientists from Duke University Medical Center reveals differences in how older and younger people use their brains when it comes to storing memories, particularly those associated with negative emotions.

Older adults, average age 70, and younger adults, average age 24, were shown a series of 30 photographs while their brains were imaged in a functional MRI (fMRI) machine. Some of the photos were neutral in nature and others had strong negative content such as attacking snakes, mutilated bodies and violent acts.

While in the fMRI machine, the subjects viewed the photos and ranked them on a pleasantness scale. Following that they completed an unexpected recall task following the fMRI scan to determine whether the brain activity that occurred while looking at the pictures could predict later memory. The results were sorted according to the numbers of negative and neutral pictures that were remembered or missed by each group.

The scientists believe that the study showed that the older adults have less connectivity between an area of the brain that generates emotions and a region involved in memory and learning. But they also found that the older adults have stronger connections with the frontal cortex, the higher thinking area of the brain that controls these lower-order parts of the brain.

“The younger adults were able to recall more of the negative photos,” said Roberto Cabeza, Ph.D., senior author and Duke professor in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. If the older adults are using more thinking than feeling, “that may be one reason why older adults showed a reduction in memory for pictures with a more negative emotional content.”

“It wasn’t surprising that older people showed a reduction in memory for negative pictures, but it was surprising that the older subjects were using a different system to help them to better encode those pictures they could remember,” said lead author Peggy St. Jacques, a graduate student in the Cabeza laboratory.

Young adults employed more of the brain regions usually involved in emotion and recalling memories.

The emotional centers of the older subjects were as active as those of younger subjects — it was the brain connections that differed.

There are various possibilities as to why there are these differences.

Older people have more visual memories of unpleasant images, such as snakes, than younger ones. This is especially true for the current generations thanks to photography, film and video access that other generations lacked.

“If using the frontal regions to perform a memory task was always beneficial, then the young people would use that strategy, too,” Cabeza said. “Each way of doing a task has some trade-offs. Older people have learned to be less affected by negative information in order to maintain their well being and emotional state – they may have sacrificed more accurate memory for a negative stimulus, so that they won’t be so affected by it.”

Another possibility is that an older person looks at something to decide what to do with or about it; the brain may not remember it as well since keeping the information is irrelevant. What is relevant is the response to it.

Why remember what is already largely remembered in previously stored visual memories that pose no possible current danger?

Young people are still visually (and in other ways) learning about the world. Thus, their responses would be different from an older person’s.

What is the Process of Vision?

Healthy normal brains use visual memories to decode the impressions of light received from the eyes. Only ten percent of the process of visual perception occurs in the eyes, which see impressions of light. The bulk of visual work happens in the brain as it decodes the information received from the eyes by using memories of visual experiences that seem to compare to the current impressions of light.

At some point the brain has enough visual memories of a specific person, place or thing so unless there is a change – an update — it eases off on collecting more. Top brands understand this so the slightly change their packaging, which gets them attention, otherwise a product is actually see, but not “noticed” as no update is needed.

Art Steps In

My personal experience with consciously creating new visual memories of energy and helping other do so also come from my work as an artist. As the founder of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art Theory, I work to create works that show the energy, the essences that are the building blocks of the physical universe. [For more information read: “The Manifesto of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art”, available through the Art of Seeing The Divine Shop.

When a person has experienced and collected enough visual memories of my art, they begin actually experiencing seeing more of the energy that is everywhere always. Our eyes see this energy, but until now, our brains have had no way to decode these perceptions. This new way of seeing was discovered as the works changed my visual experience, allowing me to see more energy, everywhere, always and now.

When older people made more stronger connections with the frontal cortex they were deciding what to do about the visual stimuli rather than what to do with it. Older people also have more experience with seeing photographs and images.

Younger people are still discovering reality and who they are. This is why younger people flock to Horror and Action pictures that can take a hefty amount of suspended belief (or the ability to pretend), while older people enjoy other fare with more emotional and perceptual nuances.

Different Visual Brain Strategies

“Perhaps at different stages of life, there are different brain strategies,” Cabeza speculated. “Younger adults might need to keep an accurate memory for both positive and negative information in the world. Older people dwell in a world with a lot of negatives, so perhaps they have learned to reduce the impact of negative information and remember in a different way.” According to Cabeza, the results of the study are consistent with a theory about emotional processes in older adults proposed by Dr. Laura Carstensen at Stanford University, an expert in cognitive processing in old age.

“One thing we might do in the future is to ask subjects to try to actively regulate their emotions as they look at the pictures,” St. Jacques said. “Would there be a shift in the neural networks for processing the negative pictures when we asked younger people to regulate their emotional responses? How would that affect their later recall of the negative pictures?”

