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25th Nov 2015

Thanksgiving as a Proclamation of Hope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. ungravenimage.com.
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23rd Dec 2014

Tis the Season to Light Trees

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

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

Candle Tree

Tis the Season to Light Trees by Judy Rey Wasserman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. 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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26th Nov 2014

Source of Thanksgiving’s Tolerance & Peace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Tree Aleph (Strokes = Deuteronomy 6) By Judy Rey Wasserman See More NOW: CLICK HERE

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

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

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

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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. ungravenimage.com.

Change the way you see the world through art made of the Word of scripture. 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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31st Oct 2014

How are Bitcoin, the Bible & Art Related?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bitcoin (Essence Portrait) by Judy Rey Wasserman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. 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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15th Oct 2014

Money Project $10 Bill as Crowdfunding Perk

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

USA $10  Bill Series CF 2014 by Judy Rey Wasserman

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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. 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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24th Sep 2014

Happy 5775 New Year and Birthday to You!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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vPost 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. 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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12th Aug 2014

Olive Branch for Peace

This image of an olive branch can stand alone, but I am going to use it in the In God We Trust series on value, worth and money as a part of a new art as money bill.

The strokes come from Psalm 4, which is about peace, as an olive branch is a symbol for peace.

Olive Branch by Judy Rey Wasserman, strokes are Psalm 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.

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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11th Apr 2014

Spring Festivals Blessings

Happy Spring Festivals!

This is a season of miracles – a time of birth, beginnings, overcoming and freedom.

For me this year this season is also about my new e book, which is also the story of miracles, especially new visual “miracles” that come from art, the birth of a new art theory, overcoming adversity and the freedom of seeing more and drawing closer to The Divine.

This year, after Passover and Easter, I am “birthing” a new e book entitled, In the Beginning.  This special pre-Crowd Funding Beta version will be given away for FREE shortly after Easter and then throughout the duration of the campaign.  It is part of the SHMR – Bible Eyes series of books from Art of Seeing The Divine.

Right now the new book is with some readers who are proofing it and giving me feedback about the texts.  In the meantime, I am adding in more artwork and creating a cover.

In the Beginning is over 80 pages at the moment, and will top 90 when it is released. Although it can stand alone, the new e book is also a hefty taste-test, like a larger sumptuous version of Amazon’s “Look Inside” of what will be another book entitled Genesis.  The crowd funding campaign is to provide professional editing, printing, distribution and more for Genesis. Of course, in addition to books the campaign includes rewards of art, especially prints, but even including some original art, which is a first for me via the Internet.

The new e book, In the Beginning, includes the story of the creation and discovery of UnGraven Image Art theory and then SHMR-Bible Eyes vision, art, SHMR Activities (brain games for your eyes, inspiration and a chapter on Bible prophesy of the latter days that points to fulfilling events in the news, and also how this new SHMR-Bible Eyes vision seems to fulfill Bible prophesies that have gone unrecognized regarding a new vision in the end times.

During the winter holiday season my gift to you was a bookmark in anticipation of the crowd funding campaign for Genesis and the publication of In the Beginning.  [ SEE:  https://ungravenimage.com/blog/2013/12/holiday-20014-bookmark/ ] In that blog and as part of an email to the UnGraven Image newsletter subscribers, I wrote about the tetrads, which are the four blood moons that fall on the upcoming Passover on April 14, 2014, then on Sukkot 2014, and then again on the same holidays in 2015. These are very rare.  There seem to be some kind of connection to tetrads and momentous occasions around the same time periods for Jews, but also for true Christians.

The image of Lamb of Joy below is a kind of one-size-fits-all for the story of Passover and Easter. But when I see it, I think of King David, when he was just a shepherd boy stuck out on the backside of the desert. Maybe that is due to my personal feeling of being stuck out in a “desert” as I wrestled to turn inspiration, information, revelation and art  into a cohesive, entertaining (and at times funny), inspirational and informative book. Of course, this winter’s abundance of snow, cold and generally horrible weather meant that like many other people, I was basically not going anywhere much and this helped keep me focused on my writing task. But now that it is spring, it is time to overcome giants, march out of enslavement, overcome what seems impossible, and move into the birth of a new vision of blessing. I invite you to join me on this blessed adventure.

