Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Evolution of a snake making journey or how to not FREAK OUT when your great idea is not so great...

I have been working on making a snake head for the past week and a half. Well, I'm starting with the head first and then will come the body.

I started with a basic idea: bubble wrap to shape the body and prdovide a "scaly" texture, tape to hold it together, acrylic paint to cover it with. Well, the bubble wrap evolved to bubble wrap covering a cardboard shape. I needed a pattern of sorts to cover the bubble wrap with. The tape worked well holding everything together and defining a shape. The acrylic paint?? No so great. It was taking layer of paint to cover the plastic bubbles. My studio mate suggested using Gesso which was thicker. BINGO! it worked. Much better coverage with a large paint brush. The bubble wrap though I'm learning takes the Gesso only so well. If its not painted over with other paint immediately after drying,  it cracks off. BIG DRAG. My next step  for the body is to reverse the bubble wrap where the bubbles are face down. The smooth side takes the Gesso and paint easier and won't crack off. There will be a slight bubble texture on the body but it won't be as smooth as the body. HEY...maybe I'll keep the bubbles outward on top and facedown on the bottomside of the snake. I'll try it!! Isn't this just TOO INTERESTING.


Here's pics to show my progress on the head:

Second section of body will be formed today but actual birth is days away!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

We Are San Francisco / Somos San Francisco

Chinese artist Zhan Wang used stainless steel pots and pans, as well as silverwareto create San Francisco cityscape
Must apologize for my long silence. Have been concentrating on staying healthy and been busy in my studio creating. I am now headed into my busiest time of year which is Dia de los Muertos, Between now and early November I will be preparing, painting, jewelry making and adding my own style of folk art for purchase.

One of the main projects I'l be working on is an installation for SOMArts Dia de los Muertos Exhibit. This year the title is: “Visions at Twilight”.  

“Visions at Twilight” is evocative of the loss of culture and people being felt in the Bay Area now—in this time of displacement our Day of the Dead exhibition focuses on the evictions of families, artists, cultural centers, and non-profit spaces, calling on artists to question and challenge the people and policies that are destroying the cultural fibers of the city and the Bay Area. "

In working with this theme, I wrote a poem / statement that gives some insight into the installation I'll be building. The title is We Are San Francisco / Somos San Francisco.


What is San Francisco to you?

Change, change.

Shifting, shaping

rapid, thoughtless,
minimize, multiply,
erase, recreate.

Homogenized beauty,
suburbs in the city.
A rainbow of people,
fade into
shades of grey.

Onslaught continues,
more land, more money,
more buildings, more restaurants,
more evictions.

This change to fear or face
for those who stay,
whose soul remains?

Perhaps like the serpent we must shed our skin.
We slough the old,
return anew,
reaffirmed, reborn, renewed.

Still here, united still,
to proclaim, to remember, to connect and communicate.
We are San Francisco.
We breathe in the difference
and exhale community.
The serpent sheds it’s skin
and we and our generations remain.

Will be posting with some work in progress pieces for the installation and will also be promoting the event as well Get ready!!

Hope all is well and sending healthy and positive thoughts to you all.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014


To the familia of friends who attended Bound by Love, new, old, young and youthful, I am so grateful to have had you at the opening. What a delight to see familiar faces and meeting new ones. Maria Acosta, executive director of La Raza Galeria Posada has been incredible to work with and I am very grateful for her support and efforts.  The efforts of other Board of Director members was equally admirable as well as those of volunteers.

The presentation of Bound by Love at La Raza Galeria Posada has been enhanced by the spacious environment in which the exhibit is laid out. When visiting, be prepared to view fourteen of my paintings and also the work of eight very talented women artists. A fabulous art installation representing the bed that Frida Kahlo both slept on and painted in is on display. It is lovely! In addition there is an altar dedicated to the life and memory of Frida Kahlo.

Bound by Love runs until August 31st. It is worth a day trip from the Bay Area or beyond. If you live in the Sacramento area, please add this exhibit to your TO DO list. It is an important exhibit to do and see!

