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Saturday, April 11, 2015

"J" is for Journey - A to Z Challenge

"Journey of the Mind and Spirit" ©Mary Montague Sikes
Journey is an important word for Farrah Ferand, the heroine in Evening of the Dragonfly. Ever since the tragic death of her mother, many of Farrah's memories have been locked away inside her. But sometimes memories unveil themselves in hidden ways. Sometimes they appear in dreams. They become journeys of mind and spirit. The art exhibition for which Farrah is preparing is starting a revelation for her. Deep inside her mind, repressed memories are  revealed. Painting about these memories is therapeutic for her.

Today's painting, "Journey of the Mind and Spirit", 24" x 18", can be interpreted in several ways.  The interpretation might be different if colors are intensified or changed.

Do you recall your dreams? Do you write about them or paint them?

For those of you who have just joined this blog journey:

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.


Anonymous said...

I write about my dreams :) I have a dedicated notebook for that :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's looks like planets in the solar system.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Notes in a book, I like the idea of having a dedicated notebook for your dreams. I have trouble remembering mine.

Yes, Alex, I have this fascination with planets in our solar system and elsewhere!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - another lovely Farrah painting .. interesting about the solar system ... have you been over to Susan Scott's blog, where she's discussing dreams ...

I'm not good with dreams - tend not to have them .. and certainly don't remember them .. cheers Hilary

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Hilary. I visited Susan Scott's blog. Thank you for suggesting it!

Anonymous said...

Dreams tend to stick in my mind, always wondering why I have some of them, so they do leak into other aspects of my life. Paintings, journals even plans.
Like your art Mary.

Sunni said...

Yes, I write my dreams down as soon as I get out of bed. I've kept a dream journal for decades. Sometimes I use bits and pieces in stories.


Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Sytiva. I can see dream references in your lovely paintings.

Sunni, wonderful you use pieces from your dreams in your stories. Thanks for visiting.