Friday, March 3, 2017

Recent Art.--all sizes


I try to paint everyday so I do get behind in posting here on my blog.  It sure seems like Facebook
has kinda taken over the enthusiasm for blogs these days but that's life--everything changes. 
I am about 7 years into my oil painting journey now.  I still wonder if I have found my style. I think it changes sometimes as I take a workshop or I am influenced by the fabulous art of some of my favorite artists.  I have many and just to name a few:
Melanie Morris
Nancy Franke
Trish Adams
Alice Williams
Connie Winters
and from here in Jacksonville, Paul Ladnier.

I have taken workshops from all of these except Nancy Franke whose workshops fill up in a matter of  minutes I think.  I am on a waiting list for Nancy Franke so hopefully I will be able to take one for with her.
I guess if I have a style it's probably a combination of all of these wonderful painters.
They are all impressionists and painterly painters. I love them all.
All of these paintings are up on my fine art website.
www.marthalever.com











Sunday, February 5, 2017

Complete Guide to Bible Journaling



I am so excited to have been chosen to be a part of this wonderful book by  
Joanne Fink.  Joanne, the creator of Zenspirations, has done a fabulous job with this book
showing anyone who would like to start Bible journaling just how to do it. 

For me Bible Journaling is a very inspiring way to really think about Scripture because when you create art with lettering and drawn images that Scripture really takes on special meaning. 
It is a very rewarding way to create.



Joanne has added stickers, letters as well as complete Bible-ready art on a vellum-like transparency paper that you can just paste right into your Journaling Bible. 
She has truly thought of everything that you need to know about 
getting started in Bible Journaling or just helping you to continue your journey.
You can get the book on Amazon. or at Zenspirations.com.

Thank you, Joanne!
Great job!!!


Friday, February 3, 2017

This Old Lamp

This is way out of my comfort zone but it was fun.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Red Bard in the Meadow

This is a 10 x 30. This one was fun! I didn't accomplish the 30 paintings
in 30 days challenge but it's ok.
Actually, it was too much pressure. 
I don't paint well under pressure.




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pinks with Orange Peek

Missed a few days of the challenge but here's today's painting.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Painting Day 8

This is Bessie.
She is enjoying the spring sunshine. In this cold here in Florida this one was comforting to paint.
I love cows.  Wish I had one as a pet. I guess I would have to live on a farm though.



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Delight Yourself

Haven't painted yet today so nothing to post for 30 Paintings in 30 Days but 
it's still early afternoon so it might still happen.
This is one of my favorite Scriptures.


Friday, January 6, 2017

I love doors--especially little French doors,



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Day 5


Just a little blue pitcher in gouache.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Day 4 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

This was a hard one. I painted along with a video I had bought a year or so ago and never did it. Now I can see why. Rocks! But she has a lovely way of painting things a completely different color than they really are.  I think my rocks look a bit like moldy ham.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Three Pretty Pinks


Day Three of 
Leslie Saeta 30 Paintings in 30 Days
6x6

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Friday, December 16, 2016

Camellias


This one was fun to paint. It's a 10x10 in oil. I love Camellias.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thanks to all of you who bought some classes on sale!

Here are a few recent paintings. I am trying to paint everyday.






Tuesday, November 29, 2016




CHRISTMAS SALE
25% OFF
ON ALL MY CLASSES!

DECEMBER 1ST THRU DECEMBER 7TH 






Monday, October 24, 2016

Purple Sun

Well, I certainly saw some wonderful examples of Chunky Versals from Lifebook 2016.  
Remember I'll be putting that class up on Creative Workshops in January of 2017!

He is the latest painting drying on the easel. It's oil on a canvas panel, 12x12.
I like the purple background. I do do that very often but I like it!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Chunky Versals!

CHUNKY VERSALS 
is now up on Lifebook 2016!  
If you have signed up for Lifebook then you can see it here:


If you are not a member of Lifebook 2016
then I will be offering this class on 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sunny and Pink

Today's 1 hour painting painting in oil 8x10.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I am really looking forward to going to Donna Downey's studio for a workshop with Melanie Morris.
It's going to be so much fun just being at Donna's studio 
Melanie's class is "Fast and Furious" painting.  She will show us how to paint fast. I can't wait!
I gave myself 20 minutes on this one.  
6x6 acrylic







Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tulip Series

I have been painting some mixed media paintings 
and decided to do as Robert Burridge always says--paint in a series!
 So here is my series of "Tulips". 
They are 16x20.
And they were fun to paint.






Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Burridge Style


It is a fact that one of my favorite artists is Robert Burridge. In the past I have traveled many miles to take workshops with him. He truly makes painting fun. Because for me sometimes painting isn't fun. With him there are really no real rules, lots of slinging paint and ending up with something that looks fun. Sometimes they are turkeys but at least it was fun. It's just paper--chunk it!

I do appreciate all my oil painting instruction. And I do love to oil paint but sometimes, for me, it's more stressful than fun. That's because there are rules, rules rules that you have to abide by to get a good painting (composition, value, good drawing, brush strokes, warm and cool colors working together--etc)  That is if you want to paint in the classic way. Of course you can sling oil paint too. But for now I think I am going to just sling some acrylic and see what happens. No rules---just fun.



Monday, April 25, 2016

Three Laws of Art


And to add a 4th--> Create something everyday!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Puppy Dog

I absolutely love Danielle Donaldson"s watercolors from her cute little storybook girls to her creatures lovely and small.  She is very generous to show you every step of her progress.
www.danielledonaldson.com


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Purples in a Barrel


Above is gouache and below is oil. I love gouache. Colors can layer over each other--similar to oils.


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