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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.
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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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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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

See more about the Vincent van Gogh Psalm 113 portrait above at (Click –>): https://ungravenimage.com/blog/?s=Vincent+van+Gogh

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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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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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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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10th Sep 2021

How to Transform the Way You See Divine

Change your vision to change your life series

By Judy Rey Wasserman

We maneuver through our days based upon how we perceive the physical reality around us. The sense of vision is the basic go-to form of perception for the majority of people. A quick search on Google shows that 65% of people are primarily visual learners – a “percentage fact” that is disputed, but it could be an even larger percentage.

Sighted people rely on their visual perception to recognize or affirm:

  • Who and/or what is in their immediate vicinity
  • What is happening around them
  • Where they are
  • What time of day it is
  • How they of those around them are feeling, how they are accomplishing tacks, and even how to proceed with further action

If you noticed that the above bullet point list is formed using the who, what, where, when and how of journalism (news casting), you are correct.  Much of our information, even when spoken through radio, podcast or talking head newscast show, has it basis in how people visually perceive.  Even so, the oft repeated “one picture is worth a thousand words” results in illustrations or videos of events – or products – preferred by viewers and buyers.

Our eyes are only capable of seeing impressions of light. Our brains decode the impressions received from the eyes by comparing it to other previous impressions of light. We see through our memories. The more similar memories we have the easier it is to “see” (recognize) who or what is before us.

Along with our visual memories come remembrances that seemed significant, or at lease somehow useful information pertaining to those memories. These “attached” memories can include perceptions by other senses, plus value-based ideas and decisions. For instance, looking at a photo of a favorite food can evoke memories of smell, taste and even ouch, including the food’s temperature. A simple photograph can also bring memories of previous ideas and decisions about that food, such as it is a favorite, it is good, a heathy food, a fattening food, and even decisions by the viewer about the happiness consuming the food will generate.

You probably have a favorite food. Perhaps, you call it a comfort food.

Pause for a moment a picture one of your favorite foods in your mind. Image its taste, its scent and feel. Is it salty or sweet? Crisp, chewy, or soft – or a combination? Served hot, warm, room temperature or cold? Imagine that you are tasting this food right now. Give yourself enough time enjoying your food imagining, and then continue reading.

To create the previous food imagining you used your perceptual memories of experiences involving that food.

Conceptual artists aim to provoke thoughts and memories, by using the viewer’s visual perception. Word Art is a form of Conceptual Art. Word Art is a form of Conceptual Art that uses words to provoke images and ideas.

Let’s do a visual memory changing art exercise using a Word art experience to inspire change in how you see the divine.

The word “divine”, D-i-V-i-N-E contains two i letters, which was specifically emphasized in the way it was just written. See them?

There is a kind of homonym type sound-alike between the name of the letter i and the word eye. When spoken their names match.

The play of sounds in English — eye and aye are pronounced the same — adds another level of positive or affirmative information.

Between those two ieyes is a letter V.  Thus: i V i

If we slightly raise the i letters to towards the top-of-the-line height and turn the i letters 45 degrees counterclockwise, we get:

We maneuver through our days based upon how we perceive the physical reality around us. The sense of vision is the basic go-to form of perception for the majority of people. A quick search on Google shows that 65% of people are primarily visual learners – a “percentage fact” that is disputed, but it could be an even larger percentage.

Sighted people rely on their visual perception to recognize or affirm:

  • Who and/or what is in their immediate vicinity
  • What is happening around them
  • Where they are
  • What time of day it is
  • How they of those around them are feeling, how they are accomplishing tacks, and even how to proceed with further action

If you noticed that the above bullet point list is formed using the who, what, where, when an how of journalism (news casting), you are correct.  Much of our information, even when spoken through radio, podcast or talking head newscast show, has it basis in how people visually perceive.  Even so, the oft repeated “one picture is worth a thousand words” results in illustrations or videos of events – or products –preferred by viewers and buyers.

