I’ve been working on this painting since before I left Happy Camp. I love the way it is turning out – and hope to use it for a book cover. Continue reading “The Prayer-Lady Painting” »
|September 17, 2013||Posted by Linda Jo Martin under Acrylics, Book Cover||
|July 16, 2013||Posted by Linda Jo Martin under Book Cover||
My next project will be a book cover for my novel, The Scribe of Irohila. It will show two children coming down an outdoor staircase of a large adobe fortress… I see, in my mind’s eye, a curved staircase, a domed building. Curves, and mystery. Arches… and two children descending for a night of freedom in the city of Halekalo.
I want to put this Halekalan scene on the cover so when the reader starts the book in the village of Irohila there’s an expectancy that the story will develop into something much different.
I’ve been working on this novel since 2001… plus there are three sequels already written: The Seagull Rebellion, The Legend of Kaopa, and The Valekan Migration.
This series of books is called the Antediluvian Adventures.
It has been a long time since I’ve painted anything.
I recently moved to North Idaho from Northern California.
The move took a lot of time and work. I started more than a month in advance.
Just before I left CA my partner, Bob, left my life. More on that later… I don’t want to write more about it just now.
I’ve moved into a beautiful new apartment… really, this apartment is only a year old, and is shiny new still. I love it.
|May 29, 2012||Posted by Linda Jo Martin under Sketches||
A blue tint for my sketch of Gifts. Here we see one of the greatest gifts ever, this world. A gift from Eternal Spirit Creator Source, the Beneficent Force of the Cosmos. We are given the world, so what will we give back?
The first offering is of music (that’s a dulcimer on her tray.) The second is a sculptor. He seems a bit distracted, looking at his own art rather than at Source.
The third is offering a painting which is very similar to the sketch I’ve done here. The fourth is offering books. Literature – my first love. Write, write, write!
Keep your eyes on the source and keep creating!
Creativity is a very high form of worship… almost as high as service to humankind. Creativity is what we’re created for. We are created by the Creator to be creative! It is a natural inheritance from the Spirit which we are.
This sketch is my gift to you, and to the world.
Maybe your offering is drumming, or child bearing, or counseling. All of this is creative and worth appreciating.
A life without creativity of some sort is a life of stagnation. It is hard for us to stagnate. Human beings are active, idea-beset creatures.
I had a conversation yesterday with a young man down at the local art center. He mentioned knowing someone who has ideas who can’t carry any of them further. I too know someone close to me who is an idea person. He does occasionally do amazing and beautiful creative things, like build pyramids, but his main contribution is to offer ideas.
I get a little ticked off when I hear good ideas that can’t be put into solid form. I can’t do it all and can’t do it for him. For example, he has several outstanding novel ideas, and won’t write them. He’s waiting for a more perfect environment or situation for writing. Apparently this peaceful place (a house I wrote ten novels in) isn’t perfect for him. He doesn’t even practice, or write anything. So I’m a little sad and frustrated over that.
There’s no perfect place for being creative. There’s no perfect time. There’s no perfect situation for starting a novel, a painting, or a song.
The time is now. Now or never. Do it now.
The world is an amazing gift of God to man, and we can express our gratitude by giving back with creativity and love.
What are you giving? Tell me in the comment section below. Everyone has an offering and I’d like to know what yours is.
|April 16, 2012||Posted by Linda Jo Martin under Sketches||
I love angel art so I’m celebrating the letter A with an angelic sketch. This was sketched with Prismacolor Woodless Graphite 48 and colorized in Paint Shop Pro.
It is a ten minute sketch – not intended to be perfect.
I would like to make angels the subject of my art more often, but so far, I’m still stuck on people! However, turning my art in spiritual directions is important to me. I’m finding myself focusing more on spirituality this year.
It has always been important to me – since I was a teenager, quite a few years ago – but this year I can truly feel a difference. I’m meditating more, and that’s a return to where I was before I had children.
Something about children is… that they take priority. I maintained spiritual direction but couldn’t take time off the parenting job for spiritual practice, at times. Anyhow, those days are gone. My children are adults and I’m finally free to practice my spirituality, and part of that is art itself.
I have often said that creativity is my true religion, and none other. I believe God speaks to us through our creative imaginations.
|March 10, 2012||Posted by Linda Jo Martin under Acrylics, Book Cover||
After nearly a month, plus some procrastination and consternation, I’ve created a cover I love enough to put on my book!I got the best compliment ever on this painting when I took it downtown to be photographed a few days ago. Two girls came by and kept saying, “How beautiful!” They were drawn to it as if by a magnet. That’s the best news I’ve had… because the book is for young girls and I want them all to love the cover. This at least shows me it works!
My friend, Judy, took a photograph, then a scan, and then… my online friends suggested a change. That is being done… then we will scan again. What a process! But after all is done I’ll have a cover with a pretty river girl. The northern lights come down to her and are transformed into a river, which materializes in her hair.
That is not what the book is about. It is a nice story of a young girl’s life in the Northern California wilderness. See the website for more information… it is at River Girl… where I’ve posted background information and a short story.
|February 18, 2012||Posted by Linda Jo Martin under Meanderings||
After numerous sketches I came up with a reasonable and even exciting concept, and during the last week I’ve been working on the painting. Problem is, I’m not a natural artist, my paints are not good quality, and my brushes are also not all that great. I have a lot of the painting done. Actually, I did much more… worked hard on it too, then was told there was too much green and too much movement.
