Thank you everybody!! Your comments, questions and suggestions are all more than appreciated and welcomed by me. If you don't mind, I am posting this one post in answer to all of you.
Yes, I will no doubt do more JB paintings and I did put up another post for my other JB painting in response to your posts. That one is titled "Infant Sea" and it is my very favorite!
Heeeey...surely you know the staunch jelly bean law, right? It states, "If in hand, put in mouth!!!"
Also yes I use black licorice for my outining. Jerusalem is made up of jb's, licorice and hot glue. Let me explain that ANY painting whether it is jb's or not SHOULD be protected from heat and humidity. You will never see a painting on a wall in a museum opposite a window because even the sun is lethal to paintings. I keep my jbs in a room that is climate controlled (like any museum would do as well). I keep the air constioner on low in the summer. The winter needs no further precautionary methods as the cold is good for jbs. Just don't leave windows open, period. Bugs not a problem, don't know why, they just aren't otherwise I wouldn't leave my jbs all over the place in open tins as I do. I only put away the colors I no longer am working with. I keep those in plastic containers or bags - sealed. There is bureau I use to hold my stash for safe keeping.
About that dark blue sky. No hon...if you were standing in front of the painting and saw it in person...ugh! It would hit you hard. I know when I first designed Jerusalem I DID like the dark blue sky, it looked great in the pre-painting! But not so i when it was actually implemented and completed in the jb painting. I also took out the sun which I really, really liked, but it too was out of whack because of its position in the painting which didn't validate the shadows correctly. So...out that went too. Hated to do it, but...
Folks, thank you again for commenting, it's posts like these that inspire me as well. I really do appreciate all your support.