We have recounted the story of the Birth of Zentangle so often, that we wanted to memorialize that day, and thank the "angel" (?) whom, for lack of a better term, we credit for bringing it to us.
As we discussed this we realized we already have quite a few angels that have made their home here at 27 Prospect Street. We didn't realize how many as they arrived randomly from here and there, without fanfare, without ceremony.
There's one on the outside of the house, that I painted many years ago (a "putti") inspired by the Sistine Chapel ceiling (here seen watching another angel that visits often . . . "UPS Bob").
Verdigris cherubs watch over the opening between our living room and dining room.
There are etchings we purchased in Boston on a sidewalk sale near the Museum of Fine Arts.
One favorite, an old lithograph of beautifully colored cherubs with wings of butterflies, rather than feathers, called out to us.
And many other angel-inspired images have gathered in our home:
Rick and I designed this window with a friend who creates art in glass. His dad was a master stained glass designer and creator, and our friend grew up amidst this mastery. Coincidentally, his dad (recently passed away) was my teacher when I studied this art form (just enough to put glass in my kitchen windows) over 35 years ago.
We unveiled this window at our recent "Zentangle Christmas Party" (postponed for months by our abundance of snow!) Rick had rigged up spotlights outside. We called everyone together on the dimly lit porch and Rick, holding a dimmer switch behind his back, gradually turned on the lights.
We enjoyed sharing this unveiling with our family and friends we work with. It was the first time anyone else had seen it.
It looks nice in the day, too . . . even a cold, gray day!
There are all kinds of details that make this window personal, take your time to enlarge it and enjoy the bluest blues, the ochre-y wings and the tangly bits here and there . . . the symbolism and the craftsmanship.
What do you see in it?
Let us know in the comments and we'll forward a print (or two) of this image above to some randomly chosen commenters.
We will announce the winners randomly chosen from our previous blog and this one in our next blog.
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