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Monday, March 21, 2016

"So Many Hearts Dancing in the Air" - A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal 3-21-2016 My original plan for this year's A to Z Blog Challenge was to create a travel blog each day. I love to travel and then to write about some segment of the trip. I even added a TR to my Notes Along the Way entry. But then, I thought about how much fun it was in 2013 to create my Animals A to Z and to have a new painting every day. I loved what happened with those spontaneous little paintings that eventually developed into their own art show. Then, last year, I created a painting exhibition for Farrah Ferand, the heroine of my novel, Evening of the Dragonfly. Because I sometimes made a painting in two parts, I finished with only 19 paintings from the 2015 Challenge. They turned into a show as well and became a part of a book signing for more than one occasion.

How could I resist another painting challenge? I couldn't.

This year's theme is "So Many Hearts Dancing in the Air". I have chosen a large 24" x 48" canvas and have already made a grid on it. Each day, I plan to create a new little heart image, about 8" x 5", as part of a painting that will eventually feature 26 hearts dancing on the surface.

Blank Canvas with Grid for A to Z Challenge
I'm excited and already have titles for each of the alphabet heart sections. Prior to April 1, I plan to paint the edges of this gallery-wrapped canvas that is 1 1/2" deep. I might also add some paint to part of the background. This will be an acrylic painting with occasional mixed media to provide surface texture.

It should be fun. I'm looking forward to seeing how this new painting develops. I hope I can figure out a way to get rid of the TR so no one will visit my blog expecting travel instead of painting.

Thanks to all of the bloggers who have worked hard to make the A to Z Challenge such a popular blogging event.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - what a great idea ... and yes I too will enjoy watching the canvas unfold ...

Cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you're doing another painting theme! The past two years were awesome. Be cool to see that canvas by the letter Z.

Yolanda Renee said...

Love your artistic slant! Will be checking in to see the results!
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L. Diane Wolfe said...

That will be a beautiful painting when you finish.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Hilary, thanks for watching along the way!

Alex, I hadn't planned to do this, but it has gotten me going in ways I didn't anticipate in the past.

Yolanda, thanks for visiting and good luck with your new book.

Diane, thank you. I am hoping!

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

How original :) I very much look forward to seeing what you create.
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Miss Andi said...

This looks great, I adore artists who create something awesome from something plain just through their sheer talent so I hope I'll see as many of them as possible!

Ravyne said...

Oh wow! What a unique, clever and creative theme! I look forward to seeing what all you create! See you in 10 days! ~Lori~

Lori @ As the Fates Would Have It
Lori @ Promptly Written

Deborah Weber said...

What a fun challenge - can't wait to see your hearts.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Natasha, thank you.

Miss Andi, it is facing the blank canvas. I love doing it!

Rayne, as a romance writer, I love hearts. Hope it will be fun.

Deborah, thank you.

Thank all of you for visiting!

Birgit said...

This is unique, I will really enjoy coming here and checking out a new heart every day. Very cool.

Heather C Wright said...

Thanks for stopping by my theme reveal. Your project looks amazing. I look forward to seeing your new art each day throughout the month and I hope you'll post about the completed painting at the end. Good luck with your work!

Guilie Castillo said...

Cool theme! Will be back to check out your progress :)
Guilie @ Life In Dogs

Michael Di Gesu said...

NOW this is a VERY COOL and FANTASTIC THEME. What a great idea, Mary!

Looking forward to each new heart.... The 26 day will unveil a masterpiece for sure!

Nilanjana Bose said...

Hi Mary, I remember your fantastic art from last year's A-Z, and I am going to be back for this year's too.

Looking forward to the art and the hearts.
All the very best,

Random Musings said...

This sounds fab, especially when you get a fantastic piece of art at the end of it :)

Valerie Storey said...

Really looking forward to following your progress throughout the month. Great theme!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Birgit, Heather, Guilie, Michael,Nilanjana, Debbie, and Valerie. I appreciate your comments and support. I love combining art with writing projects and gaining inspiration from the experiences!

Narayana Rao said...

26 Hearts painting. One a day on a big canvas. Good project.
Good to visit your site as a part of my A to Z visits. My theme Blog Promotion
Welcome to A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2016 - Co-Participant - Nrao - NRao Blogs
NRao Blogs - 2016 A to Z Challenge Blog Posts
Management Theory Review

Gail Park said...

What a unique theme! Can't wait to see the outcome. Gail at Making Life An Art

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Narayana, for visiting!

Thanks, Gail. You have an interesting theme, too.

Jane Helms said...

Hi Mary,

I am one of those bloggers who clicked on your link expecting to find something related to travel. But I'm so glad that I did! Your art project looks wonderful, and I look forward to seeing your canvas evolve.