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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.
Anemone, 2017, ink and watercolor drawing.
Organelle, 2017, ink drawing.
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.
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.
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.
This is my newest completed painting. In it, I responded to many ponderings on the way we recognize one another as human animals. How we coalesce because of another’s connection to our lives. I will leave it at that, as there are so many ways to travel from those conversational/meditative starting points. Our Faces Come Because You Look For Us, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel, 27 1/8″ x 19″, archival paper, unframed. You can view more at my shop. Enjoy.
Tonight, The Women Who Paint will again be having a group show at the Artery/Studio 6 based around the Art Detour 29 theme The Selfie. The artists included are Charmagne Coe, Carla Keaton, Cindy Schnackel, Lucretia Torva, Marisa Hall Valdez and Randy Zucker. I had to contemplate this theme for a bit… as I am not wont to think of myself as a solo self, but rather, I am me because of all of us. Universality. When I chose the works for the show, I saw my image in the works as me as having been affected by others. And, they are of you too if you see yourself there.
The Selfie Show
The Artery/Studio 6, 623 Indian School Road
First Friday, March 3rd, 6 – 10 pm
Art Detour Hours:
Third Friday, March 17th, 6 – 10 pm
Saturday, March 18th, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 19th, 11 am – 5 pm
A little more about Art Detour 29:
“Art Detour is expanding from two to four days in 2017, and will feature a diverse slate of activities created by local artists and art venues to celebrate the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene. The event is produced by Artlink Inc., in partnership with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix, AZ and Artlink Articipants.”
This is the recent drawing, Write the Words’ on Chapters’ Mouths.
Last month’s Small Works Love Show at The Artery was an intimate exhibition of works by my artist group, Ladies Who Paint. This gallery is located in the heart of Phoenix. It is home to the art collective at Studio 6; there art studios are upstairs… and when you visit, do take the time to see them! This was the first of many shows to come at this location throughout 2017. Below’s picture is courtesy of MJ Deen.
Diviners, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 8 15/16″ x 9″
It’s been an extremely first wet winter season in the PNW for me. Record-breaking, in fact. What an induction, let me tell you. There is always water clinging to ferns and filling the bird baths. The skies are blanketed in gray.
Though it’s enticing to only remain cozy inside by the wood stove or behind insulatory windows, it’s important to go adventuring outside into nature and let those subtle and powerful biophilic forces rejuvenate the spirit. There are many, many ecosystems I know very little about here, having recently moved in September. So I’m educating myself as I go. Hearty duck boots (circa 1991) and fingerless mittens help me go warmly sloshing around. Even on the wettest day, I find it newly feasible to zip up my raincoat and go down to the beach. The forest trails are dense and padded down in a mulch of wet leaves and slick soil. New environments and geography inform new adaptations, both aesthetic and in the mind. This is the middle of the dark Seattle area season, no doubt about it. I’m not acclimated to it yet, but I’m letting it in and feeling.
Lavished, ink drawing
Slip the Rocks and Water, ink drawing
Work in progress, watercolor, ink and pastel.
Below are recent drawings I’ve completed along the way and while traveling. They are created with black ink.
Future Forwards Her and She Declines
But There Was More, Ma Belle
Sign Inside the Current
It’s been extremely rewarding to pursue some new palettes this month and attend to several projects. Below are two of four paintings in progress, and I’m beginning another one today… I woke up thinking of rich indigo and filigree-like white lace. I’ll see where the spark takes me.
Having several concurrent paintings in progress affords me the ability to step back from one when I need to but also keep working on others. It’s important for me, and many other visual artists/writers, I’ve heard, to avoid developing myopia. As well, a kind of block can develop when all one’s hopes are tied to a single project — particularly one that is large and inundating. That happened to me several years ago while doing a large commission. At points, I felt completely overwhelmed; when I got to a puzzling element I would fixate on it and become mired. Time ticked away. I’d paint something that didn’t work, paint it over, then over again. Trickles of self-doubt began to form. Hitting the wall, my efforts became forced, which is anathema to my automatistic, spontaneous flow of creativity I need to create work that is truly alive, surprising and authentic. In frustration I found myself breaking away and taking out a sketchbook. I began drawing unrelated projects and it extinguished my anxiety. What emerged were some of my best drawings AND I returned to the large commission feeling rejuvenated, fueled and having fresh eyes. Time-wise too, it was crucial that I met the deadline, and thankfully I did! It was a learning curve.
I’ve since utilized this healthy discovery in creative process and I make sure to explore art in several directions at once. Not to an overwhelming degree, but just enough so that the projects are mutually beneficial as a whole. Each venture is informing the other, whether on a conscious or subconscious level. When a piece falls flat, I don’t trouble over it as much as I used to. Instead, I usually set it aside (I will often resurrect it later) and get to painting or drawing or writing something else. One creation is happily percolating while another creation is reaching a satisfying completion. I read along the way that “art feeds art”. It’s true.
The above painting, Windows Watch Us In, is the focus of my April art column installment, Honey Wove the Marrow, at Arcadia Magazine’s Online Sundries. In it I discuss identity, relating and a bit about fishing with my dad.
New painting: Drawn into Nectar, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 18″ x 15″, charmagnecoe.com. It is intended to be part of Essential Creatures, an exhibition honoring the pollinators of our world. This takes place at West of the Moon Gallery, 14 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001. (928) 774-0465. The open reception is April 3rd, 2015, First Friday, 6-9 pm and is continues till the end of April.
This painting encompasses many feelings of child-like wonder and an appreciation for our interconnectedness with nature. Below are some more detail pictures. I often feel there are many smaller paintings within a single painting. Enjoy!
It’s important to recognize the small creatures that support our web of life. Stop and observe. I encourage one not to immediately swat away or squash those who are simply doing their miniature, yet vital jobs as part of our life force. I personally experience the divine sacredness of life when I remember to slow down and look around at, and even better yet, look into nature. Here is a mourning cloak butterfly discovered last spring by my son. He/she was attached to a safe crevice on a wall outside our front door and had just emerged from the cocoon, wings still damp.
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 a large painting I started a couple of weeks ago. It is made with layers of watercolor, ink and pastel. Look at the outline of that … is it a bird, or?? This is one of those works that gently, sort of effortlessly unfolds. Already, I can see there will be multiple characters and plot twists. I had not intended it to be themed in any direction or for a particular show, but last night, out of the blue, I realized it would be just perfect for an upcoming group exhibition which focuses on pollinators. The show will happen at West of the Moon Gallery on April 3rd, Flagstaff First Friday Art Walk. But now that I’ve written it, I’m going to forget about times and dates and all that, and think about… paint. I’m excited. Can you tell?
Here is a piece from yesterday, When Suddenly, 2015, ink drawing on tan paper.
Not everything goes as planned, of course, but often there are elements of a painting that are just right, or that contain a nudge, or a hint, be it ever so small, of something I feel good about. And so I save those. I take out the scissors and snip out what I know I’ll miss otherwise. Those are like micro inspirations. Above is one such “snippet”. I found it hanging out under some glassine. As I look at it, if feels like this is its very own painting that’s simply unfinished. We shall see.
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This is my newest painting, Honey Wove the Marrow. It was created in several layers of watercolor, ink and pastel. This was a longer endeavor, lasting over five months. It was complex in theme and color work. I’m happy, yet a little melancholy, to see this work completed. So it goes. Enjoy.
I was asked once again to be a contributing writer of a six-month-long art column in Arcadia Magazine. It will feature six of my paintings and ponderings/poetry about life, art and mystery. This will begin in March. I’m honored to continue being a part of their team!