La Dulcera en Reposo

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 4:27 PM

La Dulcera en Reposo, originally uploaded by martasart.

It's time to slow down. Since the river experience (thank you all for the nice comments) I have been going non stop. I spent a week in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my family at the Balloon Fiesta. I only enjoyed the first morning of the massive balloon ascent because by early afternoon I was stricken with a high fever and chills. Soon a week long headache and harsh abrasive cough would follow. The PA at the New Mexico urgent care said they were going to call it HINI. Once back home in California I was excited to meet up with friends who were visiting from nor cal. We spent a few days in Palm Springs with them and then they came to spend the long weekend with us.

This past Sunday while the husbands played golf, my dear friend Tricia and I played in the the studio. I helped her get a sketchbook together and gave her some watercolors and a palette to use on her trip. I painted this pastel; continuing with the Guatemala Series that I've been working on. This piece is 9 x 12 inches and done on Wallis paper. I like the sanded surface and how it holds the pastel.

And now this brings me to today. Rudy took off for a couple of days to a golf tournament, my guest left yesterday to continue their road trip and I have spent the day lounging in pajamas all day. My only chore for today was to check out my SLR camera. I had it in a drybag but was still worried it had been damaged on my river fiasco. It seems to have survived and is working just fine. Yeah!

Next adventure planned are 4 days in Death Valley next month. I'm hoping to try my hand at pastel landscape painting while there. Of course hoping for some hiking and biking too!


  1. Joan Says:

    Marta - Your pastel is gorgeous!!! I just read your story about the river trip. I am SO glad you made it safely back...God must have had you in his hands all the time!!!

  2. Anil P Says:

    Scary experience on the river. Am glad everything turned out well. The painting has a laid-back feel that's nice to experience.

    It's a miracle the DSLR is working after what it went through.

  3. Sharon Says:

    Wonderful movement and color in this, Marta!

  4. Ai Says:

    This is so gorgeous, Marta.

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