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Friday Quest – High Angel of Nature by Terese Nielsen

"At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough.  You don't
need to photograph it, paint or even remember it.  It is enough."

Toni Morrison


Katherine's Quest:  Restore nature's beauty.

Suggestion:  Find a park or playground where children are likely to be present.  Spend half an hour cleaning up trash there.  In particular, keep your eyes open for dangerous items, like broken glass.

Much of the inspiration for the "look" of this angel came from a story found in ancient Essene manuscripts that have been recently translated into English.  I also have to give generous mention to one of my favorite golden age illustrators Maxfield Parrish for the inspiration on how to handle the background.

I think my love of illustrating the "cat" family comes through in this piece as well. I tried to imbue the cougar with a nurturing motherly feel. I don't know if you have any desire to do an "I spy" sort of thing at all, but see if you can find these in the piece (see larger version):

  • Cougar with her baby
  • Squirrel
  • 2 rabbits
  • 3 mice
  • Frog
  • Ram
  • Terry's little baby wood duck (Terry is my twin brother)

I'm excited to do this quest. Picking up trash is so easy to do and makes such a huge difference in the beauty and feel of an area, not to mention the little fairies flitting about who will greatly appreciate it.

I love, love, LOVE the quote on this card!


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