Tag Archives: oil painting

On My Easel: Lavender Rose

Lavender Rose, landscapeOn my easel is a 5×7″ oil painting in progress. I’m experimenting with a new idea and would really love your feedback!  If you were to purchase a small painting;

1) What is your preferred size?

Choose from -5×7″, 6×8″ or 8×10″

2) Framed or unframed?

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated! I’m posting via my phone for the 1st time, I apologize in advance if this doesn’t look right! Got to try it sometime!

Ok, that 1st try bombed…sorry!

Support the Latinas Unidas Womens Scholarship Funds

As a previous Board Member of the Latinas Unidas, I was more than happy to create a painting where posters could be created to conmmerate the 2012 Reconocimiento Awards. The Reconocimiento Awards is a luncheon, whereby latinas are recognized here in Rochester, New York. I had the blessing of chairing this event 2008 and I have to say it was a work of love!

The theme for the luncheon was “Women as work of art”, what a perfect fit, huh? The first challenge was zoning down what the perfect image that would convey this 6 word statement. As we exchanged ideas and suggestions, it became more difficult. At this point I had to seek further inspiration from a latina artist. Who better than Frida Kahlo! As I researched and learn more about the complexity and painful life of this talented mexican artist, my inspiration grew.

I aplogize in advance, this post may be a bit longer than expected, however, I want to share with you my talking points from the luncheon as we unveiled the painting to get the full picture;

Unveiling 2

{About the Latina Unidas Womens Scholarship Fund}

The Latina Women Scholarship Fund emerged for the need to support adult Latinas with the desire to pursue educational initiatives that do not receive funding from traditional sources, particularly women ages 25 and older, who are seeking additional training to develop skills required for job advancement. Our goal is to ensure that the lives of Latinas in our community will be touched and changed. We wish to create an environment in which Latinas have the tools to overcome social and economic barriers while realizing their full potential.

The Endowment started in 2001 with seed money from State Farm and Kodak, with a generous donation of $5,000., from each company.  Currently managed by the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley now proudly stands at $97,000. We have hope to reach six figures by April 2013.  Since 2002, the Endowment has helped make a difference in the lives of 8 latinas and counting.

{The inspiration}

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán.  Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s work is remembered for its “pain and passion”, and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico,  as an emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Her work has also been described as “surrealist”, and in 1938 one surrealist described Kahlo herself as a “ribbon around a bomb”.

At the age of 18, she was seriously injured in a bus accident. She spent over a year in bed recovering from fractures to her spine, collarbone and ribs, a shattered pelvis, and shoulder and foot injuries. She endured more than 30 operations in her lifetime and during her convalescence she began to paint.

At 22,  she married the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, 20 years her senior. Their stormy, passionate relationship survived infidelities, the pressures of careers, divorce, remarriage, Frida’s bi-sexual affairs, her poor health and her inability to have children. During her lifetime, Frida created some 200 paintings, drawings and sketches related to her experiences in life, physical and emotional pain and her turbulent relationship with Diego. In 1953, Frida Kahlo had her first and only solo exhibition in Mexico. At the time of her exhibition opening, Frida’s health was such that her Doctor told her that she was not to leave her bed. She insisted that she was going to attend her opening, and, in Frida style, she did. She arrived in an ambulance and her bed in the back of a truck. She was placed in her bed and four men carried her in to the waiting guests, where she entertained her guests with jokes, drinking and singing!

Her husband and artist, Diego Rivera referred to Frida as “hard as steel… and fine as a butterfly’s wing”


Ladies and gentleman I present “Strong as Steel , Gentle as a Butterfly

Strong as Steel, Gentle as a Butterfly

The model in the painting is my niece, Chandel Correa, she has an absentee father and her mother passed away when she was 7 years old, yet despite the cards that life has dealt her, she is a strong young lady with a beautiful outlook and determined to succeed in life. Today is the day to start making a difference in the life a latina! When you look at this painting think of how you can change, improve and further the career of a sister, co-worker or an employee, give the gift of believing in someone and the difference it can make in her life, her children or family.

This was by far the most difficult painting to create, not only I do not specialize in portraits, my niece looks exactly like my sister and it was like looking at Margie, may she rejoice in heaven and be proud of her daughter.