Lamb by Judy Rey Wasserman using letters from Bible texts for strokes

Lamb of Joy (Jeremiah 13:1-8, Isaiah 53:6-7) by Judy Rey Wasserman

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art at ungravenimage.com.

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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20th Jan 2014

Martin Luther King Day

Today is Martin Luther King Day, an important holiday for all fine artists being that it is both about color and the strength of ideas and conviction.

First, let’s deal with the issue of color. As an artist, I deal with color everyday. I also read and/or paint with the words of the Bible everyday.

I spend a lot of time painting and studying Genesis, Isaiah, Proverbs and the beloved Psalms. I study the first three chapters of Genesis and I still learn more and have insights whenever I do! It amazes me. I seem to never tire of the Genesis:Sunset-Sunrise series because I learn so much from these texts.

In Genesis the Creator makes Adam – the first man and the prototype for humankind from the earth, from dirt. There’s this line we hear in Christian services and the movies, which goes, “From dust we came and to dust we return” or some variation of that theme. In Hebrew, the name, Adam means “red” pertaining to the earth’s dirt. This name is later echoed in the name of Rebecca and Isaac’s first born and Jacob’s brother, Edom , whose name means red. Note the similarity of sound of these Hebrew names.

So, what color is dirt?

Well, it kind of depends on where the dirt is. At my house here in the Hamptons , I have really rich dark brown, almost black dirt because I recycle and since before the Revolutionary War the families who have lived here have used leaves as mulch and recycled the old foliage back into the ground that used to be sandy. I know this both based on what I have been told and also because neighbors not far away have rather sandy dirt that a coffee au lait color. About four miles away from me are wonderful ocean beaches, where the sand is a very light tan that is almost white, that’s about the color of my own skin. I am a natural blond. When I lived in Arizona, I saw earth and rocks that were varying shades of red. Thanks to photography and film-making, I have also seen dirt or sand that is more yellowish than my local sand.

I have never met anyone who is not the color of the earth – the dirt – somewhere. Have you?

I think the idea of calling ourselves Black or White is rather uppity. It is as if we are not the color of the earth, but instead the color of the night sky, white like the clouds or stars or even the moon. Uppity. As an artist who deals with color and who has met many people or at least seen them in major USA cities, I can say that I have never seen anyone who was actually black (really, really dark brown for sure, though) or actually white (not even albinos who are pinkish and I’ve seen pinkish sand).

Mankind is really only colored the variations of the earth. Extend your forearm next to anyone else’s and theirs may be lighter or darker, bit yellower or redder in hue but as an artist, I can say that these are only differences in shades, not really in much color. We’re all basically colored like the dirt of the earth.

It’s not like one person’s really a royal purple and another’s a pale green. The animal kingdom has blacks, whites (just look at a zebra!), wild yellows, reds, purples, greens, blues, etc., but mankind’s skin is the color of the earth.

It seems to be the breath, the ruach (in Hebrew) that the Lord breathes into Adam and each of us that gives us our true vibrancy.

When I was younger there was no Martin Luther King Day. We celebrated Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday. Both Washington and Lincoln are huge modern figures for freedom. OK, maybe not modern to you, but certainly modern compared to Moses and Jesus or other Biblical figures and that’s the idea.

Washington did not fire the shot heard round the world but he was the general who won the war that insures that shot will be heard. It is the shot for self rule, democracy and freedom for all men (later they added in women). Unlike earlier democracies of Greece and Rome , this new democracy was not based on what one owned, but only on age and citizenship. Thus, for the very first time, freedom for all. Well, all in the USA and that’s in theory, but still, it was a huge step forward. We all owe Washington and the founding fathers a whole lot. But, that’s a different blog to come.

Lincoln freed the slaves. Books have been written about why he did this, but the fact is he did it. In the history of the world no one ever voluntarily did this before! There are still slaves in this world as I write this. Yet the idea that slavery is wrong and slaves should be voluntarily freed really began in the USA based on the liberation of Israel from Egypt.

