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On Angel Wings

Thursday, 19 July 2012


Another request for a memorial canvas came my way... this time from somebody wanting something special for a friend, in memory of her father. I don't suppose either of us had any idea how this would look as we exchanged emails... I never know exactly until I actually do it, even though I may think I have fairly clear ideas... and explaining what I'm really thinking by email is pretty hard, and it takes so long to write & describe, I'm not much better verbally, lol!

(photograph reproduced with permission)


Commissioned work involves a huge element of trust. A client has to trust me to interpret their ideas in a way that they find acceptable... I have to trust that they can accept my interpretation... and trust my own instincts & feelings about what they tell me. At times I have produced something very different from what I know is expected. 

 However, at some point, the necessary trust was established. K was happy to furnish me with several  snippets of information and allow me to "pick and choose what you as the artist think will work." Just the kind of words I like to hear. Plenty of information helps to build a picture... to create a resonance between the person it is for & the work, but  put too much in & things would look messy. Also, I'm not an 'illustrator' so any artwork is suggestive rather than literal.



K came up with an extract from "In Her Eyes" by Michelle W Emerson, a poem about the love shared between father & daughter,

'Upon angel wings you soar; your sparkling golden halo glows
Whenever she's with you, it's Heaven in her eyes that shows.
Her eyes hold a song so beautiful you'd think it was Heaven's melody.
It's the music of love's symphony composed by each precious memory.
The love known is the love you've shown from sunset to sunrise.
The depth of your love will forever show in your daughter's eyes.'

together with a biblical extract,

"For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, 
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." 
 John 3:16




The main colours were sepia tones, to tie in with the photograph, also K suggested earthy would be good. The main 'memory' that we wanted to include was the love of fishing together... right from the start i visualised the blues & browns together, but it took several layers of paint to get the textures & depth of colour how & where I wanted! I also had a strong feeling about adding a silver fish right from the start... in the end it served as an anchor point for the whole thing, pulling it all together!

I have heard that L is over the moon to receive her gift & I felt quite teary myself when i read K's note of thanks... it really was an honour to work on something that means so much to someone...


canvas size ~ 10 x 14 x 1.5 inches (25 x 36 x 3.5 cm)

I looked for an alternative image to use in case L wasn't comfortable with 'her dad's' canvas on show... I really like this statue of an angel & the colours tie in perfectly... looks like i will be doing some more angel-y ideas soon!




7 comments:

Caterina Giglio 19 July 2012 at 18:08  

I cannot imagine anyone not trusting you and your gorgeous work, .... stunning and so personal... x

Rose 20 July 2012 at 08:34  

Lovely work as always! *hugs* Have you ever done any music?

Suzi Smith 20 July 2012 at 12:19  

Thanks Cat..

what are you thinking rose?

BeOdd 20 July 2012 at 20:39  

I can quite understand why she was so pleased with the end result...it is quite lovely and appropriate ....

Rose 21 July 2012 at 10:12  

Nothing much exactly - just that the relative of mine who recently died was a folk musician...

Suzi Smith 21 July 2012 at 12:35  

well... could use words of a song... what instruments? If i don't think i could draw them i could use photographs/collage or musical notes/sheet music somehow...

Rose 22 July 2012 at 08:47  

I reckon you could do notes....

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