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The Journal of Dreams 01/27/2010

I started painting the white background on the custom canvases-64 square feet (4-4 foot canvases).  The brush I am using is 1″ and it is clear that I should have used a roller!  This is an absolutely huge painting that gives a lot of time to think about things as you work on it.  I like to keep tabs on what I think about when painting certain things.  Painting is therapy and the huge white canvas(es) are waiting for the artist to spill their thoughts upon it.

Today I imagined the Old Masters and their thoughts while painting some of their best works.  Also, I wondered how much background noises had to do with their thoughts.  In the 1600’s there were probably bird sounds and carriages pulled by horses.  The click-clack of their feet in motion may have kept a beat used to stroke the painting at a certain pace, or maybe the noises threw off the artist’ concentration when trying to do intricate work.

Did the artist paint in solitude or was there an audience watching?  Imagination is a wonderful thing which can take a person into a different realm of existence.  I could turn into someone else while painting, I could find myself hanging by strings like a puppet while I paint, I could go as  far as my imagination would carry me, or that I let it.  In the medical field, an experience like that would be termed psychosis.  I once read that artist view life differently.

What I have noticed is that art and critical care or emergency nursing could complement one another but do not go well together.  There are too many extenuating circumstances that get in the way.  There are too many details that I see which overwhelms me so I try not to see anything beyond the issues at hand.  If time slows down for some reason, it can be an asset, otherwise getting caught up in the details will often get you behind.

A good example is high blood pressure.  A person may come to the emergency room for a completely different ailment.  But as soon as the person walks in they may have a certain tone of color which changes from the neck up, a darker appearance to the skin.  Although the blood pressure may be elevated, if it is not in the danger zone, it is not addressed as rigorously.  The change in skin tone indicates a prolonged battle with high blood pressure sometimes known, sometimes not known.

Most people would not pick up on that subtle change but an artist can see it right away such as in the paleness of lips or especially the lower eyelid that reveals itself in anemia.  It may prove useful for medical students to take classes in painting the human face and becoming aware of the natural colors of the skin when they are not related to diseases and when they are.  Often times things are missed just because someone thinks it is a natural color.

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The Journal of Dreams 01/20/2010

The four wooden canvases are up and ready for the creation of God!  This is a dangerous project.  Since I live in an apartment, I really cannot hammer big nails in the walls to hold these wooden canvases so I had to be creative.  Each canvas is held in place be strips of silk tape and tacked to the wall.  Every few hours, the right top one works its way forward and I have to re-tack it.  I think it is a little warped.  Hopefully in adding the moisture of paint and re-tacking it often, the minute warp will resolve.  In the interim, I have to be extremely careful not to let it fall.  Due to the weight of it, it would cause damage to itself and/or the environment.

This area is what I have dreamed about my entire life and it is exciting to think about starting it.  The upper left canvas is the core of where God will be,  Originally he was going to cover 4 canvases in a circle of light but the wood-worker brought up a good point about drilling holes through the frames and the mismatch of light.  If holes are drilled through the frames in the amounts needed from 2mm-6mm, it would destroy the integrity of the canvas.  If I tried to expand light from one canvas to the other, there would be a line of no light where the frame is.  I made the core of light on the upper left-a circle taking up nearly the entire canvas.

I searched and searched for the sparkle I imagined for this section.  Glitter which encompasses all the colors of the rainbow, although the bible mentions an “emerald” rainbow around God, I do not believe it means green.  I believe the rainbow to be reds and oranges as noted in blogs I have written about the stones of The Revelation Painting-specifically The New City.  I am looking at 6 coats of the brightest white, followed by placement of the rainbow in reds and oranges around the throne.  The throne is also a problem.  What kind of throne?  I researched in google images for pictures of thrones and am undecided.

If the light is bright and brilliant, I may be able to make only pieces of the throne visible under shadows which block the light, like from the wings of The Four Living Creatures.  I thought this would be an easy section to paint, prehaps the easiest of the entire painting but am fast learning that it may be the most complicated scene!  I had problems with the candlesticks early on and now the throne.  From my mother’s description in her story of God, she said he was the “brightest light”.  About 10 years ago I contacted NASA for a custom-made light that would insult the eyes but not harm them.  I never heard back.

It seemed as though The New City would have been the finale’ of the painting but it now seems nearly every scene is a finale’ in itself.  If I can imagine it all together, I would see the attraction for the lights and movement in Scene II (including the Hemorrhage-the bleed), but now The Four Horsemen of Scene III has become very dramatic, and Babylon will sparkle prehaps more than the crushed stones of The New CIty!  It is a magnificent work of art.  I cannot wait to see it all together myself.  I just keep imagining myself standing before it, all put together for the first time.  The news cameras are there, so many people and I bust out crying.