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Please forgive the poor scanned image.  The scans are from the actual Journals.  References will be acknowledged regarding the odd “things” which have happened spontaneously when working on this painting, such as the journals were purchased online and the number of blocks were not counted, the image of the journal was a closed book.  Upon receiving the journal, it was opened to reveal a perfect grid for the entire painting.  It seems like a little detail but there are more, many more which facilitate ease in the making of this painting.
THE LAYOUT
 
This is the main canvas design of the painting requires 30-48″ x 48″/4 foot x 4 foot canvases.  The canvases are numbered for ease of work processes.  As noted in the first scan, each small box represents a 6″ x 6″ square within the total 48″ x 48″ canvas.  Twenty canvases are cloth, gallery wrapped canvases 1 1/2 inches thick.  Ten canvases are custom wood which are not made yet.  The wood canvases are designed to carry weight; the weight of cables and the weight of gemstones.  The cable canvases are designed with half moon shaped doors which open vertically to house coiled cables (there will be a blog later regarding these canvases).
 It is easy to lose sections of working canvas within the painting with these small measures.  Later, each canvas will be blown up by zoom for accuracy.  The rough sketch will be placed at various levels to increase the size in steps.  Moving back and forth through the Journal of Measures and The Journal of Sketches will decrease error when the scenes are painted.  The Pale Horse was sketched onto the canvas and after working it out in The Journal of Measures, it was found that the sketch was only one third of the required size!  

This is the main layout measuring a total of 12 feet by 40 feet.  Please comment as needed to help see anything missed in any scan regarding the design process.  This painting involves input and supplies from all over the world.  You have a part in its creation no matter how small.  Please, say what is on your mind and remember:  The only “stupid” question is the one which goes unasked.”  Thank you in advance!

 

 

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