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Saturday, October 20, 2018

We - Artists and Writers - Need Each Other

"Pathway to Tomorrow" watecolor/canvas ©Mary Montague Sikes
As both a writer and an artist, I spend a lot of my time alone. Mostly, I am standing in front of my computer. (Thank you, VariDesk, for the sturdy, adjustable computer desk that has never been moved down to the sitting position.) I write, and I comment on social media. That way, although alone, I am connecting with others, often those people I have never met in person.

When I write, it is important to me that I create meaningful words--words that can provide hope and inspiration for others. That is why I have painted images and written the words for a new book, intended to inspire.  

Spirit Visions and Soul Songs is composed of paintings and poems that came to me intuitively. Both the images and the words inspire me, and I hope they will inspire others as well. These are meditation paintings that can bring focus.

My artist friend, James Warwick Jones, shared a quote today from Edgar Degas, "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

Those words explain my book. I would add that the written word inspires visions as well. Visions come from the spirit as do the songs of the universe.

My painting, "Pathway to Tomorrow", is the cover art for the book. I believe this piece is perfect to indicate what the reader will discover between the covers.

We need each other. All of us do. We need to inspire one another.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - I can believe you spend long hours creating your art-works and then at the same time to a point creating the words to be stories for the work ... lovely painting - and title 'Pathway to Tomorrow' ... cheers Hilary

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Mary,

What a wonderful post! I LOVE the painting and your whole concept for you book! Sounds like the PERFECT coffee table book when one is relaxing alone or with a friend.

ALL THE BEST and please let us know when you have it completed.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It is about what our work can get others to see.
Excellent choice for the cover. Like entering a magical forest.

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

Hilary, this book is special. I hope you get a copy. It was created to inspire.

Michael, it is finished and available on Amazon. There are 26 different paintings inside that I hope will inspire in the very positive way our nation needs right now. Thank you.

Alex, yes, it is. What others see and learn from our work is the reason we create. Thank you.