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The Journal of Dreams 02/13/2010

Looking forward to my daily writing about the painting, I spend time imagining what needs to be covered with in this last year.  My focus is heavier on the blogs than the paintings and that could prove a tragedy.  The year is passing faster than expected and although some of the painting was completed throughout the past 12 years, it certainly was not enough to take the remaining year’s time lightly.

My decision to work backwards in the painting appeals to me.  I had focused on The Four Horsemen to complete first because of my diversion to drawing or painting horses.  I knew it would be difficult and felt to get that part out of the way would prove to be a great motivator while trying to work full-time and paint full-time.  After completion of Scene II, I will need to work backwards and finish Scene I.

I had a slight problem trying to work out Scene I entitled Jesus and John due to the simple fact that John was not visible because he was in “the spirit” which made the scene odd.  If someone were to look at it who did not know it was of Revelation and looked for John, they would be confused.  So finally after all this time, the answer became clear of how to fix the problem.

The “spirit”…there have been documented “sightings” of spirits mainly through Orbs.  Initially I was going to make a blurry circle of mist and still may do something similar.  But although an Orb looks more like a ball of light, the light is reserved for God in Scene II.  I cannot give the delegation of light to anyone but God, especially as close as they are located to one another in the painting.

So, John will appear similar to a cloud in a sphere shape.  Whiter around the edges and translucent within,  as I had learned when I taught myself how to paint clear balloons sometime back.  The effect of seeing what is behind him, through him will be a neat one.  There are 3 canvases, the left end of the painting to complete after Scene II is done, leaving 19 (some partially completed) to go!

The Journal of Dreams 01/31/2010 Experiment

Today has been filled with crushing rainbow quartz.  It has been a hard job but very good for anger management!  There is a lot of white powder residual I will have to sift out.  The goal is to leave only the sparkling shards.  Remarkably I have not received any cuts on my fingers yet which was an expectation since it is like glass once it is broken up.

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The effect is not what I imagined.  I wanted all the colors of the rainbow to easily be seen.  This is not astounding and dramatic.  By adding hologram glitter, the effect is almost there but if I have to use the hologram glitter to get the effect, what is the point of crushing the rainbow quartz?  The effect of rainbow quartz is definitely best see by leaving it intact.

Ideally I need a sheet of rainbow quartz fiber optically lit from the back illuminating the rainbow by movement of the lights.  The sheet of quartz would have to be so thin that the weight of itself would break it.  I wonder what the price of a 48″ x 48″ piece would be?  I am still unsure if that would be the effect I am dreaming of.  I think I will look for hologram flakes, if there is such a thing.

I have to sit down and quietly imagine how to separate the sparkle of God from the “sea of glass-like fine crystal” in front of the throne since both are similar in appearance.  This is going to be another hard section to create.  Even though I anticipated glitches here and there, this section of the painting is extremely complicated and requires true imagination.

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The Journal of Dreams 01/25/2010

I have worked on the Scene II God sketches and am finding some problems.  I had originally planned to make a fiber optically lit area which concentrated in about a 3 foot area dissipating over approximately 5 feet to the left and 6 feet to the right.  The problem is that I did not consider placement of the Four Living Creatures or the effect of where the 24 elders would be.  The scene is further complicated by the 7 candlesticks or the one candlestick with 7 candles in it.

I had planned to make the light the center focus but to do that, the frame of the wooden canvases (built to hold the fiber optic cables, with doors on the backs).  The wooden canvases are being made and will have to be used as originally planned.  The key is to shrink the core size of the bulk of the light and make it widely scattered as it comes off the core.  Holes will have to be drilled through art which is already completed.  There is a big risk to this plan.

I could jeopardize the finished work by drilling through it, or drill first, but then I would have to work around the finished work.  That, to me causes far more problems than completing it then drilling.  I am considering using the color wheel, pastel fiber optics in the scattered holes away from the core.  Then the changing color will take away from the loss of light from not drilling through the frames and decreasing the canvases integrity.

