Now for A Completely Different Painting

A few weeks ago our Fed Ex driver knocked on the front door of the studio as he was picking up a few outgoing packages. He asked, “Do you paint angels? My wife loves them.”

I answered, “Well, I never have but I certainly can. It would be fun to paint an angel for your wife.” That’s one of the neatest things about commissions, I get to paint subjects I’ve never done before!

angel reference

Going through our file of photos I select two different shots to use as reference. I think the picture of Meg Ryan from City of Angels is a perfect model for my angel’s face.

SL13213 Everlasting Joy Step 1

I start by drawing up the angel in a thin oil wash of Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

SL13213 Everlasting Joy Step 2

A blue sky with soft clouds provides a nice background. I make the upper portion of the canvas blue to contrast with the warm skin tones of the face. If you would like to enlarge any of the pictures just click on the image.

SL13213 Everlasting Joy Step 3

The lower part of the gown flows in the breeze, I keep the back edge soft so it disappears into the clouds. A red sash provides a splash of color.

SL13213 Everlasting Joy Step 4

I thought it would be fun to have a dove landing on her outstretched hand.

SL13213 Everlasting Joy Step 5

Now for the hands, arms and face. Dark hair helps to draw the view’s eye to the focal point of the piece: the dove, face and flowers.

SL13213 Everlasting Joy 14x14Everlasting Joy   14″ x 14″    Original Oil Painting

The final touch is a huge bouquet of flowers. Maggie’s special angel is ready to be presented to her on Christmas Eve. So what do you think? Please do let me know! Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG

12 Responses to “Now for A Completely Different Painting”

  1. info Says:

    This is our Genre. Love it. Bob


  2. mystic gazebo Says:

    absolutely beautiful !!

  3. Carol Landry Says:

    Gorgeous! My eye goes right to the bottom of the dress. Needs to be more transparent or softer.

  4. juanita Says:

    I think you did an awesome job. She will love it.

  5. bonnie austin Says:

    Mikki – pretty darn good.

  6. Maude Butta Says:

    I love it so peaceful and beautiful. well done

  7. Joseph Murray Says:

    Merry Christmas Mikki !
    You captured the very essence of spirituality in this painting ! It is wonderful ! Love,
    Joe Murray
    Wayuga Art

  8. Ray Dane Says:

    My first thought: This is just beautiful. My second thought: It takes one to paint one.

  9. Jana Says:

    Makes me think about our definition and ideas of the word “angel”. It is common to think of someone exactly like you painted, all beautiful and peaceful. I wonder where we got this impression, because the angels in the Bible are big warrior dudes!

  10. 3 (@Elgumr) Says:

    i really love your work its so beautiful and i want to be as good as you one day.

    Mariam Ali
    from United Arab Emirates

  11. Rizwana Mundewadi Says:

    this is so heavenly, I love angels! and yes the bouquet sure brought loads full of color here, great concept, and seems you enjoyed this one also! I love the way u play with vibrant blues and oranges. Merry Christmas, good health, good luck prosperity, and peace, have a great year ahead Mikki!

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