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Monday, May 30, 2016

Seed Work for Authors and Artists - Visiting the Trees

"Through the Branches" acrylic/canvas ©Mary Montague Sikes
I belong to the Chesapeake Bay Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, and the group is working on an ambitious project that isn't really new but involves creative thought and effort. Over the past few months, we have produced work for a collaborative exhibition that will go on view at the Mathews Bay School on June 4. "Painting, Poetry, and Prose, a Creative Encounter" brings together artists and writers who study each others work and become a part of the artistic process.

My seed art piece is actually a small sculpture I formed in Montana talc a few years ago. I don't know if a writer has been inspired to make a statement in poetry or prose about this three-dimensional work, but I hope she has. I'll find out soon.

In reading over the seed poetry and prose, I was drawn to a poem, written by Bev McMillan, titled "In the Trees". I love trees. From my writing studio window, I gaze into woods where long ago Pocahontas probably played. This forest edges a creek that flows from the Mattaponi River, and I wonder if Captain John Smith in 1612 perhaps journeyed up our little waterway as he mapped our tidewater rivers long ago. Maybe he even climbed up the bank and explored our woods.

Over the years, I've painted our trees many times, often with my children in the foreground. Sometimes I stare into the woods and wonder what these trees have witnessed with so many people passing through time.

Like the author of the seed poem, I believe, "Everything has been in the trees."


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Wish I was a little closer.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - love the idea of this ... trees have always inspired and still do ... the reaches of time they've seen. Fascinating to think you can sculpt talc ... and then of course that led me out to another blog post - such is life!!

Wonderful poem by Bev McMillan ... "Everything has been in the trees" ... I'm sure that's right and how then life comes along to inspire, create and enjoy the trees, with its leaves an d blossoms, seeds, holding memories in the roots ... cherishing life amongst its environs ...

Cheers Hilary

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Now - I'm encouraging all your commenters to visit the Chesapeake page and see your sculpture ... it's wonderful ... cheers Hilary

Stephanie Faris said...

I love those trees. So colorful!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Diane. I wish you were, too!

Hilary, you inspire me! At the opening, I hoped to meet Bev McMillan whose poem I really love. However, I learned that she slits her time between Virginia and California and is out west right now!

Thank you, Stephanie!

Birgit said...

I love these soft and dream like...very well done and unique

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

There is something very appealing about the colours. I love trees and yours are truly magical.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you Birgit. Trees are a favorite subject of mine.

Joylene, thank you for visiting and for your comments about my trees. I love "magical"!