Here is a You Tube slide show I created for you to view my 
artwork currently on display at La Raza Galeria Posada:

E-mail:  larazagaleria@gmail.com
Phone:  (916) 446-5133
2700 Front St
Sacramento, CA 95818

Tuesday through Saturday 
Second Saturday

Friday, July 4, 2014

Remembering Frida - Bound by Love - Homage to Frida, art by Martha Rodriguez

Bound by Love, Homage to Frida Kahlo

Bound by Love

HOMENAJE A FRIDA KAHLO featuring artwork by Martha Rodriguez

(Sacramento, CA)  "Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most admired and well-known artists will be celebrated at La Raza Galería Posada on Saturday July 12, 2014 from 1PM to 7PM. The event includes an artist talk featuring Bay Area Artist Martha Rodriguez, a Frida look-a like contest and an all women artist exhibition through August 31."


A fabulous Frida Kahlo celebration is coming to Sacramento's own La Raza Galeria Posada.  There is artwork, Frida look alike contests, panel discussions and a Frida bedroom installation. A day of Frida inspired activities for all to partake. This event is for you, your family, your friends. For those coming from San Francisco, it is a wonderful day trip, out of the fog and cold and into a real summer in Sacramento. Experience a feast for the eyes and ears and be transported to the land of Frida where her life becomes part of your own.

what:    Bound by Love, homage to Frida Kahlo,
             featuring work by Martha Rodriguez
where:  La Galeria Raza Posada

             2700 Front St. Sacramento CA
when:   Saturday July 12
time:     1pm to 7pm

Hope to see you there.

Martha Rodriguez of Estudio Martita
"Rojo in Red Dress" - 24" x 30" - acrylic on canvas
by Martha Rodriguez
"Madre del Mundo" - 16" x 20" - acrylic on canvas
by Martha Rodriguez
Copyright © 2014 ESTUDIOMARTITA, All rights reserved.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Martha at Pasion de Frida

two of my paintings, "Frida, Black, White and Grey at Pasion de Frida
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Pasion de Frida

A celebration of the birth of Frida Kahlo.

She was born July 6,1907. For those of us who love her art, her life and strength, we continue to honor her time on earth and especially her birthday!

I'm fortunate to be a part of Pasion de Frida, an art exhibit opening at Puerto Alegre Restaurant in San Francisco's Mission District. I will have two of my Frida paintings on display along with the work of almost forty different artists! The opening is Tuesday July 1st from 3 to 5pm.

There will be feasts for the eyes, treats and libations all to fill and satisfy you. The exhibit runs until August 12th.
Here's the details:

What:        Pasion de Frida

Where:     Puerto Alegre Restaurant
                 546 Valencia St, San Francisco
                 between 16th and 17th Street

When:      Tuesday July 1st from 3 to 5pm
                - exhibit will run until August 12th

Hope you can come to the opening and if not, please stop by Puerto Alegre for a look at the fabulous artwork on display.

all the best,
Martha Rodriguez of Estudio Martita

p.s. I have another show coming up on July 12th in Sacramento! I will be sending out a reminder in the next week. In the meantime, you can access the invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/762419390455747/

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.” 
― Frida Kahlo


Friday, May 23, 2014

Painting Without Fear?

"painting, like life is an experiment in how far you can go,

 what you can let go of along the way and how you can

 enjoy the gift..."

--- my take on painting for Friday May 23,2013---

My goal lately has been to work without the fear of making

mistakes! Honestly the fear is difficult to tame but I can now

look at making mistakes as a tool to guide me in whatever 

direction I need to go! That is some sort of progress.

Here's some new work - all work in progress - that I've been painting in my studio this week. I'm either still painting the images (Girl on La Playa or have to do some revisions, Frida: Black, White Silver). Trying to go where my hands and mind take me!

Girl on La Playa

Frida: Black, White, Plata

Happy Friday to all!!