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Friday, May 24, 2013

Living in the Moment

When bad things happen like the tornadoes in Oklahoma with lives lost suddenly, you start to think about living in the moment. After all that moment might be all you have, and you should appreciate it to the fullest.

My mother used to tell me to "wake up and smell the roses". She worried that I "burned the candle at both ends". Mother was right about that, and I still do. However, I am thinking more about living in the present and enjoying the flowers in bloom and the beautiful sunsets which I have always appreciated but perhaps never quite enough.

"Portal to Forever" acrylic painting ©Mary Montague Sikes
Sometimes I create paintings that make me think. "Portal to Forever" is one of those. A few years ago, I stood inside one of the smaller buildings excavated from the jungles at Palenque in Southern Mexico. It was part of the Maya Ruins from long ago. I started to think of the people who stood in that place before me. I stared through the portal, across the massive foliage that led to Guatemala, and wondered about the past. I took 35mm color slides of the scene that would later serve as reference photos for my paintings.

Was I living in the moment that day in Palenque? Or was I living in the past? I remember that I looked across into forever. Are forever and the present one and the same?

I don't know. Do you?

Tides Inn Art Show

Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 and 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., I'll have books to sign and will paint at the Art Market, Tides Inn in Irvington VA. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You were living in YOUR moment.
That painting is really nice, Mary. Like multiple mirrors, going into infinity.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Alex!

Sharon Himsl said...

There does seem to be a merging of the past with the present that's hard to explain. You captured the moment well!!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monty .. "Smelling the roses" always an excellent idea. At least you can burn the candle in a lot more daylight for a few months ...

That painting looks wonderful .. and enjoy the weekend ... signing books, painting at the Art Market .. lovely .. cheers Hilary

Chuck said...

That painting is pretty cool and even more so with your backstory. I would for sure say you were in the moment...looking at another's past.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Sharon, for visiting.

Thank you, Hilary. True, I want need as much "candle power" for a while!

Chuck, thanks. Sometimes, I'm in the moment:).

Ornery's Wife said...

I love the colors of your painting. :) We seem to merge the past present and future when we stand in those places so rich with history.

Just dropping in from the A to Z Road trip to say HI! :)