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Some artists have a very difficult time parting from their artwork, limiting their visibility for the world to enjoy to appreciate their skills and hard work. I’m thrilled when one of my creations finds a new loving home, it goes beyond the monetary transaction, it reflects acceptance from a collector that they enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating the piece.

This week I sold a pair of 5×7″ framed acrylic paintings via my Etsy shop, La Galeria, these were created using a textured impasto technique with metallic bronze in the background. I was surprised when I received this image via my Artist page on Facebook from the buyer! It says it all…thank you Louis!

Peggy Martinez edited to publish with permission, LM


“Gift Of The Rose” Makes Front Page


Front page Gates-Chili Messenger Post
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Thank you to James Battaglia for the wonderful well-written interview! I honestly have a difficult time reading about “me”, I was explaining this to a great woman I admire and is a mentor to me in many ways. She has been in the news and media quite a bit and could relate to what I was saying, she explained to me that it’s humility. I finally, overcame that sensation and read the article. James did such a wonderful job with the interview transforming my vision and words to the community that I’m truly humbled, thank you Jim and the Gates-Chili Messenger Post!


10,000 Reasons to Discard Old Paint


Need special tools to open that old tube of paint? Do you know where has it been? Ok, in June’s defense these were given to her.

You owe it to your collector’s to have the best quality artwork that will last for many years to enjoy! If it’s old, hard and moldy toss it. Old and hard paints make it difficult to create a juicy mixture of paint, specifically watercolors. If you decide not keep a color for whatever reason and it’s in good usable shape, sell it, give it away or trade with another artist. If you decide to keep a color that you haven’t used at all or barely, give it new life! Explore with color charts and color strings, you may find a new direction in your work.

In my workshops I start with color and your paint, this is not about the color wheel. I’ve created a spreadsheet for my students to inventory their paints, learn how to use the paints in a wise manner and how to stop spending money on paint when you can create beautiful colors, create spot on color match, learn about compatible palettes and much more. This simple portion can take an artist’s skills a lot further than a painting technique, although I do teach that also. I encourage them to build stronger painting foundation which can be applied to any medium. At my last workshop, I shared how many tubes of paint I own, how and why I started the spreadsheet. One my students had me beat, she had close to 300, but she had inherited most of them. That day she tossed 45 tubes of old paint, it was quite an eye opener for her!


Theft at the Louvre


A thief in Paris planned to steal some Paintings from the Louvre.

After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van…however, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, ‘Monsieur, this is the reason I stole the paintings.’ I had no Monet

To buy Degas

To make the Van Gogh

See if you have De Gaulle to send this on to someone else….

I sent it to you because I figured I had nothing Toulouse!

A little art humor to make your day!


Could this beautiful art be yours?


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Yes, it’s very simple!

Enjoy a 30% discount and have an opportunity to be part of my art exhibit!
“Gift of the Rose” is an art exhibit dedicated in memory of my sister who suffered from asthma. The exhibit is about the language in colors of roses, roses are for love, pink is for gratitude and you can find more about the history and meanings related to the colors of roses here. Submit a story or poem about the colors in roses, the meanings or any roses related story or poem and receive 30% discount off any item from my Etsy shop “La Galeria”!

To receive a coupon code towards any purchase at “La Galeria”, first submit your story or poem and I will send you a special coupon code to use at checkout!

Oil painting on Ampersand 2" Cradled Gessobord

Read about the loss of parents or the story of a slave named Rose and the underground railroad. One of the paintings will be appeared in the May issue of “American Art Collector”, the proceeds from the painting “Tenderness” will go to the Golisano Children’s Asthma Fund. Submit your story or poem and that’s it, you’ll be part of an art exhibit and enjoy great impeccable art! My goal is to collect the stories and poems along with my artwork and publish a book where the proceeds will go the Golisano Children’s Hospital to further benefit the Pediatric Asthma Support. This is only possible if you can help, help a child breathe easier!

“Grand Opening”, 8×10? Giclee print on Somerset Velvet Paper

$35 less 30% discount !

“Grand Opening”, 8×10? Giclee print on Somerset Velvet Paper, in a gold frame

$54.95 less 30% discount !

or an original acrylic of a stunning White Calla!

Imagine at $99.95 less 30% discount!


New Members of the “Collectors Club”


Today was my first day at the Corn Hill Art Festival, it started with thunderstorm and some wind, it eventually turned into a beautiful day in the 70’s! Great crowds roaming through the streets enjoying the food, music and of course the countless booths of arts and crafts.

Corn Hill Art Festival 2012 Midnight Callas

Pictured on the right is Elena Kurz, proud new owner of “Midnight Callas”, I’m excited that one of my creations has a new loving home!

Haven’t joined the Collectors Club yet? Don’t worry more art is available and always happy to chat about a special commission if I don’t have what you’re looking for. Come on down, Sunday, July 8 to the Corn Hill Arts Festival, my booth is #10 on Frederick Douglas Street…stop by and don’t forget the kettle corn!


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Here’s a rose for you!


Yellow Rose for Nancy


Yellow Rose for Nancy Radzik

Today Nancy Radzik submitted her amazing story at “Gift of the Rose” about losing her mother, the power of prayer and believing. Thank you Nancy, here’s a yellow rose for you!

Read Nancy’s story and get inspired:

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“Pearls of Wisdom” on display


Yesterday, I visited the Mane Attraction to get a haircut and received a nice surprise, “Pearls of Wisdom” was on the wall! I love this piece, it was a challenging painting and the model is my favorite niece. If you have a chance stop by Mane Attraction to see it in person, Michelle, owner and fabulous hairdresser, be happy to show you the painting!


Steve Hanks and exposing the human figure


If you aren’t familiar with Steve Hanks, he’s a truly gifted and talented artist that paints woman and children in watercolor. Recipient of endless awards and highly collected. His nude paintings of woman are exquisite and embody a light which as Steve explains, it’s not about the light shining on the figure, it’s the light radiating outward from the figure-wow, how intense is that? Have you experienced when a person walks into a room and their presence illuminates the room with their personality? I invite you to view his work and feel the sunshine in every woman.

* About Steve Hanks

* “The Wonders of a Woman”, You Tube

* Gallery

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