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Like i mentioned last BLOG,the Rebel Angels is FINISHED!

Four by Six feet in diameter,it is NOW proudly hanging on the walls of the PAS gallery.

So let's take a wander around the work

before i share some Opening night shots with y'alls!

 

First,some music to accompany such a heavy theme...


Let's start in the top corner

The trumpeting angel swoops downward from the clouds in the corner

propelled by a gust  from one of the four winds.

Some of the heavenly Architecture is revealed

all the while,a sword-brandishing angel flies towards an unknown foe...

the bottom right of this picture has a lot of details we will examine shortly...

Here we float along the top of the painting....

This is  a great area of the piece to view a panoramic display of some of the distant buildings

Also, along the top right of this shot,you can see the flash and the fallen angels being dumped out of a Divine Cloud ,transforming to suit the evil inside of each of them...

Here is a little lower so you can see the Angel tear out of the archway in the upper middle of this vignette...There are two pillars in this shot that have little symbolic clues/support imagery that we'll discuss shortly....

Well... Looks like "shortly" is here! I have carved the ten commandments on the pillar to the right of the repentant devil...This is a reminder of the Law...Also note the trumpets at the top,

harassing the fallen spirits as they tumble to Hell...

Here is a shot to give you a roadmap as to where these closeups are located...

Here is a nice clear view of the Angel with a Spear and the Accusing Angel pointing at a worried little devil as he tumbles thru the air...

As this picture shows..a sort of boundary is formed between the Upper and the Infernal Regions. The Clouds of Heaven spilling and gathering around the hems of this area...

As we float towards the right end of the top

we see a structure floating on a cloud and a league of the Fallen  in the middle of this picture.

In this vertical Shot,we finally get to decipher and clearly see the second pillar mentioned earlier.. it pictures an Angelic winged eye shedding tears into a Flame... This part of the work is a good spot to see the Black,indigo,forest outlines being used to achieve more depth in the picture.

Here is the Accusing Angel  and Devil,all framed for emphasis and examination...

Behind the two,Angels transform and fall downward into the flames deep below...

And at last,we reach the top right of the painting...

Behind the Angel with the scales are examples of the architecture of each of the Realms

Pillars,stairs,and towers above and flames and the columns and tympanum with a winged frieze on the building located below....

Pictured here is the heavenly fortress with domed central building. There's a Brueghel-inspired fallen angel with a hood  and another figure  with disintegrating wings up near the top....

This angel as inspired by the Michael of  European religious art.... He is often pictured holding scales in the center of a Last Judgment piece.(Until Michaelangelo's replacement with Christ who acts as the actual fulcrum of the scale in his Judgment painting.i chose to place a heart and a brain  that are being waved... I meant this to represent Lucifer's mindset that caused  his demise....That would be a battle between Heart (love,obedience,humbleness) and Brain (Pride,entitlement,Jealousy)...his desire to set himself above his creator...


Here is an earlier piece, "God Creating the World" where we see Lucifer(Blue ,on the bottom, second figure from the right) As you can see,his expression is thoughtful, serious, doubtful, not the joy and adulation of the other angels.... It is here,and finally when Man is created and given dominion over the animals and the earth,when his dissatisfaction grows into rebellion.


I'm not sure if this painting was shared.. It's an earlier,vertical version of this theme. I had it next to this huge piece for additional inspiration,as well as to force me to produce something even better...

A closer look at the serene face of this angel (Michael?), with the fourth wind gently blowing a breeze  amidst the clouds.

As we slide lower don the right side,lower down the angel with the scales' form we see the drapery slowly encircling an astonished fallen angel,fully transformed into a mishapen demon. His look of worry  is merely a realization of his fate. There are plenty of prisons in this UnderWorld...

Here is an extreme close-up of his concern...And Look! a Cherubim floats peacefully by, gathering intelligence to report back later,,,

Another Angel flaps his wings proudly here,with a shield on one arm,and the Word-the only Law,in his other hand... You'll notice later as we creep downward to the bottom of this painting,that Lucifer ALSO holds the LAW.The only reason he isn't completely destroyed is his challenge  to God concerning destroying and punishing a third of his faithful Creations,the Angelic  Ones...

