Here I am blocking in colors for the underpainting.
Monday, October 27, 2014
I am learning how to do Tarot readings. The Tarot is a tool to receive otherworldly messages. I did a reading on myself and decided to interpret and paint the reading. It was a simple three card "past, present, future" reading and what was revealed was astonishing! On this post I will show you what my present revealed. "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" is the message from the "present" card. It told me to beware and know that not all is what it seems!
Sunday, September 21, 2014
A Day in the Life of Marybel Martin is a group of very personal watercolors dedicated to illustrating where my mind is on any given day. Enjoy!
"A Garden in Her Hair" is my dream state, this is when I'm sleeping and recharging. The banner says: Los sueños se hacen realidad si crees en ellos… siempre" - Dreams come true if you believe in them… always.
"The Cleanse" is the daily ritualistic bath and grooming, it's not only physical, it's a mental and spiritual cleanse as well.
"Staying Grounded" Is the balanced, grounded and unattached state that is best for making major decisions. If you look closely, there are two little birds… those are my boys.
"Vipassana" Is meditation, where one is in observation and peace.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I've had a website for years now. Unlike a blog, a website is more difficult to update. I've recently had Pop Studios update the site to reflect more of the current work I've been doing. Why don't you stop by when you have a moment?
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I am working on a series of portraits of women with their favorite animal and flower. This one is of my friend Caroline. Here is a series of photos of the progress. The title comes from a strange experience Caroline and I shared. Caroline and I were doing some community work years ago. A man stopped Caroline and grabbed her by the arm, "you've got devil eyes" he sneered, then he let her go. "That's not the first time someone tells me that", she said, and we laughed.
This is the rough sketch/idea.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
My dear Aunt Olga (Tia Nena) left us yesterday. She was a great woman and a dear friend. It was a day a reflection about life and death, about what we are and why we are here. Our time here is brief and death teaches us that time, possessions and our bodies are not eternal. Live life as if it were your last day.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
As a child I loved making home videos with my sisters, Adriana and Stella. We would dress up and create skits. We would make movies into the wee hours of the night and we had so much fun! I've decided to go back to this creative outlet. During my Vipassana meditation retreat, I thought up this sassy, latina character named Carmen. Last night she came to life! Take a look at my YouTube channel:
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
I went on a cross-country road trip, and when it was my turn to be in the passenger seat I got to draw. Driving through our beautiful country is quite inspiring, the beautiful fields with crops and animals, the bodies of water, and the gorgeous cities and towns, what a treat! The trip started in Oregon and ended in New York. It was truly unforgettable!
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Here are a few pieces from the past few weeks. You can also see more recent posts on my Instagram account Marybelm or my Marybel Martin Artist page on Facebook! Thanks for visiting!
Sunday, June 1, 2014
The PNCA Gala is an annual event to raise funds for our school. It's a black tie event and the who's who of Portland is always in attendance.
I wanted to wear something special this year. My friend Jonathan Bermudez offered to make me a dress! We chose a style and he got to work! After some fittings, the beautiful dress was finished!
I wanted to add a special touch to it to make it edgy and fun. I took inspiration from Alexander McQueen and decided to do this…
In the end the dress looked extraordinary! One of a kind and fabulous!
We had a fabulous time at the gala and the dress was a success!
World famous singer, KD Lang sang for us, it was beautiful!
A fantastic night filled with fun!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
My head is still spinning from the past few weeks. Between finishing finals and a horrendous back ache I feel like I just completed Iron Man. I am now half way through my junior year. I cannot believe it! Now time to paint and make some more art. Here are some snapshots of finals week. Enjoy!
These are part of my Expanded Field final. We had to collaborate with someone. I worked with a naturopath and I did a performance piece on Integrative Medicine. I'm waiting on the photos taken during the performance. I'll post them when I get them.
This painting is called "Stay Until You Grow"
Monday, May 5, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
In my latest piece I address the inner child. Everyday I have a choice. I can choose the dead inner child or I can choose the live one. The live one is when I feel joy, playfulness and love. The dead one is fear and sadness. It's difficult to be aware and make the choice but it's always there. Click on the images for a better view!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
The viewer has the option to make a “wish” and light a candle to symbolize that wish. I used wood, paint, sculpy, fabric, glue and some found objects for this project. I decided to go small because I wanted to use rich detail.