The new project is substantial, and I have a sense that it will be important.
The subject will be challenging and rewarding if I can manage to capture the feeling and convey it into the space... to allow the people who inhabit the space to get the sense of a presence there, or to be reminded of the unseen.
An interesting subject, Angels. Something I hadn't taken a large amount of time to study. They speak of protection and assurance that the message they carry is true.
The image above was something that came fairly quickly... or as quickly as large letters can come while dipping a black bamboo carved pen into ink and attempting to lay down letters on raw canvas. One of my favorite times in a painting is this exploratory stage, trying things out on practice canvas to see how it translates. The table below the painting is ancient by today's standards... there is speculation that it may have been in the Notre Dame Cathedral at one time. I know not if this is true, but this image of the cross comes from the center. Like those who take rubbings of inscriptions, I laid the canvas down on the carved-relief cross and made a rough sketch.
Beginnings are always interesting... the start of a new journey. I am looking forward to what is around the bend.