Daddy's Christmas Angel

Saturday, September 28, 2019

In Search of Xanadu

"Tangled on Xanadu" watercolor ©Mary Montague Sikes
The news is disturbing. I have to turn it off. I love baseball and will follow it closely until the St. Louis Cardinals' season is over.

With my art, I can hide from the craziness of the world. I can search for a simple place where beauty dwells and love and peace reign.

That place is Xanadu.

The name fascinates me. Images grow in my imagination. Colors glow and tremble on paper and canvas. Already I have an entire series of work developing with this amazing destination in mind. If it does not exist for us now, it will one day soon.

Somewhere, deep in the universe, a special planet glimmers in the darkness. Its light brightens every nearby star. Unknown colors gleam like gems of light. People smile. The color of their skin matters not. Only the touch of a warm hand, a sincere embrace create memories. Life is in the moment without treacherous thoughts to cloud the future.

In my paintings, I will continue to seek the secret, elusive planet of Xanadu. It lies hidden somewhere beyond the clouds. Just outside of our sight.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - Tangled on Xanadu ... lovely art work ... while "Kubla Khan" is a magnificent poem ... beautiful - cheers Hilary

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Hilary! It is the Olivia Newton-John Xanadu song that inspires my "Journey to Xanadu" series. She is a favorite of mine. Long ago, her song "Let's Get Physical" inspired a sculpture, "Physical Woman", and several paintings.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some days, I just have to turn off the news. So depressing and left-wing crazy.
I hear Xanadu and all I can think of is the movie with Olivia Newton John. Not good since the film was awful.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Your tangle of Xanadu is beautiful.

The Xanadu soundtrack had so many hits. I loved it for the ELO side.