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The Almond Tree

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Published: November 11, 2014
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Honored to have placed third at the fifth annual Judeica Show this year! Many thanks to the Hillells of the Florida Suncoast for hosting the event. 

This year the theme was, The Book of Numbers. It felt nice to take some time and do some reading and research for this piece. 

It is said that Aaron’s rod, was made of an almond branch, and upon his appointment as resurrected High Priest, his rod budded and flowered, as a sign that he was chosen to lead the generations forward.

The almond tree is a progressive symbol in the Jewish faith of new life and new beginnings. As it’s amongst the first to bloom and awaken from winter’s sleep, I noted strong parallels with the new generation of Israelites who awaken in faith and new leadership to move their people forward to a better life.

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Ain't faithful myself but you've clearly captured something sublime.
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This beautiful drawing gives me the vibes of The Alchemist (that book is amazing)
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...splendid lines/palette and composition,
reminescent of early 20th C illustration...
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i love this!    well done.
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Wow, just wow! Such a great job!
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Beautiful art and reflection :)
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This is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous..
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This rocks I love that it reminds me of Gustav klimt
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Hi ! I featured your work here :…
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Beautiful.  It captures a very particular mood, reminiscent of a classical painting.  Awesome composition and color.
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Lovely piece! Reminiscent of Mucha and Klimt's style.
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I adore this. You have such a gorgeous, unique storybook-illustration feel to your work that really reminds me of Arthur Rackham and the like; the composition and linework and soft texture are all perfectly handled. :heart:
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Wow, those wrinkles are just fantastic...
lots of variation in line weight, defined without being too bold anywhere.
Eyegasm of the day today >w<
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waw, amazing!
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Great shapes. Great colors. Just great overall.
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What a gorgeous piece! I love the lines on his robe; they feel like little rays of sunlight in the shade. Beautiful picture. Love the composition. :)
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Absolutely gorgeous. The muted colors and the delicate lines give it a rich/ old world feel.
Thanks for sharing with us!
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Some refreshing art to see on the front page. :) Stunning.
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