Friday, January 2, 2015

Be Fearless: Wear The Halo Proudly

"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.  

 


6 comments:

  1. Love this Jim! Love the palette, and the scribbles! And the halos Hmmm... something wonderful indeed :)

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    1. I was going to mention the palette - going from the bright red back to the neutrals - something about the holidays allows extra freedom for brilliant reds and greens that seems to diminish after Dec. 31. I am so glad that you like this one.

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  2. Absolutely my favorite! Love this so much!!!

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    1. Really! I'm so glad to read this message from you. I might have been thinking of you drawing with an oak branch while I was working on this one - you inspire freedom of expression.

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