And You Shall Love…

Spring Season of Tree of Life

by Judy Rey Wasserman

All strokes are the original letters from Deuteronomy 6:5-9. This is the Vahavta prayer, which has been said day and evening by observant Jews since the time of Moses until today. This means that it was also said by Jesus and his early Jewish followers.

Translated into English the strokes of this artwork say:

5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart;

6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart;

7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes.

9 And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.”

This artwork is available as a collectable fine art limited edition signed and numbered print. It is part of a set that includes this basic tree in the other three seasons. See more at the Art of Seeing The Divine Shop https://artofseeingthedivine.com/limited-edition-bible-art-prints/

The study appeared in the January 2008 issue of Psychological Science.

Some of the material in this article is adapted from a news release issued by the Duke University Medical Center.

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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.

Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and cutting-edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science-based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing that is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Can this be true? See for yourself.

Check out the Fine Art Limited Editions and God’s Word open edition prints, books, and printables that are currently available to you through Judy Rey’s Art of Seeing The Divine Shop. You don’t have to buy to avail yourself of the art and inspiration available there. However, if you select to collect investment quality archival art, or decorate your home with images created with strokes that are original letters from Bible texts, or buy a gift for someone special, there is a secure shopping cart that accepts most credit cards so your purchase is easy to accomplish. https://artofseeingthedivine.com.

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15th Oct 2021

What is Fine Art?  How is it a Good Investment?

Fine Art is a form of inspirational and/or aesthetically appreciated visual communication that can always be understood as a kind of investment.

Fine Art is Always an Investment for its Owner.

All fine art, from an image hastily cut from a magazine or a fuzzy pixelated copy printed from a jpeg (for instance a framed image of the Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa hanging on the wall of an RV) to a famous masterpiece painting by a world-renowned Renaissance artist for instance Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa owned by and hanging in the Louvre Museum is an investment for its owner-collector. In other words, whatever a person conceives as being art may be an investment for that person.

Can a Person Who Owns a Magazine Image of the Mona Lisa

be Considered an Investor?

The Mona Lisa is said to be the most famous, most recognized painting in the world. Chances are then that you, dear reader, have seen the Mona Lisa, or at least a photograph or image of some sort of the Mona Lisa. At the first mention of the Mona Lisa above, perhaps an image, a memory of the Mona Lisa came to mind. If this is true for you, then at some point, consciously or unconsciously, willingly, or unwillingly you spent at least a moment of you time looking at an image of the Mona Lisa

Art – any art that a person sees is always investment in time and attention. The investment of one’s time may be intentional or unintentional. Whatever, eyeballs on art – viewing art – is always an investment of time, which is life.

We are bombarded by art daily, or at least various forms of images that others may consider to be visual art, even fine art. Thanks to the internet, social media, digitized books, magazines, advertisements, plus readily and even freely available printed materials, we see more fine art than any individual, including artists, gallerists, museum curators, art historians, powerful and rich people, etc., ever has been able to view prior to the mass use of PCs and cell phones.

Everyone who has a memory of the Mona Lisa has invested space and energy in their brains’ visual cortexes to the image. The memory may be purposefully kept because it’s a famous painting that educated people recognize, so not remembering it could influence others to think one an ignoramus, otherwise to impress others or fit in, or because the painting was personally inspiring. One of the hallmarks of fine art is that people want to remember it. They have memory of it that they want to keep.

We can choose to invest in seeing fine art, even some of the world’s greatest fine art using our devices via the Internet. In recent years many internationally recognized museums have uploaded their collections. This is a good way to invest in fine art – not financially, of course – and it expands your memories and visual understandings.

The person who owns a framed magazine image of the Mona Lisa has also invested some space to the Mona Lisa. This might be wall space or space in a scrapbook or file. Want to invest your time in seeing much more of the Mona Lisa in a new way? Check out the Louvre’s online Mona Lisa app:  https://www.louvre.fr/en/what-s-on/life-at-the-museum/the-mona-lisa-in-virtual-reality-in-your-own-home

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Why is Fine Art Considered Valuable?

Fine art is valuable because the memory of it gives us a new way of seeing the world. It literally expands our vision.

How? Scientists and doctors who focus on vision tell us that 90% of vision does not happen through the eyes but via the brain as it compares memories of visual impressions of light to the impressions of light the eyes are currently sending. We see through our memories.

Great artists give us new ways to see by creating new visual communications – that may at first be slightly difficult, or at least novel to see. We may not actually like or “get” the work of a renowned artist when we are first introduced to their art. This new-to-us art does not exactly fit previous visual memories. Art works may be too sumptuous to fit our day-to-day memories, for instance the paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, John Paul Rubens, or Rembrandt; or the sculptures of Michelangelo, Bernini, or Rodin. Other works may be difficult to see at first because they are too brutish or abstracted, such as paintings by Goya, Mondigliani, or Rothko; or the sculptures of Brâncu?i, Giacometti, or Henry Moore.

