“The Beautiful Blues” – SOLD!

Less than two hours after the Blues Fest exhibition at Retrospect Galleries opened (which was on the 21st of April, not the 28th…) I received an email saying The Beautiful Blues had sold and was the second picture to be purchased on the night. I really love that picture and its meaning. There’s something about that style of picture, with the cold and lifeless forest, which I think I’ll use again. The environment carries so much meaning and feeling and in this particular picture the music and flowers are far more powerful and welcomed due to the contrast of the cold void they are filling. 

I’m getting interest from numerous people wanting to purchase it as a print which is great. If you’re interested in a print of “The Beautiful Blues” please use the contact form.

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Old Art for a New Site

Craig Martin Illustrations - CliqueOver the next little while I will be reproducing some posts and artwork I had on an old blog site. The first one in this series was for something called Illustration Friday. So after looking the word “Clique” up in the ol’ trusty dictionary, I did this.

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“The Beautiful Blues” – Music and Art Exhibition

I think its ok to be sad.

It’s said that nothing exists without a purpose. Is it the same for sadness? It seems to incite change. When we see that we are sad we’re sometimes moved to change our thoughts or our actions. Sometimes we open to a loved one or even a stranger about a confusion or fear and that creates a connection and strength that might not have come to be if not for the sadness. We search for answers we didn’t know we needed and take with us lessons that help us for life. When we’re sad and we listen to a sad song we can feel like it’s talking to us personally. Sad songs sometimes help us feel that we’re not alone in our loneliness.

Maybe sadness has a purpose bigger than the hurt we feel.

I think its ok to be sad.

This piece was done to show the beauty within sadness and that sharing it is something special. Things grow from sadness. The original will be available at Retrospect Galleries from April 28th 2011, or contact me for a full size, signed print.

Title – The Beautiful Blues
Media – Water colour, acrylic, pen
Size – 64.5cm x 64.5cm

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A Night at the Harvest Cafe

Craig Martin Art Series - Clowns - Taking a BowIn October 2010 I gave a talk at the Harvest Cafe near Byron Bay in News South wales. Retrospect Galleries held their “Night at the Harvest Cafe” event where four of us, all contributing to the upcoming “Carnies Kooks and Clowns” exhibition, got to chat with the crowd. Other than have several mild internal freak outs before I opened my mouth, it was a lot of fun. I met some great people and even sold one of the paintings displayed in this post.

A big thanks go out to two very dear friends who came with me tonight, Joe and Nat. You guys made tonight possible for me in more ways than one.

Continue reading A Night at the Harvest Cafe

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Space Travel Art Series All Sold!

I’ve found out that all the pieces for the Space Travel series I did for Retrospect Galleries in December 2010 have now been sold! You can see more of the Space Travel compilation on my Art Series page.

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New Editorial Illustration - Valentines Day

Yay, another piece for the Northern River’s Weekender liftout. 

I guess I’m saying here that Valentines Day could be a good day to crack open your heart’s protective walls a little bit and let someone special know you care. It can be kinda scary to open your heart to someone, it’s like putting your heart on the mantle piece. It stands the chance of being knocked off. Scored the front cover of the Weekender this one too. Pretty chuffed. Its my fourth cover since November 2010.

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Weekender Cover - Australia Day 2011

This picky made it to the cover of the The Northern Star’s Weekender for Australia Day. Its meant for all the awesome aussies who did so much to help out other aussies following the Queensland flood disaster and recovery effort. It’s an aspect of the aussie breed that really makes us shine.

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Northern Star Weekender – New Year’s Cover

So stoked with the start of the year! The Northern Star asked if I had anything that could work for New Years Eve. It just so happened I had something that screamed, “Follow your heart in 2011!!” It made the cover for the Weekender. 

There’s something about having a purpose. I don’t think it matters what it is, at all, as long as it feel like it truly means something to you. Personally when I don’t have a purpose it feels like I rot. So yeah New Years resolutions are a good idea, its like deciding on your purpose(s) for the year.

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