6″ x 8″ 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.
“Origins of the Gibbon River at Dawn, Yellowstone,” exemplifies that Water IS Earth’s most precious natural resource. Streams from our snow capped mountains flow into rivers on every continent. On volcanic islands, rainfall filters through the volcanic rock and into deep salt-free water reservoirs beneath many of these islands. Plants, all marine, amphibian, and animal life depend onthis prescious resource.
In this plein air painting, where a small stream originates for the large, and volumous, Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park—one can see the lush green streamside organic growth, as well as grasslands in the mid-ground, and a forest of evergreens in the distance. Fish, amoeba, insects, bugs, along with red-tail fox, wolves—and grizzley and brown bears —thrive in this environment. Further down stream, where the Gibbon begins, man draws water for his own survival.