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!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

AZTECA WARRIOR - new work by Martha Rodriguez / Estudio Martita

Painting, painting and painting more in the studio the last few weeks.  Life with its ebb and flow, life and death, continues all around me. Painting helps with the losses and the joys of rebirth while I busy my hands with the next image. All is good with me and my health. My familia is holding strong and the sun continues to shine. Here is my latest....

azteca warrior 
azteca warrior - acrylic on canvas - 14 x 16"

azteca warrior - acrylic on canvas - 14 x 16"

azteca warrior - acrylic on canvas - 14 x 16"

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Happy Tuesday, y'all!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Interview on Mission Local

I was lucky enough to be interviewed, along with five other artists about three weeks ago by  of Mission Local. Mission Local is an online news lab discussing the latest news from the Mission District of San Francisco. The interview discusses open studios (which happened on 4/26 and 4/27) and the future of artists in the Mission. I proud of the results so thought I would share it on my blog.

Mission Artists United Open Studios from Mission Local on Vimeo.

Happy Monday all.

p.s. more than you need to know.....

Tomorrow I get my first ever colonoscopy. I put it off for almost ten years. Considering my history of Leukemia, I've waited long enough and have given in to what needs to be done. I want to stay healthy so this is part of my healthy journey. Geez, but does it have to be all so...INTRUSIVE?????

Friday, May 2, 2014

La Hermana-hood of the Creadoras / Sisterhood of the Creatives

Perhaps I've been home too long today. I don't know. What I do know is I have an idea. After going to the opening last night of Honoring the Journey of Motherhood, I came away from that experience feeling as if there were a true sisterhood among Latina artists. While we may have lived life experiencing different lifestyles, been born into different generations, have a history steeped in various Latin American countries, we do have one thing in common: creativity. This creativeness bonds us together. It allows us to see colors, shapes, patterns more distinctly. We share our Latinaness and we share our ability to see our world in ways that need expression. This was the joy, security and bond that I felt last night. It was wonderful, a wonderful, wonderful experience.

So, my idea is that I want to create a group called LA HERMANA-hood of the CREADORAS. What will this group do?? I have no idea. What will its purpose be? Who knows? Will this be a real, active group? I don't know. After seeing such a lovely group last night, I just felt like naming us. We were cohesive, bonding, sharing and enjoyng each other. That experience in and of itself was a treasure to remember. For that, I think we deserve a name. If I come up with more ideas about this fictional or non-fictional group, I'll let you know. For now, last night, the night of Honoring the Journey of Motherhood was a fabulous meeting of La Hermana-hood of the Creadoras.
from the painting Gratitude
p.s. click on Honoring the Journey of Motherhood to see photos from event