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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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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 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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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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