Today I went back and painted with my very aggressive painting style that I used a lot during college. I forgot how fun and loose it was.
John was arrested and imprisoned because of King Herod's fear of him. John had been openly censuring Herod for taking his sister-in-law as his own wife, and Herod was afraid that John's preaching would start a revolt against him.
Although Herod feared John, he would not kill him because he knew John was a righteous and holy man, and he liked hearing John speak. Herodias, Herod's wife, did not share his respect for John and looked for any chance to have him killed. Herodias' chance came when her daughter Salome's dancing so pleased Herod and aroused such irrational lust in him that he promised her anything she desired. Herodias prompted her daughter to ask for the death of John the Baptist. Herod granted her wish and John was killed.