The birth of a piece…

Angels Walk Among Us
originally uploaded by ArtByChrysti

Angels Walk Among Us 

I’ve received quite a few emails about the inspiration for this mixed media painting, so I thought I’d tell you a bit of the back story behind it…

When my life tends to feel chaotic and a smidge out of control.. I find myself reaching for my white & cream paints.. and creating a calm, monochromatic piece. The process is what I find most soothing … it’s messy, carefree, gratifying, and oh so easy to lose myself in!

On this particular day.. with this particular piece …I found myself yearning for strength.. I began thinking abut my grandmothers…. they were amazing women.. whose personal lives and stories are incredible within their own right (someday I’ll share) , their memories are constantly my source for wisdom, guidance and strength. The obstacles they overcame, and the grace they handled it with.. will never cease to amaze me…

And so it began… repetitiously cutting, pasting, painting, gluing layers & layers of ephemera…words that spoke to me, that I connected with.. photographs of women…all ages, all sizes, all different backgrounds .. strong women… the women of our past who shaped this beautiful world we live in ..and though a lot of these pieces cannot be seen within the piece.. they are a vital part of it.. it is a piece of strength, and wisdom… and a tribute to those who walked before us, whose lives intertwine with ours when we aren’t even aware… they are the angels that walk among us.

And there you have it.. a small glimpse of how this piece came into creation.. it’s currently for sale on ebay  (ends soon!!) if you’re interested, or to see more detail…click the photo, it will take you to flickr.. click all sizes, and view the original size for detail..

Artfully Yours.. Chrysti