Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ABSTRACT MAINE


LILY POND
oil/panel

WAVE
oil/panel


These two paintings have just been accepted into the show Abstract at River Arts in Damariscotta, Maine.  It is juried by Dozier Bell.  I owe my friend, artist Linda Packard, many thanks for taking my work and dropping it off to be juried.  Over 242 entries by 110 mostly Maine artists were submitted and Ms Bell chose 85 paintings.  I am honored to be included in this exhibit as Maine is my home state and inspires my work.

The show opens this Friday, 5/29 with an artists'  reception the same evening from 5-7 PM and runs until June 25th, 2015.  Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 4 and Sunday 10 - 2.  I will be up Maine painting next month and will have the chance to see this show.  If you are in the area please stop by.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

NATIONAL PRIZE SHOW




I am excited to report my painting One Time has been selected for the National Prize Show 2015 sponsored by the Cambridge Art Association.  This is acrylic/paper - 30" x 22 and is part of a new series started last fall exploring time and memories.  The exhibit opens May 15 through June 25, 2015 and will be at both the Kathryn Schultz Gallery and University Place Gallery in Cambridge, MA with the artists' reception on Friday, May 15th,  @ 6-8 PM.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

TEACHING WATERMEDIA

CRUNCH
watercolor/paper
24" x 18"
2007

I will be teaching a 6-week class for beginners on watermedia: watercolor and acrylic starting Monday evenings on April 20th until June 1st.  (No class on Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day).

The class starts at 6:30 PM to 9 PM at the Mother Brook Arts & Cultural Center on 123 High Street in Dedham, MA.

Here is a brief description:

Discover the joys of painting with watermedia: watercolor or acrylic.  In this 6-week class you will learn about the painting materials along with exploring color, composition and techniques. Demonstrations and guided exercises will demystify the watermedia process and allow you to paint with ease.   We will also examine the contemporary and traditional world of watermedia.  And most importantly this class will allow you time to experiment and have fun in the process. 

To register click here
Please join me for 6 weeks exploring your creative spirit!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

EXPRESSIVE PAINTING WORKSHOP

Swept Away
8" x 8"

On Saturday,  April 25th,  I will be teaching a 4-hour Expressive Painting Workshop at Mother Brook Arts in Dedham, MA.  This workshop is for all skill level of artists interesting in furthering their expressive voice in water media.


Explore exciting ways to create paintings that are uniquely yours.  In this 4 - hour session we will experiment with new ways to work with the graphic language, along with discovering the benefits of working outside your comfort zone.  Through painting exercises, demos and looking at master artists’ oeuvre, you will learn new techniques to continue your art practice outside the classroom.  Martha creates a supportive art-filled environment to assist each student in deepening his or her expressive voice.   

The cost is $60.00 or $50.00 if you are a member of MBACC.  To sign up please click here

Please join me for a fun-filled, art inspired, creative time to paint!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DO OVER

acrylic/paper
9" x 12"

Back in January,  I mounted a full sheet of Yupo paper  on large board and divided it into quarter sections.  This started out as a warm-up/exploratory painting exercise.  By the end of my session I liked 2 of the 4 paintings.  I set these aside and visited my other project.

A few weeks ago I reworked my 2 disliked paintings.  Here is an example of one of them in progress.  The finish version is above.


 


acrylic/paper
9" x 12"


The two finished paintings (top & bottom) are even more to my liking.  This year, more than ever, my studio time has been about experimenting, exploring, letting go of what's not working, then reworking those paintings days later.  And lately this process of "do overs" has been working well for me.  I hope your time in the studio is working well for you.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

POSSIBILITIES




Here are more paintings from my last few months of working away in the studio.  I have been painting small on both watercolor and Yupo paper.  It has taken awhile to discover a series but I think I have found an idea to explore.   Here are a few examples.




Its has been an interesting time just working in the studio, exploring.  If the next few paintings continue on this thread I have the series I was seeking.




All the above 9 x 12 inches, acrylic.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

THE START OF MANY

9" x 12"


I photographed all the paintings today. A few are going back to the studio to be reworked.  The majority I will re-format, re-size, title, prepare for the web and another venues along with posting some here.  This painting was done earlier in the year - acrylic on transparent Yupo  (From Blick art store in Central Square, MA).  I love working on this surface!