"The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us." Jean Paul Richter
There were many general quotations about angels to choose from for today's post. However, Jean Paul Richter's quotation was most significant for me personally because he mentions a particular type of angel, our guardian angels.
As I have been diligently working on this giveaway, I have been thinking about guardian angels. I have often thought that the outcome of events in my life could not have happened as a matter of fate, but rather as an element of faith, the belief that a string of occurrences at different times were helped along by a loving angel.
I am adding another passage, one that appeals to the pragmatist in me. "Angels are principally the guardians of our spirits. Their function is not to do our work for us, but to help us do it ourselves, by God's grace." Eileen Elias Freeman.
There are no gifts given by our guardian angels. Perseverance and determination will allow us to reach our goals.
Angélique, the name I gave her when I started this project, has a blank face right now. I cannot decide what look to give her... I am not quite sure about the wreath either. At various times, she has been holding a big star, and then different other Christmas objects such as a string of lights, a bell, a tree....And I am still undecided.
I especially like her shimmering wings which are difficult to see in the photo. I layered white paint with silver sparkle paint, and then used a sponge to cover the sparkles with more white. A similar technique was used for her dress.
Tole painting was a hobby of mine in the 1990s and I had forgotten how to shade, how to create the illusion of lace. It took a few tries before I got it right.
So I am getting closer to having her done.
I am not sure what kind of an angel she represents, but as I add the finishing touches while reflecting about guardian angels in my life, I am also wishing health and happiness, and sending positive energy to her new owner.