Month: January 2015

It’s all about the paint – Paula Martiesian

I will be exhibiting with fellow artist Kenn Speiser in March at the Bert Gallery.  Kenn enjoys experimenting with many different materials.  He’s made artwork from sequins, garden hoses, refrigerators and all sorts of intriguing materials.  Meanwhile, I have spent 40 years putting oil paint on canvas!  We are an odd couple, but I think an intriguing pairing.

For the first time, I will be exhibiting photographs as well as paintings.

Summer Shadows

Summer Shadows

The photographs are a documentation of the thought process that goes into my painting.  Often times I see something and don’t have a sketch pad on me.  Or sometimes the view I am interested in is precarious and there’s no way I can find a safe spot to sketch.  Out comes the camera.

Photograph Summer Shadows

Photograph Summer Shadows

I’ve learned the hard way that the camera doesn’t see what I see.  I use the photographs as a basis for a pencil sketch and the sketch as the basis for the painting.  Mostly the image is burned in my mind – the colors, the lines, the spatial play.  The photograph just reminds me of what I experienced.

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A New Exhibit in March at the Bert Gallery – Paula Martiesian

In March, I have a new exhibit opening at the Bert Gallery.  It’s time for me to stop focusing on painting and start marketing.

Between the Lines

Between the Lines

Funny really how much of an entrepreneur an artist needs to be.  You can’t just be a maker, you have to be a promoter, public relations guru and these days, a digital junkie.  Me, I’d rather be painting!

Here’s one of my latest paintings, Between the Lines.  It was recently part of the Networks Exhibit at the Newport Art Museum, but soon it will be on the walls of the Bert Gallery in Providence.  It’s a view I see every day outside my bedroom window, a coral bark maple tree surrounded by some crazy pine trees.  Here the maple is just beginning to turn color in the fall.