Summer is going so fast! It's true what they say about "time flies when you're having fun". I have been working on my "Dear Diary" project all summer. It is a personal account of what happened after my divorce. It's in illustrated form in a surrealist, fantastical style. Here are a couple of examples. Enjoy! If you would like to follow my daily entries, why don't you follow me on Instagram? https://instagram.com/marybelmartin/
Working on such a small scale is challenging, but a very intimate experience. I am so close to the canvas and concentrated on such a small space that it creates a very special connection with the piece. This tiny portrait, Sofia, is 2 inches by 2 inches. I used acrylic paints and very very thin brushes.
I painted the sides and edges gold, this gave the piece the feeling of those 18th century miniature portraits people used historically to introduce each other from a distance. I added my personal touch with a gossipy bird in the frame.
Finally, I painted a Jo Malone perfume box with her name.
Those of you who have sisters know that you go through phases. Sometimes you are best friends with each other, sometimes you detest each other, sometimes you support, sometimes you ignore, but you always, always love each other. The Sisters is inspired on that dynamic. The relationship that only sisters understand.
This past term has been absolutely bonkers! I did not paint one thing because I was working on my Thesis Proposal. I drew many pieces in my sketchbook as references for future paintings. I presented to a panel of professors on May 5th. It was surreal (like my paintings) and nerve-racking! Here are some snapshots of the process. Just three more days and this term is over!
This was during my presentation. It was a full house. Lots of friendly faces there to support. It felt great to have all of those wonderful people there!
Notes for my presentation to make sure I did not forget anything...
Practicing, practicing, practicing!
Part of my presentation, these are some my influences:
A drawing from my sketchbook, this may be a painting soon.
The idea is to encase my paintings in tiny dollhouse frames.
Wish me luck! Now to dive into the actual project. As always, thanks for stopping by! xoxo
Sometimes when you have been dealing with negative things for a long time and suddenly, everything falls into place, and good things start happening, it's difficult to believe that something positive is actually occurring. It's a moment of disbelief and astonishment. Is this too good to be true? This is what this painting is about. Allowing yourself to receive the good in life.
This girl found a giant, fluffy, pink and white kitty in the darkness and is in disbelief. She is asking, "May I keep him?".
I've been drawing ever since I can remember. My life has been quite an adventure that has always kept me inspired. My childhood home was always filled with magic and excitement. I have memories of mysterious seances in our living room. The supernatural and fantastical has always been with me and influenced my work. Having lived in Latin America as well as the U.S. has given me a unique perspective. I could always escape to magical make believe worlds with the stroke of my pencil. I strayed from art and studied law in Argentina for a few years only to realize that art was embedded deep in my heart. It took me a while to truly know that I had to follow my love for art. I am looking forward to exploring these wonderful places in my head and allowing the world to experience them through my art.