Friday, August 3, 2012

The View from Friday Part 3--and a giveaway!

Hey Y'all. Hope everyone had a good week. I can't believe it's already August. It's surely the Dog Days of August here in Jacksonville. Almost too hot to go outside but I know that I am not the only one so I know that others can join my summer heat pity party.

I didn't paint a daily painting every day because I am also going through the workbook of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain," by Betty Edwards...because if you can't draw you can't paint. That's the sad truth. Well, I will rephrase that--if you are trying to paint what you see, that is. I also got stuck with my nose in my book (no it's not 50 Shades of Grey--and I understand that is not an art book on learning to paint a value study!) :))

So first off, here is a little video that I filmed yesterday of my new toy.
This box is the Belly River.



I am extremely excited about my new pochade box but as I said--- now I have to bit the bullet and go do it YIKES!. When the weather gets cooler then I will go. Chauncey said he would go with me so he can fend off the gators.


Here is one called "Ethereal Flowers" that I painted at 11:00 the other night. I painted on some Japanese paper that I had glued to a panel. Love this paper.


Andbelow is the other one called "Daisies in Red" that I painted after doing Lesson 6 of Dan Edmondson classes. This one was also painted on Japanese paper so it would peek through. This doesn't look too much like the still life we were suppose to paint but he has given us permission to translate any way we want.

And here is a cute little book Lori and I made at a workshop the other day. It's Coptic stitching a book using single sheets. It was rather complicated but you can see the cute braids down the spine. I enjoyed making it though and it's always fun to be with Lori.



And if you are interested, here is how I shoot my photos. You can get the set up here:
It works great and you can fold it up in a snap and put it away. The lamps are not included of course but the little lights are.


So now for the giveaway. These daily paintings are certainly piling up so I thought I would start to give some away.
This is "Daisy" and she would love to come and live with you. She is 6x6 in oil.
Just leave me a comment and Sunday night I will let Mr. Random.org pick a number and I will post  the winner on Sunday night.


Have a wonderful week and I will leave you with this quote:
"The older I become, the more I realize that drawing
 is the most important of all the problems of picture-making."

28 comments:

anniebeez said...

Love your new box Martha! I have thought very much about painting "en plein air" but I haven't done it much yet either. I have a lovely little lagoon in my neighborhood and really need to get down there and get to work! Love Daisy! I have the perfect spot for her in my dining room! LOL!

Julie Bagamary said...

Your daily painting are so lovely - especially your Ethereal flowers. And your book is wonderful too.

Janie Husband said...

so good to see all of your "art" martha....as usual......stay cool...;-)

Stephanie said...

Your paintings are beautiful. I've tried pretty much every medium except oils. Your artwork may be the inspiration that gets me to try them. I love the painting of Daisy!

Gina Sismilich said...

The art on Japanese paper is gorgeous - I especially love the first one. I have exactly the same setup for photography - my husband found it very reasonably on some bargain website and bought it for me. It's hot here too in Beaufort SC.

Peggy said...

Hi, Martha! I hope your summer break was good, but I missed you! It's good to have you back and blogging again. Your video was super cute, and I'm waiting for your oil painting class. I LOVE the ethereal flowers. Now THAT'S what I want to do!!! So please, Mr. Random, pick ME! I could place Mr. Cow with my silly little "Cows of Our Planet" (my name for a set of cow folk art plates) plate collection. He would be very happy in our home!

Nancy Bowron said...

Looking forward to seeing your progress with landscapes! I enjoy the comfort of my studio and haven't ventured into Plein Air but just a few times. Is the Ethereal Flowers painting acrylic? Looks great!

Susan Turney said...

I hope this means you'll start blogging more frequently again. I have to check out the book you mentioned!

Lisa Graham Art said...

Martha! Love this new box and I can't wait to see the sweet little square paintings you paint with it! Your doggy looks like he would do a good job fending off the gators. :)

Your first painting is excellent! It's just so perfectly arranged...all of it! I love your art so much!

Claudia said...

As always, your work inspires me so. I would love to have that cow in my collection. Being a rancher's wife,we like cattle!! Hope you are working on more online classes, because I love when you teach!

jinxxxygirl said...

That little box looks amazing!! I think i would find it difficult to paint outside too. Does it bother you when other people watch you? Hugs! deb

Dianne said...

Love your blog and all the painting that you do and would love to display "Daisy" in my just remodeled kitchen--I'm trying to think of a perfect route to go--this just might be it--

all the best,
Dianne

jgr said...

Martha,
Congrats on your new box, I can't wait to see your what you paint! I love the two that you shared-
you are SO talented.

Jean M. said...

Your work is gorgeous. LOVE Daisy..I have thing for cows..they are just too cute with those big brown eyes:)
Thanks for the chance to win!!

Jennifer Hartsfield said...

You are tooooo much Martha!!! Always a new adventure with you.....And always so much fun to watch what you are creating next. Thanks for the videos----I'd love to have Daisy come live at my house!!!! Jennifer from Illinois

Carol said...

Your paintings are so beautiful, Dasiy has such a kind face and mild expression!


Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Bernie said...

Your painting is so inspiring...you just go for it and it works. I would love to have the confidence to do that...maybe one day. I have loved Daisy since the first time you "showcased" her on your blog.....she's beautiful

Sharon said...

Hi Martha, So glad to see you have not melted in the heat. Great video about the box and I got to see that darling Bucky! I am loving Daisy and would love to have her live in my home. Take care now.

Carol said...

Daisy would look just fabulous sitting on my computer desk. It would be a great new home for her!

Theresa said...

Hi Martha! Love, Love your work! I've taken several of your online classes... and I've learned so much! My husband is working on a little (really little) studio in our home for me to work in! I just love cows, and Daisy would be so cute in my new studio! Many thanks for the online class, please keep them up:)

Theresa said...

Hi Martha! Love, Love your work! I've taken several of your online classes... and I've learned so much! My husband is working on a little (really little) studio in our home for me to work in! I just love cows, and Daisy would be so cute in my new studio! Many thanks for the online class, please keep them up:)

Gill said...

Incredible timing!
I have red poll cattle and yesterday sold 3 of them at the local rare breed sale - very sad for us but we could not keep them all!
I would love a picture to remind me of May, Poppy and Bunty!!!

fran p. said...

I'll leave a comment even without the giveaway! I love the direction your painting are taking....one is more beautiful than the other. Love the book you created with Lori....that would be a great online class!!!

Erin Duarte said...

I love Daisy! I also love the way you let the design on the paper show through in your other pieces.

katie purcell said...

This painting "moo's" me. I want it to hang out at my home.
xxoo

kandilin said...

I just love the painting of Daisy and since my husband grew up on a dairy farm it would be a nice gift for him. I enjoy so much reading your blog Martha

Debbie Eckmier said...

Hi Martha; You can't order the still life set up from Canada but I like it very much! What kind of fabric is on the outside? I'm going to try to make my own. Thanks for sharing this!
Deb Eckmier

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