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THE REVELATION PAINTING

Inspired from a childhood experience, The Revelation Painting has been an 15 year endeavor to not only create a magnificent and historical work of fine art, but to use worldwide effort through the use of natural resources in creating the painting-the first of its kind. Precious and semi precious gemstones were gathered and crushed into shards for Scene VII of the painting. In collecting the stones from all over the world, their beauty shed an illuminating light on the people and cultures who build their homes and lives upon such beauty. In admiring the stones one begins to admire the people and their culture striving for an exposure unlike any other creating a kind of visual and artistic peace around the world!

The Revelation Painting is a massive work of art measuring 12 feet by 40 feet with seven magnificent scenes. Thirty canvases 48″ X 48″ are required for the creation of the painting. The canvases are gallery wrapped cloth and custom-made wooden canvases required to carry the weight and storage of the elements of the painting. This painting will travel the world in exhibition and is history in the making!

The Revelation Painting has been in the works for 15 years and is scheduled for release in December 2012. The artist has expressed that in this world of turmoil and unsettling conflict, that something very beautiful can be created through resources not commonly used to create unity and world peace. Fifteen years were dedicated to exposing the beauty of the world and its resources, its people, spirit, culture and soul. The artist states: “It is a “presence” of beauty for the world, visual peace in times of turmoil.”

The painting incorporates fiber optics, 3D “flip” graphic resources, and OVER $140,000.00 of gemstones from around the world, among other things commonly not seen in fine arts. Each gemstone holds a sacred place in the painting which is identified in one of seven journals being created simultaneously titled: The Stones. The journal includes information about the stones and it’s origin related to the painting. One of the mysteries of Revelation have been uncovered in this section of the painting!

The other six journals are:
The Journal of Dreams
The Journal of Visions (which includes the last year of the making of the painting as in a diary format)
The Journal of Measures
The Journal of Sketches
Truth-The Hemorrhage of Pigs!
Journal of Acknowledgement, the most important journal in the series acknowledges the participation no matter how great or small toward completion of this masterpiece. It discloses not only personal contributions but information provided by the contributor and advertising if desired of their businesses, personal information, a message to the world, dreams and aspirations. Essentially whatever the contributor wants to say to the world!

Scene II GOD measures 14 feet by 9 feet and is alive with color and energy, moving on the canvas and illuminated. As the audience becomes hypnotized by the sparkle and light, the painting begins to bleed before their very eyes: Truth-The Hemorrhage of Pigs! A hidden mystery is disclosed, then the painting returns to the beauty of brilliant, white light and energy!

Over $2500.00 of high quality acrylic paints were used to create the Devil due to his remarkable, highly textured reptilian skin. Real gold was used in various areas of the painting! Human hair on some characters for realism embedded and combed into the heavy lacquer becoming a part of the painting forever. A mystery of religion and humanity is revealed within the Four Horsemen which will be disclosed later in the blogs to follow!

Please subscribe to the blog for regular updates. The painting will be shown via live webcam in mid (est., June) 2012 with the artist working on it…THE FINALE. There will be scans of the work and updates of all aspects of the wonderful creation starting in January 2012. You will view the last year of the making of this historical painting. It is a painting to the people for the people. You and the world are a part of it!

Please note that all aspects about the painting will be blogged including but not limited to: Letters written soliciting sponsorship and/or investors, auctions, advertising of the painting, in addition to specific blogs related to the making of the painting. You will not be solicited but will have access to where the areas of participation are offered such as having your name embedded in the painting as a crusader of good in the visible but invisible battle of good and evil which is occurring right before your eyes!
It is exciting, original and Revelation is Rising!

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INTRODUCTION:

THE REVELATION PAINTING

La Pittura di Rivelazione

 

The Revelation Painting was inspired from so many sources throughout my lifetime including the “Old Masters” and their impeccable styles.  The most prominent inspiration beyond a doubt was my mother, Mary Ann.  She was also a very talented artist who put her painting on the back burner in a sacrifice to be a wife and for motherhood and for that I am grateful.  Within her motherly love, she instilled within me a powerful imagination giving me the ability of vision and creation.  My mother ignited the passion of The Revelation Painting mainly through something that happened to her when she was twelve years old; an event that changed not only her life but also mine as her daughter.  Sometimes we receive more than genetics from our parents; we receive the seeds of dreams and through those seeds, gemstone foundations become a magnificent and massive painting!

