Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tomatoes


I started this still life while waiting for portions of Robot #2 to dry. It took much less time than the robot and I ended up liking it quite a lot. These are two Roma tomatoes yanked out of my fridge at random.

Robot #2 (With Flashlight)

Here is a robot burdened with the unfortunate task of maintaining a dark dungeon of a basement with a network of pipes. His only companion is his trusty little flashlight, which he carries with him always.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Robot #1 (Melancholy Robot)

Inspired by Mikeatron (Jaime and I own the original of #1 in his Robot series), I have decided to paint a few robots for your enjoyment. This robot looks somewhat like an oil barrel, which may explain his sullen nature.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Abstract Doodles

In case anyone wanted to see a big mass of blue and orange/brown, here you go. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Drinking Glass

This painting was an experiment in how to paint a transparent, reflective object. The end result at least looks like a drinking glass - but the finesse will take some honing to be sure.

Monday, August 25, 2008

New Mug

A new mug - plucked from the shelves of the Ballard Value Village and painted the next day. It's a milk glass Anchor Hocking, the perfect size for a morning french press coffee with a pinch of half & half.

To the upper left of the painting you can see the ball of acrylic Jaime and I have been accumulating. It's much easier to wait for the paint to dry on our palettes and peel it off than to wash them, and we decided to take all of the excess scraps and make a multicolored mass. Maybe one of these days we'll cut it open and take a peek at the vortex of muddled colors inside, or keep it going as long as possible and see how big it'll get. Below the painting you can see the paint-smattered Trader Joe's bag I've been using as a table cover.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Crop Duster

On the way to Spokane, we stopped in a small town called "Ritzville." The town was definitely not "puttin' it on the Ritz," so to speak. There was a butcher shop that advertised "custom killing," a largely abandoned main street, and this airplane hangar. The field next door was advertised as the "Airport" for Ritzville, so I of course dubbed it Ritzville International. Though not visible from this angle, this plane had crop dusting nozzles lined up in rows underneath the wings.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Store Logo

This masterpiece is the newly minted logo for my upcoming online store, which will be accessible by the sidebar of the blog. Once I have it up and running, which should be very shortly, you will be able to purchase cards and prints of your favorite Andrew Martin paintings. How exciting!

Car Window

This is the view from the car window while driving through Eastern Washington.

Lookout Point

This is the view from a lookout point near Vantage, WA. This was painted based on a photo, which I took while trying to stand upright in the frighteningly strong winds that were buffeting us.

I am a few days behind on painting. For this I apologize, dear readers. I was on a trip ("mini vacation") to Eastern Washington and Spokane. I will attempt to catch up with myself as the next few days go on, with paintings inspired by my trip.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Self-portrait #1


This was a difficult painting. Portrait painting seems like it will be very difficult to me. I'll have to try this again soon with a different self-portrait (hence the #1) and try to develop.

Peace Lily

This is a peace lily in my apartment. Every day when it gets hot outside (as it is today), it starts to droop lower and lower. When it starts to look totally morose, we'll water it and it'll perk right back to life. Surprisingly, after all of that drama, it's managed to put out quite a few blooms.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Grapefruit After

This is the same grapefruit after some cruel, senseless person ate it. As a note, grapefruits were harmed in the making of this painting.

Grapefruit Before

This is a happy, though admittedly dismembered, grapefruit.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Greenhouse Bench

Today's painting is a ratty, rusty old bench found in the UW Botany Greenhouse. I have a couple photos of this bench, which looks like it was made in the 50s and originally a light tan/cream color. It is a favorite of mine because it was sitting in the middle of a tropical wonderland of bright and flowering plants, rusting away.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Three pine-cones

These three pine cones were picked up off the cement on my way back from class this morning. In possibly a day they will be back on the ground again, getting kicked around by other college students on their way to class.

Ominous Peeps

They're watching you while you sleep.

Sugar Bowl

Here is a new one - my silver sugar bowl. Like many of my painting subjects, this was purchased at a thrift store. It cost a grand total of under two dollars because the left "arm" was broken off completely and masking taped back on. A little super glue and it was back to normal.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Bathroom faucet

Here is my latest, which is a painting of my beloved bathroom faucet. The handles actually are mismatched - one is ceramic and the other is metal.

And for the purpose of scale, all of the paintings I have done have so far been either 8" by 8"
or 8" by 10".

Still Life

Here is a still-life of a smattering of fruit grabbed from the kitchen. I liked how the banana was a little bit over-ripe and speckly, it added texture. Once again, this is a plate from our expansive collection of vintage Pyrex (in this case Corelle). I think this plate came from a thrift store on Whidbey Island, WA called Community Thrift. If you're ever on Whidbey, it is definitely the thrift store to visit (but we can keep that our little secret).

Thursday, August 7, 2008

French Press


The subject here is my favorite coffeepot, a single-serving stainless steel french press. My dad gave it to me as a way to discourage me from drinking the eight cups my larger french press makes. When I have a large press or a drip coffee maker, I always tend to make the full capacity and become dangerously over-caffeinated.

I make a cup of coffee in this little pot just about every morning, and it's wonderful. Also, I started keeping track of how many pots I get out of a typical 9-oz bag of coffee so I could compare the price to drip coffee at a typical cafe. So far the price is down to $.20 per cup, and I'm not out of grounds yet.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Budgie Feet

Here is my least favorite painting yet - a passion flower in an ugly plastic wrapping. As I am typing this, my pet parakeet, Minerva, is dancing on my feet and pulling on my toenails.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Syngonium


Here is a painting of a plant I can't exactly identify, but I think it's in the Syngonium family. It was purchased in the Volunteer Park Conservatory plant sale here in Seattle. The little handwritten tag just says "Pixey" with a line dashed through the tail of the "y." I don't know if that's eurpean or just strange. It's up to you to decide.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Jam and Scone



Here is my second painting - a scone with some jam. Tasty! The plate is one of my favorites - a 1950s or about Pyrex with a fading, chalky rim of color. We found it in a thrift store for $.75. The jam is home-made by my fiancee's mother, and is delicious. I should know, because I ate this scone shortly after painting - light dusting of eraser dust and all. A little pencil eraser never killed anyone, right?

Friday, August 1, 2008

First Painting

Here is my first painting of the endeavor - entitled "cup and saucer." I'm sure as I go along I'll get better at photographing them, because this isn't very good. Also, this was painted yesterday (the 1st) so another is due today, too. Enjoy!