The Necessity of Desire – Does Art Need to Mean Something?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Adrian | One Comment

My Life in Art as an Old Geezer  – Described in Purple Effulgences – Part First Sir Philip Sidney, writing during the time of Queen Elizabeth, felt compelled to defend the necessity of art. Not its desirability but its necessity. Sidney’s “Defense of Poesy” is beautifully written and full of humor but ultimately also a […]

Art Model

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Leah | 2 Comments

I’m pretty sure that Adrian asked me to pose for him after we had been dating about……one week.  It wasn’t a line, either, he meant business.  He told me he would be taking photographs, that I needed to wear a bathing suit, and I would be holding an egg.  I said, “sure”, like this happened […]

Art Partners

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Adrian | One Comment

From the moment we met, my wife and I have been art partners.  Whether on stage dancing or acting or reciting poetry together, consulting over one of my paintings in progress or arguing in front of Raphael’s “La Bella” in Florence, art has been a profound part of our relationship.  This intense interaction has come […]

Seeing vs. Looking

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Leah | One Comment

I exercise in the morning.  I hate it.  I am not a morning person, but when I finally realized that my only other choice (other than growing out of all of my pants) was getting all sweaty at night and having to shower twice (the horror), I began to get up 45 minutes earlier. And […]

Drawing: A Picture and a Code

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Adrian | One Comment

I am teaching a life drawing class at the Chester County Art Association, and my first posted class notes ended with: “In the right environment and lighting a portrait skillfully rendered in oil paint can fool the eye- a drawing never will. There is an abstract dimension to even the most realistic drawing, a picture […]

Video – Burmese Cat

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Video | No Comments

In the video below, Adrian discusses the painting “Burmese Cat” and the fact that it was originally a much larger portrait of a friend. Burmese Cat from Adrian and Leah Martinez on Vimeo.

Fish Hell

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Leah | One Comment

Early in our marriage, Adrian did a painting that I call “Fish Hell”.  When he started the painting, I was dubious.  I remember thinking, “How do I tell him that this is a really bad idea?”  And then, after some careful thought about how that conversation might go, I held my tongue.  Of course, he […]

The Lost Art of Portrait Painting – in 3 Parts

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Adrian | One Comment

The Lost Art of Portrait Painting – Part 1 *note: There are some fine ideas in the following, unfortunately I can’t take credit for them. Mostly they belong to the great museum director Sherman Lee and the scholar Remy Saisselin. The type of portrait painting we are familiar with today originated in the Renaissance. The […]