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Portrait of Lady Wisdom by melanierogers Portrait of Lady Wisdom by melanierogers
Solomon portrayed wisdom as a personal being, a woman.

~ Reference Proverbs 8 ~

At the very least,
an excellent ancient "literature deviation" :D

And so much more.

Wisdom in his proverbs has become a friend of mine. I think of her, what I know she would say, when I am willing to admit to myself that I am not thinking clearly. "She" has helped me many times to take my best choice, and avoid unpleasant consequences.

When I listen to her.

Watercolor paper, pencil sketch, strips of the words from a page of a Bible. I think they are put to good use here. Paint, a sharpie pen, gel medium and whatever was out on the table that day [I forget] ~ went into making it.
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AzarelTwin Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Gah! I love that proverb! I always said the bible needs for fanart haha
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
I just read Psalm 103 today. That is a great one. Another favorite of mine.

Thanks for the comment.
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pinballwitch Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Cool concept & beautiful work :love: I've wanted to feature this favorite of mine for a while now, and I finally found a good place for it: [link]
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Thanks! Great collection. Hope lots of people take time to enjoy it.
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bastet78 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
cool work
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Warm greetings to you. Hope you are enjoying life. I've been mostly away from dA working on "outside" world projects. In a few months I hope to dive into tons of new art work. And I will visit your gallery to see what you have been doing lately.
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caseykitten Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Stunning <3
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
HI, thank you. I appreciate you looking and leaving a nice comment. :iconrafaawwplz:
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hrwilliams Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Writer
Gorgeous. You really have style.
Thanks for reminding us to listen for Wisdom's voice.
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Hello again. Thank you.

And yes, this really does help me a lot. Wisdom is given to me, to guard me and lead me to the best possible life. I guess I have a low self-concept, or have listened to and believed lies about myself. I slip into bad habits, the old sanity cliche, same thing over and over and expecting different results deal,,,

If I will stop during all those little bad decisions through out the day, and ask myself do I want to be wise or do what I "feel like" [when feelings are leading downward, or at least keeping me idling...]

When I decide I want to do what Lady Wisdom would do, I discover I always know the right thing to do. Seems easier to change bad habits this way. This is one of the few pieces of my work that I framed and keep on my own walls.
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mishkuu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful work
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Thank you for looking. I appreciate your comment.
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Part of the Ugly Mug Portraits feature [link] and [link]
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Hi Joe!

Thank you. Hope all is grand with you. I love October.
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Dear friend, I've featured your work again, this time in a news story [link] on beautiful and creative works currently on display in the various Ugly Mug Portraits group galleries!
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Thank you for presenting a wonderful collection of artists. I am looking forward to long visits in each gallery represented.

Very honored to be included in this group.
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Dark-Felix Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Great work! :D :+fav:

Solomon wasn't the only person who personified Wisdom. As a matter of fact, "Wisdom Literature" is actually it's on ancient genre! Personifying other concepts was also common practice. Wisdom literature is also featured in intertestimental texts such as Ben Sirach, Wisdom of Solomon, and Philo. I really love reading it as well. :)

What's even more interesting though (astounding even), is what pre-Christian Judaism said of Wisdom and Philo also of the Logos (meaning "word", if I'm not mistaken), Paul and the others say of Jesus. Roles that Proverbs, Ben Sirach, etc. ascribe to Wisdom, early Christians ascribe to Jesus... which is basically how the concept of Trinitarianism was formed, since Lady Wisdom herself was often ascribed qualities that were thought to only be applicable to God.

There's a really awesome apologetics article on this subject, you should check it out if you're interested: [link]
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Thanks for sharing it. I will have to return here another day, and I'll get back to you when I do.

I sent my computer in for repairs today. Currently on a library one, just for a quick catch up. Sounds like you've done a lot of study. How did you develop your interest in philosphy [and obviously, wisdom]?

Thank you for the compliment on my art.
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Dark-Felix Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
I've always kind of loved the female personification of Wisdom from Proverbs 8 and so forth. Haha and truth be told you could say I'm attracted to the strong battle-maiden type of persona, and I kind of get that vibe from Lady Wisdom. Strong, intelligent, just... that's beauty right there!

My interest in Wisdom Literature really sparked once I read that article on Wisdom Christology that I linked you. Trinitarianism is so much easier to understand and teach to others once you realize the connection between Wisdom Literature and the claims Christ made of Himself, and the claims the early church of Him as well.
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Hello there. I'm still only getting brief snatches of time on-line. Popped into my local library to borrow a laptop for a few minutes and discovered this note from you.

I will backtrack and get fully caught up eventually, and get over to read the link.

I'm thinking of painting the one female Judge recorded in the book of Judges. She was a spectacular woman. Very interesting history.

Racing through for now. Will keep in touch...
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carly-jean Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
featured: [link] :]
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
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AeliaNaqwiDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful..:huggle:
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
You are such a great supporter. Thanks.
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AeliaNaqwiDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome:hug:
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Bleu-Ninja Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The collage really adds to this.
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Thank you.:icongivemeyayplz:
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Sottak Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
beautifully done!:)
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
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CozyComfyCouch Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work! :clap: :)
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Honored. Thank you. :iconraindanceplz:
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Ssabina Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
oh, this is so cool! would love to have this on my wall. as soon as i can afford it, i will buy it.
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
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~ mel
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RSC3 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I continued down the page. I love watercolor and yes I have mix media some of mine. This piece is good and I like the spontaneity.
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Thank you. I had the face sketched and waiting around. I knew she belonged in a special setting. You are right, once the idea occured it came together very spontaneously.

I will visit another time your gallery. [4:30am here, crazy!]

I wasn't listening to my friend Wisdom tonight. ;)
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RSC3 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This is an unusual piece. I haven't seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing it.
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work! Featured [link] and [link] on June 12, 2010!
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Thank you for choosing to include my art. That is an incredible collection.

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carly-jean Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Beautiful. Truly a work of art!!
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
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:iconcardinalplz: Thank you.
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Gsusfreak94 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
WOW :jawdrop: that is...amazing!!!!!! :eyepopping: so detailed!! oh my gosh!!! :heart:
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
:iconcatplz: Thank you, :heart:
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Gsusfreak94 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
my pleasure! :D
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traylor1234 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Beautiful work.
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
:iconmourningdoveplz: Thank you.
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traylor1234 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
I love the Dove.
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MsSunpuppy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
wow, such creativity! ^^
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Love your CS Lewis quote.

I reference The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in the artist comments under my abstract called:

BLOOD AND WATER FLOWED.

I appreciate you comment.
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:iconmagpieplz: :star: Thank you.
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MsSunpuppy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Thanks, it was a hard choice considering almost everything that came out of his mouth was profound.
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