Evolution of the Angel of Hope

My love of vintage photography often leads
to some version of these questions:
Who is this?
What brought them to this small captured moment?
in posed images which
involve some costume ... . .

WHY were they dressed like that?

Several years ago I came across this enchanting image
of innocence personified. How adorable is this child?!

She has come to be
my own personal Christmas Fairy .
(It's officially December, so I don't believe I'm
jumping the season for Christmas Fairies!)

Her clear direct look , with her starry crown and wand
just seem to bestow very special blessings of
M A G I C & H O P E .

Our cups can always hold a bit more
of those rare essences ... . .

As you can see, I've had great fun playing with many versions
of my Angel of Hope .. . as I've come to call her.
She's found her way to both digital
and stitched/collaged pieces of my mixed media.
Today she takes her place as my Christmas blog banner,
so I thought you might enjoy a bit of her history.

I do so hope she'll lend a bit of inspiration
to your holiday, as well as be a reminder to
hold great Hope for the coming year.

With the way this world is playing out,
we'll need all the optimism we can muster ... . .


Ingrid Mida said...

I love your Christmas Fairy! She is enchanting.
Last March, I bought a stack of old photos from an antique dealer. I look at them sometimes and wonder who they were and what they were thinking about when the photo was taken. I'd love to make some artwork with them. Best wishes for the holiday season!

Cote de Texas said...

you're incredible! how talented should one person be allowed to be????? :)

Leau said...

OMG!!! I love her and I love how you have morphed her into symbol of hope..okay first I typed hoop but that too! You da bomb girlfriend, da bomb!!! and thanks for sharing the process, you know I love that! smooches

studioJudith said...

Leau - Joni - Ingrid ... .
Lots of Angelic Love to you for your kind words and enthusiasm :-)

Kitty Shepherd said...

This photograph is so beguiling I really love it; just to look into the frame takes me off for a fraction of time travel.

vicki archer said...

She is so beautiful....I love her in all her forms. Wonderful work Judith, xv.

Kitty Shepherd said...

P.S. I meant to send you here:- http://costumedetail.blogspot.com I think you will like it.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

You have adopted the perfect Christmas fairy - innocent, but with just enough knowledge behind her stare to be capable of granting wishes!

Love all your versions - but that stitched version! ooh, la la!

I'm so late getting to my favorite blogs this week - so glad that I didn't miss this one!