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The Black Horse is moving right along.  His body will be complete by the 01/31st and the head will follow.   The orange is the fire of Hell which follows The Pale Horse (see the working images blog for The Pale Horse).

Keep in mind, you are seeing 64 square feet of the painting here which was a challenge in perspective!  The Black horse will be over 9 feet tall when completed.   Martin Luther King’s foot is an actual size 12 in the painting, just to give you an idea of his size on canvas.

The high gloss emulsion required to seal the real hair onto the canvas for the mane (and tail) creates a glare on the photos and for that I apologize.  I will have to have professional quality photos taken at a later date.  The balances, or scales are incomplete.

The swirling fur pattern is seen here, as well as the lines of the 48″ x 48″ canvases.  Martin Luther’s feet hang in the wheat and barley which is still incomplete.  The highlights of the horse’s musculature id Interference Blue (a metallic blue powder).

The dead, black-green grass of The Pale Horse coming will crash into the live wheat and barley grass of The Black Horse.  I like the dirt division line but am having a problem making The Pale Horse look further away.  The green and beige grasses need to be taller, brighter and more detailed to make the perspective of distance.

Wheat and barley, incomplete.  The kness with fur detail.  Martin Luther’s toes are hanging down here and still incomplete as well.  I am considering something in the background but am unsure what may be there at this point.  It is a lot of space.

Close up of the real hair, unfinished as well.  I used far more hair than I wanted.  It has been a long time since I worked with the hair and forgot just how overwhelming it can be.  The picture is blurry and I will be taking more.  The hair also requires much more for finishing to create the effect of being “a part” of the painting.

Watch for more….The completed 64 square feet will be at:  www.therevelationpainting.com before it is here.

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The Pale Horse is still a work in progress.  His rider will be a skeleton.  The Pale Horse’s rider is named Death so I painted not only the horse with the green tint of decomposition (see the Medical Examiner blog), but the grass dying as he rides over and near it.  The orange is the base of Hell which follows.  There will be a mystery embedded here when it is complete.

This is the second horse I painted from The Four Horsemen scene.  Although the canvas is 4 feet by 4 feet, I thought that painting him in the center would surely give room for distance and perspective but I was wrong.  He will not be as far back as I originally calculated.  There will be a blog to follow about the meaning of the horse’s related to time and their significance.  The Pale Horse’s time is coming, maybe closer than I was originally thinking.  It may have been meant to be this way. (CLOSER) 

Please note the color is off here.  The horse is actually greener than it appears here.  I am still working on this horse.  I have taken the “hump” from his neck behind his head in order to show more of his skeleton rider.  I like the eyes, they are from the original attempt of the horse’s face when I did not realize hors’e eyes are on the sides of their heads, not the front.

From the front perspective looking at the horse, the right eye is darker as it is in decomposition.  Some of the green hue is seen here.  The horse will have a human hair mane and tail-blond with green highlights.

Watch for more….The pictures will be at:  http://photos.therevelationpainting.com

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 The Four Horsemen-beginning photos

See:  http://photos.therevelationpainting.com  for finished work.

Working images of The Black Horse.  See www.therevelationpainting.com for more photos and blogs regarding the work.  http://photos.therevelationpainting.com

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Please note that you will have to keep coming back to this blog as it is edited with new images throughout the next few days.  The text will remain red until the blog is complete letting you know it is still a working image.  Please feel free to rss for updates as they are posted.  These are cell phone images, sorry.  Thank you

 

The Four Horsemen

My studio space only allows four canvases to be placed together at a time.  This is where the Journal of Measures (an Numbers) comes in handy.  I can look at the general layout and know how much space I have to work on a piece of the painting.  Last night I placed four canvases together and drew out the sketch from The Journal of Sketches.  As I mentioned before, horses are my weakest area.  After countless attempts, I feel satisfied with The Black Horses head, yet it still requires a lot of detail.  The body though, currently has eight different legs!  I will have to decide on the legs I want a little later.  The Pale Horse is around 2 feet tall and The Black Horse around 7 feet tall!  The horses are marching forward, that is why the same leg (right front) is lifted in both horses as they march in a uniform manner.  I may lighten The Black Horses eye a little later.  The decision to make the horse standing toward the viewer seemed the best direction.
GENERAL SKETCH (Still creating this scene):

The Black Horse’s chest is centered between four canvases.  There is a reason for that, it is the center of attention in the group of four.  The Pale Horse is the next, The Red Horse (not pictured yet), then The White Horse in the distance (not pictured yet).   


 
 

 

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