Oil Sketch Pronto-Prontissimo!

She was there for only a few seconds!

She was there at the counter for only a few seconds!

When I started college, I wanted to be a fashion illustrator.  I went to a pretty crummy state school my first year, and the only fashion illustration class was in the home ec department.  I couldn’t bring myself to sign up for home ec, so I switched over to architecture.  I flunked out of drafting because I couldn’t do the math.  That is how I ended up in an art academy instead of university for graduate school; I have the math skills of a fourth grader.

At the art academy, I hung out with all of the architecture students.  To this day, I love architecture, talking to architects, and just being around people that are arty and good with math.  That is why I like computer geeks, too! Which reminds me:  See my coworking page – coming to your place of business soon!

I’ve never wanted to be anything other than an artist.

Want to share “starving artiststories? This could be really interesting! Keep it clean, or I won’t post it.~Lavanna Martin


  1. Posted October 18, 2008 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lavanna. Thanks for your kind words on my blog. LOVE WHAT YOUR ARE DOING very unique! lets talk thru email. whats your email and Ill send you some sketches. Truly Thomas Fluharty

  2. Posted October 19, 2008 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    I shouldn’t be up at this hour but I am – working on that commission. Taking a break and saw this. My favourite so far and my mom would agree.

  3. Posted October 19, 2008 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Hi, Owen.

    I am so pleased that you and your mom are close. That speaks highly of you.

    Thank you, ~Lavanna Martin

  4. Posted October 19, 2008 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    It is amazing how much character you can capture in a few seconds. Brilliant!

  5. Posted October 19, 2008 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi, justwilliams.

    That is really kind of you. Everything that I do has its flaws, but my intent is to live with my mistakes and not correct things once I get home to the studio.

    Thank you, ~Lavanna Martin

  6. Posted October 23, 2008 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    I Love To Do Oil Sketches of People “Live”

    Those statements catch my attention. If only I could paint as beautiful as your work then I would also love to paint people live. I am a painting enthusiast but since I am no good in painting I switched to photography, and like you, I also love taking pictures of people on the streets, busy walking or doing their stuffs, as long as they are unaware. Yes I love taking pictures of people who are unaware they are being captured by my camera. In that way I can only catch the true drama or story of that scenario.

    Your work is good and beautiful. I love the back angle you choose for that painting, it showed mystery.


  7. Posted October 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi, John.

    What a nice comment.

    Don’t you just love staring at people? I always try to see them in their best light, their Sunday Best.

    Thank you,

    ~Lavanna Martin

  8. Posted October 31, 2008 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Very cool.

  9. Posted October 31, 2008 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Steve.

    I’m at my best when I’m not consciously thinking about the process.


    ~Lavanna Martin

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