Spring Garden by L. Martel

This is a 9″ x 11″ acrylic on canvas board called Spring Garden. At some point a lot of artists like to experiment with their medium and subject matter. Arcylic has intense colours and it does dry very quickly. This was painted in 2009.


Game of Chess by L. Martel

This is a 12″ x 9.5″ pencil sketch on paper from a sketch pad and is called “Game of Chess” done in 1983. The opponent has gone off for a drink and the gentleman, on-face with the glasses, is giving the other player “the look”. Maybe someday I do a rendition in oil.


The Third Sister of Tonga by L. Martel

This is a 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas called The Third Sister of Tonga. When I started displaying my paintings I started with the first two sisters, The Gentle One and The Beauty. The Third Sister is the youngest and is a great beauty too, but there is something in her eyes that indicate vulnerability, and challenge.


Laver Mes Cheveux by L. Martel

This is a 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas called Laver Mes Cheveux/Washing My Hair and it is a companion painting to Femme Au Bassin. There is a third painting not yet finished. This painting brings to mind that old song “I’m going to wash that man right out of my hair”


On Point by L. Martel

This is a 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas called On Point. Ballet is a a tradition in our family. I started ballet when I was four years old as did our two daughters. There is something about the grace of ballet that inspires artists. I have done some other paintings of ballerinas but they are of my daughters and are private. This young girl is a bit older and has begun to do point. The characteristic pink ballet slippers with the insert in the toes of the shoes so she can stand on her toes. It is a tradition. My style is beginning to change in this painting and there is a surrealistic feel to it.