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My studio is finally getting fleshed out, and three weeks ago I began in earnest to start new works and wrap up ones I’d started on Vashon Island. Here is a miniature work I finished this week. Enjoy the detail pics too! Inspirit, 2016, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/16″, watercolor, ink and pastel.

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Below is a recent ink drawing, When They Come, My Relics. I was fascinated by its contexts so much, that I felt it should be the basis for a new painting to explore it further. Beneath it is the work in progress.

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Everyone asks me the same question: “Are you settled in yet?”. I moved from Vashon Island back to my hometown, Phoenix, in July. No, I’m not settled in. That’s the simple answer. There’s a lot to getting new rituals in place, making home a home and sinking roots. I think I’ve got a solid start though. Arizona is familiar to me in a way that is integral. I’m thankful to the family and friends who have gathered around us for a hell of a homecoming. It’s been sweet.

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As I’m finally catching my breath, I’ve been attending several local gallery openings and the Downtown Phoenix First and Third Friday Art Walks. Below are pics of {9} The Gallery and its solo exhibition by Sky Black. Heard Museum hosted ArtLink Phoenix’s 18th Annual Juried Exhibition. It was a good opportunity to view and appreciate the diverse emerging and established talents who are pushing the art envelope in Phoenix. MonOrchid is always a fave of mine… and I’m glad I could catch their First Friday show by Kris Manzanares.

I’m enjoying finding new places to run. Though I don’t run far (yet), it’s been a regular ritual for years. I find that I work out painting problems, have sudden inspirations or solve daily confusions in the meditative pace. The heat, of course, is the most taxing part of running in Phoenix, but now that it’s cooling down,  I’m hoping to make the miles stretch a little longer.

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Here is a painting I finished on Vashon. It is still available at my shopThe Carrier, 2016,
watercolor, ink and pastel, 16″ x 14″.

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Below are details from another work in progress. Started in April, wow, this one has definitely taken its time, but I’m savoring all the twists and turns in the slow process.

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To see more of what I’m up to, I’m here at Facebook, and my website/shop. That’s all for now. I should be posting more frequently, now that I’m (mostly!) done with moving boxes, hallelujah. Take care.

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I am mostly settled into my new home art studio in Vashon, WA.  It is a bright space with just the right amount of room to maneuver several paintings at once in various states of progress.  Favorite mementos and pictures are arranged. The scanner is ready for business. Outside my window is a small Japanese Maple that keeps me company in rain or shine… mostly rain these days. It has been at least two months since I’ve been able to really dedicate time to to serious art projects during the transition from Flagstaff. For the last two weeks, I’ve tried to hit the ground running and do feel back in a flow of drawing, painting, writing poetry, correspondence and visiting regional artists and gallery spaces. Here are some samples of my recent creativity. The Seeds of Stretch Marks the Body.2015.300dpi.drawing.ccoe (2)

The Seeds of Stretch Marks the Body

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22817006581_187b764aba_oTwo of many paintings in progress.

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In my future are many day-trips to surrounding Seattle and Tacoma. I’ve taken a few already and found myself basking in a botanical garden, playing pinball, eating bacon on a stick, watching salmon jump at Ballard Locks and reading/viewing the thoughtfully curated “Painting Poetry” exhibit at Women Painters of Washington Gallery.

Most of the time, I’m at my house nesting and painting. Vashon is a rare gem of a place — a small island with much to uncover.  I am not even close to being used to all the gray weather and rain, but the temperatures are fairly mild and nature is exquisitely unfettered. Just the other day, I was sitting on my deck sketching quietly when suddenly the neighbor’s geese exploded in a hullabaloo of angry honking. A large bald eagle flew over them, then landed in a towering fir tree nearby. Well, no wonder, I thought.
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It has been a while since I’ve blogged, but there is good reason… a whirlwind of positive, but surprising events has me relocated on Vashon Island, Washington. The city is a very short ferry-ride away from the vibrant Seattle — just a mere 20 minutes. My head is full of new creative ideas to fill this new chapter in the Pacific Northwest. Though I’ve traveled quite a bit, I’ve never lived anywhere but Arizona. It’s quite a change. I feel a great loss to be leaving my dear community of Flagstaff. The exquisite Senoran desert and the San Francisco peaks will be missed. At times, I know it will be strange to open a window and not feel the warm, arid wind.