Even in our time, it is not necessarily easy to visually grasp the Mona Lisa in person, no less from a photograph. This is especially true for the viewer who is used to seeing the work of other famous painters in museums.

Among his many other achievements, Leonardo da Vinci was a pioneering fine art painter who invented new ways of painting and using different types of paint. Da Vinci studied optics, how we see. His understandings led him to create and perfect a technique known as sfumato. This technique broke dramatically with the painting tradition of outlining figures. The Mona Lisa herself, and the background that surrounds her kind of vanishes at the edges due to the artistic blending of shadows and colors. Mona Lisa’s gaze seems to follow the viewer as the viewer moves from one side of the painting to the other. Even more startling, when the viewer stands directly in front of the Mona Lisa she seems to lose her famous smile! Da Vinci understood modern findings that our eyes are less suited to process and pick up shadows directly. However, our peripheral vision can see shadows well. Thus, moving slightly to either side revels the Mona Lisa’s smile from the carefully blended (sfumato) shadows at the sides of the portrait’s eyes and lips.

Seeing the Mona Lisa painting inspires our vision to see our world in a new way, including seeing art itself in a new way. When a work of art inspires many people it is recognized as fine art, and it becomes inordinately valuable. If it continues to inspire generation to come it grows in prestige and value. The Mona Lisa is the most financially valuable painting in the world based as valued by its insurance.

What About Fine Art as a Financial Investment?

It’s conventional, trite but true to advise that all financial investments should be well considered as they always involve risk. If there is a sure thing, from betting on a horse, to buying investment products (like stocks or EFTs), or collecting fine art, probably something illegal taking place in the background.

In Contemporary art there is no such thing as a guarantee that collecting the work of any artist will reap financial rewards. What is popular with current collectors may not inspire future generations.

In the history of Western Art, since the Renaissance, there have been artists who were popular, even renowned who have since faded into the background. Patrons would commission a portrait for posterity, but their second and third plus generations of heirs later regretted that great great granddad had not selected an artist who was scorned at the previous time for the commission.

An easy example of this were the artists who were popular and given commissions by wealthy patrons at the annual Salon of the Royal Academy of Art in the 1860s in Paris, France. At that time being accepted to show in the Salon meant gaining commissions and a secure livelihood for any artist. With the exceptions of Manet and Morisot (and only once a small Monet landscape small basically hidden in the display), the Salon refused to show the works of the artists who became known as Impressionists.

In 1863, in response to the complaints about the number of rejections from the Salon, French Emperor Napoleon III created the first exhibition of the Salon des Refusès, to include works by those refused by the Salon jury. Yet it lacked the significant commissions of the Salon. Many of the works by those to be associated with the Impressionist movement were exhibited there.

In 1874, 30 artists banded together to show their work without the sanction of the government and without a jury. They named themselves the Sociètè Anonyme des Artistes Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs, etc., and staged their exhibition in the former studio of the photographer Nadar (Gaspard Mix Tournachon) in Paris. The group included Paul Cèzanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. It was about this time that the name “Impressionist” was coined by an art critic responding to one of Monet’s landscape paintings, Impression, Sunrise. The name was originally meant as a derogatory term, but it was soon adopted by the painters, and by 1877 they were using it as an identifier of their style and their exhibitions.

Generally, based on similar conditions of size, materials and condition of the artwork, the works of the artists who were selected to show in the then prestigious Salon pales in today’s financial value n comparison with paintings made by the Impressionists at that same time. If great great granddad had commissioned or bought a painting from Renoir, Monet, or Pissarro, and it was held by your family until today, then you would be quite wealthy. If not, there would only be an amusing family story about how great great grandad blew an amazing financial opportunity.

Of course, while financially investing in Contemporary artists is a safer bet than going to Las Vegas and playing craps, the best art investment is in the art that is proven over centuries to inspire people. Those works, like the ones of the artists named in this article are beyond the financial reach anyone but the very wealthy, blue-chip corporations and museums.

Contemporary Fine Art Investing Advice

First find a contemporary artist, not an artwork, and invest in that artist’s work(s).

From the artists you decide to invest in, only collect original works, or signed and numbered limited edition works that you acquire directly from the artist or a reputable dealer.

Gallerists, and some collectors advise based upon the current art market’s preferences. The “best” contemporary galleries generally represent the artists whose works currently sell for the highest prices. That means that buying works of those artists may be the safest or least safe and dreadful investment. Prices for art that are skyrocketing up, can also tumble down as tastes change with new generations.

