14″ x 11″ Oil on prepared board
Martha uses only top professional grade oil paints on a prepared support of at least 3/8-ths inch thick (only rarely does she use a stretched canvas because when painting en plain air, light shines through a canvas where it does not penetrate a board). Her boards may be of composite, or birch, and a few will have a linen surface. She creates the majority of her boards herself, purchasing birch at a local high quality lumber yard, cutting them to size and preparing their surfaces usually with PVA Size.
Enjoying my state’s relatively new sport of baseball, I like to take in several games each season. One time this past summer, my seat was near home plate. As I snapped a photo of one of my favorite players starting his swing, I inspected the photo after the play (a home run)–to find I captured a shot of him in contact with the ball. This, I knew, needed to become a piece of fine art.