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THE BLACK HORSE
 

A nine year old practice piece
Please note that the true height of this horse and rider are over nine feet on the canvas and that this horse is in the audience’s face.
If we think about these horses as segments of time* in lieu of what they stand for, the black horse carries the balances.  For me that means equality and justice.  Throughout history if we look at time and where various equalities meant more than ever before, that is the time we currently live in.  Think about it…womens rights, smokers rights, gay rights, human rights, racial and ethnic rights, world rights, human rights,…Who was the father of equality?  Who stood up for rights of equality more than anyone in history?
Martin Luther King
and he is the rider of the Black Horse.
“…a “BLACK HORSE” appeared and went forth, whose Rider held in his hand a “pair of balances,…” 
 
I am still negotiating whether to have this horse facing forward and reared.  I think that presence would be astounding but would take the faces further away from the viewer.  Here the faces are too significant in this portion of the painting.  The rider is higher than 6 feet on the painting without the horse reared and the perspective from below looking upward may interfere with the true message in this scene.
This is still very much a working piece.
 

Behold…THE BLACK HORSE!

 

 
*Please watch for the future blog on the Four Horsemen, racial classification,  and the segments of time they represent.  Along with the racial classifications of the horses, this blog will illustrate how races and time interact from past, present and into the future.  The coming blog will also reveal suprising political figures within the painting (the second and mysterious painting hidden in plain site within The Revelation Painting who have a part in the ancient and ongoing battle of good and evil noted in the journals overview blog).

 

 

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When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6:7-8 NIV

Revelation 6:8 Aramaic NT: Peshitta
ܘܚܙܝܬ ܤܘܤܝܐ ܝܘܪܩܐ ܘܫܡܗ ܕܗܘ ܕܝܬܒ ܥܠܘܗܝ ܡܘܬܐ ܘܫܝܘܠ ܢܩܝܦܐ ܠܗ ܘܐܬܝܗܒ ܠܗ ܫܘܠܛܢܐ ܥܠ ܪܘܒܥܗ ܕܐܪܥܐ ܕܢܩܛܠ ܒܚܪܒܐ ܘܒܟܦܢܐ ܘܒܡܘܬܐ ܘܒܚܝܘܬܐ ܕܐܪܥܐ ܀

I have to admit that I was petrified these days regarding my discovery of the skulls and the races in my previous blog regarding the Four Horsemen.  I was sure I was wrong about the Pale horse.  In the Aramaic Bible (first translations), it states that the Pale Horse is the Green Horse.  It was shocking to me, a massive mistake in my understanding of what I read…see, this is why I have all kinds of bibles now!
And behold a green horse, and his name that sat on him was death, and hell followed after him, and power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth
Odor, color changes, and bloating of the body during decomposition are the results of putrefaction. The lower part of the abdomen turns green due to bacteria activity in the cecum. Bacteria break down hemoglobin into sulfhemoglobin which causes the green color change. A formation of gases enters the abdomen which forces liquids and feces out of the body. The gases also enter the neck and face, causing swelling of the mouth, lips, and tongue. Due to this swelling and misconfiguration of the face, identification of the body can be difficult. Bacteria also enter the venous system causing blood to hemolyze. This leads to the formation of red streaks along the veins. This color soon changes to green, through a process known as marbelization. It can be seen on the shoulders, chest and shoulder area, and thighs. The skin can develop blisters containing serous fluid. The skin also becomes fragile, leading to skin slippage, making it difficult to move a body. Body hair comes off easily. The color change of the discoloration from green to brown marks the transition of the early stage of putrefaction to the advanced decompositional stages.
See the cited article here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decomposition

Also from Wikipedia:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse

The fourth and final horseman is named Death. Of all the riders, he is the only one to whom the text itself gives a name. Unlike the other three, he carries no weapon or other object (but some versions say that Death carries the scythe, symbolizing that he is the Grim Reaper); instead he is followed by Hades.
The color of Death’s horse is written as khlômos (χλωμóς) in the original Koine Greek, which is often translated as “pale”, though “ashen”, “pale green”, and “yellowish green” are other possible interpretations. The color suggests the sickly pallor of a corpse. The natural colors of horse coats that could be indicated include dun, palomino, buckskin, or one of several color variants with dilution genes.
How absolutely appropriate!  The riders’ name is Death and he is in stages of decomposition with his green horse.  Now I have to look at decomposition bodies, I have to study them and see the true colors of early decomposition.  It is amazing, the work required to create this painting.  There is obviously never a dull moment!

