Daddy's Christmas Angel

Monday, April 6, 2015

"E" is for Everyday - A to Z Challenge

A note to those who would like to know more about my book:

Evening of the Dragonfly is a novel set in the 1980s, a time less complicated than today. Farrah Ferand has a high school art teaching job in a small Virginia town. She meets Dirk Lawrence, a businessman from the city, who takes an interest in her and in her painting and is helping her build a studio over the garage in her rented home. Farrah is thrilled to have the studio because she has a one-person art exhibition scheduled. As she works on new paintings, Farrah realizes things about herself, her relationships, and the tragic loss of her mother. We encounter some of her realizations as new paintings and parts of painting are unveiled each day during the A to Z Challenge. My book is available in trade paperback and as an e-book.

"E" is for everyday things that we don't appreciate as much as we should. As Farrah works in her studio, she looks out the window at the trees with their changing leaves. She loves trees in all seasons of the year. She enjoys watching them through the windshield of her car as the vehicle passes through forests along the Interstate. They remind her of good times long ago when her grandparents sometimes took her on trips with them. They are her everyday trees.

Farrah's painting today is the completed 18" by 36" inch canvas she started in two segments last week. She might add a few new touches here and there, but it's about ready for her show. It's her "Everyday Trees", painted in her everyday style with Golden Acrylics on canvas. It's a different style from the one she uses in other work, and it's fun to watch her switch from her more whimsical paintings. You might notice that the artist made a few changes in the earlier parts of the painting that were revealed last week.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now she has the whole forest!

Patricia Lynne said...

It's a beautiful painting. I love the colors.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
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Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The story behind the painting reminds me how much I love spring in our neighborhood. So many trees fill with blossoms and then it's like a graceful snowfall when the blossoms fall.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Montie - I love the way you're bringing Farrah's painting to life .. it's a very clever idea. Your trees are amazing too - I delight in the colours.

Cheers Hilary

Sharon Marie Himsl said...

Really enjoyed learning more about your book and love what you're doing here with the paintings. Thanks, Mary!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, yes, it's a forest!

Thank you, Patricia. I love color!

Susan, in Virgina many trees and flowers are blooming right now. It's the prettiest time of year here.

Hilary, Farrah has quite a story to tell with her paintings. Thank you for following.

Sharon, thanks for following this painting event with Farrah.

Susan Kane said...

Wonderful playful choice of colors!The back story seeps through the painting.

Thanks for commenting on my blog!!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

The book I'm currently working on is also set in the 1980's. It seemed like such a vital era with the advent of the PC but actually it was a much simpler time in many ways.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Susan. Lots of backstory to show in my paintings.

Karen, one thing I like about the 1980s is that everyone did not have a cell phone in hand then!