Caught Up T%gether

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This charcoal piece presents details from an original photograph of which were needed to complete my vision and poem, also based on Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians concerning Christ’s second coming, and thumbing through John’s rich with meaning visions in Revelation 15. How would you evaluate this illustration? How would you create a counterpart to the spiritual? How will we pen pictures and writings about the future?

What I see in the original photograph are a couple pair of feet transcending two realities: the physical and the spiritual. I have found nothing incompatible between the two. Did I want to concentrate on their heads in the clouds? According to John, as our heads break through the upper realm, we’ll be guaranteed to see a lot, great and marvelous, the King of Saints. Or, did I want to focus on their feet being lifted off the ground? Both areas are important to me. In the drawing I created equal contrast all over, disrupting the integrity of the overworked charcoal paper, and breaking the first of five visual weight rules in realism I learned while drawing, “Harnett,” after William Harnett (1848-1892), an Irish-American painter known for his trompe l’œil still lifes of ordinary objects.

Luzia, Cirque-Du-Soleil

This is no ordinary object, and I searched for a similar picture of being caught up together at Cirque Du Soleil,  Atlanta, that suited my ideal painting for the poem I have written. I will need to add a second figure from the rope on the right, aligned triangularly to live in fulfillment. The blue monochromatic color scheme, and the blown glass looking spheres overhead match my ideas perfectly! Then the thought came to me to introduce a prayer component to art, “God, what will the sea of glass look like infused in oil color? What will it look like to be caught up together? What spot in this painting should hold the greatest visual weight?” And I will look for that as I create.
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*The poem reads from the bottom ^ up.

“Caught Up T%gether” 2017 18″x24″ charcoal

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^ to the sea of glass
^ caught up together
^ feet as fine as brass
^ caught up together

^ walking with my master
^ caught up together
^ what else ever matters
^ caught up together

^ see you when we get there
^ caught up together
^ shapes of constellations
^ caught up together

^ changed into glorious
^ caught up together
^ in vast mysterious
^ caught up together

^ from here to forever
^ caught up together
^ seven days good weather
^ caught up together

^ safe for one another
^ caught up together
^ fit without a hammer
^ Caught up together

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