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Drawing Again

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My good friend and artist Nancy got me out of the house and over to a drawing/sketch group up in the hills of Cave Creek (Beautiful, near a real creek) and once I started drawing life seemed to make sense (overly dramatic but what heck). I had forgotten how much I love drawing and especially working with a good model.



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July 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm

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How to get Started-Again

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bluenoteThere is really no excuse – it does seem to take longer to get started up again when you’ve been away from the canvas and paint for a while. I’ve been spending most of my time on my revenue sites and recovering from the holidays-which was great and tons of fun.

This year, Blue Note Records begins it’s celebration of it’s 70 anniversary and reading about this got me back to thinking about jazz musicians.

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January 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

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Another Portrait

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I always find it interesting how I eventually wind up.

Written by Bob Martin

November 20, 2008 at 11:39 am

Playing with Color

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Just messing around with paints, crayons and other stuff, brings out joy you remember when you were young. Hint!

Play (c) by B. Martin '08

Play (c) by B. Martin

Written by Bob Martin

November 20, 2008 at 11:38 am

Institude of Comtemporary Art University of Pennsylvania

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Kate Gilmore at ICA-U of Penn, September 5 – December 7, 2008

The value of art is that it expresses the sentiments of a diverse group of people. How ultimately we all want the same thing. Go to the ICA website and watch the short film. At first I experience discomfort, then realizing that what I was looking at, metaphorically was my own struggle.

The dogged persistence of Gilmore’s protagonists suggests the obsessive behavior that can characterize daily efforts to cope with high expectations. These dolled-up women seem desperate for success, love, or attention—desires traditionally bound up with gender and the condition of artmaking. In all of her projects, Gilmore strives for compositional perfection, and her incongruous party clothes are always perfectly coordinated with the installation itself.

Written by Bob Martin

October 20, 2008 at 7:31 am

Fixed On Red

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I am having fun following my steps. I seem to be OK with changing the look of a painting in mid stream. As I’ve progressed the painting starts to get a little too formal. The last paintings seems to have lost some tension. My job is to see if I can reveive it.

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September 9, 2008 at 8:30 pm


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My first working experience was in the New York Fashion Industry, 7th Ave as it was called. I don’t think we thought of it as an industry.

I got to meet people like Richard Blauner, (who gave me two ties from A. Sulka) Jerry Silverman, Herbert Sondheim and others. I was one of the first to see the original dresses and coats as they came back from the Paris Fashion Shows. In other words – I was in shipping. But none the less, I still admired the beauty of what I was seeing.

This painting is a layout of a series of paintings having to do with fashion for a show this winter.

Written by Bob Martin

August 22, 2008 at 9:24 am