Thursday, January 29, 2015

Portrait of a Dog as it Happens: Day 2

Pippin :  Defining Spaces and Shapes  Day 2
This part of the painting requires a lot of thought. In Watercolor you have to define the lights and dark areas before you actually put any paint on the painting. I actually paint in shape markers and block in the darkest spots before defining the out line. In a water color it is what you leave undone that is the light.  This painting will be an 8 by 10 watercolor head portrait of a JRT/Poodle Cross.

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Exciting Times and Milestones!!! You do not want to miss this!!

I actually put out my very first newsletter today!
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Heck! (The Horse, Not the Swear Word) The Surprising reason to paint!

Heck Tarpan Stallion in Spring
Why I will be painting a lot of these  little historic restoration horses over the next few months. The purpose is to learn them.


http://heckhorses.blogspot.com/
"Heck Tarpan Stallion in Spring"
9 by 12 inches
Watercolor
When I was young I read a book about a groom and a thoroughbred race horse in Japan during the war. In the book in order to be a groom of racehorses, which was an honorable profession, one must learn many things and then one was assigned to a horse for its life time. Besides knowing basic horsemanship and basic grooming skills, in order to be assigned a horse one also had to be able to show proficiency in the bone structure, muscles etc. This was so you knew how to care for your horse and avoid injury and understand how muscles were connected so you could treat injury and illness.

I am simplifying it a bit. In the book the young man had to take a test before he was permanently assigned his horse. The test was to draw a horse from the skeleton, to the organs, to the muscles and then to the outer skin. I found it fascinating to read the description of it. When he could draw the horse completely from the inside out that would show that he really knew where things were.Also when asked how to treat injuries he would be able to show where the injury  started and point out how to treat by the image he drew.

http://heckhorses.blogspot.com/
"Heck Tarpan Stallion Study"
5 by 7 inches
Watercolor


After his training  the groom was assigned a beautiful chestnut mare with a wide blaze. When WW2 started all the horses were commandeered. The stallions and geldings were sent off to be war horses and the mares were assigned hard labor. This  pair were assigned to the quarry where the mare had to pull a cart of heavy rocks to help repair roads and forts after bombings. Each night the groom would massage every inch of the mare's tired body, so that she did not become musclebound and unable to run again in races. That was the practical part of being a lover of a horse and a true horseman. As the story goes, because of his knowledge of what to do to preserve the mare's true purpose, after the war she went on to race again and  become a  winner.

Later in life I read of Rosa Bonheur and how as a young woman in the 1830s she dressed as a man and she would sneak into stockyards and slaughter houses to study and draw horses and cattle from the inside out. What she did was illegal because she was dressed as a man. But she seemed to do it with the complete knowledge of her artistic family and manged to surpass them all as well as most of the artists of the day in her skill and knowledge of painting horses. I have other reasons to admire her, including that she kept a complete zoo on her estate in France and was probably one of the first people since the Roman Empire to breed big cats, lions included, on her estate/farm in France successfully.


http://heckhorses.blogspot.com/
Detail Heck Tarpan Stallion in Spring

So I am saying all of this because, whether an artist is painting from life, from memory or from photographs, they still have to know what is under the skin of a horse( or any animal)  and how to recognize what they are seeing before  they can really really paint the spirit of the animal. That takes some talent, some imagination, but most of all that takes skill that comes from a lot of hours and years of practice.

One of my favorite quotes of Rosa Bonheur is " If you can not paint your subject from memory, then you have not spent enough time preparing to paint by sketching it from life."

I am, after nearly50 years of drawing, and painting, and sometimes sculpting horses, still practicing.


Photo references for these two paintings from Dixie Meadows Farm, Viewtown, Virginia




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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Sneak Peak at the Portrait of a Dog as it Happens: Day 1

Pippin :  They layout drawing  Day 1
This is the day that is pretty boring for most people to see. It takes a bit of time to make sure everything is laid out right. All the proportions have to be in place and the image placed right on the paper. Sometimes I have to redo the drawing several times before I get it right. This painting will be an 8 by 10 watercolor head portrait of a JRT/Poodle Cross.

