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Thursday, April 4, 2013

D is for Daffodils and Dragonfly - A Painting a Day

A to Z Challenge

For today's challenge I selected daffodils and dragonflies. I love daffodils and have used them many times in drawing demonstrations. While I was writing my novel, Night Watch, I discovered dragonflies and found out many good things connected to them, including that it is a symbol of change. I also learned that dragonfly colors come from reflected and refracted light, so the pretty little flying creatures might get associated with color magic and illusion.

"Daffodils and Dragonfly" - pastel painting ©Mary Montague Sikes
I decided to work in pastel on Canson paper for this piece. Although pastels are a favorite medium of mine, I discovered it was difficult to work fast with them for this project. The painting I created is 18" x 12" and unlike the acrylic pieces on gallery wrapped canvas, it must have a frame for proper display.

The painting a day project for this challenge is fun, but it's taking much more time than writing a blog. So far, I haven't gotten to visit many of the participants. I'm sorry and hope to do better. Maybe on Sunday...


Anonymous said...

Love your painting!!!! I do glass paintings and this has given me an idea. Your work is very nice. Good luck with your goal. I can't wait to see what you come up with the rest of the month.

Clay said...

Beautiful! I love your style!

Margo Kelly said...

Wonderful! :) Daffodils are my favorite flower! I'm a new follower from the A to Z Challenge. Nice to meet you!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the simplicity.

Amy Sikes said...


Karen Jones Gowen said...

So beautiful! You have really captured the essence of these flowers. What a talented artist you are!

Life in a Small Town said...

Wonderful paintings!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks for visiting, Alex.

Glad you like the daffodils, Amy!

Thank you, Karen. I'm glad you like the painting. and I appreciate the compliment!

Thanks, Life in a Small Town, for visiting!

ayjay said...

Aw, those are lovely! I can't imagine how hard it would be to also draw/paint something every day! Way to go.

Happy A-Z'ing!

AJ Lauer
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Twitter: @ayjaylauer