However, the Pharaoh was definitely coerced based on the plagues and then tried to recapture the Israelites only to have his men drown in the Red Sea. America really freed the slaves. It had never really been done before. In fact, the Underground Railroad and the whole abolitionist movement were revolutionary, even strange in the whole history of the world. It seems normal and right to us now. Read history. It was not only revolutionary; it was downright weird at the time. On the other hand, to the Lord, it was never weird, it was right. Still an all time first on this planet and something to be proud of if you’re an American.

Well, in theory it was freedom for all and women had the vote and … but having laws and actually applying them were not the same thing, Not only in the USa but throughout the history of the world. Well, along came Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers and so many others, Negroes and Caucasians, Christians and Jews, who peacefully protested that constitutional rights were being denied. Yet another new idea in the history of the world! And the protesters were not protesting on their own behalf but often on behalf of others!

In fact, although this was a secular issue the people protesting were mostly religious Christians and Jews. If you look at some of the photos of the time, at the front of the marches, along with the Rev. Dr. King, there were other clergy, including very prominently and usually, Rabbi Heschel . Martin Luther King had a dream, a dream righteous men and women share even today – a dream of equality of opportunity to be who the Lord made each, individually to be..

So honoring Washington and Lincoln, heroes, leaders and presidents of wars for freedom became Presidents Day and our new national hero and leader, a minister and man of non-violence, Martin Luther King became the honoree of the other winter national holiday in the USA Amongst ourselves we may fuss and argue, but basically we can disagree peacefully. Isn’t that what democracy is all about?

I’m glad that Coretta Scott King and I are basically the same color although she is darker and I am lighter. It’s just a difference in shade. As the sun sets, at the end of the day, with the lengthening of shadows, as an artist who knows color keenly I promise you the difference in color is negligible. We are both of the earth, of the land of America .

When I paint a person at sunrise or sunset, poised against the rising or setting light of the sun, it’s hard to tell if that person is black, white, red or yellow, because next to the Light it really cannot be seen or matter.

By the way, if you look at the footsteps in Shavout Diaspora (Pentecost) under the Trees of Life series link, you’ll see that each of those foot step impressions are made from the name of the Lord (yud hey vav hey) in the colors of dark brown, yellow, reddish and sandy – the basic colors of mankind. It’s painted that way because we must each, individually come to the Lord, on our own. Yet we are all and each individually made in the Likeness of the Lord. Rationally or logically it is a paradox or mystery.

Spiritually, it’s obvious.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art at ungravenimage.com.

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27th Nov 2013

Celebrating Festivals of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Light Together – 2013

Jewish and Christian traditions combine on Thanksgiving and Hanukkah 2013, in a significant and poignant celebration of thanksgiving and religious freedom.

This has never happened before and will never occur again. The last time these dates on two separate calendars (for Jews the lunar Shumlian calendar and for Christians the soar Julian calendar), Thanksgiving, and the date of celebrating it on the third Thursday in November, was not an established or legal practice in the USA. Due to ongoing galactic progressions, it can never happen again! [For a scientific and mathematical explanation of this see Dr. Joel Hoffman ‘s “Why Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Will Never Again Coincide” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-joel-hoffman/hanukkah-and-thanskgiving_b_4312207.html ]

Obviously, this is important to American Jews who have even named this new fusion holiday:  Thanksgivukkah.  Right after eating their Thanksgiving meal who will have room to eat a traditional fried potato pancake, known as a latke?  Plus, the kids are going to make a long sit down meal difficult as they will be excited by the anticipation of the gift(s) they expect to receive near sunset when the blessing is said and the candles of the Hanukah menorah are lit. Can I hear an “Oy”?

Joking aside, the underlying meaning of this shared celebration is significant and poignant for both Jews and Christians.  The two holidays share much meaning, since each is a celebration of God’s provision of a way to worship in one’s own way, plus each is a time of giving thanks for divine, even miraculous provision. Plus, of course, since it is a Jews holiday, it was celebrated by Jesus, and this can be found in the Christian Testament Book of John, chapter 10, verse 22.

