Some of you are aware that I have been working on a St. Michael piece. This isn't the first time I've approached this subject. At least the third time. Two other versions are in Dusty Diablos.
and here is the second one in the book:
Every since I can remember I have been fascinated with the Archangel Michael. Sure it could be because I am his namesake. I actually think that it is because he is often seen fighting demons. Typically He is seen standing on top of the devil.
This is a classic version by Raphael.
Here's another one by Raphael...
What's not to love about the snake/dog/bird/goat devil....pretty trippy
This one is from a church in Germany
...if David Bowie were an angel.
This is by Bernadino Zenali
Michael is a pretty cool customer in this one...look Mom, I can squash a devil with one foot.
Here's a nifty one by Perdro Garcia de Benabarre.
I love Michael's wings.
This version is from Poland.
Everybody's going surfing...
Now...I eluded to the creation of a new St. Michael. Well it is done and it all started from a sketch I did:
From that came this:
It's about 3 feet x 2 feet
the area with the large hand opens up...Hard to tell from this photo but that eye is inset and behind a layer of mica.
You may have noticed that my version doesn't have the devil under foot. I tried that and it didn't look so hot. I decided to make it so that it seemed more difficult for Michael. In some of the other versions. It's as if Michael was having an espresso and squashed a devil or two as his sipped his cafe. By putting the devil on the same visual plane as Michael it seemed to me that I was showing more of the heat of the battle and not the outcome.
Speaking of battles..this piece had been giving me grief for some time and I've been battling it for months. This sucker was a struggle. It felt like I was battling demons.
But at long last I prevailed...I raise a glass of Scotch to its completion.