Daddy's Christmas Angel

Friday, December 21, 2018

An Angel Painting for Christmas

A few years ago, I started creating a work of art for our Christmas cards. Perhaps it all began when our children were small, and I carved a wooden block with two angels for a print. They represented the two young children, Allison and Alicia, we had at the time. Later, I wished I could add a third angel to the woodcut, but that wasn't possible. In more recent years with the use of my camera, computer and printer, I have tried to use the media and process in which I am working at the time to make my Christmas angels. A lot of those paintings have been small works on paper. Some have been larger, more abstract pieces created with watercolor on Yupo.

"Angel of the Valiant Cross" ©Mary Montague Sikes
This year, I decided not to work in my current processes of mixed media on paper and/or canvas or cold wax on board. I wanted a more traditional angel, so I painted her with Golden acrylics on a 20" x 16" gallery stretched canvas. Since adding texture to my paintings has become an important part of my work, I developed gold and silver halos with incised lines patterned in. The wings are textured as well. Also, I couldn't help but use my ink roller to print bubble wrap designs on the angel's gown.

The lovely crystal cross my daughter, Amy, gave me served as the model for the "Valiant Cross" my angel is wearing. Because I had just watched a movie about Winston Churchill, who praised the young men landing on the beaches on D Day for their valor, the cross became the "Valiant Cross".

So my 2018 angel was born on a blank canvas. For me, her silent presence brings meaning and joy to a world too often unaware of the goodness that can exist and the beauty we might see.

Merry Christmas.

6 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Happy Christmas Monty - have a peaceful blessed time ... and I love the way you've woven your ideas and family values into your Angel of the Valiant Cross ... cheers Hilary

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's beautiful!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Hilary and Diane!

Janet Poindexter said...

Your "Angel of the Valiant Cross" is breath-taking, Monti. Today, as I slowly slipped the card from its envelope, I was wondrously surprised to see bits of shining silver scattered like tiny new stars in an evening sky. Talk about impressive texture! Her eyes are so clear, her gaze so pure, she seems to delve directly into my soul. Oh, my, I do hope all is well there!I am delighted to add your 2018 Angel to my collection. She makes a great companion piece for your lovely 2012 "Angel of the Holy Cross." Like us, I believe they have been friends for a very long time. Happy Christmas to you and Olen. ~Janet

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Janet, thank you for your lovely thoughts, so poetic as ever. She does relate to the "Angel of the Holy Cross". Miss seeing you! Very Merry Christmas to you and Charles!

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