Copy of Woman Combing Hair

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Copy of Woman Combing Hair, originally uploaded by martasart.

Master Study of Edgar Degas pastel painting. Worked on Canson Mi Tienes with Nupastel. Assignment for Intermediate Drawing class.

Painted withbrushes on iPhone

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Painted withbrushes on iPhone, originally uploaded by martasart.

Sent from me and my cool iPhone

marker no.1, self portrait in pastel on charcoal paper

Monday, February 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I've been having a difficult time again with peri-menopause symptoms. I see the doctor next week and will be begging to be placed on HRT again. Last night I took a sleeping pill just to get one good night's sleep. I did but was groggy most of the morning. None the less, I got right to work in class today.

We had to do two markers today. The first was a self portrait, life size using our nupastels. The second was to do a drawing using linear perspective. We could pick something in the studio or go outdoors. It was lightly raining so I just drew what was in front of me. Time allotted was 45 minutes for each drawing.

On Wednesday we are to take to class something that is curva-linear for line drwing. Hummmm

As for the rest of today I am going to begin to prepare some of my masonite boards for painting class on Friday and do one with a new medium I bought yesterday: Acrylic ground for pastel by Golden. I'll keep you posted!

marker no.2, linear perspective

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arranged by value

Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 6:19 PM

arranged by value, originally uploaded by martasart.

Our drawing class assignment for the weekend is to gather our art supplies to be ready to work on Monday morning. Our instructor also wanted us to arrange our nu-pastels (hard pastel sticks) in order of value and not color as they come packaged. Not so easy a task as you can see I checked mine with a black and white photo and had to do some rearranging in order to get them to 'snake' through a value scale. I'm wondering if while using them I'm going to be able to keep them organized!

arranged by value

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arranged by value, originally uploaded by martasart.

A New Twirl in my Dance

Friday, February 20, 2009 at 4:26 PM
Figure StudyWith Myspace, Facebook, Blogger and now Twitter,   I've sorely ignored my blog.  I think it is time for it to be revitalized once again.  In time I will change the layout aiming toward a sleeker look.  I hope to be posting more often from the work I am doing in my two art classes.  I hope you'll enjoying watching my new steps.

This week I took on Intermediate Drawing and Figure Painting.  In drawing I will be working mostly in pastel and later in watercolor.  I will be doing some of the same exercises I did in painting class last semester, like the perspective study and master studies.  In figure painting I will be working in oil once again.

Today was the first meeting of the weekly painting class.  She lectured quite a bit but let those of us who were prepared paint from the model she'd hired for the afternoon.  But first she played this little video for us.  We were all so inspired!  Take a look, it's awesome.


No instruction today so we just did what we wanted.  I'm not sure what I did here!!!  I was working in very low light which was difficult for me, my eyes hurt!   I will have to position myself with more light if I want to SEE what I'm doing!  This weekend I have to gather some art supplies and be ready to work hard the next few months.  This is going to be both fun and challenging!
Figure Study Figure Study

Dylan at 1 month

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Dylan at 1 month, originally uploaded by martasart.

Our baby is growing! Isn't he beautiful? 9x12 inches, pastel on canson mi tienes buff colored pastel paper.

At the Museum

Monday, February 16, 2009 at 2:55 PM

At the Museum, originally uploaded by martasart.

This seated couple were very engaged in the Degas painting before them. I did this very, very fast and am now wondering if I should add watercolor to it or leave it as is. What do you think?

perfume bottles

Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 11:16 AM

perfume bottles, originally uploaded by martasart.

Perfume Bottles

Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 8:13 PM

perfume bottles, originally uploaded by martasart.

Dear Diary: February 1971

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 12:13 PM

  I kept a journal for 5 years beginning in 1971 when I was 15 years old.  This is the cover of the 'Diary' for the month of February 1971.  I am enjoying reacquainting myself with that 15 year old girl.  Rather than pick just one entry to post here I will just share a bit of who that girl was.

My 15 year old self was crazy about boys but had no real boyfriend so she thought Valentine's day was 'drab'.  She was most apprehensive about earthquakes and aftershocks because she'd experienced the worst earthquake of her life (to this date) on Feb. 9, 1971.  She describes feeling as if she were on a ship at sea during a storm as she crouched with her sister on the floor riding out the earthquake.  She talks about a movie she watched with Sally Field playing a teenager!!  In one passage she says she is 'gay' and I know she meant happy!!!  

15 year old Marta was also getting to drive and looked forward to her dad letting her park the car in the driveway or pull it into the narrow garage!!!  Now that was cool!!!  Her favorite aunt had breast cancer and it was hard for Marta to visit.  She didn't want her aunt to die. (She did a year later).  She also kept a vigilant eye for the mailman who brought her letters from her friends in Mexico.  Grown Marta is happy for technology which keeps her in touch with family and friends around the world at any given moment!!  

Big Love

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 6:04 PM
Watching TV together

Watching TV on a cold winter afternoon. We snuggled together on the couch watching an episode of Big LOve.
fountain pen with noodler's ink and watercolor in small moleskine sketchbook

Little Red Shoes

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Little Red Shoes, originally uploaded by martasart.

Little Red Shoes

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Little Red Shoes, originally uploaded by martasart.

Afternoon at the gym

Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 5:38 PM

page-17feb5, originally uploaded by martasart.

Grace and Nina in LA

Monday, February 2, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Grace and Nina

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DSCN1409, originally uploaded by martasart.

Yesterday Grace and I took the train into Los Angeles for our "Grace and Nina go around the world day in LA." Grace, along with her mom, my sister Marissa and my other niece Sara are visiting from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
We've had a fun week together topped off by our adventure yesterday!

Commuters on Metrolink Train

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LA-1, originally uploaded by martasart.

Marquee, El Capitan Theater

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LA-2, originally uploaded by martasart.

La Placita, Olvera Street

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LA-3, originally uploaded by martasart.

Chinese Lanterns, Chinatown

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LA-4, originally uploaded by martasart.

Parasols in Chinatown

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LA-5, originally uploaded by martasart.

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