Most every gallerist or art advisor will tell you to buy what you like – what you want to see daily on your walls. Well, probably waking up to see art like one of Goya’s monsters on your walls will not be pleasant, but only buying what you like gives you dull art that is only coddling. Art that evokes a happy memory at the seashore may or may not be great art. Does the artist give you new visual understandings, or inspire you like a Monet, or Dufy did in their day? Find such an artist if you want the best possible investment. Only then select the artwork(s) for your walls.

Look for these criteria before investing in fine art for financial gain:

  1. Does the artist have something strikingly brand new to visually communicate to you, and possibly to others in our time? Does the work communicate something new and meaningful to you? Do you feel connected to the artist somehow (assuming you have not met)? Do you feel closer to truth? To the Divine? To somehow better understanding of who you are? Of some kind of truth about life?
  2. Do not buy immediately, upon first seeing any contemporary artwork! Even my artworks! Go home from the brick-and-mortar gallery or internet gallery. Live a few days of your life – or even weeks. Do you find yourself thinking about the artwork itself? Remembering it. Are you in a good way being moved by it (and not moved only by the possible deal or money you could make)? Are you moved in some way by other works by this artist? [Note: If you saw only one artwork by the artist make sure you investigate and see other works by the artist, online or in person.]
  3. Would you recommend seeing that artwork, or artist’s works to a friend the way you would recommend a good book, show, song, or other type of creative expression that moved you?
  4. Does the art seem important enough to you that you want to support the artist, by giving that artist money, as this is basically what you are doing when collecting contemporary art.
  5. Would you happily purchase an expensive ($50.00+) full color coffee table sized art book of the artist’s work because you know you would enjoy just looking at the excellent photos of the work in private moments?
  6. Given a choice, do you want that piece of art to live in your brain or would you feel diminished if you forgot it?

My favorite artist has been Vincent van Gogh since the time I was a tot being pushed along in a stroller at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It was the first time I stood up in my stroller to better see the painting before me. I fussed when my Dad tried to move along to see other works. Although van Gogh was greatly renowned, his art was a discovery for me. This was the moment I learned to love what art was and could do for my life. Van Gogh’s work continues to strongly communicate to me, and apparently many other people to this day. As a tot, my parents couldn’t give a painting by van Gogh, so as soon as I discovered there were art books with good images of his works, that became my ongoing gift request. I introduced my younger cousins, my son, and my granddaughter to van Gogh. So, my answers to the above questions in relation to Vincent van Gogh is a resounding: Yes!

In his lifetime Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting. The critics were unkind or ignored him. If you ancestor had gone to the gallerists or shows of the day no art advisor or fellow patron would have advised collecting van Gogh, except for van Gogh’s brother Theo, who failed to sell his works, but did sell the works of other artists who were considered less strange. Strange can be revolutionary, which means new – or just simply strange because it’s dreadful. Van Gogh’s art was waiting to be discovered by collectors who began to collect the prior and previously revolutionary and strange works of the Impressionists. Van Gogh is considered a Post-Impressionist.

My answers are the same for other artists, including da Vinci. I have personally stood in front of the Mona Lisa and remain inspired by that memory. Yes, I also have art books about Leonardo da Vinci. I would hate to lose my memories of his works.

Review the above list considering your answers to the questions in relation to one of your favorites all time artists. Your emotional responses to the questions regarding your favorite artist(s) can help lead you to discover potential contemporary artists that may be worth your investment.

Again, investing in anything financially or with your time and attention, including art, always involves commitment and risk. What you look at becomes memory and we see through our memories.

Psalm 113 Vincent van Gogh portrait
Psalm 113 Vincent van Gogh’s Essence Portrait 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.

Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and cutting-edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science-based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing that is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Can this be true? See for yourself. See more or yourself. Discover Judy Rey Wasserman’s UnGraven Image Art.

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06th Oct 2021

Genesis Sunset Dalet

In the scripture art painting Genesis Sunset Dalet the moment of light depicted is so strong that it seems to create a dip in the land beneath it from its “weight”. It looks 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. Somehow we must express our excitement, which can even include jumping up and down! This excitement is visually echoed by the sun in Genesis Sunset Dalet touches down upon the horizon.

Genesis Sunset Dalet by Judy Rey Wasserman

Genesis Dalet uses the original Bible’s Torah font letters of Genesis 1-3:7 for each and every stroke. These strokes make it a member of the Genesis: Sunset-Sunrise series. Among other things this series is about moments of inspiration and understandings — those AhHa moments, when we “see the light”.

