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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"X" is for X-Factor (Not TV) - A to Z Challenge




"Red Rock Country" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"X" is for X-Factor, and I don't mean the hit TV series. As an artist, I consider the X-Factor as something completely different. It is the incomprehensible element sometimes found in art we've come to love. I don't know what it is; I can't touch nor explain it, but when it's there you know it.

The X-Factor is the special element that Farrah Ferand, the heroine in Evening of the Dragonfly, is seeking in the final pieces of work she's completing for her art exhibition. "Red Rock Country" features Farrah's love for a place she's never seen. With juicy Golden fluid acrylic paints, she uses her Colorism technique to describe the beauty and serenity of the West. This painting is 36" x 18" and could become half of a diptych, if Farrah decides to go in that direction.

Yesterday, you saw a detail from this painting that was in an horizontal format. The completed painting is vertical. Which way do you like it better?

5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now we get to see the whole painting - nice!

Jean said...

Love the X Factor of a piece of art.

Thank you for visiting Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer. I've enjoyed being able to return your visit.

Birgit said...

I like both! It is too hard to decide because I love the big blue expanse of this one with the red.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - I feel this picture should be larger .. perhaps with the diptych - that would expand the painting .. the vistas deserve that expansion of ideas .. Farrah's ideas are wide ..

Cheers Hilary

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, thank you!

Jean, am glad you visited!

Birget, I have a hard time deciding between vertical and horizontal when creating a painting. I like having ones that fit well over furniture!

Hilary, I love big paintings, but I'm running out of room in art display locations. I have one thing I want to include in the final painting.