The only thing, alas, that I have to show for the last few months. I created it for the simple fact that something was needed to adorn the wall of my new room (I'm an adult now, and by cracky-- posters will not do
). Both because of my peculiar schedule, and the importance of working in distinct layers for this piece, progress was very much on-and-off.
For some time I had been kicking around the idea of creating some kind of pseudo-artifact of the ancient near east, possibly inspired by Zoroastrian or Egyptian art, with their famous, jewel-encrusted wing motifs. But then, I had already created the Byzantine-inspired piece for the door; soon, a happy unity for these themes was found, in the images of the Seraphim
that adorn the interior of the Hagia Sophia. Naturally however, instead of simply replicating one of these, I decided to take a turn for the ever-so-mildly disturbing, suggesting with the angel's indifferent expression and hollow eyes that heavenly forces may just not give a toss
Part of the reason the painting took so long is because, more than any of my previous efforts, its reason-for-being consists nearly as much in its physical properties as its pictorial content. The background and moreover the wings are highly textured, to the point of being almost relief sculpture; I worked slavishly to give these the appearance of gold-leaf and lapis lazuli, respectively.
(LATEST) UPDATE: I have revisited the piece and made some substantial changes-- much more shading on the face, the red nimbus, and a heavier patina overall. I also went in with some silver to desaturate the gold a little.