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A Common Thread

December 19, 2012
Echoes Series, 27, 28, 29 Acrylic on Canvas, 14x14 in.

Echoes Series, 27, 28, 29
Acrylic on Canvas, 14×14 in.

Looking at art you’ve created over a period of years, you will almost always come across favorite pieces, not-so-favorite ones, and others that teach you something. These three paintings have been in a rather isolated place on my studio wall, going virtually unnoticed in my daily routine.

But now that I’ve taken them down and moved them to my office wall where I can look at them every day, I have a new appreciation for them. It turns out they blend nicely with a series I’m working on now. I need to go through more paintings in my studio to see what else I have that shows a common thread.  Maybe I have enough for a show, or to present to a new gallery perhaps.

The lighting in my room causes a glare in this particular shot, but it helps to show the interference colors that were used in them. Normally they look more like the scans shown above.

Echoes Series Wall



I’ve shown this picture before, but here is another look at the newest series of paintings:

New Series Spring 2012


It’s nice to see that the older ones work together with these.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Polly permalink
    December 19, 2012 9:15 am

    I love those 3 older paintings. I’m going to look through my stash. thanks for inspiring me.

    • December 19, 2012 9:34 am

      Thanks, Polly. Glad you’re inspired to look through your own art. You may find some nice surprises.

  2. December 19, 2012 11:19 am

    Martha – lovely work. I aways enjoy seeing your work – the colors in these pieces are magnificent! And, you office looks so neat and nice. Hapy holidays. Shirley

    • December 19, 2012 1:07 pm

      Thank you, Shirley. My office is neat for the very first time since we moved into our house 3 years ago! We finally got around to having the walls painted, which meant taking off an old paper border around the top of the room (Ugh!!) and of course that in turn meant the room had to be thoroughly cleaned for painting. That provided the impetus for me to make it look like a real office for once. I’m loving it. Happy Holidays!!

  3. Anonymous permalink
    December 19, 2012 12:39 pm

    It’s true – we can go back and appreciate work we have done in in the past and become inspired! Good reminder… 🙂

    • December 19, 2012 1:07 pm

      Yes, so true. I like not seeing things for a while so I can approach them with fresh eyes.

  4. December 20, 2012 10:14 am

    It *is* interesting o see how they work together. Particularly love the new portrait one on the left – those colours are glorious.

  5. December 26, 2012 3:03 pm

    I love the new series! Especially the one to the top right. Wish you all the best for the holidays 🙂


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