Our eyes are only capable of seeing impressions of light. Our brains decode the impressions received from the eyes by comparing it to other previous impressions of light. We see through our memories. The more similar memories we have the easier it is to “see” (recognize) who or what is before us.

Along with our visual memories come remembrances that seemed significant, or at lease somehow useful information pertaining to those memories. These “attached” memories can include perceptions by other senses, plus value-based ideas and decisions. For instance, looking at a photo of a favorite food can evoke memories od smell, taste and even ouch, including the food’s temperature. A simple photograph can also bring memories of previous ideas and decisions about that food, such as it is a favorite, it is good, a heathy food, a fattening food, and even decisions by the viewer about the happiness consuming the food will generate.

You probably have a favorite food. Perhaps, you call it a comfort food.

Pause for a moment a picture one of your favorite foods in your mind. Image its taste, its scent and feel. Is it salty or sweet? Crisp, chewy, or soft – or a combination? Served hot, warm, room temperature or cold? Imagine that you are tasting this food right now. Give yourself enough time enjoying your food imagining, and then continue reading.

To create the previous food imagining you used your perceptual memories of experiences involving that food.

Conceptual artists aim to provoke thoughts and memories, by using the viewer’s visual perception. Word Art is a form of Conceptual Art. Word art is a form of Conceptual Art that uses words to provoke images and ideas.

Let’s do a visual memory changing art exercise using a Word art experience to inspire change in how you see the divine.

The word “divine”, D-i-V-i-N-E contains two i letters, which was specifically emphasized in the way it was just written. See them?

There is a kind of homonym type sound-alike between the name of the letter i and the word eye. When spoken their names match.

The play of sounds in English — eye and aye are pronounced the same — adds another level of positive or affirmative information.

Between those two ieyes is a letter V.  Thus: i V i

If we slightly raise the i letters to towards the top-of-the-line height and turn the i letters 45 degrees counterclockwise, we get:

Step 1

The letter V kind of looks like a cartoony, doodle, or emoji type nose.

 It looks even more like a simple depiction of a now if we move the dots of the turned 45 degrees i-eyes to below the center of them.  

The letter V kind of looks like a cartoony, doodle, or emoji type nose.

 It looks even more like a simple depiction of a now if we move the dots of the turned 45 degrees i-eyes to below the center of them.  

Step 2

When this new look becomes a Word Art image it looks like this:

DiViNE EYES by Judy Rey Wassserman

The Word Art that is shown about can be understood as portraying the Divine looking back at the viewer, at you.  The process of creating this Word Art is depicted on this blog so it is obvious that the Word “Devine” is shown. However, if the final artwork were appeared framed on a gallery wall, most viewers would readily recognize it as a unique portrayal of the word “Divine”.

In the process, or even merely by seeing the completed Word Art you have new and different experiences and visual memories of the word: Divine. A new layer of meaning has been added to the visual written word itself. You can see the word in a new, and hopefully for me, the artist, a inspiring way. Your perception of the reality of the word Divine has a new additional memory level of meaning. Visually perceiving in a new way is always life transforming.

DiViNE EYES 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.

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.Click: https://artofseeingthedivine.com.

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06th Sep 2021

What Image Represents Rosh Hashanah?

The symbol that best represents Rosh Hashanah is the Shofar.

A shofar is a ram’s horn. Since ancient times it has been used as a trumpet.

Below is of a Shofar on a Sefer . Sefer is the Hebrew word for book. It shows the direct connection between the trumpet and the biblically commanded Rosh Hashanah festival

A shofar resting on a Bible. Strokes are (Strokes: Genesis 1, Deuteronomy 34.Genesis1, Deuteronomy 34
Shofar on Sefer by Judy Rey Wasserman

I did a search for Rosh Hashanah images or symbols. It turned up many images of foods, especially apples, honey, pomegranates, and round challahs (made to look like a crown. While it is customary to eat apples, especially dipped in honey to signify hoped for blessings of a sweet new year, and to eat pomegranates, which symbolize righteousness and knowledge, these foods are not unique to Rosh Hashanah. There are no biblical commandments to eat these foods, only yummy traditions.