So the error remains close to the surface of my brain, haunting and taunting me.  I thought:  Why in the world would the Pale Horse actually be green, such an unnatural color?  Then last night I was watching Dr. G.- Medical Examiner.  She was talking about a young man who died and was decomposing earlier than normally expected.  She said:  “Decomposition turns the skin a blue-green color.”  I found myself sitting upright and at attention!  Wikipedia talks about the decomposition process and its stages.  Here is a part of it (where the green comes from):

 Putrefaction

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In effort to create precise measurements of individuals of The Revelation Painting, the study of human bone structure lead me to Forensic Anthropology.  It is imperative that I understand the measurements and calculations required to create the correct perspective of various races of human beings.  This study became extremely important in The Four Horsemen scene previously mentioned.
Based on Forensic Anthropology’s scientific calculations, the length of a man (or woman) can be measured by several bones for a relatively accurate overall height.  I used the length of the average Caucasoid male to calculate the total height and reverified by art anatomy standards.  With those two techniques applied I have calculated the height of the white horses’ rider to be 5’7″ based on his position in the painting.
The calculations based on art anatomy are as follows:
Femur (the long bone of the thigh) is on average the length of 2 heads.  In this case, the riders’ head was approximately 8″ in length (top to bottom)= 16″.  Then I used the scientific calculation used in Forensics:
Length of the femur (16″ or 2 heads)X 1.88+32=5’7″.

Now I am able to calculate the height of all riders not only based on their position and persective, but also the base caculation of the white horses’ rider!  Therefore, all measurements will be scientifically correct.

 
The face of the rider will be designed around the general skull shape.  This is what lead me to discover the calculations required for accurate perspective in this massive design.  The bottom of the sketch exhibits the “general” layout of the horses’ areas in this scene.  In the upper left the white horse was estimated by the size of the area it will occupy, then sketched loosely to get an idea of the head size, as noted by the numbers to the left 1-4 (which are feet then unmarked in inches-estimated).

The entire page length of this sketch was suprisingly 8″, the exact size of the skull.  This gave me a raw look at the size of the head which is close to actual human size.  The white horse is the furthest back in the painting…he is receding.  By looking at the size of the black horses’ space and that he is the closest to the viewer, he and his rider will be over 9′ tall…IMAGINE!

I produced an error in the initial calculations.  I was under the impression that the scientific calculation made the length of the femur itself and calculated initally on that finding (in black), then I “saw the light” (in blue) and correctly calculated the length.  Through my research, ancient men used to be shorter in stature than they are now in modern times, so his total height is most likely correct for his time.

Please examine the sketch and if you see ANYTHING you would like to bring to my attention, please do so.

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In this scene (Scene 1) Joseph is in “the spirit” and is not seen.  Jesus is before him telling him to write the things he sees.  Jesus holds within his hand 7 stars.  Originally I had Jesus standing forward and stiff, when actually he should have been facing GOD who is captured in Scene 2 above and to his right.  I also needed to measure through the human skeleton his actual body proportions as noted below.

Now Jesus is turned toward GOD holding the 7 stars and they are uplifted toward GOD as they represent the seven churches.  He also stands among 7 candlesticks which represent the 7 spirits.  There are 24 elders in the background here although they are mentioned in Scene 2.  I added them for substance within Scene 1 as Joseph is not visualized.  They represent the unity or transition of Scene 1 to Scene 2.  For better understanding, please read the beginning of Revelation and you can imagine the scene.

Blue indicates the skeleton, red and pencil, the robe.  Jesus’s face is illuminated by the presence of GOD, as well as how he is described.  It is very difficult to turn written text into visual art.  I do not know the race of Jesus, his skin color, or any other details beyond those written in Revelation where he is described as follows:

 

 12Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands;
 13and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash.
 14His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire.
 15His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.
 16In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

 

The only part of Jesus’s skin which would be exposed is the hands, but if they are together the glow of the stars which will be illuminated through fiber optics will drown out the color of the skin.  The face will be illuminated through paint and not fiber optics.  As brighter white placed on paynes grey would create the light of a window in the darkness…illumination with merely ghostly facial features.

The candle sticks are also difficult.  Can you imagine how many kinds of candlesticks there are?  Tall ones, short ones, fat ones, skinny ones, every color of gold…pale, shiny, ornate.  It seems an easy task, but is not!  I have decided to use ornate, golden candlesticks with 24K gold leaf.

Please examine the scene and offer suggestions.

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Dr. Martin Luther King and The Black Horse

We spoke earlier about The Four Horsemen representing races of people and I mentioned that if, by chance these horses represented spaces of time as well that we would be currently living in The Black Horses time.  I had chosen Dr. Martin Luther King as the rider of The Black Horse simply because the literal sign of the times is focused on equality of some proportion-civil rights, worker’s rights, veterans rights, equal rights, smokers rights, gay rights, womans rights, unborn rights, etc…

Rev 6:5  And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

The Black Horse carries “the balances”, or scales and scales measure equality.  Used as an icon in the courts, it would seem that the balances also measure justice, as in “the scales of justice” where evidence is weighed.  Appropriately we have also learned that on “Judgement Day” when the book of life is opened, we will be accountable for the deeds of our life whether good or bad.  Could it be that good and bad will be measured by balances?

Back to equality.  Dr. Martin Luther King is an icon of equality.  He not only fits the race required for The Black Horses’ rider, he also fits the cause: Equality.  It is only appropriate that he is The Black Horses’ rider.  The role is too significant that he played in changing the world to ignore and should be illuminated, thus never forgotten.  He was the father which birthed modern day of battles dealing with equality in any manner.  Numerous hours were spent sketching Martin Luther King.

Many sketches will be in the Journal of Sketches.  Roughly the first sketch and final painting are revealed here in this blog.  Martin Luther King is nearly completed here:

 

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