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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z is for Zebra - A Painting a Day

A to Z Challenge

"Zebra, Stripes and All" - acrylic painting ©Mary Montague Sikes
This is the last day of the A to Z Challenge, and I feel a little sad. It's been fun and actually stimulating to finally attempt a Painting a Day.

Many thanks to A to Z Hosts: founder Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out, Damyanti Biswas at Amlokiblogs, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Tina Downey at Life is Good, DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude 2.0, Jeremy Hawkins at Retro-Zombie, Shannon Lawrence at The Warrior Muse, Matthew MacNish at The QQQE, Konstanz Silverbow at No Thought 2 Small, Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs, Livia Peterson at Leave it to Livia, L. Diane Wolfe at Spunk on a Stick, and Nicole at The Madlab Post. Having 1656 participants must have been a challenge all by itself!

Here is my last painting of the series. "Z" is for Zebra.

I now have a studio lined with new paintings, except for "C" is for Casey Cat which I gave to our daughter, Amy. Now, I'll have the challenge of painting another "C". I have an interesting bonus from this project. For several years, a fairly large painting sketched out on canvas has rested against a wall in the studio. It's been only a sketch. Until now. Because I hate to waste any of my very expensive paints, I started using the leftovers from the A to Z Challenge on that canvas. I now have a new painting well under way. Perhaps I'll share it here when it's finished!

Today's painting, "Zebra, Stripes and All" is 14" x 11" acrylic on stretched, deep gallery-wrapped canvas.

Goodbye to the Challenge.


Marian Allen said...

What's black and white and red all over?

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very nice shading and colors on the strips.
You did it - a painting a day of an animal!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Oh, Marian! Thanks so much for following me through this!

Alex, thank you. And thank you for being a host and following each of my painting posts!

Julie Flanders said...

I've really enjoyed your daily paintings, I couldn't possibly pick a favorite. Great work! :)

Sarah Chafin said...

I love the way you used colors in this. It looks amazing. Congrats on finishing the challenge! Simply Sarah

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Julie, for following my Painting a Day. I can't pick a favorite either!

Sharon Himsl said...

Hi. This is one of your best yet! You took on a huge challenge. Commendable to say the very least!!

Carol Kilgore said...

Wow...I wish I'd been here from Day 1. I scrolled down to look at other paintings on this page - and I love the tetra :)

As soon as I post this comment, I'm going to look at the previous ones.

New follower :)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Sharon, I hope I'll keep making a trip to the studio to paint a daily habit! Thanks for following this!

Carol, thank you. My husband likes the Tetra best, too. Thank you for following!

Bish Denham said...

What an interesting way to do the challenge! Your zebra has LOTS of character.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Bish. Animals are amazing!

Julia Chiang said...

yeah! way to go! I love zebras so pretty and you did a great job. :)

A Dose of Jules

Rhonda said...

I love this zebra! Congrats. We made it through AtoZ!

Rhonda from Laugh Quotes

Samuel Bledsoe said...

Was the "z" you made out of words in your post planned? It's very clever. Good job on making it through.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti .. thanks for reconnecting with me - I've finally arrived here and have subscribed. I'm going to look through your A - Z paintings as I'm sure they're wonderful .. you paint so vibrantly ..

Congratulations on the A-Z ...

Cheers Hilary

Chuck said...

I knew it was going to be Zebra! Actually not too tough a guess. You should be proud Monti, these paintings are excellent and you have a gallery display to put out on tour...complete with a ready-made title "The 2013 A-Z Challenge Gallery Show". Or something like that.

It was fun to watch this evolve and inspire as you went along. Very impressive.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Julia. Zebras fascinate me!

Rhonda, thanks so much for your visit and for loving my zebra!

Samuel, I don't know. Am brain dead at this point!!!

Hilary, it's so good to have you visit!

Chuck, thank you! I do love having all these paintings. Now, I'll work on the gallery thing!