In-Process - The Angel Opens Her Eyes

I was recently reminded that what I do - namely, painting - is kind of a mystery to most people. They see the finished product, but have no idea how I got there. So below are in-process images of the painting I will be showing at Studio Bongiorno for the month of April - to see the final painting, you have to come to the Opening Reception on April 4, 7:30-11:30pm - join the event - or check the website for regular gallery hours.

I created The Angel Opened Her Eyes for the theme of The Endangered. My interpretation  is about the endangerment of the arts, which are so undervalued in this day and age. I used photographs I took of architecture in a neighborhood of Oakland that is now being gentrified; a 2005 mural in the Mission District of SF; and a sculpture of an angel in a cemetery in Buenos Aires. The Argentine angel is important because it represents a society where the arts are still valued - there are Rodin sculptures out in the parks all around that city, murals/graffiti every where, and tons of museums. The title is a play with the image - the angel has her back to us, but then the eyes in the mural are looking straight out at us - possibly the angel herself?

The Angel Opened Her Eyes, in process 1

The Angel Opened Her Eyes, in process 1

The Angel Opened Her Eyes, in process 2

The Angel Opened Her Eyes, in process 2

The Angel Opened Her Eyes, in process 3

The Angel Opened Her Eyes, in process 3

The Angel Opened Her Eyes, in process 4

The Angel Opened Her Eyes, in process 4

The Angel Opened Her Eyes, in process 5