Just wanted to share these detailed pictures.
My newest Angel is available on
|Juanita a Christmas Angel|
|Isabel and Bella-our Buff Orpington|
|All four about 4 weeks old|
|Belle;An Oil Painted Doll|
|This is Bunny, an Easter Egger|
|This is Sparkle, she is a Speckled Sussex|
|This is Bella, a Buff Orpington|
|And this is Raptor, a Golden Wyandotte(she is a girl, my husband named her!)|
|Isabel and Bella|
|oli painting number 1 from reference photo july 15|
Ah yes yes! Got my confidence back!
This is called Drought Relief
I haven't really explained what is going on and what my symbolism is in the past because, well it is mostly very personal. I have been thinking a lot about my own personal symbolism lately-what that would be about, what that would look like for me.
I am a devout, traditional-leaning Catholic. I take my faith very seriously. It is something that is a part of my every day and that I actually practice often. I say this because I realize a lot of catholics in this country are more or less cultural catholics: meaning they were born into the faith but they don't really understand it or practice it other than the obligatory Christmas and Easter mass.
So my faith journey tends to inform my art journey, and that is what is happening in this painting.
The angel is God's messenger and worker. She wears an outfit that is reminiscent of a uniform because she is part of God's army-doing His bidding. The background I have kept warm with earth tones to represent a time of spiritual drought.
The angel is bringing some rain clouds to relieve the earth-these represent the faithful and how their witness brings hope and guidance to the world.
The little foxy in the corner represents God's creation.
This is somewhat based on the story of Elijah found in the Old Testament. Elijah also lived in a time when the world was living very far away from God and his commandments. He had taken shelter in a cave up on Mount Carmel to hide from those who wanted to kill all of Gods prophets. He was looking out over the dry parched land and saw one lone cloud in the sky. He saw in this cloud God's plan of hope and the redemption of man. Carmelite spirituality has seen this cloud as the symbol of the Virgin Mary.
The idea of this cloud is one of my symbols. The Blessed Mother is very important to me, and I have been close to her for many years.
So there it is; Drought Relief.
I pray everyday that God will send us good leaders and that America will turn back to the values that made her great.
Thanks for hanging in there this long-I know this is a LONG post!
|Here is one of Susan's beautiful dolls from the workshops|
|New doll~brushing up on my skills|
|My first Lifebook lesson, Beacon of Light, taught by Tamara Laporte|
|Seeds of Love, also taught by Tam|
|Lifebook lesson taught by Lynn Whipple|
|original work in my art journal|
|Queene of Hearts|