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First Angel

Size: 16″x20″
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Working Title: First Angel

On the Easel

3/12/09
As usual, the underpainting was done using red acrylics. The background was then done in Oils.
I’m going for an entirely different color theme on this one. There is a bit of a greenish hue to the sky, and while it doesn’t seem to photograph all that well, it looks great in person. The softness of the clouds and horizon create a sense of wonderment and peace.

4/28/09
I know… it’s totally unbelievable… I’m actually working on this one!!

Sometimes with a work such as this, you place so much importance on a particular element that it takes on a life of it’s own. For me, the fear of painting (and ruining) the angel kept me from returning to this piece for 6 weeks.

At a moment when confidence is high, you jump back in and accept the challenge. Here, I have added the (first) angel. She came out fine – a lot of fretting over nothing, but such is the life of an artist.

5/2/09
Today I added a lot more definition to the water and added the boat and the stone stairs. I am just starting on the rest of the railings. Things are coming together nicely.

6/22/09
After another delay, I finally got back to work and finished this one up by adding the figure and completing some minor details.

I am pleased with the results and hope others find inspiration in the meaning of the First Angel.


For me, there is a great deal of significance in this piece. There are so many possible meanings that can be interpreted in the “First Angel”, such as a first childhood sweetheart or a first child, and far beyond those. It is also the first angel I have painted as well, so I guess it really falls to the viewer to determine who, or what the first angel represents. It is a metaphor for so many “firsts” in our lives. This personal significance made this an easy project to get involved in.

See larger views of the finished piece in the Landscape Gallery

See you again soon…