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03-24-2004, 10:10 AM
busy busy busy....
here's a newbie
acrylic on birch

03-24-2004, 10:25 AM
really like the b/g in this one
well done!

03-24-2004, 10:40 AM
Stay busy ej, it suits you.

There's a real strength in this that comes from the solidity of stroke which works beautifully with the gentle expression on the angel's face. Lovely depth of colour too.

03-24-2004, 03:12 PM
I really like your style. Do you photography these yourself and if so could you tell me how you get the lighting so even?

03-24-2004, 04:31 PM
I love the chisled strength of his body juxtaposed with the vulnerability of his expression. The blue of wings sapphire ultramarine ocean of sky transparency is a lovely change from the typical white often portrayed. The halo of warm loin cloth wrapping in the focal point nicely.

And as always, your encapturement of refracted light dances.

03-24-2004, 06:40 PM
thanks you guys. glad you like it.

debi- i take these outside with a digital camera. generally i try to take them in the morning or late afternoon and always when it's cloudy or overcast. and i always turn the flash off. hope this helps.

03-24-2004, 06:42 PM
This angel is almost too beautiful to look at. Shimmer, glow and the gentle undulation of light. Happy spring, EJ.

03-25-2004, 09:14 PM
it is beautiful
but for me troubling
the colours are plastic
like video games
or gambling machines
seems to me this angel
laments sunlight moonlight wonder
shrugs just my little take

03-25-2004, 09:23 PM
I really like this angel, look like life to me, the color around him, bring life to him, turmoil and joy....
he is alive!!!

03-25-2004, 09:55 PM
I love the size and the fact that it is painted on wood.
Strength, sensuality, regret
Three powerful concepts. I really like the idea of the lament being demonstrated in the blue of the wings. They belie a figure which otherwise appears to have the world at his disposal.

Good title, great image (although I'm a little bothered by his toes not being safely contained in the image field, that too could be an indicator of his lack of 'wholeness' as buff, vulnerable angel :) ).

03-26-2004, 11:36 PM
large wings and to me, small legs...but not lacking in muscle.
to fly or use those legs on earth as best one can...
certainly worth pondering....or is it lamenting?

03-28-2004, 01:02 PM
to me the hyper bright colors indicate a stained glass feel

suiting to the subject matter

I would like to know which angel he is, that would add an interesting angle to the narrative

also, hook us up with a work in progress sometime, I would love to see how you build these up :)

03-30-2004, 04:49 PM
aurora- thanks and back atya!

much- you are spot on pal. it's an ongoing theme in my work. the hollowness of our world, the candy colored neon soaked images and trinkets we are constantly inundated with to make us feel better about ourselves. the brightness of my colors has always been partially a comment on that. and this image, the background in particular, is all about it. the angel is based on st. sebastian, who according to legend was tied to a stake and shot with arrows then beaten to death with clubs because of his faith. i've always been affected by the story, the idea of a faith or belief so strong and pure that it could hold up under such attack. now i myself am not religious, an athiest in fact, but i aspire to have a faith so strong and pure. i put my stock into nature. the natural world. the infinite cycle. but when i look at the world around me, i see so much which is unnatural. processed, calculated, manufactured, marketed. those are my arrows. my plastic-casino light-tv commercial arrows constantly testing my faith. i only hope i can remain true as sebastian did.
so that's the story on this painting my friend. hence the title. it's a lament for nature. thanks for commenting.

gwenaelle- thank you.

smileawhyl- actually his toes are in the picture plane of the painting but theye got cropped out of the digi. interesting thoughts though. :) thanks.

reynolds- it seems everytime i ponder i lament. this world... this world. oi.

jeanette- the stained glass effect was unintentional but it certainly does bring another angle into the interpretation. as for who he is based on see above...
i'll try to get some progress pic's of the next one. i always set out to do that but forget to stop and take pictures. i'm sure you know how that goes. thanks for commenting.

sue ellen
03-30-2004, 05:20 PM
you capture such strong vulrablity in your paintings.

I am captivated by your response to muchfoolishness....makes me wish that every painting posted resulted in the kind of give and take that transports the viewer further into the creation. Your work is always emotionally riveting but now it breathes too

03-30-2004, 05:22 PM
i agree with sue ellen
you really nailed this one i think
awkward surreal feelings
troubling in their truthfullness
of what this land has become

03-30-2004, 07:02 PM
keep the faith :)
we shall not be generalised homogenised pasteurised sweetened whitened brightened commodified or consumed

03-31-2004, 06:29 PM
and how did I miss this???
double sheesh
the usual plastic color riot
so eloquently explained in your post
(really diggin those thoughts, right on)
poured well into the emotive lines and strokes of this
it's bound with tension well
the only niggle is the proportion of the legs, feeling a bit smallish
whatcha think?

powerful piece
grabs one fisted by one's collar
gently and persuasively
says what you want it to
you've always had a thing with that dynamic

04-01-2004, 12:24 PM