 
 If you are interested in a portrait of your horse or pet please email me at
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Beef Cow Paradise!! You have to see this.

"Angus"  The new watercolor by Linda L Martin


"Angus"
by LindaLMartin
6 by 9 inches
Watercolor
$130.00


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Exciting News!!!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Artist Challenge!! Post 3 Works of Art a Day for 5 Days

DAY 1:  The Artist's Challenge  Picasso's Boys
Rules:
Post three of your original works of art each Day for 5 days on your Main Facebook Page
Challenge Three Artist's to do the same.


Well, I decided to blog about it too. Good for me and Good for them. Here are my challenge artists: Michelle Severe of Oregon , Kathleen Roeth of Arizona and Rachel Dubber of Ireland. Both Rachel and Michelle have been guest artists on the Mustang A Day Challenge.  Thank you to Equine Artist Linda Shantz of Canada for The Challenge. Special Thank- you to John A Wagner who supplied the reference shots for these paintings.

My Three Paintings for Day One are my favorites of the offspring of Sand Wash Basin Band Stallion Picasso.
"Picasso Junior (PJ)"
5 by7 inches
Watercolor
Available
Also in house prints available
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"Rambo"
4 by 6 inches
Watercolor Pencils
Available
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"Van Gogh"
8 by 10 inches
Watercolor
Available
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Valentine Ponies Catalog: Where to purchase these adorable little cards!

Valentine Ponies Catalog
Items on Zazzle
(Just click the Image for Postcards)
http://www.zazzle.com/valentine_pony_postcard_gray-239433904858352532

http://www.zazzle.com/valentine_pony_postcard_silver_bay-239655324053562870

http://www.zazzle.com/valentine_pony_postcard_black-239048410297260482

http://www.zazzle.com/valentine_pony_postcard_blue_eyed_pinto-239836860867780078

 http://www.zazzle.com/valentine_pony_postcard_buckskin-239440884412413333

http://www.zazzle.com/valentine_pony_bay_post_card-239127567056525970

http://www.zazzle.com/valentine_burro_postcard-239310828644279563

http://www.zazzle.com/valentine_pony_postcard_brown-239968355303994882

http://www.zazzle.com/valentine_pony_postcard_taffy-239665051967183798

http://www.zazzle.com/valentine_pony_postcard_palamino-239299367940112927


Instant Downloads from The ACEO Store on Etsy:
(click the Image to purchase the item)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/218802776/digital-aceo-valentine-ponies-12-images

Originals on Etsy:


https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheAceoStore?section_id=16595192&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

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Friday, January 16, 2015

It's a Fantastic Idea! PONIES Valentines Released today!!

Digital Download Pony Valentines!



The first 4 ponies were so popular that I just had to do more! Now you can purchase them via Digital Download through etsy. NO Shipping!

 Featuring 8 little ponies and 2 cute burros, each with their own Valentine Message. Just complete the purchase, download and print. Then cut the little cards apart and write your message on the back. Cute, simple and easy to use. 

Plus You can use the little images for all manor of things from party favors to gift tags. Unlimited Private Use.  But please do not use them commercially or for non-profit fund raising with out a limited license. Just contact me at info@llmartin.com for details.

You can purchase these adorable Ponies and Burros 
at The ACEO Store just follow the link:
Valentine Ponies

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Incredible Painting Brings back Warm Memories

Warm Up Your Winter With this Beautiful Painting
by Linda L Martin
"Blue Ridge Spring"
9 by 6 inches 
Watercolor
By Linda L Martin
$200.00
Available on Etsy. Click Here

When in my high-school years, there were still places in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia that had not been developed. Wide valley views and  hollows between the mountains, that  held seemingly never ending vistas, unbroken by power lines or roof tops.

As you drove down valley back roads, against the foot hills, small towns with churches schools, general stores and fire departments just seemed to appear around a bend, only to disappear once you rounded the next.

I spent my early college years and, a few years after, riding on mountain trails  through out the valley with friends. My hope had always been to have a place nestled in the valley, with changing seasons and horses that saw you and came to you whether you had a treat or not, just because they liked your company.