“And God said: ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.” – Genesis 1:3

Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art uses the Creator’s scripture words as the strokes in every image. These symbol strokes also represent the strings of elementary physics, the tiniest pre particles and waves that are the basis for the physical universe. When you display this artwork at home, or your place of business it will visually remind you everyday that problems and cares are never really solid as the physical universe is comprised of tiny pre-particles and wave motions, which we can also understand as the words of The Divine, who according to Genesis speaks the universe into existence.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” — Genesis 1:5

This Giclee print is created in the artist’s own studio using an archival fine art printer and inks for the best possible archival quality and reproduction. We use the highest dpi resolution possible, which is higher than the online sites that produce prints and Giclees from images for merchandise — this means you get better clearer details so that you can actually see the letter-strokes.   Each print is hand signed and quality inspected by the artist herself. Judy Rey Wasserman’s studio printed limited edition prints are the best quality digital prints available from any artist — they have to be the best we can offer — we have to live up to the fact that they are created with strokes from the Bible!

Close up images so you can see Bible letter strokes:

Genesis Sunset Dalet Close-up #1
Genesis Sunset Dalet Close-up #2

This limited edition, hand signed reproduction print is obtainable and affordable for you. Enjoy seeing this work often in your home or place to remind you of the ever constant presence of the Words of the Creator, creating our physical world an surroundings now and until the end of time. Hang it where it will often remind you of this reality and where you can share this vision with others.

“So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void , except it accomplish that which I please, and make the thing whereto I sent it prosper.” — Isaiah 55:11

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01st Oct 2021

How to See an Image of the Song of Songs

Solomon’s Song of Songs is known as the love song of the Bible. Like the psalms, it was chanted in biblical times and continues to be chanted and sung in synagogues today. It symbolizes our love story with G-D, both personally and as a people. Thus, the title, “Song of Songs.”

How to Turn the Song of Songs into an Image?

In Genesis chapter 1, the Creator speaks the physical universe into being. According to basic theology held by all branches and denominations of Jews and Christians, the letters of those Hebrew words are the basis – the smallest initial components of the physical universe.

Twenty first century elementary physicists discovered that most basic and tiniest building blocks –the basis of the physical universe present as either pre-mass units or energy units.  They call these “strings”. There are amazing parallels between only one font in the world, the Hebrew Torah font of the Bible, and the strings of elementary physics. These correlations can be seen in a short video, Painting with the Big Bang of Genesis, available on ungravenimage.com, the sidebar of this blog, and You Tube, plus it’s completely explained in The Manifesto of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image ArtA Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Strokes.

So, how to turn the Song of Songs into an image? By using the original Torah font Hebrew letters of Song of Songs as each stroke to create the image of the Swan Lovers artwork. This visually represents the biblical theology, plus the concept of strings as the basis of physical reality.

The strokes are used in the ways traditional artists use strokes, they are overlapped, interwoven, and used as glazes. Here and there a letter “peeks” out, but even people who can easily read the Hebrew cannot read the scripture texts. The strokes also mimic the invisible-to-us strings that are smaller than atoms, which link together to form atoms and then compounds, overlapping, interweaving, and layering together to form our dimension of the physical universe.

Why use Swans to Portray Song of Songs?

Close up of multi colored version of Swan Lovers (Song of Songs) by Judy Rey Wasserman. The strokes are all the original Torah font letters from Song of Songs.

Swans can mate for life – usually. A small percentage of the time they break up, or stray. The numbers for this behavior are at around 3% for swans that have successfully bred and around 9% for those birds yet to breed or have had a failed breeding season. They can reunite and resume their relationship that then lasts a lifetime.

“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine…”  — Song of Songs 6:3

Swan Lovers Song of Songs by Judy Rey Wasserman. The strokes in this black and white version are all the original Torah font letters from Song of Songs.

How is Swan Lovers Created with Scripture?

In its essential form, in black and white, this artwork shows a loving and romantic pure white swan couple. The entire image was created using only strokes that are the original Torah font letters from the complete Song of Songs, chapters 1-8.

The multi-colored version of Swan Lovers is additionally painted with watercolor pencils. Using watercolor pencils allows me to write the Torah font letters from the scriptures. Then I go over them with a wet paint brush, also using brushes loaded with water to “write” more scripture verses on the waters. Writing with the wet brush allows the pigments from the colored pencils to flow out.

Close up of multi colored version of Swan Lovers (Song of Songs) by Judy Rey Wasserman. The strokes are all the original Torah font letters from Song of Songs.

The water’s colors are created with scripture letter-strokes of blues and greens. The birds’ beaks use letter-strokes of orange with shading of reds and pinks. The feathers are shaded with cool violet hues.  

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.” – Song of Songs 1:2

Do you believe in the Power – Transforming – Power of Scripture?

Swan Lovers Song of Songs by Judy Rey Wasserman. The strokes in this multi-colored version are all the original Torah font letters from Song of Songs.

The romantic artwork of Swan Lovers (Song of Songs) romantic artwork is more than inspirational art. Since it is created only of the Song of Song scripture it is a way to bless a couple’s relationship. Hang it in the bedroom or the hallway leading to the bedroom. It can bless your home, or it can be an appreciated gift for the home blessing an engaged or newly married couple. It also makes a loving anniversary gift, or romantic gift for your sweetheart.

