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Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Alligator - Painting a Day

A to Z Challenge

A to Z Blog Challenge For my Blogging Challenge, I've decided to create a painting a day--something I've long wanted to try. My subjects for this challenge will be mostly animals and flowers. Flowers are a subject I like. Animals are not a subject I often tackle.

For "A" I've chosen alligator because it is an image associated with the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The hotel gift shop is called Gator's because of the alligators that once lived inside the hotel lobby. My 11" x 14" acrylic painting on canvas was inspired by the bronze sculpture of "Old Pompey" that guards the hotel's entrance to the lobby. He was the last of the alligators and died in 1948.
"Old Pompey" Acrylic Painting ©Mary Montague Sikes

17 comments:

Clay said...

The Alligator reminds me of something from the expressionist era. Well done! I love the idea behind your theme. It would be so much fun to do. Looking forward to more. Cheers!

Rebeccah Giltrow said...

Wowzers, I don't think I'd like to go into a hotel where alligators lived inside the lobby!

mooderino said...

It'll be very impressive if you do 26 original works of art for this challenge. Good luck!

mood
Moody Writing

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Clay, thank you for your observation and compliment. Alligators are not the most appealing creatures.

Rebeccah Giltrow, it's amazing to me that they had live alligators there. Think of the insurance nightmare these days!

Moody Writing, thanks for the luck wishes! I'll need it.

Hart Johnson said...

Love the alligator! I have very limited art history knowledge, but I do like stuff like this that has some whimsy to it.

Chris Verstraete said...

Cute! these will be fun to see....
GirlZombieAuthors - and Candid Canine

Helen Ginger said...

Wow! Love the painting. Can't believe you'll do one a day!

Inger said...

What a challenge you have set for yourself. The alligator is great and I wish you all the best for the rest of the month. I will be back>

Silvia Villalobos said...

I love anything that has to do with art, painting and such, so this was a very nice treat.
Silvia @ Silvia Writes

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You did a nice job with the alligator! You should do animals more often.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Hart, thanks for loving the alligator. He's growing on me in the studio!

Chris, thanks for your visit.

Thanks, Helen. I think I can. I hope I can!

Inger, thanks. This is more of a challenge than I anticipated!

Thanks, Sylvia. I love anything to do with art as well.

Alex, thanks for the visit. I'm going to do more animals this month!

Sally Carpenter said...

Very cute painting!

Sharon Himsl said...

What a huge undertaking doing one painting a day! I'm so impressed, and the alligator is really cute.

Nicole said...

Stopping by from the A to Z. What a neat theme - love the first painting.

Chuck said...

Monti, you are really quite good. I think your theme this year is too cool and I look forward to your daily art!

Chuck at Apocalypse Now

Valerie said...

Very cool alligator... He's all "I don't even like apples!!"

Hugs!

Valerie Nunez and the Flying Platypi

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Sally, Sharon, Nicole, Chuck and Valerie! Hope you'll come back and see if I'm up to this painting challenge!