As you may recall, this is an icon of the Archangel Gabriel which I showed you for the first time a few posts ago. As usual, I asked for comments and suggestions.
Thankfully, one of my most helpful readers wrote to me and pointed out something that had already been bothering me -- I was just too lazy to do anything about it until someone else noticed it too!
If you go back a few posts and look at the first draft of this icon, you will see that the right hand is almost at the bottom of the drawing and looks as though it is closed into a fist. As my friend pointed out, Gabriel, of all the Archangels, is the least likely to make a fist as he has always been presented as gentle. He was, in fact, the one whom God sent to the young Virgin Mary to tell her that she was to become the Mother of God.
So, I redrew his hand (actually angels are neither male nor female but it is convenient to use the masculine pronoun) and then decided I would show him gently holding a staff.
Let me know what you think about the new arrangement.