Saturday, March 28, 2009
Here is another image from my upcoming show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. It is called Pleasant Thinking. This show is about being nice, thinking pleasant thoughts, being selfless, putting everyone else first. These are qualities I was taught are desirable in a woman. While being nice is a good thing, a person can get lost in one's niceness. I explore this theme by using humorous images to show the ridiculousness and futility of trying to be nice and perfect all the time.
This isn't to say that everyone should be a jerk. On the contrary, people should be nice, but not to the point where your identity disappears.
If you are in L.A. next week please come to my opening! It is from 8-11 on Friday, April 3rd. Coolness!
Posted by Martha Rich at 9:58 AM
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Here is what my art looks like in a beautiful spread by an art director who knows how to use illustration! There are actually more spreads to this article. I thought it was very daring to use paintings rather than photography in a food magazine. Thank you Matthew Lenning!
I hope more designers start using illustration in more daring ways. There are so many amazing artists doing really interesting stuff out there right now. The potential is staggering. AND illustration is lower maintenance and more cost effective than producing a photo shoot.
Posted by Martha Rich at 5:05 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Here is another painting from the "Dear New Girl" book. I think working on these paintings with Esther was the precursor to our Beauty Road Trip. We had such a good time doing these that we looked for other ways to work together on stuff. Do what you love and good stuff will happen!
Posted by Martha Rich at 12:26 PM
Friday, March 13, 2009
It is time to JAM! This is a collaboration I did with Esther Pearl Watson for a book called "Dear new Girl or Whatever Your Name Is" published by McSweeney's. I may have posted this before a while ago. Cawn't remember. It was in that Italy show so it seems brand new cause I haven't seen it in years. Woohoo!
Posted by Martha Rich at 1:04 PM
Thursday, March 05, 2009
So I just got back some art from a show that has been touring Italy for FOREVER. I had totally forgotten the art I had sent. It has been gone for over 2 years. Anyway I'll post them over the next few days. They are all for sale in my store which I just updated today. Yeehaw! Also posted some new stuff on Esty.
In order to keep the economy going we all need to save a little AND spend a little. If we all did that then things would be Groovy. Right?
Anyway this here picher is of my all time favorite person Loretta Lynn!!
Posted by Martha Rich at 3:25 PM
Monday, March 02, 2009
Now that my favorite Adam Carolla is no longer waking me up in the mornings I am forced to go to public radio. I don't like music in the morning. I need talk.
Anyway this morning I woke up to this: bailout, bailout, 60 billion loss, death, death, starvation, war, global warming, poison, mining, destruction. GEEZ. Why get up? YAY everything is going to hell! Would it kill the newsfolks to throw in a little something positive like hey the sun rose this morning and it sho was perty. Or 90% of the people still have jobs for now. Or I went outside this morning and smelled the jasmine and it smelled real dang good.
I can take the bad news but waking up to it ain't good. Why did 97.1 have to go top 40? I need FUNNY! I need Adam Carolla back.
Anyway here is a sneak peak of art for my April show. It is called "Pessimistically Optimistic." That's pretty much how I deal right now. I might change it and the name might change but it is a start. Peace out.
Posted by Martha Rich at 5:28 PM