Friday, December 28, 2018


Wild Beauty Exhibit
photo by Pip Shepley

2019 is starting fresh with new paintings from my Wild Beauty series hanging in the beautifully appointed SheBreathes Balance and Wellness Studio in Walpole, MA.  I am very happy to be showing here again as well as launching the new year with a new show.  In 2016 my Slip series were exhibited when Jennifer Gulbrand launched this business.

SheBreathes Balance and Wellness Studio is the brainchild of Jennifer Gulbrand and her goal is to create a safe space for all women, all ages, advocating education, empowerment, balance and nurturing self-care, support and sisterhood to navigate the world.

In this exhibit I have 9 paintings, some created in the last month for this show.  Hanging the show on Wednesday afternoon was the first time I was able to see all the work in one space and breathe a sigh of relief!

Friday, January 11th from 7-8:30 PM the studio is hosting an artist's reception. The address is 85 West Street, 2nd floor, Walpole, MA  02081. 508-243-7211.  Parking is across the street from the large construction of the neighboring building and there is a walk way to the 85 West's entrance between the two buildings.  Also there is additional parking on the right at 55 West Street just before the 85 West street building.  

Please join us, experience this lovely space and see some new paintings of my Wild Beauty landscapes capturing the importance of the world, mysterious, ancient, yet reborn constantly.


Special thanks to Jennifer Gulbrand, Beth Knaus, David Gulbrand and Pip Shepley for their, invitation, support and help!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


I am pleased to announce my class schedule for 2019 with courses and workshops at the following art centers: Concord Art, Eliot School, New Art Center and Cambridge Art Association.

Alchemy of Color II Fall 2018

At Concord Art my popular Alchemy of Color I course will resume in January and at the end of February Alchemy of Color II starts.  Here are the course descriptions:

Medium: All Mediums
Instructor: Martha Wakefield
Learn the properties and personalities of colors to make your paintings more luminous and vibrant. As Henri Matisse said, “The chief function of color should be to serve expression.” Color is the dominant element of strong paintings. In this class, we will learn the language of color and color relationships through exercises, demos and examining past and contemporary artists’ work to further enhance your color knowledge. Martha creates a supportive environment to assist each student with strengthening their expressive voice.
Tuesdays, January 8–February 12
(no class on 2/18/19)

M: $215 / NM: $265

Color Mixing
Medium: All Mediums
Instructor: Martha Wakefield
“Each color lives by its mysterious life,” said Wassily Kandinsky. In these classes, we will delve deeper into understanding the mysteries and properties of color through explorations of pigment personalities to color psychology for creating dynamic, expressive and meaningful color choices. Artists will strengthen their color knowledge through exercises, demos, critiques and examining classic and contemporary art. Students should have a general understanding of color properties and preferably taken Alchemy of Color Part 1.
Tuesdays, February 26–April 2
M: $250 / NM: $300

mixed media on paper

At the Eliot School,  I have been invited to teach a new class:
Non-Realistic Painting AC1012
Paint with an artist who investigates making images in 
non-realistic ways. Master light, shade, perspective and composition. Using acrylics, explore graphic language through a series of exercises and demos and studying the works of master artists. Work from a still life each week, honing skills to strengthen your own work and enhance your unique voice—all in a supportive, creative environment. Good for beginners as well as experienced artists. Limit 10 students 
Section 1: 8 Wednesdays, 1–4pm (Martha Wakefield)  1W: Jan 9–Feb 27 (snow day make-up Mar 6)$365. Materials list online 

Crayon Studies

Also new is a 1-day workshop Embrace the Sketchbook at Cambridge Art Association on Thursday, February 14th, 2019.

This 3-hour workshop will invite or re-engage artists to the importance of maintaining a relationship with a sketchbook.  The sketchbook is a wonderful tool in any studio practice to improve creativity, explore ideas,  stay inspired and motivated.  It becomes visual diary committing to paper those ideas rattling in the right brain. We will review some master artists’ sketchbooks (most pretty messy), sketchbook options and experiment with a variety of materials from a simple pencil to markers, paint and collage. Through exercises students can engage in the process of playing as it is the beginning stage of creativity allowing more risk taking since a “finished” piece is not the goal here.  At the end of the workshop artist may find some gems to explore further in their art practice. 
More details to follow on this workshop. 

My sketchbooks

And at the New Art Center I have been invited to teach a 1-day workshop: Dynamic Color & Expressive Painting.  This will be a landscape based workshop.  

Cascade oil/panel 18x18 2017

Dates: 3/9/2019 – 3/9/2019 – 1 sessions.
Time: 10:00AM – 4:00 PM
Painting – Martha Wakefield

In this 1-day workshop we will use the landscape as a point of departure and explore the possibilities of personal expression. Through close observation, and in-depth study of form and structure, your skills will be enhanced, leading to unity and enlivened content. By traveling beyond what is seen we will instead realize the landscape’s poetry, rendering it into an authentic and visual response. We will focus on the 2 key elements of the graphic language, and through exercises and examining master artists’ work, this workshop will support you in your artistic growth. Open to all levels. See website for materials list.

I hope you can join me for one of these classes/workshops and explore, experiment and play!

Monday, December 3, 2018


Saturday on the first day of December I delivered new paintings to Powers Gallery

Five are mixed media on birch panels framed in black floaters.  They measure 6" x 6"  to 8" x 8" panels - small and colorful work.  The media is cold wax, oil, graphite, India Ink & crayon.  These are part of my Memory Vessels series.  And cold wax is a new medium for me and I am loving its versatility. 

Along with those I also delivered nine 10" x 10" matted paintings, also mixed media on Arches oil paper.  The paintings measure 5.5" square and are matted with 6 ply archival mat & backing board.  (Note the color of the mat is not color correct as this is leaning towards yellow.)  These paintings I did in June when I was an artist in residence in France.  

This is one of the paintings on panel, titled Mixing Memory & Desire, so inspired by a T.S Eliot poem.  The new work has not been added to my website yet.  That is another project.  However you can see these paintings at Powers Gallery in Acton, MA.  Their hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM.  The telephone number is 978-263-5105.   In the meantime more small works are in process and progressing.