Thursday, August 26, 2010

Listen to the Angels . . . She's Painted!

Listen to the Angels . . .
8x10 mixed media on canvas

She was calling to me yesterday. I have to admit that I freehanded the sketch onto my background. So she looks a bit different than the sketch I posted the other day. I did use that as a guide. I had fun making the background. I put down the yellow first and then mixed some red and raw umber to wipe around the outside. I like how the yellow makes her look as though she has a glow behind her. That was something I didn't plan. I am finding that most of what I do with these paintings has no plan. And that is the way it is meant to be.

I picked folk art italian sage for her shirt but wanted to leave a little of the background showing through. Have you used that color? I so love it! I wasn't sure how the lashes would come out on the painting but I used the same technique as the sketch and I really like her eyes. As you can see I am a fan of large eyes.

I have always been drawn to angels. Maybe because I feel as though those I have lost are watching over me amongst them now. I like to think that now I have my own personal angels protecting me.

Are you still amazed at the far off land that your creations seem to come from? I know I am!


  1. Beautiful Cathy! Wow..I love the richness of the background surrounding her! the name of that color..being Italian..i can totally feel Italian sage..great name.

    I am so happy she was calling you..and she looks radiant and wonderful!She really has a strong gentle presence..she might be my fave now!! wonderful you can feel the presence of loved ones as angels watching over you..isnt it awesome!

    Loving what you are doing Cathy...
    Have a fabulous day..

  2. Hi Cathy,
    I am so happy to hear you believe in angels. I do too. Yes, some people say friends are angels in disguise. I don't doubt it. Even pets! But, I strongly believe in divine beings who are always watching over us. I've watched so many documentaries on this topic. I even bought I beautiful book about angels at the Washington Cathedral in D.C. (where I used to live). Your painting is lovely. Thanks for sharing this post and your creation.

  3. Hi Cathy,
    Thank you for visiting our first Team Up Thursday! Krista and I were just speaking of you and your journey as a cancer survivor. I am very glad to have found both of your blogs to follow. I love your "Listen to the Angels" piece and I agree we are all among angels! Take Care!!! xoxox - Kim