An angel to light the way for the New Year…

Angel painting copyright Anne C Michelsen 2015
Angel painting copyright Anne C Michelsen 2015

Just wanted to share my latest angel painting. I did this one recently for my lovely British friend Lesley. She has been working with an angel practitioner who told her the name of her guardian angel: Andele.

Lesley told me she’s been in touch with Andele, but her primary “clair” sense is feeling, and she hasn’t had any visual experiences of her angel. She said she would like that very much, since she feels it will help her develop a deeper connection.

So I tuned in to Lesley and asked Andele to show herself in a form that would be understandable to us humans! 🙂 Very quickly, she did: a beautiful female angel grasping a torch, with long flowing golden hair and a “follow-me-and-let’s-have-some-fun” expression!

When I do angel art readings I also ask the angel what message they have for my client. (And, if the client doesn’t know already, I will ask for the angel’s name as well.) Here is what I channeled for Lesley:

The feeling I got from her is that she is calling you to wake up and get into action! (The name Andele even means “let’s go!”) She is so eager for you to start working more closely with her. She says “I promise it’ll be FUN!!” and wants to reassure you that building your business won’t feel like a lot of work and won’t compromise your freedom when you follow her lead. She says she might light a fire under you, though! And that you can be a guiding light to many, and your light will shine like a beacon, bringing hope and light into darkness. “Just follow me, already! I have so many secrets to share with you – what are you waiting for?” 🙂

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Peaceful Slumber

Just a page from my sketchbook:

Peaceful Slumber baby portrait sketch

Sketched from snapshot of a friend’s new baby. She is precious! I have started to add an angel to the right and have the feeling more will show up. If they do, I’ll repost with angels (and scan it properly, too!)

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Jammin’ With Photoshop

Music is one of the biggest reasons to be alive. So of course it’s the first thing they cut from school budgets. They really ought to increase music instruction when the budget gets tight. It’s a really effective way to increase test scores while packing more kids into a classroom.

This is series of musician illustrations for the Partnership With Earth website project.

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Clarinet player illustrationMusic is one of the biggest reasons to be alive. So of course it’s the first thing they cut from school budgets. They really ought to increase music instruction when the budget gets tight. It’s a really effective way to increase test scores while packing more kids into a classroom.

This is series of musician illustrations for the Partnership With Earth website project. The clarinet player was one of the first ones I did. At that point I was still working in 72 dpi and trying to match the style of another artist.

You can see the progression – I did the musicians with the blue backgrounds last.

 

Drummer illustration

 

String bass player illustration

Cello player illlustration

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More hand drawings

Hands are always a challenge and a pleasure to draw and I certainly don’t consider it a waste of time to have done these. Who knows – they may find their way into a painting some day…

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Graphite drawing - male hand
Male hand drawing #1

More hand studies from the animation illustration project. The male hand is supposed to appear more forceful.  I drew these pencil studies from reference photos I took of my son Isaac’s hand.

However his hands are fairly small and delicate for a guy.  I think a more robust model would be more appropriate for this particular project so I will be redoing these studies very soon.  (I tease him that he’d make a good large animal vet, remembering James Herriot’s comments about small hands being an asset for delivering calves.  Isaac has an aversion to slime so he’s not amused.  But he does have beautiful hands and they were fun to draw.  Isaac – if you ever read this, thank you! )

Hands are always a challenge and a pleasure to draw and I certainly don’t consider it a waste of time to have done these.  Who knows – they may find their way into a painting some day…

Pencil drawing - male hand
Male hand drawing #2
Male hand drawing #3
Male hand study #3

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