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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"G" is for Galaxy - A to Z Challenge

G is for Galaxy in today's A to Z Challenge. I have always been fascinated by the stars, planets,galaxies and everything in our universe. I'm especially intrigued by the Astronomy Picture of the Day and have a few of my favorite NASA photographs photocopied in my sketch gathering books. 

When Farrah Ferand, the heroine in my novel, Evening of the Dragonfly, was a young child living on a farm in Mississippi, she and her grandfather would go out at night to look at the stars. She would sometimes lie back and study the zillions of lights visible in the dark sky. When her grandfather told her about the planets and the many stars visible in the universe, Farrah's imagination went wild. Now, as she creates the paintings for her one-person art exhibition, memories of imaginary planets in other galaxies emerge. She wonders what sky was like the tragic summer night her mother died. No matter what she paints, unwanted images emerge.

"Planets in a Lost Galaxy" ©Mary Montague Sikes
But, along with her lost memories, beautiful images appear on her canvasses as well. "Planets in a Lost Galaxy" contains some of the imaginary planets she sometimes painted long ago.

7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That one is definitely my favorite!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, I thought of you as I was painting this!

Julie Flanders said...

Ooh this is fantastic. It's heartbreaking that Farrah wonders about the sky the night her mother died. I like that the painting is beautiful but also seems to have a touch of sadness to it.

Jemima Pett said...

I really like that painting!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monty - I love the idea of exploding planets .. spilling more stars out into the sky - Farrah's got a good imagination ..

... and Galaxy is a great word ... I learnt lots during our recent eclipses and the BBC programme Star Gazing Live ... it's my last post in March.

Cheers .. these will be fun to see how the whole turns out .. Hilary

Liz A. said...

Very cool.

Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

Lorena Sims said...

Cool!I love that painting