Road Trip

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 8:44 PM
squirrel, ink wash and neocolor

I"m setting out on another travel adventure.  This time the passport stays home while we road trip it through California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona before heading back to So. Calif.  My art bag is filled with supplies, the camping gear checked and packed, duffle bags filled with clothes for climates from freezing to 110 f.  and our mountain bikes have a fresh burst of air in the tires.  Oh, what an adventure awaits us!  

Please  join me as I post photos and sketches to Twitter,  Facebook and Mobile Me.  Just look to the right of this screen and click on the links to the photos in the Twitter updates.  Feel free to steal any images that strike your fancy!

See you in 3 weeks!!!

Sea Shell

Friday, June 12, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Sea Shell, originally uploaded by martasart.

Just a quick watercolor sketch of my constant model: a sea shell. I think I'm going to take the schminke watercolor box with me on the road trip because I have more colors in it than the W&N travel one.

Squash Blossom

Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 1:27 PM

squash blossom, originally uploaded by martasart.

Not only are we going to reap the benefits of all the tasty vegetables growing in our garden, but I am going to have fun sketching them before eating them!

So Paint Already

Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 3:03 PM

It feels so good to be done with the art semester.  I won't be getting a very good grade because I failed to complete several assignments due to my eye surgery.  But I'm not in school for the grades anymore so this does not bother me at all.  I did ace the final exam and that will help to keep me with a passing grade.

Now on to summer plans.  In a few weeks my husband and I will be taking a road trip.  No real plan in mind, just head out to the open highway and drive till we get someplace interesting.  I'm already excited thinking of what art/sketch supplies to bring along on this adventure.  

In preparation I primed a piece of 300 lb. wc paper with pastel ground and toned with french ultramarine acrylic.  I am hoping to take along with the watercolors, my pastels.  While sitting here waiting for the paper to dry I did a very quick and sloppy sketch of my art paraphernalia strewn about.  I haven't sketched in what seems months.  I've missed that.  

Upon my return from this trip I will be getting ready for a hospital stay once again.  This time it's for major surgery.  I have been bleeding frequently for months.  What they found is that my uterus is the size of a 4 month pregnancy and I have sextuplets in there (6 benign fibroid tumors).  So it all has to come out now.  Recovery will be 6-8 weeks.  Not looking forward to that.  I had 4 c-sections and remember how awful it was.  Now I'm much older so don't think it will be any better.  But now maybe when this is all done I can get back to my previous activity level before all the bleeding problems began.  July 20th is the day of the operation.

Right now just enjoying no school, the garden and wondering if to pick up a brush, pencil or pastel stick to begin this journey.

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