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The Almond Tree by AudreyBenjaminsen The Almond Tree by AudreyBenjaminsen

(prints and products at: society6.com/audreybenjaminsen)

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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:iconartin2007:
artin2007 Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
...splendid lines/palette and composition,
reminescent of early 20th C illustration...
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OakVillaFlotilla Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this!    well done.
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Arahiriel Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
Wow, just wow! Such a great job!
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arbiterofelegance Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
Beautiful art and reflection :)
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Karin-Tem Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:iconramblinggypsy:
RamblingGypsy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
This is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous..
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Ballinsheenwarrior Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This rocks I love that it reminds me of Gustav klimt
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:iconziphel:
Ziphel Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing
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:iconahemka:
ahemka Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015   General Artist
Hi ! I featured your work here : ahemka.deviantart.com/journal/…
Have a nice day
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:iconspeenu:
Speenu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.  It captures a very particular mood, reminiscent of a classical painting.  Awesome composition and color.
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:iconsourisdesbois:
sourisdesbois Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:iconbmarch:
bmarch Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Lovely piece! Reminiscent of Mucha and Klimt's style.
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:iconjessibels:
Jessibels Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
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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LaurenNatvigGray Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
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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LeticiaMahieu Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
I love it!! :)
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ronkedoor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waw, amazing!
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OroMolio Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
superb!
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:iconfinickii:
Finickii Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Student Filmographer
Great shapes. Great colors. Just great overall.
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:iconalfredparedes:
AlfredParedes Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful!!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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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1stepforward2back Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Artist
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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:iconlykus:
Lykus Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some refreshing art to see on the front page. :) Stunning.
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floresbanuelos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He reminds me of tenzin from korra
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AnIm3MaNgA Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of a much older Tenzin :D
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AthanorArts Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Fantastic! Love the tones!
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LittleLadyMary Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous is not enough to define.. 
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:iconspeenu:
Speenu Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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SeraphGeneral10 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
I think it's a beautiful piece however last time I checked the true people of Yashra'Al(Israel) were black weren't they? Or at least that's how the
writings prophets described them. If one is going to display the people of the book then you need to display them as they have been written to look like.
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juantomajok Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
awesome
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fedora-blues Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! I saw the lines for this on your instagram and was really excited to see what the finished piece would look like. :heart:
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esemese Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Why you make fav your whole gallery!
Seriously, another beautiful work :3
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:icontheotherforcemajeure:
This speaks to me in a way I can´t describe. Great artwork!
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DocWendigo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your art is great!
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gregor-kari Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! 
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pucchu Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a wonderful work! Llama Emoji-65 (Blink White and Tired) [V3] 
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VanessaFardoe Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I really like the mixed media in this piece.  Great color choices too.  It looks like a modern day of classic fine art.
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Nymla Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's great. I love your style! :) And It's fantastic when you get to take some time to research isn't it? ^^
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