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My name is Alan Edward Martinez and I am a 34 year old photographer from Los Angeles.

 

Making art is about creating an idea and being able to put life into that idea.  My purpose as an artist is not to just make art, but have the drive to learn and appreciate art and to realize the importance of doing this as a lifelong experience.  Because I have this overarching goal of being a lifelong artist, my subjects and mediums are always expanding and changing.  I not only use many mediums, but I also plan to expand my repertoire into crossing over and combining drawings and/or paintings with my photography.

My portfolio tends to be eclectic.  I paint, draw, make pottery and create sculptures.  I also enjoy graphic design and making short films and videos.  Because I explore many different forms of art, I feel that helps me when shooting photos.  I find simplicity and nature to be inspirational and enjoy shooting geometric and organic shapes and shadows.  One of my main purposes in creating art is to allow someone else to see things from my perspective and to put my personal style into the piece.  I’m not influenced by any one thing in particular, rather I’m affected by everything.  This mindset tends to be reflected in what I create, such as when I take photos while walking and then am inspired to create a painting later from those images.

I enjoy drawing, sketching and using pastels.  When creating a sketch or a pastel piece I will either reproduce something or use an existing photo of mine as inspiration.  My drawings vary greatly from cartoons, to landscapes, to pieces inspired by contemporary artists I follow.  One piece in particular is a fantasy space scenario.  The image is 18” by 12” and was created on paper using pastels.  The image is constructed from multiple layers of pastel.  In between layers the image was sprayed with workable fixit which allowed me to develop deep rich layers of color and texture.

When painting I use oils, gouache, and crayons (by melting them onto paper). When using oils I enjoy creating multiple layer pours where I use gamsol and liquin to extend and thin the oils, thereby allowing the oils to spread across the canvas.  This process creates depth and gradation between the different colors.  I have also used gouache but only selectively when I’m seeking a more cartoonish look with bright, vivid colors to accentuate the image.  A new favorite medium is using melted crayons to create a new body of work.  Because of the molecular structure of the melting crayons, they actually help dictate how the piece goes based on how they react to each other and melt and mix.   The crayons also fight across the paper, as if they are reaching across the paper with their bizarre abstract fingers.

Photography has long been my original love and everything always goes back to my photographic eye. Photography inspires my work in other mediums.  While shooting I often search for a balance between geometric and organic shapes which allows the eye to dance across the entire image.  In the past I have used black and white film, color film, 4 x 5 film and know how to develop all those film types.  This knowledge influences what I choose to shoot.  I see the photo from the view of being in the darkroom, and not just from a digital perspective.  I love to shoot at night and don’t use a flash when I shoot.

I have lived in Southern California my whole life and that has greatly influenced what I’m inspired by.  I have always lived in urban areas where my environment consists of concrete.  The chaos of urban life has enabled me to enjoy simplicity in “ordinary” objects.  My interests in subject content greatly varies from the media I use.

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93 Comments

  1. Hi, thank you for visiting my blog. I really enjoyed looking at your photographs and art, can’t wait to see more!

  2. Thanks for popping in on me, it gave me the pleasure of seeing your wonderful work!
    One BEAUTIFUL blog you have here.
    Thankyou, Elyn ♡

  3. Thanks for visiting LoveMore and showing some love– keep up the good work! I’m interested in seeing more! ~ Jason

  4. Thank you for following my photo blog. Really like your creative work! May we promote mutual inspiration!

  5. Hi thanks for popping over to http://www.intotheorchard.com and liking the post summer photo fun. Cheers Ian

  6. Thanks for the like and the follow.
    Fascinating stuff you have here.
    I’ll be back for a longer look.
    Cheers

  7. Thank you so much for following my blog at http://www.artteachtravel.com. I am eager to look around your blog. At first glance it is really nice! All the best, Anita

  8. Quite impressive ! I appreciate you stopping by my blog and subscribing. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future. Bella Remy.

  9. Hi! I just wanted to thank you for following my blog! I enjoyed looking around your blog and really loved your Color Bloom shoot! Have a great day!

  10. thanks for visiting thewavewithin. nice downtown la shots…

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog Dream Painters 🙂 http://dreampainters.wordpress.com/ I love what your photos! Cheers, Elizabeth

  12. Alan – Thank you for signing up to follow my blog and for the like on my post Sweet Harvest!

  13. Love all your photos. You really have an eye for capturing the scene moment in a different way.

  14. HI Alan, Thanks for following! Really love your photos!

  15. Thanks Alan, for dropping by and peeking in my window. I must admit I’m always intimidated when photogs stop in…but it does allow for my own gain when I peek in on you all. I really like the shadows slideshow and the 3-D art is great. I look forward to spending time getting to know you and your work. Sounds like your creativity must keep you extremely busy! Lucky you.
    cheers,
    Rhonda

  16. Thanks for checking out and following my photoz. It is interesting how so many of we creatives, can’t stop with just a single passion, we are driven to try and love one after another. At some point do they actually all come together, I mean so they merge anywhere except in my very cluttered studio where they end up stacked one on top of another?

