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Ink Angel in Colour by Amanda Woodward

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I found Amanda while browsing through Flickr. She is an illustrator based in Edmonton, Alberta. Her style resonated with me. I asked her why she was drawn to angels (pun intended) and her reply was: “Angels make me think about being able to fly and I like that feeling so I draw them from time to time :)” Check out the illustrations gallery on her website for more.

I came across the incredible fantasy watercolors of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. Check out her entire angel art gallery. I had a tough time deciding which one to show here (following her guidelines for borrowing her images). Finally I settled on this one of Archangel Uriel for the colors and detail. It’s very powerful and even a little unsettling, I think, but in sacred texts of the world angels are often seen as fearsome. Personally, I think it’s just that their energy is sometimes so overwhelming when they first attune to you that it can be terrifying. (Been there, done that.)

UPDATE 7/5/08:  I was browsing through the art section of my local Barnes & Noble the other day and found an amazing how-to-draw-fairies-and-angels book.  It was by none other than Stephanie Pui-Mun Law!  Check it out: Dreamscapes

Archangel Uriel by Stephanie Piu-Mun Law

“Uriel, The Archangel of God”
©Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

A very common belief about angels is that they comfort us in our time of need.  In fact, for most of my life I thought that was all angels were for.  Somewhere along the line I picked up the idea of angels of mercy and that was all I knew.

Below is a link to an artist who found my heArt-a-Day blog and mentioned it on her site.  She works in digital art, both 2-D and 3-D.  I found the most amazing piece of angel art there.  It looks like a photograph.  But it isn’t.  I have Poser, the 3-D software she used, and I can’t get it to do anything.  She has obviously mastered it.

Her name is Dani Foster Herring and her image is called “In My Sorrow”.  It is a powerful depiction of an angel as comforter.

“In My Sorrow” 

Mary Hillier, also known as Sunladyart, is an artist from Louisiana who does vibrant paintings of flowers, animals (especially greyhounds), still life’s, etc. I just discovered she paints angels as well, and I was already a fan. 🙂 Check out the angel art collection on her website. They are really wonderful!

Sunladyart’s Angel Collection

Angel Art by Sunlady

I know a lot of you are looking for images of angels and I just happened upon this artwork by an artist named Jeff Bedrick.  I think it’s lovely and wish I could do such nice illustrative work.  Click on the link below to see:

 “Gilding the Lily”

I am currently running a contest for angel artists on Votigo that ends August 18, 1997. The winners are selected by viewer votes. There is a lot of interest in archangel images from what I can tell from search terms being used to come to this page. I’ll give the top 5 winners exposure on this and my other angel-related web pages and blog. If you can list the art on eBay, ArtbyUs, or Cafepress that’s best, but I’ll highlight the winners in any case. Please click on the link below to go to the contest.

“Calling All Angels Contest”

I interrupt the usual musings on this blog to announce that for one day only (today, June 3rd), you can see an interview with me in the Artella Daily Muse. You can sign up for two days as a member with no strings attached and no credit card necessary. Go check it out!

I did this drawing last week for my Squidoo lens about Archangel Raphael. I let my intuition do its thing, which means I never know how things will turn out. I think my drawing is somewhere in between full channeling and my ego wanting things to turn out the way I see the image in my mind. Sometimes the end result is a little strange. However, as many other creative people have said before me, sometimes the “art” you create is really intended for somebody besides you.

Raphael

It is colored pencil on Bristol board and an “ACEO”, which means it’s 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size.

You can see more of my art on my heArt-a-Day blog.

The other day I had a doctor’s appointment and I was worried. I typed medical reports about cancer patients for thirteen years and I pretty much have it in my head that cancer’s going to be the cause of my demise. I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop.

So I was worrying about cancer and thinking about angels. What came to me from the angel “channel” was to imagine my cells being filled with little pink hearts. It was such a cute idea I immediately felt better. Who knows, it might actually work on health issues as well. Mainly it was a way for me to stop worrying.

After that I had another inspiration. Start another blog with the goal of doing 1000 pieces of heart-themed art, and combine it with the current “art-a-day” and ACEO (little 3.5 x 2.5 inch pieces of art) craze. So I did. You can see the blog at heArt-a-Day.

I then had another nudge from the angel channel to do a pink ribbon heart colored pencil ACEO and give the proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (a group that is supporting breast cancer research). I don’t have any personal ties with this group at all, nor have I lost anybody to breast cancer, but…when the angels, talk, I listen. Unfortunately nobody bid on it after three times of listing it on eBay, but you can click HERE to see it anyway.

After years of skirting around starting a meditation practice, I finally found a book that made meditating make sense to me, minus the various spiritual trappings I’ve run into in the past. The One Minute Meditator by David Nichol, M.D. and Bill Birchard presents meditation in a practical, easy-to-do method. It’s meditation unplugged, a foundation from which you could go on to add yoga or buddhism or any of the spiritual practices I usually associate with meditation.

The book covers a lot of ground in a short time, but what strikes me the most is the idea that it’s good for you – physically, mentally, emotionally, and yes, spiritually – even when you don’t feel like it’s working. The “relaxation response” goes into effect the moment you start paying attention to your breathing. The longer you spend even just trying to pay attention to your breathing and/or your thoughts without reacting to them – every little moment you succeed at it actually makes you more healthy. It’s like building a muscle. So, when you’re standing in line at the grocery story you can pay attention to your breathing and even that much time increases your ability to relax. For some people it starts so deep they don’t notice much at first, but it’s working anyway.

That got me to thinking about ART. I’m certain it works the same way. I struggle a lot with doing art. I have a lot of perfectionist expectations built in that makes it very hard to just relax and enjoy myself. These mechanisms have been in place for 40 years or more, so it’s hard to just undo them. Thanks to the continual support of my boyfriend I’ve been able to do art on a daily basis for the first time in my life for the last few months. My life has changed for the better. I thought it was just that I felt better because I was finally “doing art” instead of fretting over not doing it. But now I think that perhaps it works on a deeper level, exactly like meditation.

Scholars tell us that when humans first started making art it was for magical purposes, such as to heal an illness or call in animals for food. It is thought that just by looking at an image on a cave wall a person was healed. The way meditation works on the body is mysterious and magical, too, even with scientific evidence that it is working, especially with illness. All you have to do is breathe. (I haven’t looked into it yet, but I’m sure there’s a direct correlation between meditation and the “law of attraction”.)

Art therapy is a profession which uses art to heal. I’m sure there is a wealth of material already written by art therapists about how art is a form of meditation. Art therapy, however, is usually intended for those who are really dysfunctional. What if art “therapy” is just as useful in everyday life for everybody; even happy, healthy people who want to stay that way?

I’ve said in an earlier post that I struggle with the idea that angels are separate entities. Now I’m wondering if ANGELS are part of this mysterious process that happens when a person meditates (or creates). I can’t see my blood pressure lower when I pay attention to myself, but it does. I can’t see angels around me, but I can feel a big wave of unconditional love wash over me with no obvious outside source. Perhaps just by paying attention to angels, even if you don’t believe in them, even if it seems like nothing is happening, your attention does bring them into your life, one way or another, and you can get help in ways you never dreamed possible.

Try any or all of the above and let me know how it goes. I’m curious to know if it’s just me who is making this connection.