Mourning Star – Angel Painting Complete!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Finished Work, Oil Painting | 0 comments

Mourning Star – Angel Painting Complete!

Yess! Finally, my Lucifer painting is done! Now before you run away with your fingers crossed in X’s from this post – have a read as to why I painted this angel 😉

I am not what you would call a religious person. On the contrary, I like to keep my mind open to a lot of variations and new ideas. A lot of you know I am a fan of Ancient Aliens and theories along those lines. Sure, the angels could have once existed – but I am not quite certain that they were actually divine entities. They may really just have been mortal beings trying to help shape man in their early days. And just like any intelligent creature they are subject to deceit, betrayal, propaganda and slander.

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Mourning Star – 16 x 22 in. – oil on masonite

 

Now why paint Lucifer? You have to admit, he had a pretty interesting story. Biblically speaking – he was the most beautiful of all angels and God’s favorite. They say that being the right hand man wasn’t good enough for this beautiful creature and that he wanted to overtake God and in doing so tempted Eve with the apple.  Now this I am a bit skeptical over (don’t shoot me!). But what if there was a lot of propaganda involved in this story? After all, it is the “bad guys” stories which are usually the most interesting – and very often covered up.

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What if it wasn’t a take over. Lucifer was made to be perfect, to dwell directly in the space where God did. Perhaps he wanted a bit more of a democracy – especially where humans were concerned. These little beings that God created in his image had no knowledge, no wisdom, no free will. I don’t know about you – but I like all of those things. Maybe Lucifer thought keeping humans in their perfect cage of the Garden of Eden wasn’t to their benefit and would like to see them grow out and beyond the garden walls. So, he tempted Eve to bite into the apple and all Hell broke loose…. in a manner of speaking.

 

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God, obviously hating being disobeyed and his perfect experiment ruined, cast Lucifer and his followers out of heaven. He made Lucifer out to be the ultimate rebel, after his own thrown! No loyalty! The ultimate slander so that no angel would disobey him again. And where did that leave Lucifer? On Earth, with the humans he attempted to free. I don’t know about you, but I see striking similarities between that story and the one of Prometheus who gave humans fire and paid dearly for it. Did that make him evil?

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The question over what is good and what is evil has played a lot on my mind over the past few years. What is perception and what is reality? And how is it that God’s most beloved angel could turn overnight into the most feared demon. It is a sad story – and if true I am certain we will never know all that happened during that time. But I decided to paint Lucifer, as a beautiful woman instead, not quite good looking and not quite evil. She fell to give us knowledge and has been hated ever since. Sounds like a very human act to me.

If you are interested in giving this painting a forever home she will be the last in studio painting available until after my solo show next May! She measures 40 x 55 cm (16 x 22 in. approx.) and is $1,000. You can email me at: contact (a) plantiebee.com

Thank you all for reading and hope you like my newest painting!

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