Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Want to Protect You


This painting has come from deep within my heart. It is the very first painting I have completed this year. It's a very personal piece. I hope you enjoy it!




Close up of the bear and girl.


Look at all of those stars!


You can see a dark forest in the distance.


It all started with a rough sketch.




Thanks for stopping by! xoxo








Friday, January 9, 2015

They Came to Protect Her



There comes a time in a girl's life when she becomes a woman. She is strong and brave, ready to jump into life and take risks. She ventures away from the safety of her home and into the wild. When that occurs, women come across all kinds of beings throughout our journey. Sometimes we are lucky enough to come across some that accompany us and are willing to stand by us no matter what. This very special and personal piece is about that encounter, the adventure and magic that life is. Enjoy!




Detail of the girl



Wolves like dogs are loyal companions and fierce protectors. 



The bat in Chinese culture represents happiness. 



It all started with a rough sketch


Thanks for stopping by! Xoxo




Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Reading


I'm learning the Tarot and decided to do a personal reading. There are many types of readings one can do. I decided on a simple past, present and future. I would do three paintings of this reading, not an exact copy of the card, but instead, an interpretation of the meaning. In another post I showed you the painting of the "Present" which was a wolf in sheep's clothing. I have now completed the "Past" piece. It is of a woman who cannot see because she is blindfolded and her body is a cage that holds her bleeding heart that has been punctured by sharp arrows. Take a look...


This is the final piece. 



Detail of the heart. 



My process, she initially had eyes that you could see. I decided to cover them. 



The covered eyes. 



Blocking in the color at the beginning. 


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Friday, December 19, 2014

FREEDOM!



It's been a CRAZY year! It's over now! I start my Senior Year next term, woooohooooo! Thanks everyone for your support. It's awesome to know you guys are there. Xoxo



Here are a few snapshots of finals:















Friday, November 28, 2014

My Influences


As an artist I am influenced by many incredible artists, I see them as teachers because the more I look at them, the more I learn from them.

There has been another type of artistic influence in my case, my family, we are a family of artists. My Dad, brother and my grandmother all had the artistic gene.  I remember my Mom taught me how to draw a profile, I was about four and I still remember that moment. Here are a few images so that you can see what I'm talking about.


This is my Dad, Abel Reynoso in the 60's in Puebla Mexico when he was featured in Life Magazine



This is a mural my Dad painted for a church in Mexico


This was painted by my grandmother, Maria del Socorro Loya when she was a teenager.


This is the official 1984 Olympics poster painted by my brother, Abel Reynoso Jr.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

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!


Here I am blocking in colors for the underpainting. 



My boys helping me make some stars in the sky. 


The final piece!


Face detail. 


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Day In the Life of Marybel Martin

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 sueƱos 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

Have You Visited My Website?

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?

http://www.marybelmartin.com




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Angel With Devil Eyes


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.

Working on the underpainting


A daffodil field


Baby elephant, work in progress


One of the birds holding the banner


Face detail


The finished painting!







Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sweet Sorrow

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.

video


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Making Movies

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:

http://www.youtube.com/user/marybelmama or click here:














Saturday, July 26, 2014

Roadtrip Car Drawings

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

Little Bit Of This and a Little Bit of That

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!