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Hello Folks!

How have you been?

Well.... in between a couple of Polynesian and Tropical themed paintings for this year's Tiki Oasis (and a bunch of drawings and sketchbook entries)

there was a refreshing oasis of time to have a few 6 by 4 foot painting sessions.


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We will start this week's tour with the top left of the canvas

(finally color-corrected so it actually looks like the original)

the fluffy,buoyant clouds are starting to take form,perhaps billowed into existence from one of the four winds peering out. Our trumpeting angel is taking shape,with some more rendering applied.Also, the architecture and columns (supporting clouds-a longtime theme inspired by a series of dreams during the early 90s)are beginning to spread out and reveal themselves.... The real fun part of these big canvasesis sitting down to paint only about 50% of the painting finished in one's head... That way,it is never automatic.....nevermechanical.. each line and shadow brings with it the potential to mess up the piece... (or at least put a stymie on an afternoon's session). It is that terror,that excitement,that DISCOVERY of NOT knowing how the painting will end up,is what is the truly enjoyable part of working on big canvases.. Drawings...meh! One messes up and it's just a piece of paper...no biggie!

a Hunnert Dollar canvas ..well....50% of a composition and reliance on artistic instinct make it JUST dangerous enough to create the tension required that needs to be communicated...


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Pictured above are the beginnings of some of the architecture,mentioned earlier,that seems to be blossoming here and there on the top part of this canvas....


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More columns and an arched bridge or aqueduct,and an archway where an angel is spilling out,ready to help corral the fallen angels downward.. I'm using an indigo paintpen for the clouds and architecture because it sets the elements a little farther back optically.In person the results are more than satisfactory!


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An up close picture of the doorway and brilliance spilling outward...


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An ultra-close shot to give y'alls a feel for the underdrawing,the subtle shading and taking advantage of the willy-nilly brushstroked ground colors....


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A little lower down the left side of the canvas,we see more Heavenly structures taking shape,as well as another of the four winds. I held back the decision to further populate the painting with all of the angelic host,the seraphim and cherubim,etc,but decided to save that for other paintings,and produce buildings that don't distract as much....


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Scooching down a bit more (is "scooching" a word?) an angel is bursting from a cloud and propelled by the wind's gust...The heavenly trumpets are beginning to blare near the bottom of this photo.


bg_43211402379806.jpgas the composition sinks lower,hints of the underworld are beginning to manifest...

A red creature thrashes wildly as his new body plummets towards the infernal region...

Near the bottom,a demon displays a lucid remorse,

a nod to the japanes legends concerning Oni converting to Buddhism.

Reminds me of a part in a favorite Bach piece

"Have mercy. Have mercy my God for my tears' sake...

have mercy.

Look here. Look here.

Heart and eye weep before you.

Weep before you. have mercy."

St. Matthew's Passion

Aria (alto): Erbarme dich, mein Gott, um meiner Zähren Willen!


bg_43221402380060.jpgA full reveal of the scene shows another fallen angel,his wings withering as he descends.

To the left,a dark and gloomy foreshadowing of Hell...


bg_43241402380400.jpgOur next picture brings us to the Top middle of the painting.This is the area where i'd like to have a downpour ,a schreeching,thrashing freefall..not as populated or intense as the deluge of beasties in Brueghel's masterwork,just enough to get the party started.... Here is what i started with...

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 A few more were added,even a nod to brueghel and Bosch with the hooded bird fellow in the upper right of this shot....but it still needed more...


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 I decided to add a dragon,of sorts behind this bunch,giving a spiral,tossled movement to their drop.... Another thing to notice here is the atmospheric illusion gained from using the black,indigo,and now a forest outline on the devils.... Using that and the remedial "place one thing in front of another thing" trick, a sense of distance is being realized.

 
bg_43261402381082.jpgThe angel at the bottom will be brandishing a spear,but i'd like to get the background and all that settled before arming him...


bg_43271402381186.jpgIn the center is a fellow i like to refer to as Screwtape,one of the characters from the famous C S Lewis work..Such an enjoyable read,and such insight into what motivates us truly and the subtle snares that evil lays out for each of us....


bg_43291402381656.jpgAnother little detail i'd like you to see (before we proceed downward) is the pillar in the background on the left side of this pic. It is an angel weeping tears onto a flame... a kind of architectural buttress of the overall theme....the loss of a third of the Angelic host...


bg_43281402381373.jpgHere's a closeup capturing the confusion and fury of the fallen,and the wind-swept bliss of the 2/3 who remained faithful...

 


bg_43321402382672.jpgOn a whim, i decided to put a building here. the view was great and the acreage was a steal....


bg_43301402382281.jpgHere is further right at the top of the pieces,Pictured here is the building further along

floating ...waiting for other buildings and activity to pop up around it....

Also the beginnings of the sword bearing accusing angel and an angel with a set of scales,

the fulcrum of all major judgment paintings...well, why not dust it off and bring it along to this significant event?

 


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And here it is,even further along,with the scales of judgment materializing and some more heavenly columns...

 


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An extreme close-up with some structures filling in the background..

 


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And we finally float over to the right side of the top of the canvas...An unfinished wing,Number Three Wind fellow,and some clouds.....Still more miles to go before i sleep on this corner!

 


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(please excuse the glare)

Here is the scale-bearer,visually explaining (by displaying the scales) to the fallen,

of their fate...

 


bg_43371402383310.jpgHere's an angel bein born right before your eyes! Not really, but you can see the under drawing and the slow buildup of his face and robe... This is located right under the scale bearer and amongst the folds of his garments,little flashes of Underworld buildings begin to appear....

 


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and here's another building,barely sketched (with a charcoal pencil) and shaded with blue.

 

Well, i think i'm about tuckered out for the evening.I'll share more later as snippets of time skitter by. Thanks for visiting and allowing me to share the process with all of you! If you have any questions or whatnot,feel free to hit me up via the Contact page on this site!

Have a good night!