“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Song of Songs 2:4

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Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and cutting-edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science-based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing that is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Can this be true? See for yourself.

Check out the Fine Art Limited Edition prints, decorative prints, books, and printables that are currently available to you through Judy Rey’s Art of Seeing The Divine Shop. You don’t have to buy to avail yourself of the art and inspiration available there. However, if you select to collect investment quality archival art, or decorate your home with images created with strokes that are original letters from Bible texts, or buy a gift for someone special, there is a secure shopping cart that accepts most credit cards so your purchase is easy to accomplish. https://artofseeingthedivine.com.

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17th Sep 2021

Invest Safely in Fine Art

Events of the 20th Century proved that over time three items remain the best investments. Whatever the markets, discoveries or inventions produce, through the ups and downs of inflations, recessions and even depressions, fine art, precious metals and precious gems stand out as on-going excellent investments.

These three investments cross borders of culture, language and time. Gold has been revered throughout history by just about every society where it was known. The same can be said for diamonds, rubies, emeralds, etc. Rembrandts, van Goghs, Picassos are also highly prized by collectors and museums of all countries that can afford them. The biggest difference is that thieves can melt down jewelry, and basically melted gold and unset gems are almost impossible to identify. Art depends on being identified to hold its value.

Smaller works, such as Faberge eggs, works on paper and paintings that can fit into the back seat of a sedan or at least a mini van can be better investments as they are more portable and easier to move and keep safe. For instance, if a collector protect a work from an encroaching natural disaster such as a fire or flood, a smaller work is easy to quickly move. While huge paintings of over six feet in width and/or height continue to capture mention as their auctions break artists’ records of sale, the same artists’ equally good smaller works from the same period are proportionately rising in value, too.

Smaller works and larger works that are comprised of several panels or components that are smaller and thus more portable are also easier for secondary dealers to transport to and from their galleries, to collectors, museums, traveling exhibits and fairs. They can also be easier to sell as more collectors have actual space for them on the walls and pedestals in their homes. At the recent ArtHamptons fair, the top prices earned were for smaller works by John Chamberlain and Andrew Wyeth.

The news stories of the reparations of art that was looted by the Nazis and/or was sold at a loss as owners fled Europe continue to grab headlines. While proving ownership through provenance records before the information age can be difficult, today’s work by Contemporary artists is well documented and provenance records are easily available. This makes collecting Contemporary art, and works of art that also have clear and undisputed provenance records more attractive than ever.

Fine art, like other investment properties offer a range of investment opportunities. Works of established masters are more blue chip and likely to hold and increase in value, while the work of an emerging or Contemporary artist is a more risky investment but may skyrocket in price bringing greater rewards.

For a new investor with limited funds to risk, creating a collection of prints and drawings by well established and emerging artists, plus and smaller paintings by contemporary artists can be a workable strategy.

The old adage of buy low and sell high is also useful when buying art, especially in times when the markets are in turmoil or money is tight. In the eighties the prices for many artists’ work fell due to the overall economic conditions. The perception seemed to be then that those artists were not as successful and possibly not as good as an investment. This perception continued even after the economy picked up and newer artists, whose prices had never fallen found their works more in demand and selling at higher and higher prices. Collectors who held onto the work of the older artists or bought in at reduced prices reaped the benefits over time as their prices regained and then soared.

Some of the risk of collecting works by newer, emerging artists can be mitigated by knowing art, especially Modern and Contemporary art history and checking out the works of artists shown in contemporary galleries both in brick-and-mortar galleries and online. When an artist’s work is selling some other artists will tend to copy it. It is of paramount importance to only collect artists who have their own unique style. There is only one Monet, van Gogh, Warhol, etc., but the market abounds with good works that are bad investments by artists who were obviously far too influenced by them. Find an emerging artist with a unique style and ideas about creating art.

There are many online resources that can help a collector discover artists and galleries, as well as providing information about the art world. Artnet.com provides excellent information, including a data base that includes recent pricing for artists’ works. Going to the “Artists” section on the menu tab, type in the name of an artist, and much information will appear, including works by those artists currently available at galleries listed with artnet, and the preponderance of good galleries in the world are listed there. For ongoing news of the art world on the Internet artnet has a magazine, plus check out artinfo.com, Artdaily, ARTFORUM and ArtReview.

Art is much more than an investment. However, all investments require that one does some homework and has some knowledge about the property. Obviously authenticity and provenance need to be known and verifiable. The condition of the piece is important. There is an ongoing seesaw between discovering works of artists one might collect and doing homework about those artists, their work and their historical context. Collectors should only buy art that they truly appreciate for its aesthetic value. Only buy works you really look forward to seeing frequently, works that are inspirational and move you to see the world in a new way.

