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A One-Person Group Show

February 28, 2021

The semi-isolation with this pandemic has done something to change my art process, and I’m not yet sure whether it’s a good or a bad thing.

At first I thought all this solitude would allow me the freedom to explore everything under the sun without concern for the outcome. But with freedom comes a certain amount of paralysis — at least it does for me. I still share some of my experiments on social media, but when I look at them, there’s little rhyme or reason. I keep arriving at the same dead end. There are some botanical sketches, a few little colorful doodle abstracts, some gelli prints, and some collage. Together they feel disjointed and scattered. I am my own one-person group show.

I have done several commissions over the winter, which make me grateful to my collectors. They included a couple of florals, a winter landscape, and several pet portraits. I’m not sure they count as stepping stones in a new direction. But maybe they are, in a way. I would love to do more pet portraits, but with my own personal stamp on them somehow. Perhaps more vibrant colors? We’ll see.Within the next couple of weeks, spring will be here in all its glory. I was looking through my sketchbook from last spring and summer, and am more than ready to get some color back into my palette.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. JazzCookie permalink
    March 1, 2021 12:01 am

    Martha…I am an artist in Oregon who has been experiencing exactly what you describe! The pandemic has created such chaos. I had a show in October and then could not get back to work until very recently, but even that work has been chaotic and fragmented. I’m sure we’re not alone in this. Let us hope for better in the coming weeks and months. I always enjoy your posts and seeing your work. Please post again to let us know how the work is going.
    From one artist to another…

    • March 1, 2021 7:42 am

      Molly, I so appreciate your reassurance that we are not alone in this. And also for the encouragement to reach out and blog more! Good luck to you in your creative work.

  2. Cindy Brewer permalink
    March 1, 2021 1:46 am

    I really like the Gelli prints! While your work may feel stale to you, it is refreshing to me. I often feel those same worn out emotions while longing for something more, exciting, Alive! The pandemic has us out of kilter. Disjointed is a good word. We are SICK of COVID! Cindy in NC

    On Sun, Feb 28, 2021, 9:24 PM An Artist’s Journal wrote:

    > Martha Marshall posted: ” The semi-isolation with this pandemic has done > something to change my art process, and I’m not yet sure whether it’s a > good or a bad thing. At first I thought all this solitude would allow me > the freedom to explore everything under the sun without con” >

  3. Margaret Conte permalink
    March 1, 2021 8:13 am

    Loved your show looking forward to what comes next

  4. March 1, 2021 3:35 pm

    Hey Martha!
    Thanks for sharing your works. I’ve always been a fan of your art. I love to see your creations!
    Artists always tend to be hard on themselves. I should know I am one! I can relate.
    I tend to believe that all art has always had a bigger meaning because it makes people smile. It helps people who can relate to your situation, etc. not feel as alone. 🙂
    I tend to think art has different meanings as well but the fact that it can help another is one meaning all art has in common. There may be some who can’t relate to it but somewhere there will be someone who can. Someone it helps…. I tend to think that’s the beauty of art.
    I may be wrong in thinking that but I just may be right. Nomatter what, I am very glad to call you a friend and love seeing your works.
    I think that you should just create to get your emotions out, etc. and if it holds a greater meaning to someone else great.
    If I never thanked you for teaching me many of the techniques that I know today, thanks!!!

    • March 5, 2021 7:56 am

      Thank you, Angela. You’re right, of course. This is a bit of an issue that in time will resolve itself. Just the act of making art is healing.

  5. March 3, 2021 4:43 pm

    Here across the Pond there seems to be a paralysis of fear amongst artists. Very few are productive. As for me? I just produce seemingly 100s of crocheted blankets. The action of yarn through my fingers is comforting. Spring is coming, Martha. The world will soon return to colour and new work will emerge. These pieces are important. They will become a transition. Keep going. xx

    • March 5, 2021 8:09 am

      Thank you, Nuvofelt. Nice to see you by the way! This is a frustrating time to be sure. But already seeing signs of spring, and I know that will be such a shot of inspiration. I’m so ready.

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