ART JOURNEY: Abstract Painting


Marty Stewart’s artwork is shown in Northlight’s new book, “Art Journey Abstract Painting”.

I am one of the featured artists presented in a new North Light book entitled “Art Journey: Abstract Painting – A Celebration of Contemporary Art.  I was included in this publication due to my painting “Sonata” being chosen as First Place in the 2011 Pastel Journal 100 Competition, Abstract category.  My painting was conceived from several photo references taken on a cruise my husband and I took several years ago through the Panama Canal




Sunriver Music Festival Poster

My pastel painting “Sunriver Afternoon” has been selected for the 37th annual Sunriver Music Festival Poster.  The festival takes place this August 2014.  The poster can be seen displayed around Central Oregon in the coming months.  The original painting will be auctioned in August to provide additional funds for the festival.  I am very honored to have been chosen as the artist for this wonderful event!

Mexico Watercolor Journal

Whenever I travel far from home, as Jon and I did recently for three weeks in Central Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, I record as much as possible of visual images in my portable watercolor journal.  These images carry the emotions and visual beauty of what I’ve seen on the trip, much more than words can.

I make my own journal with watercolor paper bound with ribbon – small enough to carry in a little bag with the colors, brushes and water jar and cloth.  I painted the dome of the church from the rooftop terrace of our hotel in Mexico City.  the Mayan man was a sculpture in the city of Palenque in the center of town, and the rooftop terrace was at our beautiful hotel in Oaxaca where we ate breakfast each morning.

Back home, I now embellish the pages with designs of other images from my camera, so I am still in a way connected to the beauty and uniqueness of the culture of Mexico.

Sketchbook drawings from my camping trip

My husband and I recently completed a two-week trip in our little camper trip through Colorado and Utah.  I had hoped to do some plein-air painting along the way, but there wasn’t much chance for that.  Instead, I did some pencil drawings in my sketch book.  My subject matter was feet and hands, as these are most problematic for me when drawing the figure.  It was a good opportunity for me to focus on these areas.  I even drew Jon’s hand on the steering wheel while he was driving.