Monday, July 21, 2014

FRESH AIR STUDIOS



For the past few weeks I have been trying out many new studios.  These new places have either been down by the rocks and sea or in the woods of Maine.  I have been off the grid awhile - at the end of June and a few weeks in July - not online, nor the cell phone or doing much else but painting daily.  I am excited about a new body of work I will be showing soon.

In the meantime here are some images of my different studios around the coast of Maine.  New work to be posted shortly!








rainy day studio until the sun returned



This last image is my favorite as I had two guardians keeping watch over my stuff and keeping me company.  They were also visiting, returning to this place they have come to for the last 30 years.  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

GROUP SHOW @ SCHWAMB MILLS



With many of the artist at 1165 Mass Ave we will be in the show: The Schwamb Mill Artistry & Craftsmanship Today!





This was organized by artists Mark Luiggi with assistance by Adrienne Laundry.  The show opens on Saturday, June 21st, with an artists' reception that day from 2:30 - 4:30 PM and it runs until Saturday, September 6th.  There will also be a closing reception on September 6th from 2-4 PM.




There will be 15 artists with studios in the building at 1165 Mass Ave exhibiting from my studio mate Wendy Young, neighbor Christiane Corcelle, Ellen Wineberg and Rick Berry.  So it will be a eclectic, energetic show!





I will be showing my mixed media painting titled If I Leave Now, in this exhibit.  This is mixed media on paper measuring 36 x 28 inches framed.  It is from my Journey Series.  To see more of this series please visit my website.

I hope you can stop in and see the show - viewing hours are Tuesday & Saturday 11 AM - 3 PM.  This unique historic building is located on 17 Mill Lane off Lowell Street in Arlington, MA.  Tel: 781-643-0554.  

Friday, June 13, 2014

WORKING THROUGH IT



While finishing the painting "Scribbles" I also worked on this painting too.  (See my last post on the other "warm-up," exercise painting.)   This was started last June but became buried under a pile of finished paintings.  Since then it has been hanging out at the studio waiting for attention.




This is on paper, mixed media consisting of mostly watercolor with graphite and acrylic too.  The size is 30 x 22 inches.  The middle part, as seen above, was to opaque, boring and flat.  So I played with line, removed the opaque layer (add water!), stamped, added more paint and scraped.




These photos are just reference photos, not high quality images, that I took w/ my phone while the painting progressed in the studio.  




I am glad I returned to this one even if it took a year.  Sometimes things need to just be before changes occur.




Thursday, June 5, 2014

SCRIBBLING DONE

Watercolor, Graphite, India Ink, Caran d ache Crayon
40" x 52" paper

I declare this done...my painting I referred to as "scribbling" is work on paper I started last fall as a exercise in mark-making.  I posted about it on November 19th (2013) and even earlier as it developed.  Here are some early studio images below.  I worked on these two sheets on and off over the last few months and finished it yesterday at the studio.



early stages



I  take reference photos of my paintings in process as I like to view them once I get home from the studio.  Looking at the work on my computer screen gives a fresh perspective and an opportunity to see the problem areas.



middle stages


Also painting as just an exercise helps me transition after I have completed a body of work.  I am about to start a new series of work...stay tuned.  And thank you for checking in!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

SPOKEN FOR



Red Slip # 3 will shortly travel to a new home.  This is watercolor on 30 x 22 inch, 300 lb paper and part of my Slip series.  The painting is a favorite of my husband.  Of course he is my biggest fan..thankfully!  You can see more of this series on my website where I have work on both paper and canvas in this series.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

NEW HOME



My painting, Central Park, recently sold and is now with new owners.  This painting is watercolor, India ink and gesso on 300 lb paper, 30 x 22 inches.  It is framed with thick (6-ply) and wide (4 inches) archival mat and backing board in a matte black Nielsen frame.

This work has been at Now Design Studios in Acton, MA.  They have promoted my work for the last few years and I am very appreciative of their support.  Central Park has long been a favorite painting of mine.  It is a very special place as I spent many weekends and evenings there when I lived in New York City.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PAINTING WORKSHOP





I will be teaching a 3 - day painting workshop at Mother Brook Arts & Community Center next week starting Friday, June 6th to Sunday, June 8th.  Please join me for lots of fun creative hours of painting and experimenting with the graphic language.

You will discover new master artists to inspire your work.  Through exercises you will learn important tools to make you a stronger painter.  And with demos and class critiques you will develop your eye to access your own painting process.  Plus you will have the support and time to just paint!

Please contact me if you have any questions: my email is marthawake@aol.com or 617-513-3515.  More information about the workshop is below.



PAINTING WORKSHOP: Learn the Painting Language

Friday, June 6th        10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 7th    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 8th      11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

All Levels, Water media 
Ages: Teen, Adult. 

Cost: $165.00 (MBACC Member) 
         $200.00 (Non - Member) 

Learn how to become a stronger painter and develop your skills by exploring the elements of the painting language: color, shape, line, texture, size and direction.  In this 3-day workshop we will cover these concepts on form and through lecture/demos, viewing master artworks and doing painting exercises students will strengthen their comprehension of the visual language.  Class time will allow students to paint with individual attention.  Each day ends with a critique/class discussion.  Watermedia.

A supply list will be provided.
Bring Lunch, snacks and beverages.



Mother Brook Arts & Community Center is at 123 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026.