In a moment of frustration this early morning I covered all that with black paint, and then my partner came in and said it looked much better! I was surprised at his reaction!
So today I worked on the girl’s eyes. I am not happy with them yet. I am wishing I had better paint and brushes. I will keep trying to make this work. I’ve done great eyes in the past – this is using acrylic paint – but so far this isn’t working as well as I wish it was. Perhaps I need to write a special prayer for artists… this I could do.
|February 16, 2012||Posted by Linda Jo Martin under Pen and COLOR||
Oh, my God! Do we need a sunny dream field, or what?
A few nights ago I had a dream that my middle daughter, the one who won’t talk to me, invited me to her wedding. I was waiting for the punch line – something like “You can come but you must be silent and pretend you don’t know me,” or something wacky like that.
She really doesn’t know me…. she turned away from me almost twenty years ago, the product of brainwashing and parental alienation syndrome.
If you see this, please say a prayer that her heart will be healed and her family reunited. I love her – always have and always will! Her initials are NTG. Code name: Nightingale!
That is the bird of paradise that I’d like to have singing near the flower of love blooming in my field of sunny dreams.
Recently I’ve been reading a remarkable book of intense spirituality – Adventures of a Western Mystic: Apprentice to the Masters – about a young man (Peter Mt. Shasta) who became an apprentice to the Ascended Masters. He had many mystical and amazing experiences, but the main thing I’m getting at this point was that he was willing to follow his inspirations and intuitions and inner guidance system. So should we all be.
When the world is at such a confused state as it now seems to be, the need for love is more evident than ever. I mean, if we all had love and more love was given, we’d just think, “Oh, more love,” and probably not even appreciate it. But because the world is dark and full of ignorance and even hatred, with lots of anger and insolence thrown in, when love is given it can make a huge impact.
Of course if the recipient of love doesn’t know how to appreciate it and receives it with anger, that person can be told to “Go enjoy your field of dreams, the maya of the universe.” However there are plenty of receptive and needy hearts that would enjoy a bit of loving-kindness.
We, however, need to be the blossoms of that love… the light flowing from our hearts, from the higher realms, from the higher self, and from Divine Spirit. Why? Because we know about it. We’ve been told, or even experienced that white-gold light that exists in our hearts. Our loving flame of compassion and kindness can ignite the hearts of others.
There’s got to be a tipping point. A 100th monkey event. A certain balance of loving, light-filled hearts that will cause the world to flood with light and dispel the darkness.
So – grow the flower of love in your field of sunny dreams, and learn to share the light, heart-to-heart, because your effort may be part of the human answer to the malaise that has gripped our world.
|February 10, 2012||Posted by Linda Jo Martin under Pen and COLOR||
While I’m focused on my Zazzle store… here’s my favorite product so far. It is a design I call Sunshine Overhill, and it is available on a mousepad, postcard, button, and apron… and on this cup:
I’ve purchased several of these for family members. They make great gifts – at least, I know my family members love them! The cup can be customized by increasing the size and there are other options as well.
The history of the design is that I drew it on an index card many years ago… then found the card while processing paper clutter. You know how that goes? So I got the idea to scan it and load it into my Paint Shop Pro program. That’s my favorite paint program… and has been for years.
I started dropping colors into the drawing and before long got two cool things… (1) a nice colorful picture, and (2) an idea for making art to sell at Zazzle.Com!
At this point I’m not the greatest Zazzle artist ever by a long shot because I don’t try very hard at it. I should add dozens of products and instead I’m barely touching my potential. However I’m happy to report I’ve sold several of my “Star Juggler” designs in 2011, so maybe there’s hope for my wacky art style. Maybe? In the meantime I love seeing my art online and exploring the medium.
It is so simple to do – perfect for a budding artist like me. And the joy of being able to share my art with the public is inestimable. It is a great way to share something new, and something from the heart.
The Sunshine Overhill design shows that no matter what else is going on in life, the sun is shining and giving life to the planet and its people. There’s always something to be grateful for – the sunshine, the land, the opportunity to traverse that land, and the people we share this awesome planet with.
|February 10, 2012||Posted by Linda Jo Martin under Meanderings||
Today I’ve been re-thinking the cover of my soon-to-be novel, River Girl. I hired an artist to do the cover then discovered I cannot use it. I am so sad, and don’t know what to say to him about it. I’ve been advised (by my partner and investor) to make my own cover since I tend toward art as well… though not with his level of expertise by a long shot.Tonight I worked on a lot of sketches to try to get some idea for what I’d like the cover to be like. Indeed, I came up with two or three concepts that I think will be helpful. Tomorrow I’ll start on watercolor paintings, hoping to get something I can use.
River Girl is about a family that migrates from the San Francisco Bay Area to a small river valley town in Northern California. The cover illustration the artist sent me was lovely in sepia tones, but my advisers said the girl in the picture was barely visible and had a strange stance. Also I was advised that the cover needed more color. I loved the cover concept, and now am starting over. I must continue to believe that I can do this.
Actually, I was beginning to think I couldn’t – as my sketches were stilted and contrived – but then I decided to let myself go and just scribble whatever came through me. It took many bad sketches but eventually I came up with what to me looks like a unique and intriguing cover idea. I’m looking forward to giving it a try.
For the back of the book I’m considering using the pattern for the pinwheel quilt design, since that’s mentioned in one chapter of the book. I’ve also been advised to try some sketches for each chapter. That’s seventeen chapters… oh my! My artistic attempts will get a workout!