The Grieving Angel
The Grieving Angel 2013, SOLD
Acrylic on cotton canvas, stretched on a wooden frame
Size 23 6/8” x 31 1/2” inches (60 x 80 centimeters)
I started this project in 2013 and it roughly took me 3 to 4 months to complete. Painted horizontally on a cotton canvas using acrylic medium, set against a background of black and dark blue clouds representing tragedy and sadness of her demise. She is painted in a soft grey colour, her head resting gracefully on a concrete altar. I felt the colour grey shows how she has endured the harsh elements of mother nature and yet she depicts beauty, grace and tranquility. She has finally found her peace at the altar. High level of detail is shown throughout but I do try and emphasis more on certain aspects of the painting by using bold, thin, or thick lines, different brush strokes and several layers of paint is applied gradually.
This painting was the second in a series of angel collection, but on a much larger scale to the previous one which, I was commissioned for, "Angel in Heaven" .
The inspiration behind this painting was the beautiful story and the statue. This grieving angel draped over the grave of Emelyn Story, was the last work of her husband, the American sculptor, William W. Story, created in 1895 in her memory in the same year of her death.
"The Angel of Grief Weeping at the Dismantled Altar of Life". It sits where she was laid to rest in the "Artist and Poets" cemetery in Rome, William Wetmore Story died later that same year. The weeping angel monument is the final work of one of America's greatest sculptors.
Cotton canvas, brushes round and flat, artist quality acrylic paint, colours used raw umbre, cobalt blue, white and blue. It's an original. Signed and dated.