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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Angel's Watching Over Me

I painted this angel in 1995. My son named her Elizabeth. She's painted on Masonite and measures approximately 5.5 x 4 feet. I painted an entire series of angels during this period of my life and at first hired some local carpenters to cut them out for me. None of them wanted to take the time to cut carefully around detailed lines I'd sketch out. Wings would be hacked off and one came back with all her toes missing. Bummer. So I decided to learn how to do it myself.

I cut around every feather, swirl in her robe, and toes on her feet with a scroll saw. On the backside of Elizabeth is a wired hanger attached to several pieces of pressed board glued together that allow her to fall away from the wall just slightly so she looks like she's flying.

Elizabeth hangs year round in a historical bed and breakfast in Ojai, CA. She is one of five Elizabeth's I painted in this design but in varying sizes.

I am happy to announce... I was asked recently to display some of my work in a local gallery so I'll be working hard to get my pieces ready to go.

My heart is soaring just like an angel's. And the humming you hear could be a scroll saw or me kicking arse on my PTSD.


  1. Congratulations on your upcoming show!! How exciting!!

    I love that your son named the angel, Elizabeth. Something so sweet about that. :-)

  2. Congratulations on your show! Look at you learning fantastic new skills and smashing down barriers all over the place. PTSD doesn't stand a chance.

  3. Congratulations!! I can see why, that piece is lovely.


  4. I love her wings - she's beautiful! Did you do the others in different colours? I like the technique of cutting her out and then hanging her away from the wall slightly. I used a similar idea in one of my artworks - cut out pieces that I glued so that they stood away from the background - and it created a marvellous 3-D effect.

  5. Oh that is so exciting...congrats!

  6. A gallery display!?!?!?!? i thought I heard the angels singing! Congratulations.

  7. Oh, Lil D- you do wonderful, beautiful work! I wish I had an artistic ability but that gene seems to have missed me. A good day for you all around. Excellent. ~rick

  8. Luciano De Crescenze, Italian author, wrote: 'Everyone of us is an angle with just one wing, and we can only fly, if we hug eachother.'
    Guess all those angles just waited for this one to be finished, showing what all is possible.
    Concratulations for the art exibit too!

  9. Lovely! I am truly impressed.

  10. ~~Leah...
    I remember the day like it happened yesterday. He is my artist-musician, just like his mama. You gotta love that.
    Thank you. You are one of my art guru's you know~~

    How kind of you to visit and rally behind me. Like the Beatles said, "I get by with a little help from my friends..."
    Thank you, thank you!

    ~~Froggy Queen...
    Oh you made my day. A compliment from an artist like you is indeed the cat's meow or the froggy's ribbit.
    Ribbbbbbetttt.... ;-)

    I wish I had used different colors for her. And I'm not sure I know why except the people who commissioned me to paint one for them always wanted it to look just like the first one. Except for size. One client didn't have enough wall space.

    I'm stopping by to look in depth at your work. Thank you for leaving me an affirming note. Feels good when other artists support you. [I feels all warm and fuzzy inside...]

    I have to say it again. Lovely new profile pic!
    Thank you immensely.~~

    Oh I am elated someone heard the voices, too. haha I am nearly giddy with joy about this. Thank you for always being a bright ray of sunshine when you visit.~~

    I never knew I could do this until I saw something similar and said, Hmmmmm.... I could do that, and I did. I just flew by the seat of my pants and uncovered a gift. I think I have always lived my life that way. Call it nuts or brilliant---it is how my little brain works.

    Thank you, Rick~~~

    You have such a way with words, and expressing yourself, and things to do with heart matters. I know this. My heart always soars just like Elizabeth when you visit the tree house. You blessed me again, Robert. {heart flutters happily]

    Thank you so much~~~

  11. Oh-------- you are an artist, an artisan, a craftsman. Amazing what you did! Good luck on the show..... I hope you take many photos.

    Southern California Woman

  12. Congratulations on the upcoming show. Your angel is spectacular!!

  13. You do wonderful work, you should be very proud of yourself! I'm glad you have been asked to display your work, Congratulations and have fun!

  14. Wow! Congratulations! That's amazing news.I'd like to see more of your work, this piece is lovely.

  15. Congratulations!!! You are so deserving and absolutely amazing. Is there any end to your talents? No wonder Superman is captivated by you.

    I hope you are able to take pictures of your display in the local gallery to post here.

  16. How exciting is that?!

    A beautiful angel!

    Congratulations and kudos!

  17. Hi Lille Diane,

    Brilliant news hope you will post photos so we can all be there too.

  18. I love her swirling robes! And the colors.....magnificent. So exciting about the gallery showing!

  19. I'm thrilled for you! Ok, details... when and where?

    I named my baby Elizabeth (middle name) after my grandmother. I agree it's a lovely name.

    Love the angel! Love ALL your work!

  20. beautiful angel! Congratulations on the upcoming show! That's awesome!


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