Latinas Unidas 2012 poster

Here is the poster we created, it’s a stunning 11×14″ print, we have a limited supply of 20 posters available for purchase for $20, this includes shipping and handling (48 states in the US) through my Etsy shop, “La Galeria“. The proceeds will go directly to the Latina Unidas “Scholarship Fund”, we look forward to hearing from you!

Social Media for Artists Created by an Artist

Social media class for artist

Class at the rochester Art Club


Last year a fellow artist, asked if I would teach a class to artists about social media. At that time, I knew how to get around and since I’ve have stretched my boundaries, had my fair share of mistakes and learned quite a bit. Tada! Here it is! Here we will cover basics about the different social media platforms, how to get around or navigate and I’ll share how to increase exposure for your art and build a following!

Class Details
Learn the basics of various social media platforms, tips how to navigate and how to integrate your art for exposure. Platforms covered will be: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogging, Facebook, Pinterest, Photoshop and Etsy

Hosted by the Rochester Art Club
1115 East Main St.
Studio 437-439
Rochester, 14609

Classes open to the public, limited space, enroll today for a great 2013!

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Fee: $40
Time: 9:30-1:30pm

My second class


Red Rose painting


“Respect”, Prints available!


Painting Realistic Flowers with Oils

Paint realistic flowers with oils, build up glowing layers and intense colors. Learn tips on how to quick-start a painting. This is a solvent-free class!

When: Saturdays, March 2 & March 9, 2013, 10-4pm

Cost: $120

Contact: peggy@peggymartinez.net

The best part? I’ve decided to integrate this class in my 1 week watercolor workshops! If Interested in booking a workshop, you can see the details on my Etsy shop and contact me here with any questions!

Which lines should I paint first; black or white?

A few weeks ago I almost completed a painting of a bucket of roses. My first challenge was to create a different surrounding for this still life, it called for something more exciting and vibrant. I purchased the tin bucket at Target, but ahh, the seashell is very special. When my grandson was born in Florida, I traveled to be there for the delivery, I stayed with my daughters paternal grandparents or ex-inlaws, a wonderful couple that I love and admire. Funny, many people have different relationships with inlaws, specially ex-inlaws, we have a great relationship and will always have great respect for them. They had recently built a house in area with no development for miles, at the time only a few houses were built, way inland of Florida, far from the ocean. They were expanding their driveway and as they dug out the dirt, they found huge seashells, think about how old they are? Perhaps millions of years! They gave me this seashell and I have been wanting to paint it forever.

My next challenge is to paint those lines on the bucket. I didn’t save the paint mixture or write down any notes. I admit I’m terrified and have put it off long enough. today I’m facing the lines, do I paint the white lines first or the black lines? What do you suggest?Bucket of red roses with seashell



My gift to “Moms”!

Orange Rose for moms

Happy “Mom’s” Day ! I wish I could give each one a rose in person, being that is impossible here I reveal one of my orange rose paintings. Enjoy and have a blessed day!


At last, “Tenderness”, in American Art Collector!

At last the May issue of American Art Collector is out and “Tenderness” made a graceful debut under the Xanadu Gallery! Thank you Jason for such an amazing opportunity to be part of the studio group of artists. If you’re not familiar with American Art Collector, it’s the countries leading magazine for art collectors, art galleries and fine art artists. Most artists, like myself, aspire to be in such quality magazine even if it’s once in your lifetime. Made my day!

tenderness of mother and child, yellow rose gift of the rose collection

Gratitude: A pink rose painting

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart”

– J. B. Massieu, Letter to the Abbe Sicard

Pink roses are associated with gratitude among other feelings. Today I wanted to write about what I’m grateful to have in my life. I know life throws us daily challenges and everything seems so overwhelming at times that we overlook the small details. Here is my list of “Gratefulness” for today along which is also the title for this beautiful pink rose painting for the exhibit, enjoy!

Gratitude Pink Rose

1- Grateful to have a another day, I will treat it with respect and enjoyment!

2- That I can paint what I want, my way!

3- See my daughter’s beautiful face in the morning..

4- Make her a breakfast burrito that she loved and said “Thank you mom!”, that was music to my ears..

5- Share my vision, experience and learning curve of painting with you…

6- The peace and quite in the house…

7- Listened to a dear friend artist last night talk about her art…

I challenge you to add to the list by sharing what your grateful for by inviting friends, family and your readers to join the list. How long can we make this list is up to you!


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