Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Where have I been? ~~~~It feels as if all I have done this month is run up & down the highway, driving, not really running. There has been much sadness in our family, as my husbands oldest brother passed away and most diffidently is with our Heavenly Father. He was a most wonderful man. My heart just brakes. His life was beautiful. His wife & two sons and their wives and children, all the most beautiful , kind, Believing people you would ever want to know. As I watched them, as they all comforted the people around them, with hugs and love, I am reminded
how Blessed I have been to be a part of this family.

To comfort myself, I sat down & painted this little angel. I started making them way back when Gabriel was in preschool. I needed a Christmas gift for his teacher & I wanted it to be nice, having come from a long line of teachers, on my mothers side. So, since my husband is a cabinetmaker, lots of wood around, and my sons name is Gabriel, I came up with the ideal to make her an angel. That was the beginning. So, for the past 14 years we have made these angels at Christmas, for all four children's teachers. I also have given them as birthday, baby shower and Christmas gifts. I really have know ideal how many I have made. Nor, did I take pictures of them.
The process was always the same. Usually the night before I needed to paint an angel, for what ever gathering, I would say to my poor husband, "can you cut out an angel for me?" I really have the most wonderful husband. I would then draw out the angel & he would cut it out. Or, he would find me a nice piece of wood to paint one on.
So, on the morning of the gathering, I would wake up early ,still in my jammy's & paint my angel.

I get so much enjoyment from them. Setting there with all the wonderful colors in front of me. Just letting my imagination go and so relaxing in something I love doing.
So, while I was painting this little angel, I thought why not try selling my angels. I don't know how well they will do. But, I made up my mind that I will try.
As , I am growing my portrait business. I really do need extra income. These are the cold hard facts. As an artist, it can be so hard to look facts in the eye.

So, I have asked that my little angel painting business be Blessed.

I have opened my own ebay shop. Wish me luck. :)

Wow, this was a long post. As always " thank you for visiting". And, by all means go check out my
little angel on ebay.


Susan said...

Amy, I am so sorry you are dealing with this loss. Your family will be in my prayers. I feel blessed to know that all our loved ones have the joy of spending eternity with Our Father and that we will see them again. I think your angels will sell, this one is lovely. Hugs go out to all of you. Susan said...

I am so sorry for your loss. LOts of love to those in pain from losing such a beloved person in their life. Your angel is beautiful... Hugs, Vanessa

Amy Gethins Sullivan said...

Thank you Susan & Vanessa.
Your thoughts & prayers mean more than you know to me.
I thought long & hard before writing this post. I almost didn't.But, lately I have had a hard time grounding myself. So, making these angels has been very helpful to me.
And, I must say, that my brother in law,often would talk to me about ways to make a living as an artist.
He was also an artist. But, he also was a genius, I think and was an engineer. So, he always had a way to support his artistic side and his love of beauty.
I have more ideals forming too.
Making a living as an artist is hard, but, I am determined.
love, Amy

Carol B. said...

Amy, first of all, I am sorry for your loss. I will say a prayer for your family, although I am happy to hear that you know your brother in law is with the Lord.
Second, I want to thank you for visiting my blog and lifting me up with your encouraging words. I had started to feel better and was ready to go back to painting, then last night and this morning I suddenly felt afraid and unsure again. The fact that you stopped by to give me such encouraging words was a real blessing.
Last, I have to tell you your work is beautiful. You are very talented and I know you will go far.
Thank you, and God Bless!
Carol B.

kathy hare said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother in law.. your angel is very beautiful, I think that creating art is a great way to express grief..
I wish you luck with your angels

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Amy, I'm so sorry for your loss.. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers

the angel is very beautiful!! I hope the ebay shop goes well.. I'm sure it will :)


Barbara Pask said...

Hi Any, I too am sorry for your loss, so hard to lose loved ones but there is comfort in knowing we'll see them again. Your angel is sweet. Take care

Anonymous said...

I too, send my condolences and prayers for your family's loss. What a gift to be able to channel those emotions into such an uplifting and sweet little piece. Thank God for little blessings. Best of luck with your ebay shop. I should think these would do well for you.