I’d like to present Dorothy’s latest article, in time for the Holiday season! Please enjoy! Dorothy is a fellow Artist/Photographer I met through Fine Art America who is now being featured here!
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Dorothy Berry-Lound, also known as ShannathShima, promotes life, work and energy balance through her art, poetry and writing. She now lives in Paciano, Umbria, Italy with her husband and menagerie of animals. She is a Tai Chi instructor and Reiki Master and a member of the Fellowship of Authors and Artists and the Arts and Healing Network. She is also Chief Editor of 1stAngel Arts Magazine, and has just been named Best Photopainter 2015 by QC Magazine!
Angels Walk Amongst Us!
All Dorothy’s images are hyperlinked to go directly to her website!
Angels are mentioned frequently in literature and feature in spiritual artwork and people do believe that angels walk among us. In many depictions, angels are depicted as beautiful beings. That is certainly the case in some films; take City of Angels as an example, a romantic fantasy where an angel played by Nicolas Cage becomes human so he can pursue a relationship with Meg Ryan. That image of the beautiful angel is seen in many spiritual works and on many Pinterest boards of semi naked men with muscles and wings (though I don’t know where angels go to get their tattoos). Of course then you get the lovely Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life who is George Bailey’s Guardian Angel – he looked like a bumbling old man and is very human. Remember, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings!
In literature there are many reference to angels but one of my favorites is a short story by Hans Christian Anderson called The Angel. It tells the story of a dead child and how an angel came down to collect the child and they collect flowers to take with them to heaven. It is a beautiful story and I urge you to read it but the bit that caught my attention and led to my interpretation ‘The Child Angel’ (featured in my previous blog post) was this:
‘Then the child opened his eyes wide and looked up into the angel’s beautiful happy face, and at that moment they found themselves in God’s Heaven where there was everlasting joy and happiness. And God pressed the child to His bosom, and he received glorious white wings like the angel’s so they flew together, hand in hand.’
I had a friend called Ben with terminal brain cancer. He was a lovely man and survived much longer than expected owing largely to his strong willpower. Towards the end of his life he was very frail and his head and neck had swollen owing to medication such that he was pretty much unrecognizable. He was a shadow of his former self and didn’t recognize me when I last saw him. I was sitting looking at him and I couldn’t believe how he was able to still be sitting in his chair as he was leaning at such an incredible angle that I kept expecting him to fall off. At that moment I had a vision of his guardian angel kneeling on the floor next to him supporting him and that was the inspiration for my piece ‘Ben’s Angel’.
I like the idea of our guardian angel walking beside us, watching over us, catching us if we fall. One day, I was walking the dog through our woodland and I had the overwhelming impression that the dog and I were not alone, that something was walking beside me. It was a good feeling, like being in the company of a really good friend, a companionable silence if you will. I like the idea that angels walk among us.
Here’s how to contact and follow Dorothy:
Personal website and art blog: www.shannathshima.me.uk
Artist website (online gallery): http://dorothy-berry-lound.artistwebsites.com/
Facebook Fan pages:
For my general artwork – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dorothy-Berry-Lound-ShannathShima/1536360626600998
For Barnie Paw Print designs – https://www.facebook.com/emporiumbarnie
I’m happy to introduce you to a fellow artist on Fine Art America!
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