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Sometimes You Just Gotta Paint!

May 8, 2007

Today was my day to get busy painting again, after actually taking the weekend off and then a nice long lunch yesterday kicking marketing ideas around with my friend Miki Boni, fabulous artist and owner of Kaos Gallery in Bradenton, Florida (The link is the same for both.)

Before that, I spent Sunday in Orlando, hanging out with Linda Stanley and Cheryl McClure. The big thing on our agenda was to hit The Quilts of Gees Bend show at the Orlando Museum of Art. I’m so glad I finally got to see that show. What an inspiration. If you haven’t discovered these amazing women, do check out the main link and explore the site.

Linda and Cheryl will continue to look around at art venues this week, but my playtime is over. Gallery O in Largo said they’ve just got to have some more of my 8″ square boxes. They sold six over the weekend! Yippee!!

Plus, I’m doing more in the Echoes Series — the 12″ and 14″ square canvases. I thought you might like to see the beginnings of those as well.

What you see truly are just beginnings. They will go through many, many incarnations before I’m done with them.

OK now — back to work!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2007 6:32 pm

    Very inspiring… I’ve long had a soft deadline for some small works on paper (w/o frames, yippee!) and now I’ve got the time, just need the boost… maybe I can try to keep up 😉

  2. Angela permalink
    May 8, 2007 11:06 pm

    Ohhh this is sooo kewl Martha! Truely inspiring! It is wonderful to see paintings in the process! I honestly think that’s sooo kewl!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. leslyf permalink
    May 9, 2007 2:56 am

    Hi Martha … thanks for these photos … I cannot get over the way you are tackling so many small canvases at once! Maybe I should try it instead of laboring over them one at a time… its so easy to become discouraged that way!

    And I notice that you are not painting the canvas edges as you go … can I ask whether you do paint them? and if so do you do it after they are finished? Do you match the colour of the edge to the face or what? [I have tried matching the edges to the face in a ‘wrapped’ way but find that is a real pain to do]

  4. Parapluie permalink
    May 9, 2007 3:49 am

    I love seeing how you start. I am getting a desire to start a series all at once. What fun!

  5. Martha Marshall permalink
    May 9, 2007 7:50 am

    Glad to be a booster, Karen! Hope your opening went well.

    Lesly, I do wait till the end to paint the edges. I found it was way more of a pain to try to continue painting the edges as I went. It’s usually fairly easy to match them, but sometimes I paint parts of them in a different color — something that coordinates generally with the front. Many artists leave them as they are, and that’s fine too. Hint: Small rollers are a help! I also use brushes for various effects. But it takes more than one coat to give a really finished appearance.

    Diane, I do like to work on a number of pieces at the same time. It helps me keep the continuity. You should go for it!

  6. Philip permalink
    May 9, 2007 11:10 am

    Yes, its a good idea to paint so many things at once. I really enjoy it when I do it. As for the edges – I have a real thing about this. I take a lot of care to make sure they don’t just look like an after thought. I used to think it was a pain until I started using the deep canvases and now I enjoy seeing what I can do with them. I hate it when I go to an exhibition and the paintings (to my mind) are not finished off properly. I examine my edges very carefully when I do my ‘quality control’ check!!

    BTW – I often do them as I go along by resting paint pots underneath the wood so they are slighly raised off the table. This makes it much easier and quicker. As they canvases are small they stay quite stable so I work on the whole picture this way.

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