Statue of an Angel

Statue of an Angel, soft pastels on cheap paper

I I love painting statues and had to paint this one. I wish I could say it was a happy Christmas angel, but it’s actually from a cemetery. Almost all statues I paint are from cemeteries. I love visiting cemeteries, I feel very comfortable there. I used to play in them as a child ( for us it was a park as we had no parks) and I believe that the dead are among us and encourage and help us daily. I have no fear of death as I had a near death experience ( anaphylactic shock) and I believe we carry on once this life is over, much like we shed a glove, our hand is still there, we will shed our bodies and our spirit is still there.

Painting on cheap paper is always a mistake, but I call this a practice piece, just wanted to see how it turned out. I did a gouache base, but the pastels still wouldn’t stick. I used mainly Pitt pencils and Rembrandts for the nice sheen on the statue, spraying a fixative between layers so it doesn’t blend too much.

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Mary & Baby Jesus, Christmas paintings

Mary & Baby Jesus

Mary & Baby Jesus

I wanted some Christmas paintings for the living room and chose this style to try and reproduce, though I changed the colours and style a bit. I have two others that go with this and then will try and recreate my own painting based on this style.

This is based on another artists’ painting, will try and find her name and add.