Daddy's Christmas Angel

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Creating an Angel Card at Christmastime

For the past several years, I've created a new angel card for Christmas. This year, I thought about making my cover image from Daddy's Christmas Angel into my card but decided against it. Instead, I went into my studio yesterday and created a brand new pastel angel painting.

Chapel of the Holy Cross - MMSikes
Although I hadn't planned it, a cross necklace suddenly appeared around the neck of this year's angel. I named the image, "Angel of the Holy Cross." When my husband reminded me of our visit to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, I realized the connection.  Although I am not a Catholic, I was very drawn to the church situated among the picturesque Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Unfortunately, I did not go inside that day four years ago because it was too near closing time for the area. Also, it was a rare, gray afternoon which eliminated the possibility of dramatic colors in my photographs. When we were in Sedona last month, we passed the road leading to the Chapel almost every day, but we did not go visit it again. Now, I wish we had.

I will have my angel cards and Daddy's Christmas Angel at the Tides Inn Christmas Marketplace in Irvington, Virginia on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will unveil my new image, "Angel of the Holy Cross" there. Here are two of my other angel cards:

"Angel Close Beside Us" Copyright 2010 MMSikes
"Angel of the Endless Garden" Copyright 2011 MMSikes

11 comments:

Morgan Mandel said...

Pretty Angel!

Morgan Mandel
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Stephen Tremp said...

Wow! Now that's a church! I love cool and unique looking buildings.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those are nice! And wow, what a church.

Marian Allen said...

You have GOT to visit inside that church some sunny day. :) Congratulations on the new release and the new card!

Marian Allen
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Monti said...

Thanks for visiting, Morgan.

The chapel is part of the wonderful, unique landscape in and around Sedona. Thanks for stopping by, Stephen.

That church is quite unusual and a popular destination for visitors to Sedona. Thanks, Alex.

Maybe next time we go to Sedona. I'm drawn back again and again. Thanks, Marian.

Maryann Miller said...

I love the angel cards and the introduction to that wonderful chapel. It seems to fit so nicely into the mountain. (smile)

Bob Sanchez said...

I remember visiting that lovely chapel and seeing a bluebird outside for the first time in many years.

Monti said...

Thanks, Maryann. The chapel is perfect for the setting.

Monti said...

Bob, that bluebird sounds like a "sign" of some sort. Interesting.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Monti,

Very cool church. How could you NOT go inside? I love churches and visit as many as I can while on vacation.

Very sweet angels. I am sure your newest creation is wonderful!

Monti said...

Thanks for stopping by, Michael, and for the compliment. I didn't go in because they close down a gate at a designated time. Didn't want to get locked inside the gate!