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Friday, June 21, 2013

Art Makes the World a Happier Place

Long ago, I discovered that art can make the world a happier place. I've always enjoyed children's art and teaching children and people of all ages to create their own art. Because art is often so much fun, I chose the theme of creating a painting a day during the month of April for the A to Z Blog Challenge.

One of my blogger friends, Chuck at Apocalypse Now, was following and asked me about using an underwater photograph taken by his wife in Honduras to make a painting as a surprise gift for her for their 12th wedding anniversary. I agreed to do it then worried as I always do with commissioned pieces that he might not be happy. The Sea Turtle turned out to be one of my favorite pieces from all the little animal paintings!

"Sea Turtle" ©Mary Montague Sikes
Please go to Chuck's blog to see what he wrote about the anniversary surprises he gave his wife. I love happy art. Thank you, Chuck!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I read his post yesterday and the one today - the painting is beautiful, Mary! I even asked him if I can included it in my post today. You did an awesome job.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

You do such great work. I love this. Wonderful colors!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I just saw it over at Alex's. It's gorgeous.

Julie Flanders said...

I saw this over at Alex's earlier, so awesome! The colors of this painting are so beautiful, I love it.

~Sia McKye~ said...

This is a beautiful play in colors and textures. I love it, Mary.

Art has always been a part of my life. Sometimes when the writing muse fails to cooperate the art muse is always present. It feeds the creative spirit in me and always has.


Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, thank you for including my painting in your post!

Marilyn, thank you for the compliment!

Diane, thanks for visiting!

Julie, thank you for continuing to follow!

Sia, art is so important in one's life! I'm glad you have it in yours.

The colors in this painting are among my favorites. I'm happy you all like them, too!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monty - I was so pleased to read this - Chuck's wife's photography work is amazing ... then the way you brought the sea turtle to life in the sea green .. is just lovely - I'm so pleased the collaboration was obviously so successful ..

Congratulations to you all .. particularly you with making Chuck and his wife so ecstatic ... cheers Hilary

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Hilary, thank you so much for your comments. I'm thrilled it worked out, and people are happy!

Chuck said...

Hadn't been on the internet this weekend until now so I just read this post. I enjoyed seeing this again on your site as much as I did the first time I saw it. Truly great work, Mary.

Thank you one more time!!

Chuck at Apocalypse Now

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Chuck!I love the turtle!