Daddy's Christmas Angel

Monday, December 22, 2014

On the Wings of an Angel - Merry Christmas

"Angel of the Holy Cross" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"Angel of the Timeless Garden" ©Mary Montague Sikes
Every Christmas for the past few years, I have created an angel painting to use as our Christmas card. For the last three years I have painted traditional angels like this watercolor, "Angel of the Timeless Garden," from 2012. One year a trip to Sedona AZ led to my painting with pastels "Angel of the Holy Cross" inspired by the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

This year my artwork and the classes I have taught centered around experimental mixed media art in which I used tissue paper, heavy gel mediums, beaded gels and much more to create a variety of textures in my work. As I viewed one of the paintings I developed in this manner, I discovered an angel with a variety of  wing forms residing in the textures on my canvas. I wanted to paint a traditional angel, but I kept going back to this piece. "On the Wings of Angels" will be this year's card. The ones I mail will reach their recipients late, but I hope they will see and understand the image there.

Merry Christmas to All!

"On the Wings of Angels" ©2014 Mary Montague Sikes


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some cool textures!
Merry Christmas, Mary.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - like Alex .. I love the textured approach, and the colours .. wonderful to see ..

Cheers and a very happy Christmas to you - enjoy yourselves .. Hilary

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Alex! Merry Christmas to you!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Hilary, thank you. Texture is a lot of fun! Have a lovely holiday.

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Mary,

Merry Christmas to you, too!

I wish you a lovely holiday season...

LOVE the texture, but then, I am a huge fan of your art!

All the best for 2015!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Michael, thank you. Hope you have a wonderful holiday and it doesn't get too cold in Chicago!