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The Journal of Dreams 01/12/2010

The Black Horse is complete except for his hair which requires a lot of meticulous planning.  His hair will have to be applied when the canvases are off the wall.  They are only hung on the wall by strips of tape and tacs, no nails so there is a lot of “play” in the movement of the canvases as I paint.  If the canvases move when the hair is applied the hair will stretch and move from its original position.  The hair will follow.

I learned a new way to paint today.  Never having formal training this is very exciting for me.  It was in painting the wheat and barley under the black horse.  I was struggling trying to make long strands of grass.  The paint would run out on the brush and when I tried to place more paint and place the brush where I left off, it did not match up and looked broken in flow.

After several attempts I layed on the floor next to the painting and remembered the free feeling in finally painting the black horse.  Before I knew it, I was spinning the brush in my fingers using all the paint around the circumference of the brush and creating blades of grass reaching over 30 inches.  It felt so free, that I found it hard to stop making layers of different colored grasses.

Becoming one with the brush is what happened.  It was so lightly held that it was difficult to feel it as it twirled.  I will definitely paint with this technique when I start other projects.  It looked like a madman’s painting technique I am sure but it created such free beauty.  The difficulty is in the wheat and barley seed pods.  They will need a lot of work and detail.

I brought my neighbor, a police officer over to see the magnificent black horse.  I was bursting at the seams to show someone.  He stood staring, somewhat of an overwhelmed look in his eyes, maybe from the size of it and the entire story.  I found myself out of breath telling him so much information in a very short time.  We talked about the sky and I have a surprise for him…

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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…

Researching The Painting

Researching The Painting

INFORMATION ACKNOWLEDGMENT and COPYRIGHTS

Please note that the pictures and information used in the researching blogs remains copyrighted to their rightful owners.  The world wide web is considered a public domain and as an artist I do use images and information found there in research and in the creation of this painting although no images are copied into the actual making of the painting.  All authors are credited for their contributions as appropriate.  If you, as an author see your information here, please contact me for submission into The Journal of Acknowledgment where you will be forever associated, along with many others with the making of The Revelation Painting and thank you in advance.

A prime example is the human skeleton and photos found which may show the number of ribs, the shape of bones, and the correct anatomy.  Please realize that research is required to create masterpieces in art, as DaVinci studied corpses in order to learn correct and precise human anatomy as well as other aspects of this painting or any worth while endeavor.  I would like to personally thank the authors of this published information for the opportunity to learn and grow from their hard work and intelligence.  I would also like to thank them for helping to create history in the making.  If you are the owner of any information used in these blogs and feel that you have been violated, please feel free to contact me for removal of the information or other concerns.

Research required…

I found that many people read The New International Version Bible or a similar bible for its ease of understanding and I to use it in some parts of the making of the painting.  I prefer the Aramaic Bible for accurate translations.  The Aramaic Bible is the first translations into English which if you were to read it conflicts with todays versions.  Information about the Aramaic Bible can be found here:
http://www.v-a.com/bible/

Excerpt:  …”Jesus the Messiah spoke in the Galilean dialect of the Ancient Aramaic language. This is the language in which the disciples and the apostles preached the Gospel and the scribes recorded the Scriptures. The New Testament has been preserved in this sacred, scribal language since the Apostolic Age. The whole Bible was originated in this language. The translation that you find on this website is made from the original Ancient Aramaic Scriptures directly into English, bypassing the errors of translation introduced in the Greek Original, the Latin Vulgate and all the Western translations made from them”…

http://www.aramaicbiblecenter.com/biblecenter.html
  
An excerpt from that site:…”When scholars realized the Bible had been physically handed down in manuscripts that are not identical to one another, they set out to establish what the sources of the written form of the tradition were, in number and kind, and whether the process of transmission was reliable. At first this required that the known manuscripts be catalogued and compared. Then a critical edition could be prepared, which showed where the major variations in wording and placement of biblical texts occurred. The goal of this level of biblical study, called textual criticism, was to establish a trustworthy text.”…

Another prime example which is very familiar to us is The Pale Horse.  According to the first translations, The Pale Horse was actually a “green” horse.  Please see the blog about this finding regarding The Pale Horse.  In creating a masterpiece it is imperative for me as the artist to try my best to be precise in every aspect of the painting.  My research comes from many, many avenues and when a discrepancy in information is found, I try very hard to find the correct answer.  I am human and may still make mistakes.  It is always important to keep an open mind, imagination and an analytic mind when it comes to facts.  An excellent website I frequently use which has many different bibles: 
http://www.biblegateway.com/

From the Aramaic Bible:
Rev. 6:8  
And I looked and, behold, a [pale] greenish horse, and the one seated on it, his name is Death, and the netherworld clings* to him. And he has been given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill by the sword and by famine and by death and by carnivorous creatures of the earth.

Compared to The New International Version Bible:
Rev. 6:8 
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.
 
The New American Standard Bible:
Rev. 6:8

8I looked, and behold, an (Q)ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name (R)Death; and (S)Hades was following with him Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, (T)to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Art is a different way to look at the bible and colors in art are the foundation.  It is easily seen that stated color or colors can create an entirely different image.  Perhaps no one has ever noticed the difference which I highly doubt, or the artist just chose the more natural appearance, or tired to associate the horse with what people can relate to.  It is interesting to read the differences and see their impact on religious beliefs.  Do you believe something entirely different that what was originally written in the bible?  A good question.