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!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

MORE WORK



I found another stack of paintings I need to photograph.  This will keep me busy all afternoon.  The above one is acrylic/paper, 11 x 14 inches done on 2/1/15.  This is from the rough sketches I did below before the holidays.  Painting is a constant exploration.


Monday, March 9, 2015

1 MONTH LATER



Now one month later!  That is how long its been since I posted on my blog.  The good news is... I have been at the studio almost every day since that post.   These last several weeks I have been experimenting with ideas, surfaces and tools.  I think it has paid off.  Last week I was in a creative flow and am now excited about this new direction.  I have about 25 paintings to photograph tomorrow (this one a reference photo only).  Above is an example of my series.  All small works: 9 x 12 & 11 by 14 inches,  acrylic on paper.  

Maybe I can post more often in the days to come as I have something to show for my absence.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

BLANK MIND



Step off assuredly into the blank of your mind.  Something will come to you.
poet Richard Wilbur.

2007


I love this quote above.  It came from an article on writer Anne Tyler in last Friday's Wall Street Journal.  Worth reading: The Inextinguishable Anne Tyler, Wall Street Journal Friday, 2/6/2015.  

I am a big fan of her writing.  She has her 20th novel coming out soon titled A Spool of Blue Thread.

This quote above, by poet Richard Wilbur, is kept over her writing desk.  I am going to bring a copy of this to my studio.  Another ritual she practices in her craft is giving herself 30 days to come up with an idea for her next novel.  And this practice always works for her.  I have been painting many works on sheets of 11" x 14" paper for the last month and getting  a stack of explorations.  With this I am hoping the idea for a series reveals itself.  Fingers crossed.