Kara T.’s Rosh Hashanah Crown Challah served for our family Rosh Hashanah 2021

A challah in the shape of a crown is special for Rosh Hashanah, but challah is served on every shabbat, except during Passover, when we eat matzoh. While we’re on the subject, if there is one food that quintessentially represents a biblical Jewish holiday is has got to be Matzoh!

Just as we need matzoh (unleavened bread) for the festival of Passover, we need shofar blowing for Rosh HaShannah. Even one of the names for Rosh Hashanah is: The Feast of Trumpets!

The Feast of Trumpets always begins on the first day (at the new moon) of the seventh month. Its name comes from the command to blow trumpets (Leviticus 23:24; Numbers 29:1-6). Biblically, the number six is the number of Man. Thus, the first day of the seventh month signals that Mankind is created. It celebrates the sixth day of creation, the birth of humankind, with the creation of Adam and then Eve.

The Hebrew words we pronounce as “Rosh Hashanah” means the head of the year. It marks is beginning of the Jewish civil calendar. A new year, a time of reckoning of accounts and debts. This makes sense as it is harvest time. People in agricultural communities are reaping their crops. These is funding to pay the debts.

Shofar Cornucopia Psalm 136 verse 1 (Wishing a Sweet Year for Rosh Hashanah, colored) by Judy Rey Wasserman

Rosh Hashanah and the harvest festivals are also a time to settle other kinds of debts. It is a time of repentance to those we may have wronged and before Our God.

The blowing of the trumpets on first day of the month heralded a solemn time of preparation for the Day of Atonement; this preparation time is called “Ten Days of Repentance” or the “Days of Awe.” The shofar sounds an alarm of sorts and can be understood as a call to introspection and repentance. It calls each of us to pause and “hear” the still small voice.

See another of Judy Rey Wasserman’s Rosh Hashanah blog’s (also featuring a shofar image) at Rosh Hashanah

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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.

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21st Jun 2021

Open Bible Art

Jews and  Christians are often called “the people of the book”.

For Christians, that refers to both the Hebrew and Greek testaments, also known as the Old and New Testaments respectively.  For Christians of all branches and denominations, any translation version of the complete two testaments is a Bible — The Book.

For Jews, their book does not refer to the whole of the Hebrew testament (called the Tanakh in Hebrew), but the Torah, which is the first five books of anyone’s Bible, also known as the Pentateuch. A kosher Torah is always in scroll form, the way all ancient books were written. That format is why we have the Dead Sea Scrolls, rather than the Dead Sea books. However, thanks to the blessing of modern inexpensive printing, most Jews, like Christians have a copy of the Torah, usually within a Tanakh in printed book formats in their homes.

What’s a Torah?

Thus a tradition arose that one could refer to both the Torah or Pentateuch by using the first and last chapters of Genesis and Deuteronomy, and then even just the first letter of Genesis: a beit and the final letter of Deuteronomy, a lamed. When you reverse these letters they create the word for heart in Hebrew. So a heart has also come down to symbolize Torah or, depending on one’s religious tradition or affiliation, the whole Bible.

Spiritual Portrait of an Open Bible

So when it came time for me to create my first Spiritual Portrait of an open book, selecting the texts to use was easy, rather than the prayerful and ongoing research project that finding the texts to use for my letter-strokes usually is. It seemed obvious to use Genesis 1 and Deuteronomy 34.  In time, like most of my Essence Portraits of people, flora, fauna or things, Open Book will be featured in other artworks, too.

The artwork below is of an open book created completely of original Bible texts. It gives new visual meaning the idea of an Open Bible.

Open Bible by Judy Rey Wasserman
Open Bible (Genesis1 & Deuteronomy 34) by Judy Rey Wasserman

Below is a jpg of Open Bible, and then below that a close up of a section to show the strokes of that area.

https://ungravenimage.com/images/Open Bible close up of a section by Judy Rey Wasserman

Close up of middle bottom section of Open Bible (Genesis1 & Deuteronomy 34) 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.

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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