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Monday, November 4, 2013

From A to Z Blog Challenge to Art Exhibition

Last April when I began the A to Z Blog Challenge, I had no idea it would become an art project and an exhibition. Since I already had developed an interest in creating wild animal canvases to go with my novel, Jungle Jeopardy, I found myself painting mostly creatures from the wild for this project. Only one of the 26 Animal Alphabet paintings is not the original from the Challenge. That one is the "D" painting for "Dragonfly and Daffodils". It was the only pastel painting in the project, so I decided to use it as a reference for an acrylic painting on canvas that would better fit in with the other acrylics in the show.

Gallery owner Fred Miller did an outstanding job hanging the show which also features the two paintings I made for Jungle Jeopardy. The exhibition will be on view at Prince George Art and Frame in Williamsburg, Virginia through November 30.

"Dragonfly and Daffodils" pastel ©MMSikes
"Dragonfly and Daffodils" acrylic ©MMSikes

Viewing Animal Alphabet Show ©Mary Montague Sikes


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They look really good on the wall! Hope the opening was great.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Alex. It was good.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think it's wonderful you got to display those images from the A to Z. I bet the kids were more drawn to your paintings since they are of animals.

Marian Allen said...

Beautiful and wondrous! I'm still in awe of this achievement. I'm also still waiting for you and Little Pickle Press to make an alphabet book out of this series. :)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Diane, thanks! I think you're right about the children.

Marian, thanks for all your encouragement. Sorry but Little Pickle wasn't interested. I agree it would make a good project!

Helen Ginger said...

The paintings are beautiful!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Helen!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti .. love these - I hope you had a great response .. the young lad is obviously enjoying your paintings and display.

I have, I believe!, two posters put onto boards (I 'framed' them, before I left South Africa .. with an A-Z of animals, and one of birds .. they are fun .. colourful, reminders of my life out there ..

Cheers Hilary

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks for visiting, Hilary. The eight-year-old visited for quite a long time that day and enjoyed deciding which animal was the one for each letter.

Glad you have your boards from South Africa!