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I am a native New Yorker, surrounded by art, jazz, dance and basketball as a youngster and nothing has change in over 50 years. I discovered for myself the world of Cézanne, Degas and most importantly Modigliani.Also noticed the relationships between Duke Ellington and Gershwin, Miles Davis and Beethoven, Romare Bearden and Proust. All of these artists have influenced my approach to how I view painting and the world. Please visit my web gallery —

Selt Protrait 04

“Self Protrait 04” By Bob Martin

Written by Bob Martin

March 7, 2006 at 4:46 pm

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  1. Hey Bob – I came across your work through the link you posted on your blog to mine. I just wanted to say that I love your work, especially your figurative pieces. And your drawings – wonderful! I’ve placed you on my blog, and will be checking often to see your new work. Later, Neil.

    neil hollingsworth

    September 1, 2006 at 12:07 pm

  2. Thanks Neil-Thanks for including me on your blog. I love your work also, and check everyday to see what you are up to. Be well. Bob

    Bob Martin

    September 1, 2006 at 2:24 pm

  3. Hi Neil, thanks also for listing my blog. I check your site out everyday to see what you are up to. Love those “legs”. Be Well Bob

    Bob Martin

    September 2, 2006 at 2:42 pm

  4. Bob,

    I came across your blog today and wanted to say hello. Although I don’t know you, but after reading some of your writings, I think your self-portrait captures your essence.



    October 18, 2006 at 5:18 pm

  5. Hi Matt, thanks for stopping by. I like your site, good luck with the gallery.

    Bob Martin

    October 18, 2006 at 5:54 pm

  6. Hi Bob,

    I see your name on the lists of contributors to Art & Perception, but since I’m new and only know the new site, I haven’t seen your comments yet, so today I decided to start visiting all the blogs on the list. I haven’t left comments on them all because I like to have something to say, and sometimes nothing comes up, but when I saw this self portrait, I went, “Oh. No problem here.”

    The white of the sweater scumbled into the darker ground, the vivid cerulean of the background, the béret, the not centered composition, the hand position, the richly rendered skin tones, all these take the view right to the eyes, and they are eyes I don’t mind looking right back out at me.

    What a great picture.

    I can see why Karl likes you. I will keep checking back too.

    Rex Crockett

    November 12, 2006 at 8:45 am

  7. Hi Rex
    I’m just making the rounds myself and visited your site for the first time yesterday. Your post on A&P Saturday is a bulls eye hit on the target. I’ve e-mailed to a few of my artist buddies and am sure it will serve as a well timed wake up call. Often us artist types get candy coated messages about the work that it takes. I totally appreciate your directness. I also appreciated how you looked at my self portrait. I hadn’t looked at it for a while and your comments pulled it back into focus for. Thanks.

    Bob Martin

    November 12, 2006 at 1:51 pm

  8. Hi Bob,
    I had come across your blogsite back in October when I saw that beautiful melancholic portrait of the woman with the green & purple and I liked it so well at that time I bookmarked your site to go back to at another time…well here it is boxing day, and I just clicked on your site again, and I remembered how it inspired me before. I am just about to head up to my studio now, and reading your words and thoughts on art, have inspired me to reach deep down and dig out what I want to say when I paint….thanks for that!
    I love your self-portrait, you look like a very genuine guy with heart.


    December 26, 2006 at 1:37 pm

  9. Happy Holidays Sally, thanks for visiting again. This year has been a great time for me in getting to know (online) so many artist who are willing to keep pushing themselves to paint. I am glad that something that I’ve written has inspired you. It is what I’ve hoped for, so thank you letting me know.

    Bob Martin

    December 26, 2006 at 2:11 pm

  10. Hi Bob.
    This is a beautiful portrait. I just discovered your blog surfing around, and I really like your work. Your figures and portraits are tops. I’ll be checking back for more.


    Takeyce Walter

    January 4, 2007 at 4:07 am

  11. Hi Bob;
    I came upon your site while browsing yesterday.
    What you have to say, in an unvarnished way, rings true and wise. Your paintings are beautiful.
    The figure/ground relationship is so keenly handled – there is just a rightness to your paintings. I see you have closely studied Van Gogh, also Cezanne ( you have a similar method for constructing your forms). However it is how you use colour that blows me away! I am glad to have found you!


    January 5, 2007 at 8:30 pm

  12. Well Bob Martin, first let me tip my hat to you for such wonderful artwork. It is quite spectacular.

    When I saw your self portrait I about fell over. It reminds me of a wonderful man I once knew.

    Thank you for a kind walk down memory lane. He was a good man.

    Austin of Sundrip Journals

    Austin of Sundrip

    January 20, 2007 at 12:27 am

  13. Hi Bob nice to see you. I like very much your selfportrait.


    August 18, 2007 at 8:24 am

  14. Hello Bob we nominated Knowing – Art for Leraning for Dardo Awards, go to my website (we are nominated too) and take your award.
    My website is in spanish please get a translation
    ( )

    to know more about this blog award

    Have a nice day



    June 20, 2008 at 9:55 am

  15. I am so drawn to your work. Having started painting only 6 years ago I admire how expressive your work is. Thanks for sharing!


    July 1, 2009 at 2:35 am

    • Thanks Caryn, your work is absolutely lovely. Thank you for sharing with us as well

      Bob Martin

      July 1, 2009 at 6:00 am

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