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June 4, 2010

Skies are a favorite subject of mine. I love to get out into the open country and drink in the brilliant colors of a spectacular sunset or sunrise.

So does my 91-year-old aunt. To this day, and just about every day of her life since she has had a car, she has loved going for a ride to see the sights. She doesn’t venture far from her home now, but instead especially loves to drive up a certain hill (almost a mountain, really) just a few miles outside of her little town, to look down on the valley below, where her house sits and where she knows almost every soul in town. In fact, she has probably taught them all in school at some point!

I marvel at her sense of wonder and the simple, basic things that fill her soul. I drove her around that familiar road last week and she was just as thrilled as if she were seeing it for the first time.

I share her love of seeing. I get that same thrill just driving around country roads and seeing rolling hills, farms, little creeks, and big rivers.

These skyscapes express some of that love of the open country. I didn’t paint these on location. (Notice their scale and the fact that they’re on paper, something I don’t think I could have done on location.) These are a loose and more abstract interpretation.

“Earth and Sky” – Acrylic on Paper, 30 x 40″

“Sky” – Acrylic on Paper, 36 x 60″

Giclee Prints are available at

Please contact me if you’d like the originals!

Here is another original painting, but the difference is that it was created in PhotoShop.

“Earth and Sky II” – Digital Painting

I have had this image printed as large as 30 x 40 inches and it turns out beautifully, especially on good heavy paper. This one is available as various sizes of giclee prints in my ImageKind shop. Just click on the abstracts gallery.

I mentioned in an earlier post how much I want to paint landscapes. But I don’t want them to be tight realism. I would want them to be more abstract, even more so than these — more like the ones in yesterday’s post. But bigger than those – way bigger.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2010 6:03 pm

    Serene…but highly impactful at the same time…

  2. June 4, 2010 6:42 pm

    Oh, these are lovely, well done!

    • June 5, 2010 5:19 pm

      Thank you, Judi. Glad to see you. I popped over to your blog and see you’ve created an e-book, which is very exciting!

  3. June 5, 2010 12:13 pm

    Very beautiful Martha! Love your combination of colors. So very lovely, each and every one! 🙂

    • June 5, 2010 12:14 pm

      PS…what program do you use to do your digital paintings? This is just so beautiful I’d love to try my hand at it as well! You definitely inspire me. 🙂

    • June 5, 2010 5:21 pm

      Thank you, Itaya! And fyi, I mostly work in PhotoShop now, but I also love PhotoShop Elements, which is just fine for painting on screen. It’s great fun, and all you have to do is play around with the brushes till you get combinations that you like. You should definitely go for it.

  4. June 16, 2010 12:32 pm

    These are all breathtaking!

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