Los Baleros

Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 1:52 PM

Today is a day to relax and re-group. A family member died tragically on Tuesday evening leaving behind 3 young children and a loving husband. I spent the day yesterday with all my family huddled together, quiet and missing our family members who are gone now. My husband and I returned home and fell into each other's arms, both of us feeling the same emotions. How could we, would we, go on if we didn't have each other.
I did get an evening in with a nice group of artist who are starting a monthly gathering. I wasn't prepared to paint and really just spent the evening doodling with what I had in my bag. I played around with sumi ink, watercolor and pastel. I had fun despite the heaviness I was feeling.
So today I opted out of the studio watercolor class, canceled some dinner plans I was looking forward to and decided to just 'veg' for the day. But this addiction I have lately with water and paint won't let me go. So I blew off my value study, my sketches and precise drawings. Instead I grabbed some 300# wc paper, pastels and watercolors and just lost myself for the rest of the morning. I think I fed the addiction for today.


  1. If you meant to just "let go" on this painting, you've succeeded...it has all that expressive freedom that is so wonderful in the world of art. If I loved the blue monochrome, then I just adore this one!
    I am sorry for your loss, I know what it feels like to lose someone close..

  2. Deborah Says:

    Marta, These are beautiful. I can see where the color would help to brighten your spirts. Sometimes we have to remember to follow our instincts, good for you to take the day you needed. Sorry we missed connecting with you on Thurs. We must try to get together soon. Take care. Deborah

  3. Anita Says:

    So sorry for your loss Marta, this wonderfully, colourful and positive piece of work is a fine tribute.

  4. Anita Says:

    Sorry for your loss Marta - A colourful piece full of life and fun...A fine tribute.

  5. These are so pretty and colorful, you really handle watercolor well.
    I am sorry for the loss of your family member, and especially for her three children. Life can be so unfair.

  6. Lin Says:

    OH GOSH, MARTA !!! THESE ARE FANTASTIC!! I LOVE THE SHAPE, THE COLOR, THE CHEER OF THEM! I am sorry for the loss of your friend ...I hope your art and family and brilliant color warmed your heart especially during this sad, sad time.

  7. Sandy Says:

    How sad Marta, life is so precious and we must all sieze the day - You pay tribute to all that is good with your art.
    God Bless

  8. Emma Pod Says:

    It is so sad to hear of your loss. I am sorry for you and your family. Your painting if so colorful and vibrant! Very nicely done. take care.

  9. Shelly McC Says:

    Gorgeous work!

  10. Desiree Says:

    Yummy I love it. Is it the therapy of art or the art of therapy, they both apply. It allows us time to be still, think, and express. Its interesting you were working on a childhood toy, a time when putting a ball into the cup may have been the biggest challenge to face. You were blessed with a wonderful and supportive family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  11. Linda Says:

    Marta, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It's particularly tragic when young children lose their mother -- just so hard to imagine.

    I love the painting, though! I think you could do an entire series of paintings of these baleros. Wonderful!

  12. Kunya Says:

    I loke this colorful painting. What an energy !

  13. Jana Bouc Says:

    Wow! Your work is amazing! It's interesting how this painting is both vibrant and alive but seems to have a bit of somberness to it also. I'm really sorry to hear about the terrible loss in your family and the reminder to hold close the ones we love. Also to listen to ones intuition and do what FEELS right instead of what's "right".

  14. Wow this is gorgeous. I love the color and the reflection of light. Really nice. :)

  15. Oh my gosh, I just read about your family member dying. My heart goes out to you. That is just awful. *HUGS* *HUGS* *HUGS*

  16. Diahn Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Your painting is beautifully and tenderly rendered - such bright and lovely colors.

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