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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.

Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and cutting-edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science-based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing that is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Can this be true? See for yourself.

Check out the Fine Art Limited Edition prints, decorative prints, books, and printables that are currently available to you through Judy Rey’s Art of Seeing The Divine Shop. You don’t have to buy to avail yourself of the art and inspiration available there. However, if you select to collect investment quality archival art, or decorate your home with images created with strokes that are original letters from Bible texts, or buy a gift for someone special, there is a secure shopping cart that accepts most credit cards so your purchase is easy to accomplish. https://artofseeingthedivine.com. Facebook Fan page- LIKE Fan Page

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15th Sep 2021

Can Vision Control Feelings?

How a person sees can help create a happy and fulfilled life – or the opposite.

Medical advances that are restoring vision to the previously blind, along with brain imaging have uncovered truths about how human vision works.

Some of this information was discovered when medical breakthroughs for a few conditions allowed surgeons to restore the eyesight of adults who had been blind since birth or early childhood. While the procedures were a success, the patients were completely unable to see how many fingers were held up, recognize faces or see anything more than impressions of light.

People have been rendered blind, or blind in specific ways by damage to their brains, even though their eyes were fully functioning. For instance, one brain injured man can see, but is not able to recognize any faces. Why? Because his condition incapacitates the section of the brain dedicated to retaining memories of faces. They cannot compare the impressions of light to previous impressions of light to decode the information received from the newly seeing eyes.

How Vision Works

Scientific findings indicate that for the average sighted person 90% percent of vision takes place in the brain, not the eyes. [Average refers to people who have near normal vision with or without corrective lenses and normally healthy brains.]

The remaining ten percent (10%) of the process of vision occurs through the eyes, which send receive perceptions of light to the brain.

Most of the complex processes that we call vision happens as the brain decodes the perceptions of light received from the eyes. It does this by comparing and contrasting the perceptions to visual memories it has of prior perceptions.

The more visual memories a person has of different sights, including people, places, and things, the more perceptive a person is, especially in relation to what has been seen previously. These memories are stored variously in a person’s brain and can be interconnected or cross referenced.

The newly “healed” patients were effectively blind as they lacked any visual memories. Newborns lack visual memories, which is why they seem to see, but do not respond to visual information at first. Over time, with increased visual experience, the patients created visual memories. Eventually, much in the way that children do, they learned to see and understand complexities of color, space, form, density, etc. Then the brain automatically creates a memory of that information.

When an average adult sees something, the brain decodes the impressions of light sent by the eyes to make it usable and relevant. The similar memories that the brain uses may have additional meanings and understandings that are irrelevant decode the impressions of light but are understood or considered to be relevant by the brain.

Thoughts and memories are things

When the brain decodes impressions of light, it is decoding impressions of energy and pre-matter or basic particles. This is what light is. So, to the brain, data memories that are similar to the impressions received are relevant, and if those memories include more data of energy and basic particles it could be relevant, too.

The brain is bringing up many, many memories seemingly simultaneously, and even from different areas of the brain to decode a complex image that contains a lot of data that involves unfamiliar people and things. These memories can include emotion, which is energy and basic particles and like all memories is stored as such.

How Visual Memories Impact Emotions

If I person has a history of being upbeat or happy, beginning with a comfortable, supportive, and healthy childhood and continuing into adulthood, any emotional energy attached to the visual memories used for decoding are likely to be happy or at least neutral. These emotions may seem relevant to the brain as a part of the visual data since they offer additional information of energy and basic particles. Or they can simply be brought up as part of the memory package.

However, people who have childhoods and/or adult lives filled with stress, trauma and unwanted emotion are unconsciously reminded of emotions and unresolved memories as the brain decodes current impressions of light of people places and things that should be easy to encounter and non-threatening.

The memories used as the decoding data are not usually brought to consciousness, they do the job of decoding in the background. Yet emotions “attached” to the memories used to decode the current impressions of light may be felt.

People who tend to be sad, angry, fearful, guilty, or any other unwanted emotion, may be experiencing these emotions on an ongoing and even constant basis as their brains decode the impressions sent by their eyes. Their prior visual experiences and emotions from traumatic or stressful instances may be unconsciously remembered when the brain decodes simple objects or places, or even people who somehow remind the brain of previous people. This is why travelling to someplace new and strange can seem so uplifting—there are fewer memories with unwanted emotions “attached” to re-stimulate.

Memories of feelings are also stored by the brain and feelings that are stored. Emotions, which are usually produced by thought, whether conscious or unconscious, are energy and pre-particles, too. Both can be seen and measured through brain imaging.

