ON WINGS OF EAGLES

This is my first blog and the subject is on something totally different!

This journey for me started 22 years ago when a friend of mine called Andy asked me to listen to some music he had composed called 'On Wings of Eagles.'

It was based on the bible verse from Isaiah 40:31 which says 'Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.'

He asked me to take a listen and see if I had any pictures from it.

On-Wings-Of-Eagles-Album

I listened to the music and immediately had visions of pictures of the Eagle in 7 stages. I went back to Andy and shared with him what I saw and he smiled to say, 'That's right!' I sketched these out in my sketchbook making notes about what I had seen.  

Sketchbooks

I didn't want to stop at the idea stage, but I wanted to get these ideas created. Eagles and clouds wasn't something I had any experience in drawing and painting so I started looking for some inspiration from different things I could find starting with the clouds...

Clouds-Inspiration

I got some help from the photocopier and some tracing paper as these eagles weren't something I could draw freehand!

Eagles-Tracings

I was gathering ideas on how to put these things together and created lots of sketches developing the pictures I could see.  

Eagles-feet

I didn't have any reference material that corresponded with what my images were so I put together a number of sketches that would help me put things all together. 

Eagle-on-building

Then I got started. The first image was the most dramatic and graphic - it came alive even more than I had seen it in my mind's eye when I painted the picture. 

Eagle-in-the-storm

I then started picture number 2. But these pictures were much harder than I thought they'd be to paint - not only were they difficult technically, but personally too as they were giving images for struggles I was going through in my personal life too.

Eagle-Rising

I started on number 3 but then decided to change tack...

Eagle-Rising-2

So I decided to start at the other end of the journey and I painted number 7. This started out with a picture that I wasn't happy with so started to recreate it from there. Here is the first draft: 

Eagle-Glow

But this wasn't where it ended up so I reworked it - the final one is in the video version.

I went from there to do the 6th picture too, the Soaring Eagle. This one was the easiest of the lot!

Eagle-Soaring

This was as far as I got for many years. Things happened with my life and I ended up shelving the series.

Then in 2015 I decided to get painting them again so I went on to finish picture 3 and do 4 and 5 too. I shared the pictures with a friend of mine called Jeremy and he had a whole series of words to add to the pictures that enhanced what I was seeing. This then got shelved for another few years.

Then in 2020 I made the final push to photograph the series and put it all into a movie. Here are the final images and I've added the images from the final 2 in the series onto my products too. Here is the link to have a peek: 

https://amanyadesign.com/collections/on-wings-of-eagles

At last the vision is complete - I hope you like it!

Here you go, have a look...

Love Anna

 

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