  17. Thanks for viewing my artwork. Love your blog, very interesting.

  18. I appreciate you rvisitng my blog and signing up for updates. I will explore your blog.
    Thanks …
    Isadora

  19. Alan, thanks so much for visiting my site and deciding to tag along. I’m looking forward to perusing your pix.

  20. Hello! You take breathtaking pics. I have visited a few photography blogs….your talent is unique and striking.
    Thanks a million for following my blog. Hope you like my more of my poems.

  21. Thanks for following my work. I’m looking forward to following your work as well. You’ve got some really great posts here!

  22. Thank you for liking my blog and for becoming a follower.

    Your photography is difficult to do.

    Love the July 4th shots.

  23. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my page! Hopefully I can get better and you enjoy visiting in the future. You have some great pics up, can’t wait to see what comes next.

  24. Thank you Allan for visiting my blog … See you around …

  25. Thanks for the follow over on my blog. It’s so nice to meet fellow WordPress bloggers and photographers. I look forward to looking through your posts and photos.

  26. Hey man! reading your blog I think you should look into John Gary Brown’s Photogrophy, he’s got the same ideas about art…Mojo

  27. Thanks!

  28. Thanks for visiting and following http://www.marksimmsphotography.com

  29. Thank you for stopping by and following! Come back and visit again!

  30. I love your blog and your art.

  31. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Much appreciated.

  32. Hi Alan! Thought I’d let you know that I nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’! Cheers!

  33. Hi Alan! Thanks for subscribing to my blog and liking my post! Much appreciated!

  34. Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life events as seen through the lens of my camera.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  35. Thanks for visiting and following my blog! I love that you have no inhibitions about delving into abstract photography. Sometimes, I dip a little in that direction for fun (or by accident) and occasionally I get that “Umm…what?” look from others. But hey! It’s new and exciting and I can only shoot so many landscapes and flowers before I get sick of it for a while 🙂 Nice looking blog!

  36. Hello! thank you and welcome to my blog. I just looked at yours and It is so creative, inspiring and thought provoking. Thank you for sharing your lovely art. Have a great day!!!

  37. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, liking “The Journey” and following! Take good care! Robyn

  38. Thanks for dropping by http://fleetinglight.wordpress.com . I enjoyed seeing your work and look forward to seeing more in the future. Best regards, Greg McKinney

  39. Thank you so much for stopping by Alan! I really appreciate it -you take amazing pictures! Love your blog, following now :))
    Love, Anna

  40. Hi Alan! You have a very interesting blog! Looking forward to seeing more of your photos! And thanks so much for following my blog!

    Take care and God bless! 🙂

  41. Hello and thank you for following my blog. You do lovely work!

  42. When you visited my blog I must say your gravatar scared me just a wee bit, but I got up the courage to visit your blog and Alan, it is fantastic, I can only hope to be a tiny bit as good of a photographer as you are. Fantastic

  43. Thank you for following my site. Your work is really great sir! 🙂

  44. Thank you for following my blog! I was curious about your gravitar…but I guess you’re safe enough:-}

  45. Just want to say thank you for honouring me with a follow of my photoblog. I’ll be taking time to have a look around your blog over the next few days.
    Thanks again.
    Kate
    http://www.myphotoyear2012.wordpress.com

  46. Hi there. Thanks for dropping by and the follow 🙂

  47. Hi Alan. Thanks so much for following midnight gravy. Your work is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration
    ed

  48. Hi Alan, thanks for visiting my blog and in turn, introducing me to yours 🙂

  49. Thanks for following my blog, I’m looking forward to seeing more of your great artwork and photos.

  50. Thanks for visiting and the follow!

  51. Way to go Alan, and thank you for following my blog Ingrid’s Art Melange! 🙂

  52. Thank you for following my blog to. i do hope we can exchange or work and comments. Looking forward.

  53. Hi! Thank you for visiting and following

  54. Hi Alan.

    Pleased to meet you. :).

    Thank You for visiting my Blog & for ‘Following’, MUCH Appreciated. 🙂

  55. Hi Alan, thanks a lot for subscribing to my artblog, hope you will enjoy it! All the best, Norunn

  56. Hello!
    First, let me say thanks for visiting and following my blog at http://fingerprintwriting.wordpress.com/.
    Your “About” page is very informative and inspirational! I enjoy taking photographs with mostly a point and shoot strategy. Just by reading about you, I’ve learned more of photography. I look forward to exploring your blog!

  57. Thanks for following!
    I like your abstract work quite a bit ( particularly the crayon fusions) and your photos are well made.
    Full disclosure though?
    I freakin’ love the Blues Cats. I demand you DRAW MORE CATS.

