Thursday, July 16, 2009

Painting angels

Painting angels is loads of fun. I know this because I painted my daughter as an angel four years ago and it was fun. I think it turned out okay.
I am currently working on another angel painting that I've had to restart twice. I don't know what is wrong with me and this painting, but I've really had a hard time with it. I think I'm making it too complicated.

So, to help me out of my "stuckness", I love to look at my little collection of angel paintings.
These first three are Nancy Noel. I have about six of her prints.
William Bourgereau is a champion of angel painting. I love his work. He is a genius.

I bet you have seen this one. Look at those delicate wings.
Everyone whose anyone paints angels. This is Leonardo da Vinci. Beautiful.

Rembrandt is well...Rembrandt. Look at the story that these angels are telling.

Fast forward to contemporary angels. I love them too. Those flowers look like Donna Dewberry "one stroke" flowers. But look at that baby's adorable face.

Love the freshness and emotion. Oh, I wish I could do this. It takes me FOREVER to do anything! Except eat chocolate. I do that rather quickly.

James C. Christensen is my idol. He can do it all. Rustic, natural, renaissance, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, and all with meaning. I met him two years ago and we talked while he drew little drawings from his imagination that were amazing! I can't talk and draw at the same time, or talk and drive, walk, do dishes...

He has a large body of work dedicated to angels. This one is the cover of his book, "Men and Angels". He even told me how to do a crackle finish like this one.

This one is so cool. Literally. My dream in life is to own an original Christensen painting. It is hard to find originals. When you do, they are reasonably priced - considering his prints sell in the thousands!

This is a renaissance style painting. I wish I could do that.
My all time favorite artist is Carl Bloch. Amazing.
Abbott Handerson Thayer is no slouch either. He invented camoflage uniforms for the army.


He pinned these wings to a wall and had his daughter stand up against them. This is probably my favorite.

Well, there are my inspiration paintings for you. Hopefully, I will get my angel painting done by the end of this year and show it to you. Wish me luck.

9 comments:

pamela said...

wow morgen. your paintings are gorgeous. did you go to byu? i graduated in fine art / painting, in 2001. i went to europe with james c and his family. they are the best!

you inspire me to want to paint again!

Morgen said...

Pamela, you inspire me to be a better art mom. I did not go to BYU and I only started to paint 5 years ago. I took lessons at the local art center for the first two years and now I flounder around by myself now. I never knew I could paint or I would have started this whole art thing in high school.

With little ones you have to schedule a paint day. Like an important appointment. Do it.

Hidden Ridge Gallery said...

Hidden Ridge Gallery has quite a few rare James Christensen pieces for sale at http://www.hiddenridgegallery.com/store/original.html. You might also enjoy their private collection at http://www.hiddenridgegallery.com/art-of-james-christensen.html.

Alina said...

hi,am Alina.I DIDN GRADUATE IN ANYTHING LIKE U GREAT PPL.Never went 4 studying art.Bt lovd to draw angels.Ppl say i hav talent.Bt im nt near 2 dis but i will be...Aneway great paintings.I am inspired actually fantastique.Am a fan of urs.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU & ANGELS TOO!!:-)

Alina said...

hi,am Alina.I DIDN GRADUATE IN ANYTHING LIKE U GREAT PPL.Never went 4 studying art.Bt lovd to draw angels.Ppl say i hav talent.Bt im nt near 2 dis but i will be...Aneway great paintings.I am inspired actually fantastique.Am a fan of urs.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU & ANGELS TOO!!:-)

SilbFam said...

Hi! Your paintings are beautiful!
Do you sell them? I am looking for an angel painting for my daughter's room.

Cat Boysen said...

I was wondering if you could teach me how James c chirstensen told you how to do a crackle finish. I have been doing a search and found nothiing. Thanks!!!
eamil at catboysen@yhaoo.com

miguel P said...

wow angels (y) i will try to draw some angels too

miguel P said...

IM ALSO MORMON ! =)