Red Pitcher Still Life WIP

Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Red Pitcher Still Life WIP, originally uploaded by martasart.

Study of: Mujer con tocado azul-marino

Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Woman with navy blue headdress
pastel on pastel paper approx 7.5x7 inches

So. Cal is on fire again!

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We are on fire again in California.  About 2 hours ago we heard about another fire 15 miles from us in Corona, Ca.  We went out to pick up some printer ink and when we came out to the parking lot we already were faced with a massive plume of smoke.  It took us 10 minutes to drive home and this is the view from our neighborhood.  We came home running around the house closing windows and bringing in the dog.  This second photo is looking out from my studio window.  This is so sad and I'm feeling a bit too emotional.  My Rudy is a firefighter and I'm thankful he is home for the next few days.  

My old girl

Friday, November 14, 2008 at 10:22 AM

My old girl, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

Dottie and I are both getting old. She is back to being an indoor dog for the winter. I worry about her old bones and since she is now on medication for arthritis; cuddled up at my feet is good for the two of us.

Sew-Master

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Sew-Master, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

5.5x 7.5 inches
gouache on 140lb cp watercolor paper

I have a collection of sewing machine (over 12). This one belonged to my sister-in-law when she was a little girl. My Amy played with this also when it was handed down to her. It now sits on a shelf in the studio.

La Manzanera

Monday, November 10, 2008 at 3:58 PM

La Manzanera , originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

11x14 inch arches cold press watercolor block.
This is a study for an oil painting I'd like to do of this Guatemalan apple lady.

La Manzanera

Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 8:25 PM

La Manzanera, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

vine charcoal in Raffine sketchbook. Study for a future painting.

Image from a photo from my trip to Guatemala

George Washington

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George Washington, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

after 1845 painting by Henry Brintnell Bounetheau


"Americans like any other people inscribe their histories, beliefs, attitudes, desires and dreams in the images they make."

Robert Hughes, Art Critic

Anza Borrego Mountain Top View

Friday, November 7, 2008 at 4:41 PM
Anza Borrego, Ca 
I began this landscape a couple of weeks back when we went to Anza Borrego State Park for a long weekend.  It was fun to set up out on a mountain top and try to capture the light.  I got it home and was disappointed that it was too 'light' so I went back into it today with color and confidence!  

Madras: master study by m.gonzales 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Completed master study of Madame Matisse by Henri Matisse 1907.

oil on canvas 31x 40 inches

I felt an intimacy with this painting. I can't express how much elation I felt as I painted her. I left her eyes and lips for the end; and then when I added them she came alive for me. I haven't felt this way before about a painting. I can't wait to begin a new painting with my own subject.

Behold, she holds court in my little studio.

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She will be placed in the truck in the next hour and off to the college for tomorrow's critic.

Which Way is Up?

Monday, November 3, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Which Way is Up?, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

Perspective painting assignment. Our objective was to paint the shapes using value, hue, and intensity to make the space believable. We were to be in control at all times. I think I learned what I was supposed to here. I'm calling this done other than I still want to paint in a string or line holding up the yellow box flap.

Sangria break in Paaadena

Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Sangria break in Paaadena, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

Sent from me and my cool iPhone

Work continues on Madras

Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 5:42 PM
Madras: WIP
I've been happily painting this week; working on the perspective exercise and starting the master study.  I haven't had much time for anything else, like studying my french lessons or blogging!  I am so in love with the oil painting!  I love it's texture; thick and rich or smooth and buttery.  I  love how I can manipulate it at my whim!  For the Madras painting I've chosen to lay it on thick with marked brush strokes.  I like how up close you can see the globs of paint but as I stand back from it, it looks smooth and glowing.  I do hope it turns out nice and I can hang her up in the house.  
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