Still Life Duo no. 3

Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Still Life Duo no. 3, originally uploaded by martasart.

Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches. Red vase with cobalt voltive.

Still Life Duo no.3 WIP

Friday, January 23, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Still Life Duo no.3 WIP, originally uploaded by martasart.

Third in the series of Still Life Duos. I have blocked in the canvas with color. Now it will wait for a few days to dry before I begin any detailing and laying on of glazes on the red vase and cobalt voltive.


Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Dylan, originally uploaded by martasart.

Don't they look like little old men when they are this little? He will be 3 weeks old tomorrow.

iPhone sketch: my dog

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iPhone sketch: my dog, originally uploaded by martasart.

Sketched on my iphone using Brushes app

My dog Dottie while she dozed at my feet this morning..

Martin Luther King

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Martin Luther King, originally uploaded by martasart.

I know it's President Obama's day; but my thoughts would wander to Dr. Martin Luther King. You see, I'm old enough to remember the 60s.

Memory Lane entry no. 1

Monday, January 19, 2009 at 12:51 PM

I have been going down memory lane this morning.  I found all my old diaries; beginning with 1971 ( I was 14 years old).  1971 was recorded daily in handmade booklets I made from notebook paper.  Each month had a different cover.  Most ordinary but a couple are a glimpse into who I am now and how I sketch.  
On this first cover,  January 1971, I just used florescent neon poster paint to embellish the cover.  Remember neon poster paints?????  My entry for January 19, 1971 mentions me waiting for the mail to arrive (snail mail) in anticipation of birthday cards for my birthday in 2 days.  I make a reference to school being 'un-cool' that day and my thoughts on attending a P.O.W. assembly: they made me feel depressed.   Skipping to my birthday entry I find that I got a total of $18.00 in birthday money and 18 'Blue Chip Stamp' books which I could
 redeem for a radio I wanted!!!!  Is that not too cool!!!!


Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 3:34 PM

MakingMarmalade, originally uploaded by martasart.

I didn't crawl back into bed but instead jumped in the shower and then spent a good part of the day making Blood Orange Marmalade. The day was good!

It's Sunday Morning

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It's Sunday morning and I'm in one of my funky moods. I have things I want to do today but think I overslept and just shlepping in my bathrobe sipping java is all I really feel up to. I really do hate when I get in this state of being.

I had planned on the yoga class at the gym this morning...but naked with just a bathrobe on isn't going to get me anywhere. Last night I prepared blood oranges so that after I got back from yoga I could make up a batch of marmalade. Well, that can't be put off so after a shower (oh wow, I am planning a shower too!) I have to make that my goal for mid morning. I have a canvas staring at me; ready to go for the 3rd in the Still Life Duo series. Perhaps, maybe.

And so it, I really shouldn't just go back to bed.

party peanuts

Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 5:49 PM

party peanuts, originally uploaded by martasart.

eye exam-a

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM

eye exam-a, originally uploaded by martasart.

Sketched while I waited to see the opthalmologist. The news wasn't good. I knew he'd find the pressure up as I've been having eye pain and tearing lately. So I'm back on medication again. Kinda sucks.

eye exam-b

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eye exam-b, originally uploaded by martasart.

Pony Ride-a

Monday, January 12, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Pony Ride-a, originally uploaded by martasart.

This is a full page spread in my moleskine wc sketchbook. Aidan didn't say a word but I could see the worried look on his face thinking he might have to ride that big pony! Aidan is 2 years old and I love him to pieces!

Pony Ride-b

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Pony Ride-b, originally uploaded by martasart.

Sketchcrawl no. 21: San Diego, Ca.

Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 11:32 AM
Sketchcrawl #21 sketch

Dianne and I began our day early in Riverside, stopping at McDonald's for breakfast.  We then hit the road for our drive to San Diego (about 2 hours away) for the 21st Worldwide Sketchcrawl.

The weather in San Diego was perfect with the temperature in the mild 70s.  We soon hooked up with the San Diego group at the Bazaar del Mundo.   We picked our spots and got right to the business of sketching and meeting new friends.  

In the afternoon we wandered over to Guadalajara's for a nice lunch.  We had great food, art and margaritas!  Ole! to a fantastic day!


Here are the sketches I did yesterday:

Sketchcrawl #21 sketch

Sketchcrawl #21 sketch
Sketchcrawl #21 sketch

Sketchcrawl #21 sketch


My first Sketchcrawl tomorrow!

Friday, January 9, 2009 at 11:44 AM

bombero-jan9, originally uploaded by martasart.

While browsing the other day I found the last copy of An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory. Jana from Jana's Journal and Sketch Blog has been blogging about it and I was curious to roam it's pages also. I began reading it today near a bright sunny window. All the while hoping my eyes wouldn't give out on me. I got through the introduction and first featured artist. I am going to really enjoy my wanderings through it's pages!

Last night we were rumbled out of our seats by a strong earthquake. If you've never experienced one it's hard for me to describe. Even before the ground begins to move you know it's comming. The roar sounds like a fright train speeding toward you and just before it hits the movement begins.

We slept well enough and woke this morning to howling winds. The Santa Ana winds are anoying and bring the threat of wild fires too; but in some ways I enjoy them. They give me the excuse to not venture out the door and just keep cozy indoors. So here I lounge at noon, still in my bathrobe and savoring 'computer time.'

Tomorrow Dianne (Desiree from The Clothes line and other laundry lists) are going to San Diego for my first sketchcrawl! We are meeting up with Jane LaFazio from JaneVille and the other San Diego sketchcrawler group. I am like a little kid having already picked my supplies to take; reloaded my watercolor paint box, bought a new moleskine wc sketchbook and still deciding which bag to cart it all in!

I'd like to invite all of you who are sketchcrawling tomorrow and have access to your blog or facebook to 'post' while on the sketchcrawl. I wish we could join Jana and Martha (Trumpetvine Travels) in San Francisco, Cathy Johnson (The Quicksilver Workaholic ) in Kansas City and all the others who will be putting pen and brush to paper tomorrow. Well through Facebook or Blogging we can! Let's have some fun!

Still Life Duo no. 2

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Still Life Duo no. 2, originally uploaded by martasart.

Welcome 2009!

Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 2:58 PM
This is the year!

I will sell a painting (or more I hope)
I will seek new adventures 
I will loose 10 to 15 pounds!!!
I will try to find a way to 'give back' that is meaningful to me
I will continue my explorations into line, shape, hue and space!
I will continue to dream.
I will live my best life!

Still Life Duo Series 2009
no. 1


oil on canvas, 9x12 inches

Click on the painting to see the next in the series that I am currently working on.  This is a wet canvas project that I am participating in along with my friend Casey at Rue Manuel Bis.

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