Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Ornament

Here is an ornament off of my Christmas tree. Our tree is an $18 wonder, one that looks like an oversized prop from Charlie Brown. 

This painting will be delivered as a gift to the wonderful Jackie Holmes, who is a regular reader and a good friend of mine. She requested to see a painting of either an ornament or a tree, and she'll get one.

Hope everyone reading is having a happy holiday season.

Friday, December 19, 2008


Here is another 8" by 10" abstract. This one was "sculpted" first with modeling paste, in a ripple pattern. It's hard to try and photograph, but I feel like it has a nice subtle visual effect.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Here is an 8" by 10" abstract. I thought it should go vertically, but when I uploaded the picture I realized it didn't actually matter. That's an interesting thing, isn't it?


Here is a little mini-canvas of a tulip. It will be delivered as a thank you to the wonderful Michelle Henley, who invited me to the Burke Museum show.

The tulips pictured are from the show - they are still going strong.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Self-Portrait #4

Here is a larger (12" by 16") self-portrait that I brought to the student artist showcase at the Burke Museum last night. I brought this painting still wet, having finished it only minutes before. It was a great event, and I'm honored to have been able to show in it.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Leaf #2

Another leaf! 

 I'll be presenting at the Burke Museum on campus Tuesday - I think I might have to work on something a little bigger or more interesting to bring along with me. Of course, this blog will see it first.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Here is a leaf I found on the ground on my way back from classes. It dried and curled on the coffee table until it was ready to become the beauty you see before you.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Awful Rose

I don't know what's happened to me. A work and academics-induced freeze on posting any new paintings has led to the deteriorated quality seen above. This is, quite simply, a very disappointing rose.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Obama Logo!

As a penitence for my awful Obama portrait, here is his campaign logo.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Terrible Obama Portrait

This was meant to be a commemoration of Obama's historic election win, but it is more of an exercise in terrible portrait painting. I'll try to put up a few more of these as practice. Obama has enough on his plate - he won't mind if some college kid churns out a few unflattering portraits.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tea Cup

Here is another cup (but this one is for tea!) on a little mini-easel. This one will be delivered to Lexie Krell, the marvelous reporter who interviewed me for the Daily. In case you missed it, here is the article again.

This, of course, is the same size easel and canvas that is available for custom order in my Etsy Store

Coffee Cup

Here is a little coffee cup. It's in the vein of "Banana #2" with the stretched-out text. This one will be delivered as a gift to Aiden Duffy, who photographed me for my article in the Daily.

The article, which of course brings all of the awesome, can be found here

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Banana #2

Here is the same banana after it had been peeled. I accidentally painted it too far up on the canvas, so I added "banana" underneath. I kind of like it this way, though.

Banana #1

Here is an old banana off of the shelf in my kitchen.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Whidbey Island View #2

Here is a sequal / reproduction of my first "Whidbey Island View" painting, found here . This one has been completed on commission, and it is my largest painting yet - 16" by 12". It will be delivered to a collector upon completion.

October was a rough month for painting. Work and my education have been taking up my time on a grand scale, leaving me with little else. I hope November I will be able to paint more than a "painting every other day" as I had been.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Spoon with Squiggles

"Everyday Item With Squiggles #3" is my alternate title. I hope you enjoy!

Also, here is a haiku to accompany:

Spoon with squiggle shapes
What food will you be scooping?
Something with lemons.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fork with Squiggles

This is a continuation of my "Everyday Object With Squiggles" series, which began way back in the day. 

Here is the first, in case you didn't get a chance to check it out.

This painting, as with my previous, will be posted on my Etsy. If you want to own an everyday object with squiggles painted around it, you should definitely check it out.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Two Leaves

Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! Leaves!
It's fall and they're all around
Cold air on my face.

-A Haiku.

This painting will also be listed for sale on my Etsy store for the low, low price of $95.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Cut Open Tomato

Here is a tomato that I sliced open. I painted part of this while being photographed for an upcoming article in the UW newspaper, the Daily. I'll post a photo of the article when it hits the presses - but it's pretty exciting!

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Here is a mug from my cupboard. I hope you enjoy it! Tomorrow morning I'll be meeting with a reporter and photographer from the UW Newspaper the Daily. It's exciting to have them cover my blog, and I'm planning to snag as many copies as I can carry when the issue comes out!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Little Squash #3

Here is a third and final "little squash." 

Little Squash #2

Here is another little squash for your viewing pleasure. A paper for my constitutional law class conspired to keep me from painting for a little while, but now I'm back!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Little Squash #1

In anticipation of Halloween, here is a little squash (pumpkin?).

Friday, October 10, 2008

Rose from Campus

Here is a rose from the little rose garden surrounding Drumheller Fountain. They're past their prime now, but there are still some roses out there plugging away.

