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The Blessing

By Ironshod
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I've just finished this angel painting called The Blessing. Angels do not have to be associated with a particular religion or indeed any religion at all. They can be symbolic of a thought or wish, and seen as guardian figures. Here I painted the angel holding a sword to symbolise a request for protection and strength. I hope you like her :)

Thanks to `mjranum-stock for the use of his photograph as reference when painting the figure. It was very helpful to help make a natural pose.
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atheadax's avatar
Absolutely beautiful! 
This is definetely one of my very favourites from Your works, but it also been hardest to handle for me being an atheist and always attached angels to Christianity. Because of the name of the work I first saw this particular piece as asking a blessing from higher power, so I kind of wrote completely another story for her in my mind. I love what You wrote about angels, and it gave me a whole new point of view to the subject. Getting back to the picture - I like everything in it but most of all the look on her face. I've always found it very focused and determined, like she's clearing her mind from everything else but the task; to protect someone or someones. It's a picture that calms - at least for me - troubled mind.
nv0986789's avatar
love the wings
HammerinInkminer's avatar
...it's a very nice image -- pure.
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SunlessNick's avatar
Oh, yes, I do like her.
rainchickk's avatar
your angels are incredible
BarrazaFanny's avatar
Hi Anne. I love the talent you have, you are my favorite illustrator (well you're the only favorite). I have a question / permission / request: 
Can I take one of the illustrations (specifically "The Blessing" in Deviantart) for a cover of a novel that I have on Wattpad? 
Do I have to pay anything? 
Thank you and happy day.
safork's avatar

so beautiful and feel strength.(...does't she feel ache?(・*・;)

artboy-2's avatar
Thus beauty has been drawn!  This is amazing!
IRON-WEEVIL's avatar
this is amazing! keep it up
JennifeRefinn's avatar
Hello, I love your art Anne, please would you tel me what programs do you use on your paintings and what is the size of the canvas? Do you paint by hand on paper first or do you use graphic programs immediately? And do you have some videos of you painting? I would love to see your art in progress. Have a beautiful day. Love Jennifer <3
Ravenroseserpent's avatar
wow she gorgeous I love the wings and I love the sword
MysticalAngel101's avatar
She's absolutely gorgeous!
patriciaenola's avatar
I've just finished this angel painting called The Blessing. Angels do not have to be associated with a particular religion or indeed any religion at all. They can be symbolic of a thought or wish, and seen as guardian figures. Here I painted the angel holding a sword to symbolise a request for protection and strength. I hope you like her :)
Those Words go so well with the picture - I wish you had been by, at the time I was trying to express an opinion - Anne !! your words would have silenced someone - somewhat better than mine
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Tate27kh's avatar
Just WOW! so beautiful.
Forfrysning's avatar
I love the wings
JPMNeg's avatar
You're work is truly inspiring.
YipingRay-lin's avatar
I love the lighting falls so gently and the dress's fabric and the way it falls. This just truly beautiful...reminds me of a book called "Katherine" I read once. :-) How many layers did you use? :-O
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