 I cannot say that I am religious, but I am learning to find my own answers.  The Revelation Painting and 12 years of its creation have offered insight beyond what I could have expected to receive from even formal study.  There was one white bible in our home and it was my mothers.  Although I had spent countless hours trying to read it from the beginning, I returned to the Book of Revelation.  Visual imagery of creatures with six wings covered with eyes, locust with men’s faces, woman’s hair, golden crowns and tails like scorpions overwhelmed my imagination.  Although I found my heart, pounding often times, it was not in fear of what I was reading, it was the image I conjured up through imagination and its glorious power often times carrying me to sleep on the back of a horse with a head like a lion!  My love for the visuals was very inspiring.

Becoming an adult, I began to realize the natural resources of the world and their unsurpassed beauty, which cannot be mimicked even through  science, such as a true rainbow during a soft rain, the blue to violet hues within a red ruby, and the sparkle of a human eye filled with innocence, fear or sorrow.  I began to develop a sense of humbleness while searching for the gemstones that play such a critical role in the New City of this painting.  I saw humanity crushed by diamond thieves, the life, spirit and passion carved from people’s hearts, and in countries where the citizens should be living like kings of the earth due to the natural resources they sleep upon, children are starving to death!   The Revelation Painting developed into a global endeavor through the stones of the New City and the new world it represents.

In creating a global endeavor, I felt it appropriate to utilize as many languages as possible in subtitles of the painting as well creating a sense of unity.  The effort was to pull as many cultures, races, ethnicities as possible into the painting even offering messages in forward, backward and hidden formats within the painting.  People across the globe were and continue to be offered opportunities never seen before to become a part of the painting, of history in the making.  Never before has an artist offered humanity to become intertwined within his/her art as it is being created.  It is an exciting endeavor!

 

  

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EMERALD-The Fourth Stone

 

Red Emerald-Bixbite

 

Beryl has been considered a valuable gemstone since prehistoric times. There are many colors of beryl known under many names. Green beryl is called emerald. In the 1800s green beryl was removed from the beryl family and called emerald. Blue beryl is aquamarine, colorless is goshenite, pink is morganite and yellow is heliodor ranging from a bright yellow to a honey-golden yellow.

Red beryl is extremely rare and mimics shades of red from bubble gum to to scarlet, or the color of blood. Mainly found within the Wah Wah Mountains of Utah, only an estimated 60 pounds were ever mined in the history of the world! Some smaller amounts have been found in other countries recently. Oddly enough it seems people are drawn to this stone yet do not understand why. The reason will be revealed later via an exerpt from The Stones Journal.

Blood?

 

The most common thread between this stone, its rarity, and the similar color of blood is in fact that the bible pounds a message to its readers that we should never forget that Jesus shed his blood for our sins. What better way to elevate the significance of that sacrifice than to mark it with the rarest gemstone in the world? These facts seem confusing but within The Revelation Painting there is a mystery of Revelation which has been overlooked since the bible was written and it will be revealed in The Stones Journal. Once revealed, the mystery is easily seen in the painting. The price for red beryl or Bixbite is astronomical! For one faceted carat, you can expect to pay $20,000.00 or more. Although I have obtained 6 carats of rough stone and the collection required for this section of the painting (an estimated 272 carats) will obviously have to be forfieted in lieu of a replacement stone of similar color or some other meaningful way to express the significance of this most important section.

I once spoke to a man who had worked in the mines in Utah and asked for the owner’s contact information. He was very put off when he found that I needed to crush it for the painting. He went on to say that the stone was highly coveted and that the owner would never sacrifice it for the painting. I will never know if I do not ask, so time will tell if the mine owner will sacrifice a handful of the stone.

(THIS SECTION WILL BE UPDATED as developments occur)

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 MY CUSTOM STONE CRUSHER

 

 

 

 

 

MY TOOL

 

 

For over nine years I tried to crush gemstones by various methods.  I lost many, got hit in the face many times, essentially I would consider it a very dangerous job!  Round stones become projectiles…believe me!

So I see a man on Ebay who sells gold mining tools and think:  “Wow, he might be able to design me a tool.”  The tools he was selling were far too big to crush a carat stone.  I wrote him, told him what I needed, the specifics and he made the tool by welding it, and shipped it while the metal was still hot!  He was truly what you call a “God-send”.

The tool was designed to fit flush internally with the inner base in order not to get small pieces of stones trapped in any fissure lines.  He dropped hot metal (steel) into the barrel and quickly brushed it with a steel brush to make it shiny, smooth inside.

This device is heavy, I thought it might break my scanner glass so I placed it in two scans below.  The plunger (I call it) is solid steel with a welded pipe vertically and a hollow handle welded horizontally.  It is a very powerful tool!  I destroyed some quartz (as practice pieces) in the beginning until I got the exact range to smash the stones.

The main thing I learned about using this tool is that although you are smashing very valuable stones and breaking them into shards, you still need to be gentle and respectful or when you lift the plunger, you may be left with colorless white powder!  It is also great for anger management issues~!

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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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