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Monday, April 23, 2018

Thousand Lights Lead Our Fortunes - A to Z Blogging Challenge

"Lights on Dark Waters" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"Thousand Lights Lead Our Fortunes" is the phrase I received for today's A to Z Blogging Challenge. Wow. I am really having trouble realizing the meaning of this. Perhaps today's painting will help.

This art work is encaustic on board, and I love the "feel" of the image. Have you ever stood on a dock at night and watched lights shimmer on the water? Sometimes the reflections are many more than the lights creating them. Perhaps the lights on the water create a time of magic for you. Perhaps they cause you to reflect on the past and into the future. Perhaps a revelation is born in your mind. A thousand lights. A thousand new ideas. The plot of a novel. A new innovative thought for a painting.

"Lights on Dark Waters" is a special image for me. What do you think?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Secrets Hide Among the Strangers - A to Z Blogging Challenge

"Secrets" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"Secrets Hide Among the Strangers" is my phrase for today's A to Z Blogging Challenge. What a profound statement, for secrets surely hide among the people we do not know. I have a painting in mind for this--a painting on Yupo--but I cannot find a photo of it and do not have time to look for the painting now.

"Secrets" is the photograph I have selected instead. I took this as part of a series several years ago while visiting canyons in Arizona. The canyons are strange places. This one especially. There is even a portal in the photograph as well as many visual secrets that lie hidden for imaginations to reveal.

Please let me know what  you think.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Responding to the Night - A to Z Blogging Challenge

"Night Sky Over Crater Lake" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"Responding to the Night" is the phrase I received for today's A to Z Blogging Challenge. I don't like the darkness of night and never have. That means I have no painting I think is suitable for these words. I do have a photograph I took several years ago of the night sky over Crater Lake in Oregon. Each morning while we were there, I got up with my daughter to photograph the 5 a.m. sky as the sun was beginning to rise over the scenic lake.

"Night Sky Over Crater Lake" is very mysterious, I think, especially the moon in the sky. In the distance, morning light is beginning to show behind the mountain. Crater Lake is a lovely destination for photographers where they can enjoy "Responding to the Night".

Do you respond to the night?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Query Among the Whisperers" - A to Z Blogging Challenge

"Among So Many" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"Query Among the Whisperers" are the words I received for today's A to Z Blogging Challenge. This is an odd one. It is like we need to question those hiding in the shadows. They wish to be heard but don't want to be known for their words. I know some of those people, and you probably do as well.

"Among So Many" is an odd piece of art, too. That's why I think it is perfect for the phrase, "Query Among the Whisperers". This painting is cold wax and oil on my favorite surface, Yupo.

What in the world do you see there? There is so much to ponder. I don't show any of the shadow people, but they are well-represented, don't you think?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Portals Lead Us Away - A to Z Blogging Challenge

"Raining on Sedona Rocks" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"Portals Lead Us Away" is my message phrase for today's A to Z Blogging Challenge. I love portals. I've stopped and photographed many of them. I've painted dozens, including my favorite "Portal to Forever" which was inspired by the jungle-covered Mayan ruins at Palenque in southern Mexico. I thought of using that acrylic image for today's painting but decided instead on this cold wax art work.

"Raining on Sedona Rocks" is a small painting on Arches paper for oils. It is perfect for today's phrase because of the portal at the upper right leading us from the rain and rocks. The cold wax/oil paint mixture features several different textures that I find intriguing. I wish you could see the actual work close-up.

Where is the portal leading?