Worked a little on the pale horse and provided him with a coat of translucent green; a green wash-according to the Aramaic bible and the original translation from Jesus’ language. I was going to paint a skeleton rider since the his name is death but quickly found he need more research and pre-sketching. I put that section up for now.
I went back to the sky and highlighted it to match a little better in its transition from light to dark. I began work on the Locust over six years ago. It is difficult to work on them by hanging the canvas on the wall, I have to stand on a step stool and the detail of their faces is hard to focus on when your feet are not well grounded. I will have to take it down for that work.
Thinking about what was originally named The Woman and the Beast which is actually Babylon, I decided to rename that scene to Babylon. I had not thought much about this scene, had not really sketched it or measured it. I have decided to use a form of art I used to use quite often for the making of Babylon. I will have to work out some kinks.
I used to paint murals on the walls in apartments I lived in. I spent a lot of time and money on those really beautiful works of art, then I would move and leave them behind. The last few I painted took up the entire largest wall in the living rooms. I had mastered them so that it had the illusion that you could walk into it. Most were cities-big sparkling cities.
The windows were made from rhinestone which sparkled day and night. They really added a lot to just sitting in the room. I had found myself in the middle of watching television, starring into the city instead. The most attractive rhinestone were the rich, dark colors of Emerald, Red, and the rich, dark golds. Sometimes the corners of the rooms would transition to forest and work around the room.
Once the forest were done, I would place real trees in big, colorful pots in strategic places to make you feel as though you were sitting in a rainforest looking at the city in the distance. That kind of art is good for the soul and leaves the imagination free. If I had every gotten settled, I planned to have Macaws for my forest. I fancied the Green Wing and Hyacinth.
That is the one thing about art. If you dream it, you can create it. I dreamt of a fantasy place that does not exist (as far as I know), and I created it as I envisioned it. Art is wonderful for just that purpose. Once I lived where the steps going upstairs were suspended on poles and through the steps I painted a huge, colorful, cartoon snake with big, playful eyes…he was great.
There are 3 murals on the walls of a critical care unit that I painted with nature sounds piped in. That is a nice effect! I painted them 7-8 years ago and now and then I call to see if they are still there. It would be interesting to see how many people felt that those murals inspired their health and wellness in any way. I once wanted to travel all over painting “healing” murals. Maybe someday…