Psalms Chapter One
This is a watercolor painting I made in the early 1980's based on the psychedelic art used on album covers and Filmore concert posters, but using Hebrew letters. I wrote the entire first chapter of Psalms starting in the center and going outward counterclockwise. It is quite hard to read even for fluent Hebrew speakers because the letters flow into each other. Also because some of the letters are in hot colors on a cold-colored background; whereas some are the opposite - cold colors on a hot-colored background.
Here is the text of Psalms Chapter 1 in Hebrew and English:
אשרי האיש אשר לא הלך בעצת רשעים ובדרך חטאים לא עמד ובמושב לצים לא ישב
כי אם בתורת יי חפצו ובתורתו יהגה יומם ולילה
והיה כעץ שתול על פלגי מים אשר פריו יתן בעתו ועלהו לא יבול וכל אשר יעשה יצליח
לא כן הרשעים כי אם כמץ אשר תדפנו רוח
על כן לא יקמו רשעים במשפט וחטאים בעדת צדיקים
כי יודע יי דרך צדיקים ודרך רשעים תאבד
Fortunate is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scorners.
But his delight is in the Torah of the Lord, and in his Torah he meditates day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, its leaf also shall not wither, and in whatever he does he shall prosper.
Not so the wicked, but they are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.