“Turquoise Green Angel with a Face of Yellow and a Mask of Blue” – a golden day

There is always a day when I believe I make so many mistakes and the work doesn’t move forward, then bam, usually the next day, the brush travels itself showing me exactly what I am missing. Days like that are golden, but then there are always days before the golden day when it seems nothing is happening and everything is going wrong. Since I know about the days like that, it becomes easier to keep my focus on my work.

Keeping my full attention surrounded by distractions is my biggest challenge.

Originally written on 8-14-17


I was deciding for a long time what I should paint on the left side of the painting.

Turquoise Green Angel with a Face of Yellow and a Mask of Blue

I knew that there is going to be a human torso in half movement as if it were in the mid flight pushed by this snow-storm-like white, but the area was too flat and I could not get my imagination rolling. Something was missing. I could not find the lines I was looking for.

Turquoise Green Angel with a Face of Yellow and a Mask of Blue

After staring at it for hours I had to put the painting away from my eyesight. My brain was just not working. I took The Rain Angel out.

The Rain Angel

It was obvious to me that there was something missing in The Turquoise Angel. So I went to work on The Rain Angel instead or rather, I went to work on its sister painting My Mom as the Guardian Angel of Angels (at the time I called it The Red Painting).

The Red Painting

As it usually happens in my process I put a painting I work on on my easel and spend a lot of time observing it in light, looking at lines and checking if I have missed something while I was painting it. One thing led to another and I found myself taking photographs of The Rain Angel and The Red Painting together. I needed to figure out where my next character comes from and how I paint it. This red of My Mom as the Guardian Angel of Angels and the phtalo blue of The Rain Angel looked good together.

The Rain Angel and The Red Painting (My Mom as the Guardian Angel of Angels)

My windows in the room I paint are tall and almost as wide as my 36″ by 48″ size canvases. I sit on my bed facing one of the windows and have my canvas I work on in front of it. The information I get from outside gets connected with the information I have on my canvases, so lines from my canvases end up extending into the lines outside my windows.

Turquoise Green Angel with a Face of Yellow and a Mask of Blue

After the photo shoot I was able to draw some lines on the white area on the Turquoise Green Angel.

Turquoise Green Angel with a Face of Yellow and a Mask of Blue

 I filled one of the angel’s wings with phtalo blue. 

Turquoise Green Angel with a Face of Yellow and a Mask of Blue

I didn’t make much progress on that day, but liked one of my photos I took.


Of course this recent painting (Turquoise Green Angel) which I started at the beginning of the summer is still in front of me on the easel and is burning my eyes. It should have been finished a long time ago.

Turquoise Green Angel with a Face of Yellow and a Mask of Blue

When the weather is not as nice as it is today my work on it will commence.

A reminder to self: Rome was not built in a day so my future exhibition also needs time to be prepared. I am still not sure how many canvases I should paint for it, but I guess I am going to get some answers as soon as I put more work into the paintings that are already in the process right now.

Originally written on 9-26-17

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