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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Y" is for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - A to Z Challenge

We are nearing the end of the A to Z Challenge which has brought new energy and more paintings to my studio. The art exhibition works for Farrah Ferand, the heroine of Evening of the Dragonfly, are almost completed. Farrah's Show, planned to accompany some of my book signings, should be interesting. I need a title for it. Perhaps it should be "Farrah's Evening of the Dragonfly" or something less obvious. In the book, her show is called, "The Awakening".

For today's work, Farrah had a troublesome time.Yesterday, a painting that included the Chapel of the Holy Cross was planned and started. It simply did not work, so this morning, time was spent in paint overs and new beginnings. The resulting canvas is now a painting in progress that will be finished for the final posting tomorrow. Hopefully, it will work as a diptych with the first Sedona painting.

Although 19 paintings have been created, there is much more work to be done to have them all ready for a show. That's why "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" is so appropriate for the "Y" post. Once a painting is completed, the sides (if it's gallery-wrapped) must be painted or finished in some way. The watercolors need to be sprayed with workable fixative, then one or more coatings of a polymer finish will be applied. The acrylics must have a UV coating. Then, screws and wires need to be attached to the back. As you can see, to complete the project, several "tomorrows" will be involved.

What are your suggestions for a title for Farrah's exhibition? I would love to have ideas.

"Sedona 2" (detail) ©Mary Montague Sikes

This is not all of the canvas for today's painting, and the rocks will not be this orange in the finished piece. The total stretched, gallery-wrapped canvas is 36" x 18".


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's really nice!
First word that came to mind was 'Distance.'

Birgit said...

Oh it will be neat to see how this painting is developed As for a title...I am never good at these things

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Alex.

Birgit, I am working now on completing the painting. That is always the hardest part. Thanks for visiting.

Lorena Sims said...

I love the color palette of that painting. Really Nice!
One more day of A-Z challenge!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I have no idea what anyone would call an exhibit--but I do love your paintings, whether done by you or your character. Great idea, by the way.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - I've loved following along with your paintings and Farrah's development of them ... very clever.

I wondered if you'd seen the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant - three 'mauves' ... and it has a wonderful scent - reminds me of South Africa - everytime I come across one or the name sort of appears as here ...

Wiki doesn't have a good pic .. but if you put the search into google - images come up ... sorry can't send you the scent through too ..

Cheers Hilary