It’s been a long time since I have completed a painting of this size and dramatic impact. This was one of those images that just sort of popped into my head one day. I had been thinking about how most of the angels I’ve painted in the past have no wings though the book of Revelation does mention an angel “flying in mid-heaven” (wherever that is) so I figured some of them must have wings. However they they may not be anthropomorphic in appearance. The ones in Isaiah certainly sound more like dragons than men. Seraphim can be best described as a firey flying serpent.
I painted over the Land of the Giants because it didn’t seem to give me look I was going for. However I will paint that particular subject, just not in that format. I really felt t lacked the visual tension that I wanted for a battle of that nature. I guess you could say that I’m finicky about what projects I’ll complete and which ones get scraped. I won’t insult your intelligence by explaining why I named this the Watcher. The shofar in his hand is the ancient horn of renown that was used in the Old Testament to do everything from summoning the armies of God to bringing down the walls of Jericho. The priests used it to summon the children of Israel to the tent of meeting and it was also synonomous with the voice of the Most High God. Click on the image to get a close up and then use the magnification tool to get up close and personal with the Watcher….
Oh yeah, and in case you are wondering I added the mushrooms in the lower right hand corner for mood contrast. A very whimsical move on my part. Just for fun.