  58. Your art is awesome! Thank you so much for dropping by and following my blog!

  59. Thank you for supporting my blog, and for bringing my attention to your wonderful artwork.

  60. Thanks for liking my post ‘Caching the Light’, really appreciated coming from a real artist. Your statement “enjoy simplicity in “ordinary” objects.” resonates somewhat with myself. However, my subjects tend to be more rural than urban living in a tiny city and having so much interesting all around. Will now take a tour. MM 🍀

  61. In writing the above I did not know you had also put in a follow, not only that but I hit the follow button on your page before noting your following of my blog. I am honoured. Look forward to more. MM 🍀

  62. hi alan,
    thank you dropping by and liking my recent post, and bringing me to yours.
    beautiful art and photography in your blog, i enjoyed going through it.

    best regards,
    kap

  63. Hi Alan

    Thanks for following my humble meanderings. Great photos!

  64. I lived in Atwater Village and felt so much more “Nature” there than in most rural areas! The LA RIver may be cement but the birds and fish were alive.The cops’ stables horses are alive. The feral bunnies that were oncepets that are everywhere are alive.The skunks are alive. The fruit trees dropped food on the side walks, alive. The huge fire in Griffith Park, alive, skies dark with soot, alive, Santa Ana winds making people insane, alive. I cannot drive, so I was LA’s only pedestrian and was shocked by how much people spend on landscaping and moving to where the weather is “perfect” and yet only go outside to smoke and yell at someone on their cell phone. It’s the only west coast place I felt kinda one with. The west coast spits me out repeatedly.
    I like your art and also your involvement with place, the individual selfhood of the place, some of your work looks like portraits of place. There is a dignity to places in your work. A respect. It’s not ironic, you making place say what you want, but you sharing what place says to you.
    Please, if you want to share in the animist’s blog carnival, I’d like to see that! Urban areas are my fave and having MCS took that diversity from me. http://lifthrasirsuccess.wordpress.com/animist-blog-carnival/

  65. thank you for following my blog. much appreciated 🙂

  66. Alan, I hope you’ll find my blog interesting and worthwhile. I am going to follow yours also in the same spirit. Happy blogging!

  67. Thanks for liking my painting “Danger Zone” and for following my posts (which I’m now going to do with yours)! Your melted crayon concept is really intriguing.

  68. Thank you for visiting my blog and for the follow! 🙂

  69. Thanks for following Sawyer’s adventures!

  70. Enjoyed looking at your work!

  71. Thanks for following Storyteller. — Ray

  72. Thank you Alan for visiting my photography blog and choosing to follow along.
    philip.

  73. Hi Alan! thanks for stopping by & following! glad I found your blog! as an art student I find it very creative & inspiring! Keep up the good work!
    Best wishes,
    Ayeh.

  74. Hi, Thanks for drop by and follow my blog. Good day!

  75. Thank you, Alan! And your art is so distinctive and awesome. I wish you a lot of new inspiration and art pieces.
    Kind regards,
    Dijana

  76. Hello from Türkiye… just wanted to say “thank you” Alan, I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process.

    Hope you have a great day…

    SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

  77. Thank you for your visit. You have a beautiful blog, I look forward to viewing more of your work.

  78. Thank you for following my photo pages. 😊

  79. Thank you for liking my post. I have enjoyed looking at your photos – especially the pottery still- lifes. Des.

  80. Have just spotted that you are also a follower. I hope you will enjoy the experience. Des.

    • Shery Alexander Heinis
    • Posted April 7, 2015 at 5:01 pm
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    Hi Alan – Thank you for following my blog! Your bio and your wide-ranging artistic interests are intriguing. I love art, but I can only paint with words. I therefore admire the work of artists and photographers. I look forward t exploring your blog further.

  81. I love this, “my subjects and mediums are always expanding and changing. I not only use many mediums, but I also plan to expand my repertoire into crossing over and combining drawings and/or paintings with my photography.” I think it’s wonderful that you are expressing yourself in so many ways and no restricting yourself 😀

  82. Hey! You have some nice photography. And thanks for liking my blog post 🙂

  83. I really enjoyed reading your about section! Its so inspiring and I’m glad to come across another artist! Thank you so much for the follow and please keep creating!

  84. Thanks for the like and the follow, love your Captain Beefheart drawing! I grew up adoring him x

    • Thanks, The painting is a Color Theory project I made for a school assignment a couple of years ago.

  85. Aim for the stars, Alan! Being a life-long artist is a wonderful thing 🙂

  86. Thanks for the follow on my blog 🙂

  87. Thanks for the follow. Looking forward to seeing your varies art projects and photos.

  88. Thank you so much for the follow. Your work is really stunning, and I look forward to seeing more.

  89. Thank you for following my blog and liking my post! you have have an interesting blog!

  90. Appreciate you checking out my site!

  91. Thanks for the follow! Your artwork is lovely!


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