Description Isaiah 40The chapter Isaiah 40 begins with the words Comfort, comfort my people a prophecy of comfort and renewal, which is inscribed continuously in micro calligraphy by Ellen Miller Braun using gematria. (link to explanation) Verses 1-30 of Isaiah 40 are written thirteen times, equaling the Hebrew word for love-ahava. This love for Israel creates the bold sky, soaring cliffs, and tree-covered valley. The number, thirteen, becomes very spiritual and reflects G-ds love for his chosen people: Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the L-rd shall be revealed. Showing us how strong G-ds love for us is by granting miracles both hidden and revealed.Verse 31 of Isaiah 40 is written 208 times, filling the eagle with glorious strength from wing tip to wing tip. We again see the emphasis placed on G-ds love because the number 208 is divisible by 13. What makes this equation even more powerful is the fact that there is a remainder of 3, which means strength. Spelled in Hebrew this turns into the 3 letter word Amen,a confirmation of the fact that this prophecy shall come to fruition! Amen! .but they that wait upon the L-rd shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint. The outstretched wings serve as a canopy enveloping the Jewish people in love and strength. G-d will gather the lamb with His arm, and carry them in His bosom Behold, the L-rd G-d will come with might, and his arm shall rule for him.
Ellen Braun, Karnei Shomron, Israel Member Since August 2014 Artist Statement Ellen Miller Braun was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Drawing on her natural talent, Ellen studied fine arts at Northeastern Illinois University. Ardent Zionists, Ellen and her husband decided to follow their heart felt dream and moved to Israel with their children in 1983. Ellen and her family now live in Ginot Shomron, in the Biblical hills of Samaria. Ellen’s inspiration comes directly from Hashem, G-d, and reflects her love of her wonderful, growing family and living in Israel. All of this joins together with her deep dedication of Torah and an observant Jewish lifestyle.
The story of how Ellen began creating micro calligraphy is almost as inspiring as the works of art themselves. Before Ellen began creating these amazing works, she was already a world class artist creating soft sculptures of whimsical Chassidic figures as well as familiar Political and Biblical characters. This was another form of art that showed the painstaking dedication she has to her craft. While these figures were quite popular both in Israel and around the world, as Ellen puts it, “Hashem had new plans for me. One day I woke and the need to do this (micro calligraphy) descended and enveloped me. However, I am a person who needs time to think things over and I wasn’t ready to do something like this at that point in my already busy life. I decided not to say anything to anyone, because I knew if I did, my husband would be taking me to go get my supplies that minute!” Two weeks later, Ellen’s husband got a call from one of his friends in California. They wanted to start marketing micrography in their area and asked for Eliezer's help finding suppliers. Once Ellen heard this, she understood the gift she was being given. She told her husband about doing micro calligraphy herself... and the rest as they say, is history.
Even with her extensive art background, Ellen really just took it one step at a time. Each time she developed a piece she learned something new, starting with the fact that she is the only one in the world to use a calligraphy pen and water color paint to create her pieces. Some pieces taking as much as 11 months to create. Ellen knows that G-d was guiding her on this new journey. The first piece she created was Shir Ha Shirim - the idea was just there. The next two pieces, Ezekiel 36 and Lion of Judah, came as suggestions from her husband. Ellen began creating her micro calligraphy art in 1999, Her exquisite designs are sold as both numbered, limited fine art reproductions, and non-numbered editions, which can be viewed in her Gallery. Ellen also has created numerous pieces for private collections.
Ellen's unique micro calligraphy art can be found throughout the world, bringing inspiration, hope and joy to people from all backgrounds. Her work is featured in both public and private venues and has also been included as a page in a special women’s prayer book, "Ani Le' Dodi V'Dodi Li" and as a teaching tool in a Jewish school text book.