Also, here is a view of the paper towel I use to clean my brushes, which I think has a cool abstract effect. Once I finish a painting, it's basically a record of all of the colors I used, in streaks and blotches.

And, if those weren't enough pictures for you, here is a little window into my daily life: a glimpse of the wall where all of my paintings (and some of my fiancee's) go. This doesn't show all of them thus far, as some are on other walls or aren't up yet, but you get the idea:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tiny Mint

Here is a little mint. It was in a basket full of free mints for a local bank - I had to mentally "edit out" the bank logo while painting it. It's strangely harder than it sounds.

So, as a first in "Year of Paint" history, I will be offering this painting for sale. If you look on my Etsy Store, it will be priced at $95 before shipping. An opportunity to own an Andrew Martin original!

Also, I neglected to mention to you, my dear readers, that on the 3rd I was featured on the Seattle PI's "School Zone" blog. You can find the article from the wonderful Amy Rolph here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Apple on clipboard

Here is a still life of an apple sitting on the clipboard I use as a makeshift painting surface. About 2/3 of the way up you can see the border of the clipboard, where it overlaps with the brown paper bag that keeps all of the paint off of our coffee table.

Abstract doodles #2

This painting is a exactly like the doodling that adorns all of my lecture notes and papers. I've always had an affinity for these little filligree-style squiggles.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Self-Portrait #3

My self-portraits are getting better, but still not quite there. I'd love to get good enough at this to paint portraits of blog readers that aren't terribly unflattering.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Moldy Flowers

These were flowers that my Fiancee and I bought at the grocery store some time ago. In all of the hustle getting ready for the new quarter here at the UW, we didn't get them in a vase at all. They sat at molded, in water that turned increasingly dingy green. Here is the end result. Also, I have been a bit slow as of late - but this is due to the new quarter and getting situated in my schedule.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

One-hour Vase

Here is my attempt at a one-hour painting of a vase. I think it is a very similar result to my drinking glass painting - which was also a quick illustration of a transparent glass object.

Duck and Goose

For my last campus painting in this series - #7 - I elected to paint a duck jumping into drumheller fountain. It was based on a photo, and to show some of my progress, here is the initial pencil sketch:

And here is the end result:

Friday, September 26, 2008

Flora portrait

This is my first commissioned portrait - my dad's favorite plant, named Pinkie.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Kane Hall Entrance

Campus #6 - the entrance to Kane Hall, decorated for the beginning of fall quarter and arranged with tables, chairs, and umbrellas. Those chairs were difficult to try to paint - and I felt that they had a low effort to return ratio; they didn't have the same impact as the structure and the umbrella.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Robot #3

This robot inhabits a strange, bleak planet with always-blooming flowers.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Greeting Cards

Possibly I can count a couple of these as one daily posting. These are my latest addition to my Etsy store, original acrylic paintings on post cards available for the low price of $5. There are three on there now, so get 'em while they're hot.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Campus #5 - This is one of the benches next to Denny hall looking toward the quad. I've always liked these benches in their mossy, dingy splendor.

Denny Hall Gable

Campus #4 - a gable (or cupola?) on Denny Hall. Denny Hall is one of my favorite buildings on campus. How can you not love it? It's gorgeous!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Curious Seagull

Campus painting #3 - a curious seagull peeks in the window of the Law Building. Maybe it wants to be a lawyer?

Campus Pillars

As the continuation of my "Campus week," here is a painting of the UW's original founding pillars. They're tucked away in a field by the Computer Science building and quite beautiful. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Nuclear Reactor Building

At the suggestion of UW Livejournal user corpus_juris (this one's for you), I have painted the University of Washington's abandoned nuclear reactor building. And of course, when the lights go out, spooky things happen:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Self Portrait #2

This was my attempt at a half-hour self portrait. The more I tried to make my mouth work, the less it did. I'm not really even sure if it resembles me at all - at least the hair + eye color is distinctive. I think I'll need to work on the proportions and shape next time, so I don't look like a monkey.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


It is an orb.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Business Card

I painted a business card today. Oddly enough, I felt compelled to smudge out my phone number for this blog. Why is that? If someone in person was very interested in my paintings, I would probably have no hesitation to give them a card with my number on it. But over the internet, it makes me nervous. Strange.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Paint Brush Holder

This is my bamboo paint brush holder. It works, so what can I say?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Whidbey Island View

This is a painting of the view from a dock in Freeland, WA on Whidbey Island. This was painted from a photograph taken a while ago. I remember my fiancee and I kept taking pictures and the wind made the boats rotate, so in each one they looked a little bit different. The black ducks in the foreground were a favorite of mine. They were little diving ducks.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Votive Holder

This is a 40-minute still life of a votive holder. I liked the contrast brown canvas sides.