Magen David Daled
Magen David Daled - by Adam Rhine
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Board

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“By David, a psalm. Of mercy and justice do I sing; unto Thee, G-d, will I sing praise.” Tehillim/Psalm 101:1

Daled is the first letter in the name of David HaMelech (David our King.) The six-pointed star is called the Magen David, or “Shield of David,” since it was his standard. David is credited with writing all 150 Psalms, songs to be sung by the tribe of Levi in the Beit HaMikdash, praising G-d's greatness. The letter daled is in the top point of this star.

The painting has a special place in my heart, as it is the very first Judaica painting I ever composed, setting the course for my entire Magen David series and all Judaica artwork to follow.

It is also a rare occurrence when I am able to achieve everything that I want in a design, from the almost-hypnotic depth of the geometry in the center to the color balance of the rust-brown background and the plum-blue tips. I had just turned thirty when I started focusing my art on Judaica and painted this image.

Thirty, according to the Midrash, is the age when a person can begin influencing the world. Up until then they are preparing by building their knowledge and character.

Text by Louise Temple from the book "Hebrew Illuminations"