It always bothered me when I saw a depiction of Jacob's Ladder (see footnote) ,
with sky and clouds and a ladder, but no angels!
I may be sticking my neck out in the sense of being politically correct, but life is too short to worry about that! My fist sketch below...
I never found a satisfactory solution for the stairs...till one day
I had an X -design in mind for the ladder, more in the form of a loop, instead of an A-form.
I had painted a few weeks on this complicated painting when some other paintings came in between.
Then someone asked me, "What happened to that big painting you did?" So, I thought it was time to finish it.
The speaker happened to speak that morning about "Jacob's Ladder." (which I didn't know till later, since I had stepped out!)
After the service was over, someone asked him, "Did you see what painting is on the easel now?" He shook his head, so he walked over to it.
He was beside himself when he saw it, "My sermon is on the painting", he called out.
© Jacob's Ladder, 36 x 36 Oil, St.Germain
Since I've had that happen more often, I know how people are taken back, because it is a very emotional experience, as if you suddenly see yourself on TV.
Now he saw a part of his life on a canvas.
People invariably have an immediate reaction and they need to release it, even to strangers or passers by, "my dream is on the painting, or "I was just talking about it this week," or something of that nature.
The next evening, he was talking about his experience to some people. I happened to be there among them. He asked my neighbor, "Who painted that painting? I don't even know who painted it." My neighbor pointed at me. "What?" His mouth fell open in astonishment.
You you did that?" I nodded.
So his introduction for the evening was about this experience that his sermon was on canvas without him knowing it, and discovered that the wife of Jacob painted "Jacob's Ladder."
Whether you are a believer or not, I thought it was kinda funny.
* Footnote:Jacob had a dream in which he saw angels ascending and descending a ladder between heaven and earth