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This is a new small painting. It is a hope-filled expression which feels fitting for the spring season.

Another Day Opens, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel. It is also available to view and purchase at my website.

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New drawings:
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Anemone, 2017, ink and watercolor drawing.

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Organelle, 2017, ink drawing.
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Ribbon Running, 2017, ink and watercolor drawing

The above painting and drawings are available, so please feel free to inquire! You can do so here or my website contact form.

I had a wonderful time at the group exhibition Put the Art in pARTy at Icehouse Gallery, curated and hosted by Joe Holdren. The setting is always a spacious and intriguing place to explore, as is the art.

I’m looking forward to yet another upcoming group exhibition at Icehouse on May 5: Figure So Surreal, curated by Travis Fields. I’ll be one on 36 other artists showing contemporary surrealistic work. More on that in the next post.

Here is a detail pic of something that sprang onto paper yesterday afternoon. We’ll see where it takes me. Perhaps this is where it stops.

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Every day, I try to either run or hike in the Sonoran landscape. I make a practice to stop and smell the roses… and orange blossoms and creosote. There is so much visible beauty to not only enjoy, but to remind my spirit of how importantly interconnected we all truly are wherever we go, be it a quiet forest in the mountains or a sprawling metropolis. Here is a small dried barrel cactus fruit which must have been a nice meal for a bird or a javelina. It caught my eye, I passed it, then turned around to pick it up.

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I am quite fond of listening to ambient music while I paint, or any time really. My favorites are bands like Pausal and The Dead Texan, who allow for a lot of open spaces between the changing chords and patiently allow the narrative to grow. Like clouds slowly overlapping, merging and dissipating. This musical piece is by an incredible group called A Winged Victory For The Sullen. It was put out on the Erased Tapes Records label, album titled, Requiem For The Static King Part Two.

I’ve just finished another small painting. I will be photographing it in the next day or so, and blog it soon.

Happy Easter. Happy newness.

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I have recently finished the new painting, Treasures, watercolor, ink and pastel, 9″ x 13 5/16″. This magical little painting can be also seen at my website, charmagnecoe.com.

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Limited edition giclée prints are available. Each is based on an original painting I created in watercolor, ink and pastel. I like to create small volumes to preserve the value of each one. They are professionally printed on 255 gsm acid free, 100% cotton rag Somerset Velvet paper (similar look and feel to watercolor paper) using Epson’s archival UltraChrome pigment inks. Each print is signed and numbered on the front. You can view them here!

When the Lines Disappear, I Am not Afraid With You revised web version

Original paintings, such as the above When the Lines Disappear, I Am Not Afraid With You are seen at my website as well.

Earlier this year, I was honored as Art and Art Deadline’s February Featured Artist. I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the interview conducted by its talented creator, Rachel Gibson. At this site you can read about artists who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary art. It is also an invaluable resource for artists looking for reputable opportunities for publication and exhibition. If you enjoy my work and feel so inclined after reading my interview, please leave a comment. Artists who receive the most comments by December 31st will be awarded AAD’s Featured Artist of 2014. Thank you!

Learn more about Featured Artist Charmagne Coe!

I started a painting last weekend. It seems to be actually creating itself very quickly. Perhaps I shall finish it by this coming weekend. Peek:

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I’ve been listening a lot to Damien Rice’s new album, My Favorite Faded Fantasy. Damien’s voice and words slice, like velvet and talons, to the bone of it all. I dare you to listen without tears. If you’ve loved and hoped, you know. Here is “I Don’t Want to Change You”.

I’ve been working glacially, quietly on several larger works simultaneously. Here are some snaps for you. This painting, as my others, are composed with watercolor, ink and pastel and is 18 7/8″ x 18 1/4″.

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You can glimpse the next one at the bottom, even larger, that I am returning to this week. I see there a woman on the edge of… I don’t know yet. I started it months ago and have been so enamored by the initial layers, that I’ve been rather cautious to touch it just yet. The next steps needed to percolate for a while. But, I believe it’s time to jump in. If you were at the live painting at the Renaissance Hotel, this is the work in progress I had on the easel.

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Here’s a closer look:

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The following are ink drawings I finished recently.

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I felt lavished and nurtured today upon reading Anais Nin’s following thoughts on the artistic process of writing.

“You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”

This is a song from one of my painting playlists – “Saudade”, by Love and Rockets. It is set to a black and white video created by António Vasques de Azevedo.

I completed this painting in 2012, but am now releasing it. It is “Wending Bleeds and Buildings”.  8″ x  9 3/16″, watercolor, ink and pastel. I am also submitting this for Illustration Friday‘s weekly theme “Urban”. You can also see this at my website.

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Been sifting again through old drawings, lots of them raw, unfinished and primitive. I reiterated one of those ideas on Saturday with pencil.

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Those older ideas….

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This is “Morocco” by Susanne Sundfor.

Woolen is my ink drawing submission to Illustration Friday‘s theme, “wool”.

Woolen, drawing by Charmagne Coe

Here is another. This is a very small painting, While Swimming. I painted it on a cold, snowy day and imagined being in a much warmer place, by the ocean, in the ocean. About the pig, well, that’s another story.

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I have been delighted and moved by a new musical artist from Iceland, Mikaali Karlsson. His work is reminiscent of some other Icelandic musicians, but his voice is his own. He found me at Twitter and I immediately jumped onto Spotify to give a listen. His website is here. The Summit is his latest EP. This song is “Súlur”. Go on. Check it out.

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