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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dancing in Pink Light - I Love Art

"Dancing in Pink Light" acrylic/canvas ©Mary Montague Sikes
For the past months I have been considering my passion. Is it art or is it writing? I've done both for most of my life. I have to confess, color has won.

I love color. I love art. The wonder of paint spreading in every direction on a blank canvas intrigues me. Abstract art fills my heart with joy. For now, I consider myself an abstract artist.

We are working on my artist website so that I can display many of my paintings where collectors and just interested folks can browse through them. Right now, we are planning to have them categorized with the following divisions: pastels, acrylics, oils, watercolor and mixed media which will include my encaustics. All of the categories will have sub-divisions including: landscapes, seascapes, still life, portraits, and more. The website is now a work in progress.

Experimental mixed media is my focus right now. I love using many methods to create new textures. Watching colors evolve in unusual ways on various substrates fascinates me. I have a different type of paper I have not used before in my studio right now waiting for me to try it out. Perhaps I will take photographs of happenings along the way.

In the meantime, I continue to work on the first revision of my new novel, Dragonflies in the Morning. I intend to finish that draft before devoting most of my time to the paintings. I also plan to take down my "Animal Alphabet" exhibit at Crossroads Art Center some time this week and replace it with an abstract art show of Experimental Mixed Media Paintings.

When you visit an artist website what categories of art work do you want to see?

Should an artist website be combined with that of a writer?

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Can't wait to see your site when it's done!
I enjoy my writing and will continue. But for me, music always wins out over writing.

Stephanie Faris said...

I think it's best to separate your sites. Or at least have a separate page for each of your interests on one website, if that makes sense. Have one homepage that invites visitors to click to see your art and your writing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think that's a wonderful idea, Mary. I have it all on one site, but my photography is featured as it's one of my passions.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Alex. It's going to be a while. Music wins. I'm not surprised.

Stephanie, I keep going back and forth on this one. I already have a section for my books on my major website. It would be easier to keep that. I don't know...

Diane, I consider photography a part of my writing, probably because I took the pictures for my feature articles for so many years. The other art is different. Now I just realized I have not included a photography link as we build the new site. Thanks.

Tara Tyler R said...

creative minds have more than one canvas - let it all out!!

and thanks for commenting on my broken branch falls blog tour!

Crystal Collier said...

Oh my, I know that struggle! I balance writing with music (performance, composition, etc). It's taken years to decide I love writing more than music composition, but I still do both. Oh, and I think writing will benefit you art--in sucking people in. I'm stoked to see you work and wish you all the best.

Julie Flanders said...

Your paintings are always so gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing your artist website when you have it up and running. :)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Tara, I sometimes wish I were a math major. Cut and dried would be better than so much creativity, so many things I want to write and to make. Thanks for visiting!

Crystal,thank you. I do so very much love color and the things you can do with it.

Julie, thank you for the compliment. I have so many paintings to put on my site. I have filing drawers and shelves full of unphotographed work. How much to use? I don't know.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mary - love the "Dancing in Pink Light" it's a gorgeous mix of colours ...

I agree with Tara ... keep on with both ... because a change is always a good thing ...

Good luck creating your new website - sounds as though it'll be amazing ...

Your art works are just beautiful .. go with the flow .. cheers Hilary