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"Make-Shift Angel IV: Nike"
14 x 10"
Acrylic on canvas
Not for Sale

EDIT 3/13/12: I played with the contrast so that the digital version finally matches the original!

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When I painted my first "Make-Shift Angel" back in 2007, I didn't expect it to become a series, but time has proven otherwise. This version was inspired by a pose of SilvieTstock's on DeviantArt, which immediately reminded me of the statue of Nike from Samothrace. "Nike" is a slight deviation in that Make-Shift Angels normally don't show their faces and, until now, have been bound with stitches; however, I felt that to hide her face would ruin the flow of the pose, and the gauze she had tied around her chest in the reference photo inspired the binding for her wings.

More paintings in this series:

My thanks to SilvieTStock [link] for permission to use her photo as a reference.

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Diomedeez Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful!
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thank you!  This is my favorite series to paint.
Veryapedumb Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist
It's crazy. Beautiful and crazy :O
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
That's how I want all of my Make-Shift Angels to be :)
Mitsukaiten Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful.
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thank you!
EbilWolf9 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Your work is amazing :heart:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thank you so much!
67thy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I don't know if "cute" is the word I'd choose, but thank you! :)
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