Tuesday, December 31, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge for January 2014

Starting tomorrow I will be participating in the 30 Paintings challenge. I usually take a long time to do a piece of art so I can't imagine why I will be able to do this. However, it doesn't hurt to try.
I will be posting my daily (I hope) painting here every evening. Do come back and check out what I have done.

Now I have to find 30 photos of things I want to paint....

Monday, December 2, 2013

Fresh Water Pearl Winter White Caitlin Necklace

This Caitlin Necklace was made with a special occasion in mind. It is beaded with a mix of glass seed beads and luscious white Baroque fresh water pearls. The clasp is an sterling silver toggle. The necklace is 18 inches (47 cm) long, including the toggle. 

The Caitlin necklace is named after my niece, who is very fond of pearls and was the recipient of the first one I made in this style. 

I thought it would be nice for a Winter Wedding but, of course, it would do for just about any occasion.

It's for sale in my Etsy shop: MarthaHorman for $175.00 US. Mention you saw this on my 
blog in a convo to me before purchasing and I will reduce the price to $150.00. This offer 
will be good to the end of December, 2013.

This last photo is not the necklace for sale but it is the same length and style and is included so that you may see how it hangs when worn.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Still Life Winner

My oil painting "Still Life with Marionette" won 3rd prize in the Village Art Club Fall Show.

The show will be open until November 2nd at the Rockville Centre Library on North Park Avenue in Rockville Centre, NY.

Hours: Sunday  2 - 4 PM

            Monday  3:30 - 5:30 PM

            Tuesday  10 AM - 12 Noon
                            2 - 4 PM
                            4 - 6 PM

            Wednesday  2 - 4 PM
                                5 - 7 PM

            Thursday  1 - 3 PM

            Friday  10/25  Noon - 2 PM
                        11/1    closed

            Saturday  10/26  closed
                            11/2    10 - 11 AM  Reception and removal

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tuesday at St. Ray's

This was a little watercolor that I finished on September 17th but I hadn't gotten around to posting. I did the sketch at the Marine Study Area in Oceanside NY. It's 6 by 6 inches on 140 lb. paper.

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Mystery Collection

Below are pictures of three pieces from my Mystery Collection. I call it that because I have no idea where or when these pieces were made. I am guessing that they were probably made in one of the Germanic states sometime in the 1880s or 90s. I am showing them here in the hope that someone seeing this post will be able to tell me something about them. Any information at all will be welcome.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tuesday at St. Ray's - Watercolor on Gesso Board

Using a surface that does not absorb the watercolor as paper does was a new technique for me.

Meadows in Costa Rica

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday at St. Ray's - A Watercolor

Cow Meadow
I did the pencil sketch of this view of Cow Meadow in Freeport, New York, in the late Spring. Today I finished adding the watercolor. It's a small piece, 4 X 6 inches, on Arches 140 paper. If you look closely you can see two Glossy Ibis near the water edge.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tuesday at St. Ray's - Work in Progress

I started a new watercolor depicting the beach on the bay side of Jones Beach at the West End.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Watercolor of Jamaica Wildlife Refuge

The Refuge is located in Jamaica Bay near JFK Airport. 
Painted on 7 X 10 inches on Arches Watercolor Paper.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Watercolor of a Hummingbird

This is a watercolor of a Rufous-tailed Hummingbird that I painted from a photo I took in Costa Rica. I painted it in two sessions.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Many Glacier - Watercolor

I have just finished adding the color to this little ink sketch that I did last August. It's  4 by 6 inches on cold press paper. This is the view across the lake from the Many Glacier Hotel in Montana.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Still Life with Roses

I tried a new-for-me technique: painting in oil with a palette knife on gesso board. This is 12 by 16 inches.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Plein Aire Watercolor Sketches

Both of these little 4 by 6 inch sketches were done last August on my trip out west.

Two Medicine Lake in Montana

View from Winchester Court in Park City, Utah

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Twined Rug is Finished

The hardest part was cutting the strips of cloth. I went out and bought one of those cutting wheels that make a pinked edge so that the next one will go faster. The finished rug is approximately 26 by 36 inches. I was thinking of putting the rug up for sale but decided against it. After all, it is my first and I'm rather attached to it.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bead Mystery Finished

If you saw my beaded bits back on my January 19th post and wondered what was going to come of them, here it is: a striped star.

From the front.

From the side, so you can see the three dimensionality of the star.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Twined Rug - In Progress

It's almost 2/3s of the way done. Had to take a pause while looking for the right color material to use for the middle. Found it, bought it, cut it into strips. Ready to go.

Saturday, February 23, 2013


I sold this 9 by 12 inch pastel this past week.
I do have other original pastels for sale in my Etsy Shop MarthaHorman.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Three Miniature Watercolors

I just finished this little group today. I did the sketches on site and painted them in the studio. They are all 4 by 6 inches on Arches paper.

Antelope Island in Utah

Nature Preserve in Ogdon, Utah

Sinopah Mountain, Montana

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Twined Rug - In Progress

Cutting strips for the twining takes the most time. I wanted to show you the start. You will notice that one works from the ends to the middle on this type of rug.

Beginning close up.

Working from both ends.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Finished and a little riddle...

I finished the loop scarf and I'm quite pleased at how it turned out.

Chenille knotted loop scarf.

And now for the riddle. These little pieces are components for a bead project I'm working on. Can you guess what the are?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In Progress

Started this pastel of the Middle Fork Flathead River in Glacier National Park. I thought it was done but after staring at it for a while I realized there were some glaring errors.

I'm also working on a looped yarn scarf, It's relatively easy to make but time consuming. 

You may be wondering about the rug - I'm cutting stripes but expect to start weaving tomorrow. I'll get a picture up as soon as I can.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Twined Rug in Progress

This is as far as I have gotten. It took longer to cut the warp stripes than I thought it would because I had to keep oiling the pinking scissors after cutting every six or seven strips. The strips were about 2 yards long. I used an old but still very sturdy top sheet.

Almost finished.

Warp is finished - now to twine.

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry Davis Thoreau