|"Angel of the Sunlight" watercolor ©Mary Montague Sikes|
Merry Christmas to All
About 10 years ago, I started creating an angel painting for each Christmas season. At first, I thought I would make many angel paintings, perhaps 500 by the end of the year 2012. I even started numbering the works. However, I soon realized I was not inspired to do this work. I truly believe divine inspiration is needed or there is no purpose. For the smaller, once a year body of work, there is inspiration and meaning.
Last year's angel, "Angel of the Holy Cross", was inspired by a visit to Sedona, Arizona and photographs I took of the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Last month, I discovered this drawing on Arches watercolor paper waiting for me in my studio. It was a forgotten drawing that I completed by using paint from nearly forgotten watercolor tubes and a gold paint pen. The painting became "Angel of the Sunlight". Perhaps this year's angel is inspired by the pending flip of the magnetic field of the sun. According to NASA, this reversal of the sun's polar fields happens about every 11 years and can affect cosmic rays among other changes.
What better time to have an "Angel of the Sunlight"?