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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Passenger to Paradise, a Collaboration of Artist and Writer

Several years ago my publisher, Oak Tree Books, created the "Passenger to Paradise" series for my novels that are set in exotic destinations. These books have included settings in Jamaica, Trinidad, Antigua, Costa Rico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Sedona AZ. When deciding the name for my one-person show in the new Ward Center for  Contemporary Art, I thought about the "Passenger to Paradise" books and how I had not only written about the many beautiful places we have visited but I have also painted them. In an "aha" moment, it occurred to me that "Passenger to Paradise" is the perfect title for my exhibition that will be on display when the Ward Center opens during the months of November, December, and January.

Whenever we go on a trip anywhere, I always have a camera dangling around my neck or tucked away in a fanny pack. I enjoy photographing foliage, beaches, buildings, sunrises, sunsets--anything that tells a story and can be used as reference material later on. I also have handy a sketchbook filled with heavy-duty Canson drawing paper. Most of the pages contain notes made with a black marking pen and are illustrated with a small drawing here and there. When we return home, I enjoy having photographs as well as my notes to remind me of the places we have visited.

The tropical island of Jamaica is one of my favorite destinations in the Caribbean. The glorious scenery there has been the subject of a novel, Hearts Across Forever, and many paintings, including several of the spectacular Dunn's River Falls. At least two of those paintings will be included in the "Passenger to Paradise" exhibition. The acrylic painting on canvas featured in this post is 52" x 76" framed.

"Dunn's River Falls II" ©Mary Montague Sikes


I look forward to hanging the "Passenger to Paradise" show in the brand new Ward Center for Contemporary Art. The paintings included will represent scenes from Trinidad, Antigua, and other scenic and tropical destinations. It will be a collaboration of both the artist and the writer.

What about you writers and you artists? Can you find a talented friend with whom you can collaborate for a show and a book-signing? Perhaps even a poetry reading? Writing about a painting or creating art inspired by a poem have become popular activities for clubs and sometimes even galleries.

Art and writing make a great collaboration.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a clever idea, Mary. You have paintings, photos, and books that all go together.
Now if I could just learn to play the songs that inspire my stories, I could do a rock and read show.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, I love the idea of a Rock and Read show! I hope you will do it.

Nancy LiPetri said...

Wonderful way to tie together both your talents! Jamaica is one of my very favorite destinations too, and I have hundreds of photos to prove it :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI. Mary,

LOVE your painting! You are such a talented artist!

Writing are art are certainly a perfect collaboration. Add music and ALL of the arts can can soar, climaxing into one AMAZING piece of art!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That painting is beautiful.

I'd love to do a story where I could feature photos to go along with it.

Ann K. Howley said...

Dunn's River Falls is one of my favorite spots in the Caribbean, and your beautiful painting makes me love it even more.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Nancy, thank you! We've been there more than a dozen times but not for a while.

Michael, thank you! Wish I had musical ability. That's such a wonderful talent!

Thank you, Diane. You should put together a coffee table book with your photos!

Ann, thank you!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Amazing! I want to read your stories set in Guatemala.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Karen, that's Jungle Jeopardy, my Indiana Jones like story that relates to my interest in the Maya Ruins. Characters from Secrets by the Sea people that story as well.