When the brain is taught to visually recognize emotional energy as just energy when it decodes perceptual impressions, unwanted emotional subconscious re-stimulation can decrease.

For example, when decoding a light impression of a cup that is like a cup used by an abusive older relative in one’s youth, the brain would select visual memories of the original cup to use in the visual decoding process. Like post it notes attached to a memo, negative and unwanted but experienced energies and pre-particles of the emotions of fear, anger, sadness, etc, would all fleet by unconsciously as attachments to the memory. These could be experienced, and even then, misunderstood as a part of the individual’s personality.

Ironically, we refer to people’s positive or negative, glass half-full or half-empty world views as their “outlooks”. This could be literally correct.

How To Positively Change Emotional Wellbeing Through Vision

If the brain uses the same memories but learns to “view” the energies of the emotions as just energies and particles (without adding or attaching the significances of fear, anger, sadness, etc.), which are irrelevant to decoding visual information, the emotional information is not felt, even unconsciously.

This may seem impossible, but it is already being accomplished by scientists through brain imaging. The brain’s emotional centers, and even specific thoughts are being seen as energy. However, the scientists and doctors have lack knowledge of the actual specific content of the thoughts – but they can see the energy of the thoughts in brains.

It is also being accomplished through a new form of art, Post Conceptual UnGraven Image, founded by artist and author Judy Rey Wasserman. The brain can be taught to see more energy through specific visual images that purposefully use strokes to symbolize energy, which form pictures, just as traditional artists form imagery. This gives the brain a way to create and accumulate visual memories with information it previously lacked, but which human eyes are capable of perceiving.

Discovering “Bible Eyes” AKA Shomor Vision

Frequent exposure and looking at these works of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art has changed the way some people see. The new vision change has been described as “seeing more energies.”  

One collector of Judy Rey Wasserman’s art calls it: seeing with “Bible Eyes”.  Judy Rey refers to it as “Shomor Vision,’ which is both a play on the words “show more” and the Jewish concept of shomer, which means to watchover, like a watchman.

Those who experience Bible Eyes or Shomer Vision have repeatedly looked at the UnGraven Image artworks with the understanding that although the images are seem recognizable, for instance a landscape or portrait, what is actually depicted are strokes that are the letters of the words of God, the tiniest energies or pre-particles that are the basis for the physical universe. This new understanding via art becomes new visual memories that our brains can apply to whatever is seen wherever and whenever it is seen.

Since sixty percent (60%) of the average person’s brain is allocated to the perception of sight, lowering the number of ongoing memories of negative or unwanted emotions offers a great deal of relief!

That leaves 40% for other functions and senses. We cannot control those senses at all without some external intervention. For instance, we cannot turn up the volume, or turn off what we are listening to, without the aid of some device. We cannot control what direction the scent we are smelling comes from. Similarly, if near to one side of us is rotting garbage, and directly at our other side is a bed of roses, we cannot turn our sense of smell away from the garbage and towards the roses. If a man hates the taste of garlic, he cannot choose not to taste the garlic in an otherwise delicious spaghetti sauce.

Scripture art of Genesis Aleph Sunset (strokes = Genesis 1-2:7) By Judy Rey Wasserman

Genesis Aleph Sunset by Judy Rey Wasserman

Scripture art of Genesis Aleph Sunset (strokes = Genesis 1-2:7) By Judy Rey Wasserman. Strokes are the original Torah font Hebrew letters of Genesis 1-2:7. See close ups of the strokes and more now. Click: https://artofseeingthedivine.com/product/genesis-aleph/

What is the only one of our senses that we can naturally consciously control?

The only one of our senses that we can consciously control is vision. We can control what direction we look – or don’t look. Ironically, one of the unheralded benefits of most meditative practices happen when the practitioner closes his or her eyes. This effectively ceases all visual stimulation or decoding of impressions of light, and therefore no emotional memories are brought into the experience this way. Of course, a person may remember images or envision at will, but once a person’s eyes are closed any outside visual stimulation ceases.

We are so stimulated by what we visually perceive that we need to close our eyes to sleep. Again, without some sort of external aid, like ear plugs, we cannot turn off any other sense.

We are just beginning to discover the benefits of additional conscious control of our thoughts (and memories) through purposefully creating new and specifically different visual memories through art.

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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.

Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and cutting-edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science-based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing that is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Can this be true? See for yourself.

Check out the Fine Art Limited Edition prints, decorative prints, books, and printables that are currently available to you through Judy Rey’s Art of Seeing The Divine Shop. You don’t have to buy to avail yourself of the art and inspiration available there. However, if you select to collect investment quality archival art, or decorate your home with images created with strokes that are original letters from Bible texts, or buy a gift for someone special, there is a secure shopping cart that accepts most credit cards so your purchase is easy to accomplish. https://artofseeingthedivine.com.

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