La Cinta Roja, no. 2

Monday, March 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

La Cinta Roja, no. 2, originally uploaded by martasart.

16.5 x 22 inches, Pastel on charcoal paper

girl in turquoise

Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 6:03 PM

girl in turquoise, originally uploaded by martasart.

9x12 inch oil on hardboard prepared with pastel ground and toned with acrylic.

figure study

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 4:05 PM

figure study, originally uploaded by martasart.

24x18 inches, oil on masonite panel

Very busy with mid term papers and assignments.


Friday, March 20, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Roar, originally uploaded by martasart.

Nice how he posed for me huh? Actually, I took the reference photo by holding the camera lens up to the eyepiece of one of those 'drop a quarter in telescope' at the Wild Animal Park. He was fun to do and now he belongs to my little grand-nephew Aidan.

In the Studio

Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 9:33 PM

In the Studio, originally uploaded by martasart.

approx. 6.5 x 8 inches, pastel on canson mi tienes

A study of the ball on top my neck

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7:41 AM

LA 2nd&Grand

Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 1:49 PM

LA 2nd&Grand, originally uploaded by martasart.

Baby Elephant Walk.....

Friday, March 13, 2009 at 6:40 PM

elelphants2, originally uploaded by martasart.

Makes me think of the Henri Mancini tune from the early 1960's.

I took my niece Allison and her two little ones Aidan and Dylan to the Wild Animal park near San Diego. It was the first time for all three of them. Dylan at 2 months was very good and slept through most of the day, Aidan had the most fun seeing all the wild animals. The highlights of our visit were the Hippo pooping, the grand lion that didn't roar, the giraffe with the long tongue and the gorillas that always give a great show!

I managed some pretty bad sketches except for this one that I rather like.

Art Exchange

Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 6:37 PM
I am involved with 4 other online friends and artists in an exchange.  Sharon from Flat Sound of Wooden Shoes invited a few of us to join her and share our art with each other.  I got my first piece of art from Laura from Laura's Watercolors.  She does beautiful work and I was so thrilled to receive one of her originals.

Laura's boat scene

A few days later Sherry's contribution from Late B(l)oomer arrived at my door.  Again, I was so excited to receive yet another fantastic piece of art.  Her brightly plumed rooster seems like he can almost prance off the yupo paper she laid him on!  

Sherry's rooster

The three of us that are left have yet to complete our end of the deal.  Jennifer from  Jennifer Lawson  is on her way back to Bali so it is going to take her a bit longer and my only excuse is life just gets in the way.  But I have begun my contributions to the exchange and am half way done.  I am humbled by the vast amount of talent in our online art world.  How fortunate to receive these beautiful originals from such talented artists.  

Art Interrupted

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 6:42 PM
Marta and Dylan

On Sunday I had every intention of spending the day in the studio working on a project for an art exchange I am in with some online friends.  I was honored to be invited but with that comes the apprehensiveness of "my stuffs not that good"  "what did I get myself into?"  "someone really wants something I created?"  "what if I can't meet the deadline?" etc....  And now with two art classes going even more procrastinating.  But on the other hand, I excited about participating and have already received two wonderful pieces (I'll post soon).  But, back to Sunday.  Well we all know that I opted for the beach with the little ones and off I went!

 Tuesday then was going to be my studio day!  Yes, finally a day to myself!  But Rudy surprised me that he was off till Friday this week.  That's okay, I'll run errands with him in the morning and work in the studio in the afternoon.  I was prepared, had gotten my supplies together the night before, stopped for what I need from the grocery store....good to go.

But as I walked in the house the phone rang and my niece Allison asked if I wouldn't mind watching the baby because Aidan was running a high fever and she was running to the doctor's with him.  Of course I could help her out!  So, no studio afternoon as I had planned.  But the baby is a joy and I loved getting to spend time with him.  He soon dozed off to sleep and I put him up on the big ottoman, grabbed my moleskine wc sketchbook and went to work.  Well, he woke up crying but by then I had just about finished the little sketch.  

So maybe tomorrow I can get to my project?

dylan with pacifier

Big Waves!

at 6:36 PM

big waves, originally uploaded by martasart.

ally and aidan

at 6:36 PM

ally and aidan, originally uploaded by martasart.

another beach sketch, had trouble with the figures

Perfect start to March

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 6:52 PM

I had it all figured out today. Up at 7am, went downstairs and in the quiet of morning I made blueberry muffins, a pot of coffee and planned for a day in the studio painting. But after breakfast I ran over to my sister's to visit with the grandkids (hers). Before I knew it I was excited about going to the beach with my niece Allison and her husband and her two babies and my Annie. What a splendid idea it was and we all enjoyed the day. Except Aidan of course who was afraid of the waves. When he saw me start to sketch and paint he came right over with his paper and paints too. Soon frustrated because his brush and paints "don't work!!!" I let him use nina's extra brush and her paints.....which DO WORK. So, no studio day but what a great beach art day it was!!!!
palms at beach

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