The story of Hanukkah is recorded in the First Book of Maccabees, which is part of the Apocrypha. The story takes place prior to the year 165 BC, at the time when the Jews in Judea lived under the rule of the Greek king of Damascus King Antiochus Epiphanes, who took control of the Temple in Jerusalem. He forced the Jewish people to abandon their worship of God, their holy customs and reading of the Torah, and he made them bow down to the Greek gods. According to the records, this King Antiochus IV defiled the Temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar and spilling its blood on the holy scrolls of Scripture.

A group of four Jewish brothers, led by Judah Maccabee, decided to raise up an army of religious freedom fighters, who became known as the Maccabees . After three years of fighting, the Maccabees achieved a miraculous victory and deliverance from the Greco-Syrian control.

The first task was to clean and rededicate the Temple to the Lord, which occurred on the 25th day of the Hebrew month called Kislev in 165 BC. Thus Hanukah is called the “Feast of Dedication”.

However, this re-dedication event had another huge obstacle to overcome. There was only one day’s worth of oil to light the eternal flame that is supposed to always burn in the temple. The rest of the specially processed oil had been defiled by the Greeks during their invasion. It would take a week for new oil to be processed and purified.  What to do?Well, in faith, the lamp with the one day portion of oil that they had. Miraculously the flame in the Temple continued to burn for eight full days until the new oil was prepared and available.  Thus Hanukkah is also called the “Festival of Light”, and Jews, all over the world light candles placed in special candelabras called menorahs for eight days.

Although the real first thanksgiving celebrations in the new world were performed by the Spaniards and Ethen the English at Jamestown, we commonly hold that the roots of the thanksgiving that we celebrate is the one held by the Pilgrims in 1621 CE at Plymouth Plantation.

Like the Jews of 165 BC in Judea, the Pilgrims were separatists from the Church of England who sought to worship God in their own way. They had fled to the Netherlands after suffering religious persecution in England for practicing in ways that were not approved by the established Church of England as it had authority over all Christian worship. Although they were able to worship in freedom in the Netherlands, the less strict culture and city economic life were too foreign to their own farming and English ways. Furthermore, England had almost arrested one of their own in the Netherlands, making them need to seek safety someplace further from England.

Their desperation is apparent by the fact that they even considered, and then undertook the risky undertaking to cross the Atlantic in The Mayflower and the Speedwell, heading for a land that had been devastatingly inhospitable to the Jamestown colony, the only settlers who had successfully managed the journey and previously reached the shores of North America. In fact, by the end of the first winter in Plymouth almost half of the settlers had died.

Yet, the Pilgrims had cause to celebrate as many had lived (as compared to Jamestown) and they had a successful harvest, and were therefore prepared for the winter. They held a three day celebration and feast,inviting the Native Americans as guests (who outnumbered them).  That event is now called the “First Thanksgiving”.  Of course, being Pilgrims, this was not just a party or way to thanks their guests; this was a way to give thanks to their God for provision and mercy.

Like the Jews of Judea in 165 BC, the Pilgrims of 1621 CE, were functionally ruling themselves and worshipping as they saw fit.  While we have no account of what could pass as a miracle (defying scientific expectation), their new lives probably felt miraculous to the Pilgrims.

This year, in many homes on Thanksgiving Day, Jews and Christians will be lighting candles. For most of them, they will be lighting the same number of candle: two. This occurs since the first night of Hanukah occurs Wednesday evening when two candles are lit actually, first the samash (worker) candle, which is used to light the other candle(s) throughout the holiday. Thus Thanksgiving day when many people light two candles on their holiday table, is actually still the first day of Hannukah.

Thus we have not only a convergence of holidays but of actions, giving prayerful thanks, gathering together, and lighting candles, which signifies our ability to bring the light of The Divine into the world by our actions.

May you and your loved ones have meaningful and blessed holiday(s).

Hanukkah Greeting & blessing

Chanukah Shalom, by Judy Rey Wasserman, 2005.
Strokes are all Hebrew Torah font letters, and you can see the words of the blessing over the Hanukkah candles within the Hebrew for Hanukkah and Shalom. This postcard has one of the earliest instances of my signature logo face. There is a You Tube video about how that is created: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXIyrkgvits  [Note: there really is no correct English spelling for Hanukkah.If you have MS Word, you can check this out for yourself via the spellchecker.]

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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. 

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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