Close-up of angel in Celestial... by Mary Anne Strachota

Close-up of angel in Celestial Intermediary

I have a separate photo in my gallery of the sky. I was so happy with the sky but I think the high contrast between it and the angel don't allow the camera to pick them up. I hope you will take a peek :D
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So beautiful Mary Anne, very well done.
over 2 years ago
Thank you Barbara :)
over 2 years
WOW Mary Anne!! Love the texture! I hate cameras. It is crazy how much the don't show. This is even more beautiful than I thought! I love the other one of the sky also! Love your new profile pic too. But I will tell you every time read the pert about your dream of Joshua I tear up a little. This just reminds me of the kind of angel that would have done that for you! :)
over 2 years
Thank Nicole! - it is a bit crazy how much the sky doesn't show up in this. I am thinking it may be because of the contrast between it and the angel. If you look at the photo of the sky, you can see the top of her head - showing that those colors are directly behind this photo of her head but the only color it really picks up is the blue. The silver stars and metallic blue stars don't show on the full view either. Glad you like her - and glad I posted some close-ups 'cuz the full view really doesn't show it so well.

When you lose a child it changes your world forever as it is a heartbreak that can never be healed. But more importantly, when you have a child, your world is forever changed as your heart grows more than you knew it ever could. Joshua will always be with me, and a big part of who I am. I am so blessed to have been chosen as his mother and I wouldn't trade that for anything.
over 2 years
Extremely beautiful Angel dear friend, fantastic textures and contrast of lovely colors, brilliant work, i love it much, hugs,Aneli
over 2 years
Aneli, thank you for all of your encouragement. So glad you like her :)
over 2 years
Love the composition and the texture on the wings is wonderful. Love it.
over 2 years
Thank you so much Caroline :)
over 2 years
this is absolutely stunning work Marry Anne, love the colors!! and the calm expression on her face!!
over 2 years
Thank you so much Sonja :)
over 2 years
I think this is lovely and love the dark of the sky and Love the texture in the wings. Warm regards susie
over 2 years
Thank you Susie - very much appreciate you always taking the time to comment :)
over 2 years
Great wings! Looks like you used the palette knife here?
over 2 years
Thank you Sonja! Yes, I used a knife for a lot of it. Most of the wings, almost all of the dress, hair, sky. I guess that doesn't leave much untouched by the knife - lol - used brushes as well to help with shading. I tend to make more of a mess with a knife but love the feeling I get while using it.
over 2 years
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this is amazing mary anne. the color and the fantastic texture.i love the stars they really sparkle....jean (accepted)
over 2 years
Thank you Jean - and so glad you noticed the stars because I used a lot of metallic blue and silver and thought the camera didn't pick them up very well.
over 2 years
i love this. I read about your son. Wow. I have always thought that losing your child is probably the greatest pain any human being can experience. I have seen it drive a friend of mine close to the edge - it has taken her three years to even admit he has gone. I salute you! Keep painting, keep in touch with your creativity - thank God Joshua spoke to you in a dream. Love that.
over 2 years
Thank you for your kindness Jackie. I actually hope that losing a child is the greatest pain as I pray there is nothing that can come along in my life, or others, that is worse because I felt I was as close to the edge as I ever want to be and cannot imagine being able to handle anything worse. I treasure my friends who were there for me and who continue to be. Grieving a child is a journey that never ends but changes with time. Your heart will always ache for your child, but that is as it should be. Stay close to your friend, even if she cannot tell you in words, she needs you. Speak her child's name, do not avoid it, we need to know our children are remembered. If she needs to cry, encourage it and do not turn away or show discomfort. Cry with her, or hold her, tears heal.

Just wanted to add a thought that has helped my friends to understand. I was asked "how long" it takes for a parent to "get over" the death of their child. Here is my answer: If your child goes to a friend's house for the night, you might miss them a little, but you know they are in a safe place and will be returning home soon. Suppose your child stayed a week instead. You know they are safe, in a good place, and happy, but you probably miss them more the longer they are gone. Imagine you are told that child will never be walking through your door again, but that they are in a very good place and safe from harm. The longer they are gone do you miss them more, or less?

This helped some of my friends to understand. Maybe there is someone in your friend's life who is waiting for her to "get over" her loss. She won't. She can't. She will adjust to it, but getting over it is not an option for her.
over 2 years
The first sign of her healing came with the tears - but for three years her eyes were dry. Grief drove her into a kind of madness: She had to be admitted into a special clinic etc. What a healing power art has. So pleased that you have navigated the heart of the storm and come through to a point where you can talk about it, use the emotions to create and reach out to others. I honestly stand in awe of your journey: one I hope and trust that I will never have to make.
over 2 years
Thanks for the comment re "missing" your child, that really does help. My friends son was a Christian and he had a vision of heaven before he died - the whole room was filled with the aroma of heaven and he was crying with joy. He told his mum not to worry etc... but,as you say, it doesn't stop the ache of missing them.
over 2 years
Some very interesting colours Mary-Anne, it's a lovely painting
over 2 years
Thank you Barry :)
over 2 years
Your angel is beautiful Mary Anne, took a look through your gallery and was very moved, you have a wonderful ability to express feelings with all types of works, I love "falling" so much, have felt the same way, this piece is really special, it is a mixture of such happiness and "Want"~~~looking forward to your new works, have a wonderful day ~!~!
over 2 years
I am honored you took the time to look through my gallery Diane. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments as you have made my day :) Falling, although it seemed to get a luke-warm review is actually one of my favorite paintings I have done. It is very much the kind of art I hang in my own home. I love abstract art that has meaning to it. So glad you liked it :D I must take a look through your gallery as well, I usually do when commenting on a painting I really like, and I love the golden colors of your current painting.
over 2 years
Lovely colours and textures.
over 2 years
Thank you Diva!
over 2 years
Hi Mary, I luv your angel, the texture is divine, so pretty. Beautiful work:))
over 2 years
Thank you Lynnie!
over 2 years
Stunning beautiful angel, love the energy and light. The wings and stars on her hair, superb!
over 2 years
Thank you so much Carmela :)
over 2 years
Marvellous Painting,great colours and technique.
over 2 years
Thank you Bill - I am learning as I go and I learned a lot with this one!
over 2 years
Very beautiful work, so delicate. Nice face, great atmosphère. Congratulations.
over 2 years
Thank you for your lovely comments Arduinna :)
over 2 years
This is sooo beautiful. It speaks to my most romantic fantasy desires! I looked at the close ups of the painting, so I know in person this is even more amazing!!
over 2 years
Thank you so much Julie! I have a bit a a romantic streak in me as well ;) I often wish we could all see each others work in person as I think the camera never does a painting justice. I am sure this is true with your current work - I would love to see all those fantastic colors in person!
over 2 years
WOW, Mary Anne... this is breathtakingly beautiful!!! I just love angels and believe in them... I walk hand-in-hand with angels every day! wonderful! Love, Tiela*****
over 2 years
Thank you so much Tiela! I am a believer as well, and have experienced enough in my life to know we are never alone.
over 2 years
A beautiful painting Mary, I love it. very well done regards Don.
over 2 years
Thank you Don!
over 2 years
Wow Mary Anne what an amazing angel. She is simply gorgeous. Beautiful work. Pam:)
over 2 years
Thank you Pam! I am such a fan of your art. So much depth and meaning - very inspiring.
over 2 years
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