The Four Living Creatures will have so many eyes that pupils and holes will be difficult to distinguish since that part of the painting is up around 10 feet from the viewers direct vision, which is an asset in this section.  The drilled holes of light do not actually need to be through the creatures but the effect of “being in God’s light” is important I feel to show that these creatures are a significant part of God as they are with him at his throne.

The 24 elders (priest) are undecided  at this time.  I am thinking to making them somewhat blurry from the light of God and not detailed, just the likeness of 24 men.  The 2nd part of the painting; Truth-The Hemorrhage of Pigs! also poses another problem.  With thermochromics, the rule is “the thinner, the better” and with the clear to red it is imperative not to have any thicker areas because it will remain pink.  Red is a hard pigment to work with.

To solve this problem, I was thinking about very thin plexiglass since thermochromics have to be replaced (washed off and re-coated) around 1-2 times a year.  If the plexiglass was removable, it would be a much simpler task and re=coating would be easier as well.  The plexiglass would be thin enough not to add width to the painting and make it seem uniform.  I will have to get the plexiglass cut in a custom drip pattern to appear as though blood is running down.

What I imagined to be a simple and fast scene has truly become very complicated.  This scene is most likely the most important of the entire painting.  It moves and is brightly lit, and it bleeds.  I will also be using the crushed rainbow quartz, the glitters of “diamond dust”, hologram and plain white.  This scene will need the strongest sealer I can find due to the wear and tear and the elements used to create it.  I am always focused on the painting’s ability to withstand the test of time.

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.

The Journal of Dreams-Artist Personal Reflections

As an artist and a human being, the last thing I wanted to do was start another blog.  The Revelation Painting is a full-time job in itself, not to mention the seven accompanying journals and the current blogs on wordpress, myspace, facebook, and the social networking sites.  It was during my constant updating of these sites I realized there was no real place to put my personal perspectives about the painting, my feelings, controversies, or any other way to express myself and the measures taken to independently market the painting.

This blog is designed mainly to organize a portion of the journal-The Journal of Dreams which is not only the story of the origination of the painting, feelings and actual dreams, but the entire last year coined The Finale’, of The Revelation Painting.  Please feel free to see the blogroll to the right to see other blogs, photos and sites of the painting including www.therevelationpaintingjournals.wordpress.com where other parts of the remaining journals are showcased.  It has been a long and worthwhile journey where I learned more than I could have ever imagined.

Currently I am unsure if any pictures will be posted here since there are many other blogs for photos of work in progress and finished works.  I prefer to use this site for writing in a daily, diary-like fashion and will hopefully use entries in The Journal of Dreams which is one of seven journals to accompany the painting which most notably catalogs the last year of the making of The Revelation Painting.  It is rare that an artist life during a painting of this magnitude is cataloged, and even rarer that the audience gets a first hand look.  Welcome to The Journal of Dreams…

The Journal of Dreams 12/01/2006 Peshitta vs KJB

Aramaic NT Parallel English Translations

Etheridge < < Revelation 1 > > Murdock

4 John writeth his revelation to the seven Churches of Asia, signified by the seven golden candlesticks. 7 The coming of Christ. 14 His glorious power and majesty.

1:1 ¶ THE Revelation of Jeshu Meshiha, which Aloha gave unto him, to show unto his servants the things which must be done speedily; and which he made known, sending by his angel unto his servant Juhanon,

1:1 THE Revelation of Jesus the Messiah, which God gave to him, to show to his servants the things that must shortly occur: and he signified [it] by sending, through his angel, to his servant John;

1:2 who attested the word of Aloha and the testimony of JeshuMeshiha, and all which he beheld.

1:2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus the Messiah, as to all that he saw.

1:3 Blessed is he who readeth, and they who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those which are written therein; for the time hath approached.

1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it; for the time is near.