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 by Linda L Martin at her
Every Day Art Shop
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Inspiration behind the cute Ponies, Astonishingly Fun!

 The Astonishingly Fun Story behind the Valentine's Ponies!

 I have started on some very fun warm up miniature and small format paintings preparing to start my first mustang painting of 2015. Today I worked on cats, doves and ponies for Valentines Day. 
Taffy Valentine's Day Pony (detail)
ACEO sized 2.5 by 3.5 inches
Available at  The ACEO Store on Etsy

The ponies were inspired by a friend's Dartmoor pony back when we rode together in the mountains above Huntley, Virginia in the
early 1980s. Of course we rode horses but this pony was most memorable.

Her name was Star and if you thought that this little 9 hand pony was a follower you would be wrong. She was the leader and a mischievous one at that.

If you weren't there on time to feed it was likely that Star would jump the stone wall, bringing every horse on the place with her and go for a  gallop to the nearby hay farm to ravage their fields.

She was a bit of a thief, especially for ball caps and brushes that were left out instead of put away. And Star loved to worry the older horses, who seemed to good naturedly tolerant her admonitions, but also never refused to follow when she commanded or obey when she demanded.
Black Valentine's Day Pony
ACEO sized 2.5 by 3.5 inches
Available at  The ACEO Store on Etsy

One thing I remember about Star was that she loved her children. Star was especially  tolerant when a tea party was eminent and never failed to accept the wearing of the bonnet for a cookie and a cup of koolaid tea.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top Favorites: Every Day Art by Linda Martin

Life Drawing of Nika
draws surprising attention in the first week of 2015!


One of the excellent new features for etsy.com sellers is that they tell you all sorts of information about who is looking at your work and what they like. What a surprise to discover that my drawing of Nika is one of the top favorites from my store with 19 "Favorites" since January 1.  Here is what everyone seems to be liking:
"Nika"
Sketched from Life
5 by 7 inches  graphite on paper
$35.00
Click  Here:  NIKA

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at
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Adorable Full Body Toy Poodle Portrait! You have to see how cute it is!

Capturing the Stages of Poodle Hair
 in this Wonderful Portrait by Linda L Martin
"Patience"
8 by 10
Watercolor
Full Body Portrait
$200.00
Available on LindaLMartinArtist's
Every Day Art Store

One thing that I have learned in all of my years owning and fostering poodles is that they have beauty stages.

Stage one is always right after the groomers when they are finely clipped and smell so sweet. Stage two is that second stage where  their hair is getting longish but doesn't become a problem. Stage three is that moment when you don't know whether to use hair clips or rubber bands to keep the hair from their faces and some times use a touch up trim to help manage their eye sight.

Stage 4 is when  they have gone beyond touch ups and rubber bands and just flat out need a real day at the groomers getting their trims, baths and prims. This adorable full body portrait is in that stage between "we can manage with a touch up trim" and "we need to get him to the groomers now!"

Too cute for words is this cuddly little love bug. The moment that tips the scale is when he goes flying out the door  and finds the yard rabbit poo to roll in. Then procrastination on a bath is no longer viable. Then its back to stage one when the sweet little trim and perfumed soaps win a place cuddling in bed until the next time.

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The Artist was Surprised at This Result!

Painting the simple Junco


Junco in Holly
Available at The ACEO Store on Etsy
Here in this part of Virginia we have a lot of little gray birds that flock around our feeders. Called juncos, they are fearless tiny birds slightly bigger than chickadees. In Variations of gray mostly slate gray on the top and a buff color on their bellies they will persevere against squirrels, jays and the most fearsome of weather conditions.

When I was painting the winter birds for the 2014 ACEO’s of Christmas I was trying to figure out how to make a gray bird in a mostly gray winter world pop and standout.  After painting several cardinals I thought why not place a junco in a holly bush and let the berries be the counterpoint to all the dark colors.

