Paintings: Make-Shift Angel Redux

"Make-Shift Angel Redux"
9 x 12"
Acrylic on canvas
Not For Sale
Make-Shift Angel, the novel, is now available!

When I painted my first "Make-Shift Angel" back in 2007, I didn't expect it to become a series, but time has proven otherwise. Indeed, they are my favorite paintings of my own and are quite often the most personal. I considered the series finished for several years, not the least because I feared diminishing it. Were I to take it up again, the new paintings would have to be truly special.

Those ideas have arrived, and it seemed only fitting to christen a new series of twelve angels by revisiting the first, which is ten years old as of 2017. A decade is plenty of time to ponder how the wings on the first angel were far too small; the hands were lovely but not stained enough considering their task; and the gore was both underhwelming and unrealistic. "Redux" could have pushed the matter still further, but I was wary of losing the viewer's sympathy to shock. That sympathy, that empathy, is what makes my angels so rewarding and so dear. We are all Make-Shift Angels in our way, doing our best to mend ourselves for the better no matter the scars.

"Make-Shift Angel"
Acrylic on canvas
Not For Sale

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