Angel of Death

IMG_9828I’ve moved the black panel onto the big easel, because now it has the canvas over it and a couple of coats of gesso on its surface (that’s half a gallon of base) it weighs just a bit too much for me to move easily.

I started painting the figure of the angel, first dividing the panel into a grid of one foot squares, then dividing the central area into 6″ squares, especially interested in solving the rib cage with the intricate layers that need to be separated from each other. Having done this twice now I think I see how there might be a method for rendering the ribs more easily if you paint the spine first, then only do the front ribs, then let it dry before working on the back ribs. It really is tricky to separate the layers out in your mind. Maybe I’ll try it on the other half of the chest.

The first wing is only outlined at present because I want to figure out what the best way to get that soft feeling of feathers into the paint. I like the angel of death having some gentle qualities to it.

Dru Pagliassotti reminded me that the psychedelic old space rock band Hawkwind did a song with the lyric “We’re angels of life, we’re angels of death…” (and that’s pretty much the only lyric in the entire song as far as I can remember). I’ll have to play them while I’m working to get into the metal spirit of the thing. 

I’m really enjoying this. I know my friend Steve Mahr will too!

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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1 Response to Angel of Death

  1. Bret Bays says:

    Nah, screw Hawkwind, Listen to Angel of Death by Slayer and you will get your metal spirit into things. 🙂

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