Well it worked, I think, very well. Here we have the little junco in the holly bush. Then I got a surprise. When I looked at the enlarged version of the miniature painting I suddenly realized that not only did it work but when you looked at the brush strokes at first they seemed as if they were very stylized but then there was a sense that there was a snow storm with a slight breeze as the little bird balanced on the branch waiting its turn at the feeder. 

The leaves seemed to have that blurred movement to them that one got when the sutter speed on the camera doesn’t quite keep up with the movement.  It was movement I didn’t expect to capture in this small work of art.


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at
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Grand Opening! The ACEO Store on Etsy!

Welcome to the Grand Opening of  The ACEO Store!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheAceoStore
Every once in a while I wake up and discover that I have a lot of art and I need to organize it better so people can really see it.  One of the moves in that direction is to create a ship on etsy that deals in miniature art but mostly art in the ACEO format.

The ACEO format is actually  miniature paintings that  are 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches in size and will fit into a standard baseball collector sleeve. I admit that sometimes I cut mine by hand and they are slightly off a fraction , however that just makes them all the more interesting.  And yes they do fit into the small format and yes they are highly collectible art.

In addition to selling mostly original ACEOs in this store, I will also be selling other smaller miniature works of art and maybe some surprising extra things, yet to be announced in the future regarding miniature art.

Come on over and enjoy the Shop. Follow it so you can see new listings as I put them up. And of course don't forget to favorite my shop so you can share what you see with your friends.




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Friday, January 2, 2015

My Shocking Reasons For Making Art by Linda L Martin

No one woke up at art school and decided " I am going to make art to sell so I can make more art". 
   Yet, sometimes for some of us that is how it is. Unless of course you find a very wealthy patron who loves you for your art and just wants the art for its intrinsic sake or potential value; or you are one of the lucky ones who have a successful husband who likes to keep you occupied so he can play golf with his buddies.

"Watch Dog"
Original Watercolor
5x7 inches
$135.00
Purchase at  Linda L Martin's Every Day Art

For the rest of us we are sometimes forced to make "Bread and Butter items" so we can engage in creative endeavors that put the passion of our hearts into the art and gives it voice for all generations. Some of us have a day job that allows us to spend all of our other waking hours making art. Some of us are not funded at all and we just collect junk and make art from it because it is free. The point is we have something in our DNA that drives us to make art. We cannot help it.


There are three things that impressed me about Andy Worhal.
1. He had Alzheimer's and it never affected his ability to make art even up until he died
2. He had warehouses of art at the time of his death,  that were worth billions.
3. His philosophy was "Make Art. And when you are finished, Make More Art."

So what is my philosophy of Art... simple:
"Paint a story that blesses people and when I am finished paint more stories!" I really do want my art to bless people.


In the end its all about how much creativity you can be inspired to use continually, until only the art  and it's meaning remains long after you are gone.



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Thursday, January 1, 2015

New and Simply Marvelous: www.LLMartin.com

New Updates and Construction that will make the website more client friendly to view. 
The www.LLMartin.com Web Page is being upgraded.
Stage one is complete. More to be added this week.
Happy New Year!!



Oh, and did you know that I have a FREE... yes I said a Free News Letter.  It will come to you via email when you sign up. This new emailed version of the newsletter will come out about 3 to 4 times a year and will have information you can receive on  giveaways, fundraising projects, discounts and special offers before anyone else hears about them. And of course the newsletter will include all the latest news about my newest paintings. To sign up please email me at info@llmartin.com



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New Beginnings in 2015 to Warm Your Heart!

Happy New Year to all my friends, clients and patrons.  With the start of the new year bringing so many changes in the way that Facebook is approaching the selling of art by independent artists and micro businesses, I am trying to stream line and change for the better, I hope, my way of sharing art. Part of the changes I am making are to put together a new Art Blog that is more all encompassing. All of  my other blogs are still there and I will add to them from time to time. This will be my main blog.
So here we go into a new adventure and a new year! 

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Dog, Cat or Horse  Head Portraits
Starting at
$75 for 5 by 7inches
$150 for  for 8 by 10 inches
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and information on how to have a unique portrait of
your wonderful pet!.


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