1:4 Juhanon to the seven churches which are in Asia: grace to you and peace from him who is, and who was, and who cometh; from the seven Spirits who are before his throne;

1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and quietude, from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

1:5 and from Jeshu Meshiha who is the faithful Witness, the First-born of the dead, and Head of the kings of the earth, who hath loved us, and released us from our sins by his blood,

1:5 and from Jesus the Messiah, the Witness, the Faithful, the First-born of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth; who hath loved us, and released us from our sins by his blood;

1:6 and hath made us a priestly kingdom unto Aloha and his Father; to whom be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1:6 and hath made us a kingdom sacerdotal to God and his Father: to whom be glory and power, for ever and ever. Amen.

1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds, and all eyes shall see him, and they also who transfixed him; and for him shall mourn all the tribes of the earth. Yes, Amen!

1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and all eyes shall see him, and also they who speared him; and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn on account of him. Yes: Amen.

1:8 I am Olaph and Thau, saith Aloha the Lord, who is, and who was, and who cometh, the Omnipotent.

1:8 I am Alpha, also Omega, saith the Lord God; who is, and was, and is to come, the omnipotent.

1:9 I, Juhanon your brother, and your fellow-sharer in the affliction, and in the patience, which are in Jeshu Meshiha, was in the island which is called Pathamon, for the word of Aloha and for the testimony of JeshuMeshiha.

1:9 I John, your brother, and partaker with you in the affliction and suffering that are in Jesus the Messiah, was in the island called Patmos, because of the word of God, and because of the testimony of Jesus the Messiah.

1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day; and I heard behind me a great voice as a trumpet, saying,

1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day; and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, which said:

1:11 What thou seest, write in a book; and send to the seven churches, at Ephesos, and at Smurna, and at Pergamos, and at Thiatira, and at Sardis, and at Philidaphia, and at Laodikia.

1:11 That which thou seest, write in a book, and send to the seven churches, to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.

 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me; and being turned, I saw seven candlesticks of gold.

 1:12 And I turned myself to look at the voice that talked with me; and when I had turned, I saw seven candlesticks of gold;

 1:13 And in the midst of the candlesticks (one) who was like the Son of man, clothed to the foot, and girded about his paps with a circlet of gold.

 1:13 and, in the midst of the candlesticks, one like the Son of man, clothed to the feet, and girded about his paps with a girdle of gold.

 1:14 But his head and hair were white as wool, white as snow; and his eyes (were) as a flame of fire,

 1:14 And his head and his hair were white, like white wool, like snow; and his eyes, like a flame of fire:

 1:15 and his feet were like refined brass, which flamed as in a furnace, and his voice as the voice of many waters.

 1:15 and his feet were like fine brass, flaming in a furnace: and his voice, like the sound of many waters.

 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars; and from his mouth a sharp sword of two edges went forth; and his countenance was as the sun shining in his strength.

 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars; and from his mouth issued a sharp twoedged sword; and his visage was like the sun shining in its strength.

1:17 And when I saw him I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid upon me his right hand, saying, Fear not: I am the First and the Last;

1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet like one dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, and said, Fear not: I am the First and the Last;

1:18 and who liveth and who have been dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever and ever. Amen! And I have the keys of death and of Sheul.

1:18 and who liveth and was dead; and behold, I am alive for ever and ever. Amen. And I have the keys of death and of the unseen world.

1:19 Write, then, what thou hast seen; and those which are, and those which are to be after them.

1:19 Therefore, write what thou hast seen, and the things that are; and the things that are to be hereafter:

1:20 (This is) the mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and of the seven candlesticks of gold: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven candlesticks are the seven churches.

1:20 the mystery of these seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven candlesticks of gold. Those seven stars are the angels of the seven churches; and the seven candlesticks are the seven churches.

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KING JAMES VERSION

Chapter 1

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him beglory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and theyalso which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.