Here is the finished product! As I had mentioned in my earlier post, I felt led to do the background in purple. The hardest part was trying to figure out the color of the angels’ bodies. My initial intent was to leave them in white but the piece looked unfinished. I did the detailing on the white wings in a medium gray watercolor pencil which gives the piece a lot of texture.
These colors were no accident. I believe God gave these to me and they make perfect sense considering the two upcoming seasons – Christmas and Advent.
Purple/Advent: One of purple’s symbolic meanings is royalty and is often used for the season of Advent. Advent meaning “coming” or “arrival”, not only celebrates the anticipation of Christ’s First Coming, but also the anticipation of Christ’s Second Coming as King. This year Advent begins in late November (27) and ends the day before Christmas.
White and Gold/ Christmas: White and gold is associated with the season of Christmas. Gold represents God’s glory and divine nature and white is the color of purity and righteousness.
By the way, the commercial/retail industry would have you believe that the start of the Christmas Season is the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas Day, however, is considered to be the start of the Christmas season lasting twelve days until January 5, hence “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
When I did the initial sketch of Five Golden Rings, I thought, isn’t God smart? I mean, there’s no way I can take any credit for this one here. For awhile I was stumped on how to create Five Golden Rings, unless I were to literally DRAW five golden rings. Not only did the thought of that sound boring to me, it just sounded BORING.
Birds are prominent subject matter in the Twelve Days of Christmas, including the partridge, calling birds, french hens, turtle doves, swans, and geese. So it seemed to make sense to me when I read on the Internet that the Five Golden Rings referred to the rings around the necks of pheasants. That statement quickly lost its credibility when I surfed the net and could only find images of pheasants with white rings.
Not that it any of this really mattered to me anyway. I wasn’t feeling this pheasant thing and my only interests in them were observing them in the wild, or having them served up on a platter with some type of vegetable. Animal activists, do not judge me. They are TASTY.
This sketch was created in July when I was visiting my parents. As you can see the Five Golden Rings are five angel halos. I decided only to show the backs of the angels so you could see their wings. My sister, who saw the sketch, pointed out that the collective arrangements of the angels resembled the shape of a flower.
As far as color is concerned, I feel led to use a soft purple background and I may consider using chalk pastel rather than water color pencil. I still haven’t decided what to do in terms of applying color to the angels yet.