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Here is my most recent painting. I so enjoyed the creation of this biophilic and expressive work. I continue to explore the automatistic, spontaneous pulse of the narrative that unfolds when I paint or draw each element. And as well, I seek to combine the spontaneous gestures with my personal reflections on nature and life at large. You can also see this work at my website.
The Verse Of Flora’s Gate, watercolor, ink and pastel, 14 5/8″ x 11 1/4″.
I’ve joined a group of Arizona artists who meet monthly. We enjoy discussing technique and latest community arts news, planning painting/drawing meetups and collaborate on exhibits. 12 of us will now be presenting our work in The Artery, a gallery run by a local artist collective, through a variety of group and solo shows. For February, we’ve chosen a love-themed group exhibition. Join us this first Friday!
Small Works Love Show
Friday, February 3rd
6pm – 9pm
623 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ
I will be exhibiting Diviners, a watercolor, ink and pastel painting, Say That Again, an ink drawing and giclée limited edition prints.
I have received an invitation to a surrealism group show, Figure So Surreal, in May. This will be a large gathering of surrealists — some whose work I’ve followed for many years. “A journey into the minds of over 3 dozen talented artists as they dance with images of a surrealist world. From Arizona and beyond!”, writes Travis Fields, curator. I’m very excited to be a part. You can visit Facebook to RSVP or learn more. I’ll have more details as the date gets closer.
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
Two of many paintings in progress.
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.
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.
Daisy Mountain, AZ
Wukoki Pueblo, AZ
San Francisco Peaks, Hart Prairie, AZ
New River, AZ
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.
Shingle Mill Hike
Shingle Mill Hike
Near Burma Road, Vashon
Here are some drawings (in situ) from the road trip to my new home.
This is my newest painting. Let Them Fall and Rise as Garnets, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 14″ x 12″.
Two paintings, Beloved and The Gift, have been selected for exhibition at Arizona Opera located at 1636 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ. You will be able to view them in the lobby from March 16th – June 5th. This is a wonderful venue featuring some of Arizona’s greatest vocal talents. I’m thrilled!
This is my latest painting, Windows Watch Us In, watercolor, ink and pastel, 8″ x 6 1/8″. This is a very small, intimate work.
These are lyrics from a song I once wrote many, many years ago:
Open the door and slide right into my skin.
Swing back the gate and let yourself back in.
What are you gonna do when you’re me?
What are you gonna do when I’m you?
Swing back the gate.
Lift up the latch.
I’m coming through.
You’re coming back.
I have finished the new work, When the Lines Disappear, I Am Not Afraid With You, 18 5/16″ x 26 5/16″, watercolor, ink and pastel. This is also available to view at my website, charmagnecoe.com.
I have several shows coalescing this fall and into the new year. My next show to announce is a solo exhibition right here in Flagstaff, AZ. I will be sharing original paintings and fine art prints. If you happen to be close by, join us for this lovely evening hosted by Rooftop Solar.
Below are two works that will be included in the Flagstaff show, as well as the above painting, Diving, Mining to Meet You. They are Crave Aurora and Oscillons.
Last weekend, while listening to local bluegrass in downtown Flagstaff, I enjoyed a long period of sketching. Sometimes a change of scenery can loosen the mind and the hand. A mimosa adds some ambiance too!
Needle and Thread, 2014, ink drawing.
Come, Capella, 2014, ink drawing.
Another from a while back… Drinks and Drinks, 2014, ink drawing.
I continue to write for Arcadia Magazine’s art column, “Familiar Spirits light a Way”… the title of which is kind of an interesting companion name to the title of this blog. Go here to see more. My latest installment discusses Diving, Mining to Meet You.
This is a beginning look at a work in progress. The character is slowly emerging and telling me his secrets.
Every day bodes a multitude of flurries and spaces. I stop and breathe in the moments because one never knows about tomorrow… but surely right now, I am alive to sense and to love. I am thankful to the lights in my life. Beauty is everywhere and in everyone.
I was intrigued by the experience of painting live for the first time at the Renaissance Downtown Phoenix Hotel. This event was created by Shade Projects of monOrchid Gallery. It was an elegant setting to get right to work recreating a capsule of my studio. The public was able to get a view of my process and works in progress and there were many thought-provoking questions and conversations. This was an intro to the larger solo exhibition event that will happen in November in Renaissance’s new West Wing Gallery. I’ll post more details soon!
Guess what? I have a brand new art website! If you would like to receive newsletters of upcoming shows and other events, or drop me a line, you can visit my contact page. Go to: http://charmagnecoe.com.
Some of this month’s drawings:
As my Phoenix exhibitions at Herberger Theater Art Gallery’s Show and Tell and monOrchid’s Thermal PHX draw to a close, I want to thank the many of you who sent encouraging notes and visited my work and me. Thank you to the brilliant art directors and staff members who made these beautiful events happen. Thank you for continuing to share in my love of creating art.
My first show was at Molly Holland Studio in Flagstaff, AZ almost four years ago. I had a large collection of works which were very much about the themes that inspire me now… pathos, the maternal bond, spiritual journeying and human connection. I quote Bjork: “My romantic gene is dominant.” At the time I had no budget for framing, so I did the unspeakable and presented the unframed works naked, taped onto black acid-free foam core. I prayed no one would accidentally sneeze on or bump into them. I would not recommend this to anyone who works with pastels. That night, visitors were happily surprised to have an up-close experience with a media that should otherwise absolutely remain behind glass. The exhibition went well and all the works remained intact and un-smudged.
“Then We Tilted”
I am fond of visiting my older works because they are, amongst other meaningful things, painted reflections of where I was in my life when I made them. New motherhood. Experiencing the death of a friend. Travels to southern Arizona. I have been asked many times: “How long does it take to make a painting?” My most uncomplicated answer would be, “My whole life”. That is what goes into an artwork. A culmination of life’s experience leading up to that work, as well as the actual hours of paintbrush on paper. But saying something like “four weeks” is the right answer too. Below are 2008 paintings from my personal collection.
“Angel From a Past Life”. This work was based upon a drawing.
I’ve submitted a blue ink drawing to the Illustration Friday‘s “Shades”. A dear friend agreed I should go with a ghostly theme, as opposed to sunglasses. I agreed. This is titled, “From Her Walls I Hear Refrains”.