There are two layers of gesso on each of the four pieces I stretched yesterday, and I’ve been looking at these tall canvases considering how to use them, and I keep coming back to an image of white figures emerging from whiteness, the polar opposite of what I have painted in the dark. Perhaps these are the balance to the darkness of the past work. I can’t help thinking that these images are connected to spiritual reawakening and revitalization. Angels are the messengers of God, traveling between the material world and the divine world with ease, the workers of the divine will. 

I want to make an exhibit of these white paintings that are displayed opposite their counterpart black paintings, in which the angels emerge and disappear into darkness. 

I’m not abandoning the cards project, by any means, because I think the angels will be fairly fast projects to complete. I have to find my models for them first, which should be fairly easy here at the university. I’m looking forward to getting started.

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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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