We said goodbye to my great-uncle a few weeks ago. The funeral was a traditional, Eastern Orthodox service, and those are always very liturgical and beautiful. I don’t know if I have just never noticed before or if this was actually the first time I have seen it done, but the priest, after blessing the casket with holy water, then tapped each side of the casket with a cross, saying: “This tomb is sealed until the second coming of Christ.”
I’ve been thinking about that since then, the idea of millions of people swiftly gathered to heaven, and things of an apocalyptic nature. It led to the following painting, which took a completely different direction than what I had originally intended. I’m not sure what else to do with it, if anything:
Detail: I dried rose petals from my great-uncle’s funeral, lacquered them, then brushed silver metallic paint onto them for this look.