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Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Z is for Zealous Heart #atozchalllenge

"Zealous Heart" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"Z" is for Zealous Heart for the last day of the A to Z Blog Challenge. This is the final heart on my painting, "So Many Hearts Dancing in the Air".

A zealous heart can have many meanings. A person might be super active and vivacious to possess this heart. It's an exciting and colorful heart to have.

This is probably the strongest of the little heart paintings on this 24" x 48" canvas, and it is located at the far bottom corner. Not a good thing artistically. As the last painting, it is pulling into the canvas or is it pulling away?

The painting has more of the acrylic gel and Golden acrylics. It is upbeat and fun.

Next week, we will revisit the finished canvas. I hope you will tell me what you think.

Thank you, everyone who has visited this project. Thank you, all the folks who have made the A to Z Blog Challenge possible again this year.

Friday, April 29, 2016

"Y" is for Yellow Heart #atozchallenge

"Yellow Heart" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"Y" is for Yellow Heart in the A to Z Blog Challenge. This heart is painted with gel medium and Golden liquid acrylics.

My Yellow Heart is not that of a coward. It is instead the beautiful yellow of sunshine. Yellow is my favorite color, so it seems an appropriate one for a heart at almost the end. It is a happy heart.

Notice the shadows of people watching this bright heart rise up. After the aching heart and the broken heart, this heart represents light and happiness at the end.

What do you think about a Yellow Heart? Can it be a heart of gold?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

"X" is for Xanadu Heart #atozchallenge

"Xanadu Heart" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"X" is for Xanadu Heart as we near the end of the A to Z Blog Challenge. After so many tragic and sad hearts, the Xanadu Heart is a green, happy, growing heart. It is fertile and inviting in the midst of magic.

For artists and writers, Xanadu has conjured up a world of fantasy and intrigue for eons of time. An opium-induced dream inspired Samuel Taylor Coleridge to write a poem about Xanadu. Olivia Newton John, one of my favorite singers, made a movie in 1980 that featured the song.

"Xanadu your neon lights will shine," the song claims. Perhaps the background of my Xanadu Heart depicts the feel of neon lights. Perhaps it depicts sunshine and happiness.

Love and magic live in the fantasy land that is named Xanadu. Would you like to travel there?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"W" is for Waning Heart #atozchallenge

"Waning Heart" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"W" is for Waning Heart in the A to Z Blog Challenge. This is truly a waning time in the Challenge, so a Waning Heart seems most appropriate.

From when I first chose the 24" x 48" canvas and blocked out the 26 spaces, I had a butterfly fall in place. The butterfly is a found image that I had encased in leveling gel a few years ago. I found it among items on my painting table and on a whim impressed it against the canvas. It remained where I put it, and I kept looking at it and wondering when or where I might move it. However, it stayed in the same place--the spot for the "W"-- and now is part of my Waning Heart.

How appropriate, I think now. Isn't a butterfly a sign of new birth? Perhaps this is a symbol of new birth for a waning heart. After all, the butterfly is emerging from it, solid and shiny from the dull (dying) blue.

New birth. A waning heart. I like the concept. What do you think?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"V" is for Valentine Heart #atozchallenge

"Valentine, Be Mine" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"V" is for Valentine Heart in the A to Z Blog Challenge. What could be more appropriate for a "V" heart entry?

On February 14, school children in the United States celebrate Valentine's Day by making cards for parents, teachers, and friends. Handmade cards sent by lovers flourished in 18th Century England. Mass-produced greeting cards came about in the 19th Century.

The decorative potential on today's handmade cards is limited only by the imagination of the creator. Often lacy doilies are incorporated into schoolroom-crafted Valentines.

Many Valentine hearts represent love and often include little messages such as "Be Mine." Those messages also are found on little heart-shaped candies.

Today's heart has texture built-up with heavy gel medium. It also has a piece of white doily collaged into the background.

What's your favorite Valentine message? Do you like handmade Valentines?