"Angel 6" by Jim Carpenter, Acrylic on Paper, 6.5" x 4.5"
Day 2: Accept the Corona
I'm not talking about the beer here, I'm talking about the halo. If I'm going to express myself, be idle, enjoy, and search for meaning then several of my figures will undoubtedly have to support a halo.
The word "halo" traces back to the Greek, 'halos' meaning "the disc of the sun or moon' later to suggest the "light around the head of a holy person or diety." Painting angels at Christmas time gives me a good reason to have at the haloes. It's all part of my plan to be idle, that is to enjoy painting, and to give myself over to these figures that I find so mysterious, and so wonderful.
For those who are disturbed by halos one could argue that the two figures in this painting are ordinary men, looking at the sun- or the moon - the disc (halos) just happens to be surrounding their heads. Why not? After all the original Latin and Greek roots "angelus" and "angelos" meant "messenger, envoy, one who announces."
I wonder what their message is. I think they see something wonderful ahead.