As an aside... Biblically, Satan is merely banished to our Spiritual Dimension and finally ,near the endtimes,he is banished  to Earth only (as opposed to the Universe in THIS physical realm). This is where he causes all that trouble mentioned in Revelation with the Four Horsemen,AntiChrist,False Prophet, Whore of Babylon,etc.....until the Judgment,Second Coming,and casting him into the lake of Fire for one thousand years (By that time new Jerusalem will have landed,but that's another painting for the future.)

This painting follows the more Middle Ages Fine Art narrative,with some other stuff thrown in for PIZAZZ....

A Nice view of the Shield and some Hellish architecture swarmed by flames...

And now we sail back over to the middle/bottom  left of this Epic MasterWork!.

There is a great look of determination,of intent,in this sword wielding Angel. This shot also gives you a great look at some more Heavenly buildings.

This manner of allowing the Angels to flow and curl and twirl through the air,apparently with Bolts and Bolts of Divine fabric at their disposal,was inspired by the way Gothic sculpture began to achieve this ornateness of movement,this stretching of a form for emphasis' sake....and the drapery....AH! Well it all was smeared and blended into a big homogenous gob of 12th Century European/Romanesque art themes...and then there's GISELBERTUS ! His sculptures for the Autun Cathedral in France is kind of the benchmark of this wonderful,slightly cartoonish,with beautiful flowing figures peppered amidst confused stumbling forms....

all with wonderful evocative silhouettes...

Here's an example...Check him out!


The elongated angel on the left has inspired and haunted me for around a decade..the perfect drapery and slight bend....the folds and flow are akin to the Russian icon...very grooved and graphic. Also the size.... the Hugeness when compared to the poor mortals awaiting judgment....

Well....Now that you've been given a lil bit of culture,let us return to the painting at hand....

Here is a view of some of the landscape of Hell, with Lucifer far right wagging his finger upward toward the light ,as if demanding his day in Court. The angel on the right is going about brandishing his sword at various malcontents...

Here is a great peek into some of the Architecture of the Damned... Also note the Black, Indigo, and Forest outlines..just as i used them to instill depth of field up above near the top...here it is applied to the subterranian depths.... Of course,there are trumpets blasting from the clouds,a constant reminder of the violations of the fallen.

The little red gentleman is entranced by the shield and the blue fellow scrambles towards a fiery escape. Far right are some more Buildings and prisons.

at the VERY bottom of the left side,a surprised newly transformed  devil looks upon the scene with surprise and confusion.

And,as mentioned earlier,you can now see the LAW in Lucifer's hand... I added the horns just to make identification easier for the viewer. Behind him is a mourning fellow rebel,clutching his heart as his wings merely fall off.  Also note the angel located at the middle top of this shot. He's carrying some chains to bind some troublemaker. And of course,we wander to the right to spy the Adonis Angel....


I call him Adonis Angel because a large majority of women who have viewed the painting

while it was on an easel being worked on, declared that tghis was their favorite figure.

I think a lot of it has to do with not only his sculpted profile,but the way his body flows,

how it appears to float out of the painting and towards the viewer... It would appear that the two lil devils tugging on his cloak are also beguiled by his sympathetic features...

On the far right of  we are introduced to another sword handling angel ascending upward.

We can also see a few more buildings in the distance

And for the ladies....

And, finally, we can discuss one of my favorite characters in here... the winged bulldog chap! He appears to have gotten entangled in some of the angel's tumultuous robes...

Also, when one peers farther back,a descending denizen covers his face as he plunges into the flames.

This picture allows us to see the encompass of all the architecture on this side..Some appearing closer,and others appearing farther away,same with the flames...

Here we can see the flames that are in the foreground contain more red than the flames that are farther back... just a lil parlour trick that helps make my job as an artist/illusionist easier.

Pictured here is a structure with kneeling praying figures,wings and whatnot adorning it's outer walls...

Along the bottom right of this painting,we have the  last angel,with sword upraised and ready to strike. Far right ,in the foreground is a mesmerized devil,influenced by the japanese demons of  Hokusai and  Kuniyoshi

the Skull-headed figure was inspired by both Bosch and Brueghel. I dig his withered little wings....

With this final shot we will conclude our first tour and will get on with the second shortly...

This picture is a great example of how to achieve aome distance. And thus we conclude our final walkabout with the rebel Angels... I hope you enjoyed the Tour!