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ASK THE ARTIST: 12 Questions & A Joke with Misty Martin

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Q: If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?

MM: “The Dreamers” by Albert Moore

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Q: If their were one dead artist that you could hang out with for a day, who would that be? Why?

MM: The actor and art aficionado, Vincent Price. I would love to talk to him about his own art collection and his B Horror Movies. I especially love his Edgar Allen Poe movies.

“I’m extremely profane, unconsciously so, when I see something great for the first time; I don’t know why, but beauty and profanity are related to me in the same way. It may be that I want to think of art in the vernacular, but I have no control over what comes out of my mouth when my eyes take in great beauty…it might just be the reason I avoid going to museums with elderly ladies.” – Vincent Price

The Remodern World Blog, article on Vincent Price

Q:  If there were a magic power you could use in your art making, what would it be?

MM: To make my art faster but with the same results.

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This painting entitled Oasis, size 36 x 48 inches took Misty 2 1/2 years to complete!! She says, “It was my therapy when my husband was at war in Afghanistan, and my daughter moved away to attend college in Kentucky. My health at the time was suffering as well, but I completed it! It is probably the only painting I will NEVER sell!”  This painting is also the reason that Misty was awarded Master Artist status by the  National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society.

Q: If we were going to talk about your art, where would you want to start?

MM: My technique. It is time-consuming but well worth it. Patience and lots and lots and lots of layers…All of my control issues are in my artwork. LOL!
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Misty working on her latest creation during Art Walk, at the gallery. Do you see that tiny brush in her hand? That’s her favorite! She has been working on this piece for over 2 months already!

Q:  What quality in others makes you want to slap them?

MM: So many, but it’s not worth hurting my hand. I just try to enjoy my happy.

Q: Art is so subjective, what kind of art is unappealing to you?

MM: Bad art. (Can I say that?)

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration or career?

MM:  When I first started painting, I was getting bombarded from other artists, telling me to loosen up, that my work was too tight. I got a great critique from Steve Dougherty,  the editor of American Artist Magazine, he said that I should follow my heart and not let others influence what I loved to do and could do.
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Misty is a master at hyper-realism and is especially drawn to architecture and signage. Especially anything that is a little hokey and involving neon. 

Q: What quality in others makes you want to slap them?

MM: So many, but it’s not worth hurting my hand. I just try to enjoy my happy.

Q: Art is so subjective, what kind of art is unappealing to you?

MM: Bad art. (Can I say that?)

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration or career?

MM:  When I first started painting, I was getting bombarded from other artists, telling me to loosen up, that my work was too tight. I got a great critique from Steve Dougherty,  the editor of American Artist Magazine, he said that I should follow my heart and not let others influence what I loved to do and could do.

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Emerald, Topaz & Garnet. Misty Martin. Acrylic on prepared board. 20 x 30 inches

Q:  In the era of the internet, why do you choose to continue to work with galleries?

MM:  I’m a ludite, I truly dislike computers. The only thing about them that I do like is Spell Check.

Q: Now the best part, tell us a joke.

MM: Why do you NOT want to play hide and seek with a mountain?……They peak!  (All my jokes come from Hubba Bubba bubble gum wrappers.)

Why do I love Misty Martin’s work?
I am very proud to have Misty and her art in the gallery. Even if I do not talk about her credentials as Master Artist or the awards she has won for her work, or the fact that she has a painting in the permanent collection at the Tate Museum in London, I have a profound respect for her technique, her eye, her patience. Though I am a watercolor artist we are drawn to the same subjects, such as architecture, and the play of light on surfaces and the end goal being that translation of light through paint. Her work celebrates that light on man-made surfaces and with her ridiculous attention to detail, she manages to celebrate every nook and cranny on any surface she has chosen as her subject.

Misty is self-taught which also impresses me; she learned her technique not only from artist friends, but through mostly trial and error and hours and hours of perfecting her craft, and now happily shares that knowledge and her love of painting with her students. Not only is she super talented and a beautiful addition to our roster of artists, she is also a kind hearted and fun person to be with. The glass is always half full with Misty, and we love that!

If you are interested in painting with Misty please see below for workshop information.
-Ida Victoria

My favorite piece in the gallery by Misty is called Midnight Dive. I love everything about it! The palette, the subject, the title (I named it!)

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Midnight Dive. Misty Martin. Acrylic on canvas. 39 x 59 inches


By Ida Victoria Gustavson, Art Correspondent, Galeria de Ida Victoria

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