For the "What's An Angel" card theme, I went to various sites for research and for inspiration. Like all the different types of religion, every culture has many kinds of angels, including avenging, dark angels and "fallen" angels. I read a bit about the "fallen" angels in that they are really people - us, and that we have forgotten this fact when we came to earth as humans. Most religions teach us, more or less, that we must behave and act as if we are angels. There are many people that are the everyday heroes of life. I can think of so many unapplauded people, but one that comes to mind are animal rescuers. It was so gut wrenching watching the victims of Katrina, but it was also distressing seeing all those soaking wet dogs and cats who were lost. When the fires came to San Diego, many pets were lost. Thank goodness for the animal rescuers. Because of them, a lot of animals were returned to their rightful owners or were found new loving homes (my friend adopted a beautiful dog who was lost in the Cedar Creek fire). For all the bad news we are exposed to everyday, we never hear about the people who do incredible acts of love and kindness only because they saw the need and wanted to help. I believe that angels are messengers of love.
I drew these in pencil on watercolor paper cut down to card dimensions. I then painted in acrylics and added the more subtle shading in colored pencils. I had song themes in mind when naming these, though I don't think there's a song called "Bird Angel". She's more like the angel of animals with the bird as the messenger. I liked the idea of doing an angel in bold red and I think "Angel Eyes" would make a great blog banner for me. She is an angel of spring and flowers and babies. "Moon Angel" just came out as this free spirited dancing angel who celebrates the moon and the stars, and "Dream Angel" is like a guardian angel who comes to us in our dreams bringing messages or offers guidance in our lives.