Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Noelle, A Christmas Angel

Just home from Jekyll Island...lovely long weekend. Weather in the mid 70s...sand, beach, sun, shopping and lots of photos!  Will share soon. In the meantime, here is my latest in my series of angel paintings.

Meet Noelle, a Christmas Angel. Noelle's face ALWAYS reflects the wonder of Christmas! 

11x14 Giclee art print available at V Elish Art Studio 

About Noelle: You might meet her in the check out line while Christmas shopping. She's the one in line behind you who reminds you of the real meaning of Christmas...at the very instant that you are seriously thinking of  punching that dreadful woman in the line in front of you. The one who snatched that Christmas red, cashmere, sweater from the sales rack, just as you reached for it!  Ever so casually and with no apparent intrusion at all, the delightful woman behind you strikes up a conversation and somehow gently reminds you, without even saying it at all, that Christmas is about Jesus. It's not about things you buy or the best gift to give. The best gift has already been given and it was free. You are already feeling better as you begin checking out.  Finished, you turn to thank your delightful new friend and find that she is gone! She has disappeared---it is as if she had never been there at all! You shake your head in bewilderment and then with a smile on your face and real Christmas joy in your heart,  you go along on your merry Christmas way!

Need a Christmas Angel to save you from yourself as you shop this Christmas?  Hope not! Have a Merry!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Finally! I'm Back...Hopefully to Stay!

Life often takes unexpected turns and I feel as though I've been on one of those roller coasters that are small but lethal with their abrupt twists and turns. Things have calmed down a bit at the moment and hopefully will remain that way.  I have recently started painting in earnest and have revamped my Etsy shop and have listed several new items with many more on the way.  I am still working full time so I have to squeeze my painting into the evenings and weekends. John works late every other week, so I have some time then to paint to my heart's desire without feeling that I am stealing time from my spouse. I do miss the late nights writing blogs and chatting with friends on Facebook and Etsy. Six o'clock a.m. comes too early for this night owl, so I have to get to bed at a reasonable hour...by 11p.m at least. But I love my job and there's much to be said for that.  

Okay enough about that. I need to bring you up to date on my paintings.

I have been working on a series of  paintings depicting angels in various forms. None of us know what angels look like. Well, perhaps you do but I don't.  Not for certain anyway. I only know what the Bible tells us.  My personal belief is that they are spiritual beings who normally have no physical body, but who might take human form when necessary in order to guide, inform, protect, rescue us from time to time. Perhaps they are even sent to test us from time to time.

Some may not believe in angels

Scripture tells us to entertain (welcome, be kind to, offer hospitality to) strangers, because by doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2.) With that verse of scripture in mind, I have painted various angels: some who look like humans and some that don't. I normally give them wings and halos to indicate that they are angels, otherwise many of them could be representations of almost anyone. Many are glamorous and beautiful by our earthly standards, many are plain and ordinary and some represent those we often pass by and ignore. 

I find them worthy of my interest and imaginings

Some may not believe in angels, but I do. I do not worship them in any way. However, as God's higher creations,  I find them worthy of my interest and imaginings.  I am also fairly certain that I have encountered these creatures in the guise of humans, numerous times in my life. I wonder..have you?  

Meet Kezia.  Kezia (pronounced ke Zye ah.)  Kezia (in Hebrew) means Cassia tree,  a variety of which produces cinnamon.  Cinnamon is a favorite spice to use in the Autumn months and into the Christmas season. Also, one of Job's very beautiful daughters was named Kezia (Keziah)  Job  42:13-15.  

Kezia, has a bit of a Mona Lisa smile. You will NEVER guess what she is thinking. However, she will tell you, if you ask her nicely. Often found helping out when Autumn leaves bring those pesky, nostalgic thoughts of autumns long past. She might be that lovely person who stepped in and led your mind to more current matters.

My painting is available as a lovely giclee print (12x12) from my shop on Etsy.  Other sizes are available upon request.