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Daisy Mountain, AZ

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I look forward to meeting new creatives, new friends, new nature encounters in this green and oceanic place. I can’t imagine tiring of filling my senses with the verdant flaura and fauna of this region. Yesterday, a large cross orb weaver nearly dropped on my nose while I was getting into the car. I am also interested to find new ways to be a part of community involvement. Wherever one is, there are always people who are in need. It’s important to be a part of positive spirals. I’m already becoming acquainted with some local and cultural traditions. Below are from some recent outings.

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Point Defiance, Tacoma

Ferry to Vashon

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Here are some drawings (in situ) from the road trip to my new home.

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The Mojave Desert Again, But This Time by Charmagne CoeThe Mojave Desert Again, But This Time

The Keep Feeling by Charmagne CoeThe Keep Feeling

The Keep FeelingNow, I continue to unpack and organize. I hope to be up and painting by next week. Thanks for reading along!

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Infinite Formations Emerge Through Preclusions, ink drawing

Adaptability. How beautiful. How necessary. How difficult at times. How elemental.

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I like observing the Hawaiian volcanic terrains that rise to meet wind and ocean. Black igneous licks and curls in semi-permanent formation from its ongoing relationship with the elements. The hardiness of its crystallized minerals make it stalwart. The memory of this landscape has been, at times, a simple, deep and gratifying meditation. It elicits contentment to ponder endurance in terms of structure and malleability.

More recent ink drawings:
Sake and Surrounding

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Please do check out my most recent installment of Honey Wove the Marrow, a column I write for Arcadia Magazine’s Online Sundries. This time around I discuss the intricacies of loss, and the painting, When The Lines Disappear, I Am Not Afraid With You. 

By summer’s end, I’ll have completed some new works. Stay posted!

work in progress by Charmagne Coe
work in progress by Charmagne Coe

Recent drawings.
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Geo Circadian, ink drawing by Charmagne Coe Geo Circadian
Slighter Than, Open Then, ink drawing by Charmagne Coe

Slighter Than, Open Then 

Here is a simple piano song I wrote, circa 1996.

The world is dark.
That’s what they say.

But I will remember
The truth.

Your heart is dark.
That’s what you say.
But I will remember
The truth.

And I know the truth:

People fall asleep.
When they “awake”,
They’ve forgotten all they’ve seen.
 

Roll down
Underneath the water.
Breathe deep

All of your treasure.

Roll down
Underneath the water.
Breathe deep

All of your treasure.

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I officially have two boys in school and for the first time, my home is quiet in the morning. I have intentions to elongate my painting hours. It was easy this morning to catch an idea for Illustration Friday’s weekly theme: Influence. My mind is focused on the tension between maternal nurturing, influence, freedom and forbearance. Creating and letting go. The tension of those things is a rich substance. This little illustration was created in watercolor, ink and pastel… like a micro version of my larger works.

Not unrelated… While at Mission Bay this summer, something caught my eye. There, protruding from the wet sand was an object resembling the Venus of Willendorf, a fertility figurine. I love to look at it. It reminds me of how important feminine divinity has been through the aeons and what small part I play in my existence.

Drawings from last week. Ink and paper.

I’ve been on a beach vacation which completely spoiled me rotten. Just love the change of geography. Instead of high desert forest, there was lush, green flora and ocean. Awww. It does the head good to be in a different place. Here are some drawings from my travels and this morning.

Every year, our town puts on a wonderful dining event called Taste of Flagstaff.  All proceeds benefit the Victim/Witness Services. This year, I am honored to donate a framed print of Ephemeral and turning, #4/50. For more information, visit here.

Here is my weekly Illustration Friday submission. Their topic is “Remedy” and my illustration is titled Antidote.

During a hike in Torrey Pines, San Diego, I took some pics of these seaside plants. The wheels are turning in my head… it would be nice to incorporate their delicate and geometric patterns into my drawings and paintings.

So now it’s back to my studio. I’ve had some paintings in-progress I need to wrap up. Soon.

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