Bringing Los Angeles to Life - Second Collab with Belizean Artist, Malachi Assaad.
It would be fitting then, that we would be inspired to paint angel wings, paying tribute to the angels (los Angeles)
By JEANNIE SHAW
Paying Tribute to The Angels
“Los Angeles” (The Angels) is Malachi Assaad’s and my second collab as artists. Although, we collab on a daily basis, through sharing our connection to the divine – the most High, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning, the end and everything in between – the One True God.
It would be fitting then, that we would be inspired to paint angel wings, paying tribute to The Angels (Los Angeles).
Benevolent Celestial Beings
The definition of angels on Wikipedia is as follows:
An angel is generally a supernatural being found in various religions and mythologies. Abrahamic religions often depict angels as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God and humanity. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out tasks on behalf of God.
Sometimes we find ourselves enthralled with elements of life that we have no real explanation or basis for. My fascination with angels goes as far back as I could recall but it was mostly in the form of ornaments. I can’t say I had any real experiences with angels or wanting to know more about them til 2018.
“Sometimes we find ourselves enthralled with elements of life that we have no real explanation or basis for. My fascination with angels goes as far back as I could recall but it was mostly in the form of ornaments. “
Arch Angel Michael
Sometime in 2018, a dear friend of mine, Anyaa Vohiri, told me about Arch Angel Michael. Before then, that name may have been short-lived in my life experience. It wasn’t completely foreign to me but it didn’t resonate with me fully.
It did peak my interest though and as I started looking up Arch Angel Michael, my fascination with all angels grew. I wanted to learn how to communicate with them and how to be sure of the information they give me. I’m still learning. I wish I could just sit in a corner with angels and ask them to tell me things, give me answers or guide me clearly like the marshallers do when the planes come in.
Most days, I include them in my meditation but I have yet to actually feel a sincere and somewhat tangible experience with one. It is purely by faith that I tap the rim of my Tibetan bowl and let them know it is an invitation to them be present with me as I connect with The Divine.
All that said, my wanting to know more about angels was perfect timing for Malachi’s idea for our second collab piece – Los Angeles. Similar to “Split Personality”, we each painted on separate, same sized canvases that would meet in the middle.
When we did “Split Personality”, suggested by her son Ismael, we both painted two completely different faces but she ended up using a lot of blue and I used a lot of gold, and shades thereof respectively.
The only thing planned was a general dimension of the face and how much space each half would take up on the canvas and we don’t reveal each half until the very end of the painting.
Please see unveiling of Split Personality below.
“It is purely by faith that I tap the rim of my Tibetan bowl and let them know it is an invitation to them be present with me as I connect with The Divine. “
We took a similar approach to Los Angeles, named by Malachi. She did one half of this blessed piece in Belize and I did the other half in California. We hid our work from each other so that the unveiling of it is completely unknown to each other.
In late summer of 2019, our two halves met and we unwrapped another new piece together – Los Angeles.
Once again, unplanned, I was inspired to paint with a lot of gold and she was inspired to paint with a lot of blues and shades thereof respectively. And there we found ourselves loving and fully embracing Los Angeles.
We hope you will too.