Good and Evil, in artistic imbalance

In fact, I am with William Blake on this one (if I had to pretend NOT to be an atheist for a moment) – Devils should not be seen as ‘evil’, they are the appropriate balancing creative and chaotic force, to counteract the order personified by God and the angels.

But believe what you will: I don’t, I simply like drawing them. So here, finished, are all the Angel and Demon coasters that you have seen glimpses of for the past few weeks. They are unfairly balanced: 6 devils to 4 angels, and yes, the devils are proving more popular. I hear they have the best tunes.

Each coaster is in fact a drypoint print, a handmade process from start to  finish, which allows for only a few prints from each aluminium plate  (I managed an appropriate 13 each before the plates started to wear out too much). The red of the wine and the sparkly gold of the champagne is added in in watercolour afterwards. Then I trim them and sign them and pop them in these handy little acrylic enclosures, and ta-da! art under your coffee, tea, wine, gin… etc.

They are £9 each, but they are selling fast so message me quick if you would like any!

Demonic Wine 2 - drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 2 – drypoint coaster
Angelic Champagne 2 - drypoint coaster
Angelic Champagne 2 – drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 3 - drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 3 – drypoint coaster
Angelic Champagne 4 - drypoint coaster
Angelic Champagne 4 – drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 4 - drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 4 – drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 5 - drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 5 – drypoint coaster
Angelic Champagne 3 - drypoint coaster
Angelic Champagne 3 – drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 6 - drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 6 – drypoint coaster
Angelic Champagne 1 - drypoint coaster
Angelic Champagne 1 – drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 1 - drypoint coaster
Demonic Wine 1 – drypoint coaster

13 Comments

  1. There was a medieval scholastic argument about how many angels could dance on the head od a pi (as I recall). Think the answer was an ifinite number. What about devils? And what are angels doing dancing anyway – thought harp-playing and choral singing was their thing? Good coasters by the way!

  2. Soory, not introducing an extra geometrical layer there (only accidentally): I meant Head of a pin

    1. Actually, according to my limited research, the original location of the angels was the point of a needle, not the head of a pin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_many_angels_can_dance_on_the_head_of_a_pin%3F
      The maximum number of angels that can fit on the point of a pin is apparently estimated at 8.6766×10 to the power of 49. Source: http://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume7/v7i3/angels-7-3.htm Which is quite a lot. A pin point, however, is rather bigger than a needle point.

      1. Is the size of the point affected by whether or not it has been used to make drypoint plates?

        1. I expect so, John. I have several points that have been rather abused by heavy-handed use that would fit a lot more angels on than they used to…

  3. I love these. I want one of each! They are so feel-good. Such wonderful art. 😀

    1. Thanks Mgon! 🙂 do you actually want some? I ask especially as one or two I have nearly run out of – have a box or reserved ones… ‘course, you might just mean it rhetorically, so don’t worry!

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  5. What an amazing idea are these coasters !!!! I love your angels and demons !!! Wonderful art as always !!!!
    Kisses ! 🙂

  6. They are fabulous and what a good presentation idea, to sandwich them in acrylic coasters

    1. thanks Rosie! And yes, it’s so much quicker than framing, too 🙂

  7. […] The printing plate is aluminium and is cut to the same size as the prints I have made into coasters. For a while I have thought that the drawings of Percy in his beanbag would make a good set of […]

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