All posts by Martha Mans

Martha Mans is a master artist in both oil and watercolor. She has received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carlow College in Pittsburgh, PA and did graduate study at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, MD and at the University of Southern California. Her work has been included in many juried exhibitions and has received many Best of Show Awards. She is a member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society of America and the National Watercolor Society. Her work has been included in exhibitions such as the National Academy of Design in New York, the Tokyu Gallery in Tokyo and Nagano, Japan, the Artists in Embassy’s Program, United States Embassy in Guatemala, the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Art’s For the Parks in Jackson, WY and the Governor’s Invitational in Loveland, CO. Martha is also a master instructor who has been invited to share her vast amount of knowledge in painting at workshops in places like Italy, Turkey and Brazil as well as nearly every state in he United States. Many publications have featured her work. These include Artist’s magazine, American Artist magazine, Southwest Art Magazine as well as the books, “Making Your Paintings More Professional” by Carol Katchen, “Exploring Transparent Watercolor” by Gerald Brommer and the Best of Watercolor, Rockport Press. Some of the corporate collections that include her work such as State of California Asilomar Collection, Southwest Bank, Mitsubishi Corp., Atmel Corp., Steven Mullens Law Offices, Colorado Springs, CO and Maruko Seimitu Kogyo Corp. Nagano, Japan. Her work can be seen at the Hayden Hays Gallery, at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO, the Karan Ruhlen Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and the Gallery East in Loveland, CO.

Ghost Ranch 2

Ghost Ranch 2

I finally finished this painting. Along with the last painting of the Mesa, that I painted, it will go to the Karan Ruhlen Gallery in Santa Fe this April. It is of the cliffs at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico near where Georgia O’Keefe had a house. Ghost Ranch is one of my favorite places to paint. Now that I have painted these two paintings I need to get back there to gather more subject matter. I plan on hiking up to the top of Chimney Rock to get a look at a few more magnificent views the next time I get out to the ranch.

Update

Update

It’s been awhile since I wrote any updates. But as you have seen, if you have connected to my gordonthebison Facebook page, I have been working on the children’s book “Gordon.” It is a story about a baby bison. It has gone off to the publisher to be printed.
In the meantime I have still been painting. The Karan Ruhlen Gallery in Santa Fe (https://www.facebook.com/karanruhlen?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser) just told me yesterday that they sold two large pieces. One is the painting that is at the top of my Facebook page. (30″ X 60″) It is the large horizontal lavender field. The other is this large sunflower painting. (36″ X 36″)

Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch

Well, it’s been a long time since I last posted my progress on the painting I have been working on. Why is it so hard to find the time to get to my easel? So many things seem to get in the way of my painting. Tax time doesn’t help! Anyhow, I finished this painting last week and have been having a little difficulty getting a good image of it. So here is the final photo of this painting. I can now get on to the next painting. The new canvas is already on my easel.

Inspiration for new painting

Inspiration for new painting

I was at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico when I saw this scene. I had to paint it. Anyhow, I thought it might be fun to have you join me in the process of bringing this painting to life. I will post my process and progress over the next week or so as I go through the stages to complete this painting. I hope you enjoy following it to completion.

First light

First light

For a while now I have been looking at these hogbacks and how Pikes Peak can be seen behind them. Every time I drove up Highway 24 and got around 30th street I would think about painting this scene. So one morning I got up before sunrise and sat out there waiting for the sun to come up. I wanted to see how the first light would look on the hogbacks and if it would be as dramatic as I thought it would be. I wasn’t disappointed. I couldn’t wait to paint it. This is the result. It is a 36″ X 48″ painting and will be going over to the Broodmoor Galleries as soon as it dries and is framed.

It always feels good to finish a painting because it means I can now turn my attention to planning the next painting that has been rattling around in my head. I always find the most exciting part of doing a painting is when I begin laying on the first marks and establishing the rhythm of lines and shapes. I’ll be starting the next painting today!