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In four days, I join forces with seven other regional artists in the group exhibition, Elements of Style: Color, Line & Texture. It all happens Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6-9pm, coinciding with the special “Summer Spectacular” Thursday night Scottsdale Art Walk in Old Town Scottsdale. 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, Scottsdale, AZ. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, August 25, 2018.

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This exhibition showcases the work of eight noteworthy artists based in both Arizona and Texas including Angel Cabrales, Charmagne Coe, ColorOrgy, David Allan Paul, Dan Pederson, James Anthony Peters, Daniel Shepherd, and Marilyn Szabo. Their work is original, captivating, pushing boundaries and redefining their mediums in contemporary art today. The evening will feature an opportunity to meet the featured artists, lively art discussion, as well as light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments,” states Nicole Royse, owner and curator at Royse Contemporary. More information: roysecontemporary.com and https://m.facebook.com/events/1413397598760660#!/events/1413397598760660. We hope to see you there!

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In Elements of Style, I will be featuring my latest painting, full of hope and humor, Flesh the Meadow. It is approximately 31″ x 39″framed.

Here also are some of my most recent works.

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I continue to travel the side roads in my process. Incorporating new media – like feathers (the one below is yet another found gift from my son!), scraps of fabric, wood and string – is a playful investigation, and very spontaneous. These elements add literal and metaphorical dimension to my painted narratives. This joyful work is Feral the Foxes, 2018 watercolor, ink, pastel, acrylic, charcoal and found feather, 27” x 21″, unframed.

Well Spirit, Well-Spun.2018.300dpi.full_image.ccoe.jpgThis is another painting in which I’ve subtly gravitated in a newer direction and have collaged pieces and used acrylic for added texture. Well Spirit, Well-Spun, 2018, 12 1/4″ x 9″, watercolor, ink, pastel and acrylic.

And… one of my favorite figurative drawings so far this year. Hear Tell, 2018, pastel and ink on cotton paper.

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Thank you for reading! Have a great July!

Happy New Year to you! 2018 has greeted me with a lot of new opportunities and creative plans in progress. Tomorrow is my first solo exhibition of the year and I hope you’ll join me!

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Royse Contemporary, in Downtown Scottsdale, AZ, will present my drawings and paintings in my solo exhibition, Pan Door. This is a first-ever showing of my watercolor, ink and pastel surreal drawings. It will also include my newest works. The above picture is a detail from Nigh Blossoms, 2017, 20″ x 19 1/2″, watercolor, ink and pastel. Opening reception tomorrow night!

Pan Door
A Solo Exhibition of Surreal Drawings and Paintings

Opening Reception:  January 11th, 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Exhibition dates:  January 11th – February 3rd
Royse Contemporary, 7077 E Main St Suite 6, Scottsdale, 85251
You may direct inquiries to nicole@nicoleroyse.com

The following are excerpts from my artist statement:

“While the artworks may seem fantastical, they are also rooted in the material and immaterial substance of daily life and history. In viewing these works, you may see the shifting of a paradigm, the transformative dynamics within a relationship, accepted pain, hope illuminated and the pursuit of joy.”

“Her most recent methods are less refined and more raw as she pushes the limits of her skills and media in hopes of imparting the message most authentically and alive.  The driving forces of her work are love and egalitarianism. In weaving together characters and environments, she shows the tangible and intangible ways people connect to one another, to the collective unconscious and with their natural world.”

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Pan Door, 2017, 6″ x 6″,  watercolor, ink and pastel.
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Some drawings included at the exhibition:
Thank you for reading and for your kind support of my artwork. I wish you all a year with much love and joy.

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Details:

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For many works, I’ve recently nixed my tape+staple routine of laying out a painting for a more immediate method. I simply lay my paper on a wood panel, untaped, and begin working.  No clean edges. Rawer work method,  like the old days. I’ve tried this with my little works, to wonderful effect… and have recently started a larger work in the same way. A simple step away from what could become cumbersome can open up new channels and free the work to flow in new directions. Very important. For those who paint, I am using a fabulous 200 lb Saunders Waterford cold press paper… it is very sturdy and does not warp easily, hence the ability to “rough it”. 🙂

I’m really happy to share that I’ve created a new series: Micro Drawings. These small, expressive drawings are thoughtfully created with my favorite medias, watercolor, ink and pastel, on fine 100% cotton paper. They are just right for those who seek a small and meaningful collectible to beautify their environment. Each one is $50 and available in my online shop. I am so enjoying creating these!

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Please keep my art in mind as we approach the holidays! It’s been a full year in my studio, weaving together stories on canvas and paper. I’ve created miniature to large works, and always with my heart on my sleeve.  You may contact me or Royse Contemporary gallery in Scottsdale with any art queries. We’d love to hear from you! To see my full inventory, visit: http://charmagnecoe.com. #GiveArt #SupportArtYouLove

nov 2017

Hello.

Here is fresh, little work to express a love of diversity, and the love of beauty – innate and soulish and envisioned and created and wholly, divinely human. Yes, My Bee, You Should Wear Pink, 5 1/2″ x 7″, 2017,  watercolor, ink and pastel. It IS available here.

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The details:

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These are drawings I’ve created in the last several weeks.

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Bird and Blue, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel drawing

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On the Eve of Sun Lights, 2017, ink and fingerpainted wine drawing. Is wine archival? Um. Hmm.

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This drawing in progress, in my Elementals series. My last drawing I created like this was for the inside of a limited edition gatefold album for Pausal on the Infraction label. You can visit this album and see pics of the artwork at bandcamp. In this work, I’m creating a composite: I draw automatistic shapes and figures separately, then I arrange and redraw them into a menagerie. It is so, so much fun to do. My plan for this work is inclusion in an upcoming drawing and painting exhibition.

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For more pictures and updates about works in progress, new work and exhibition news, visit my Instagram and Facebook page.

Happy and wonderful fall days to you!

 

This week I completed a painting that was… arduous, completely puzzling every step of the way, and made me thankful to have learned even more about the media in which I work.

Here’s Tectonic, With Love, 2017, 19 1/8 x 18 5/16″, watercolor, ink and pastel.

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At different turns, I’d hear, “You’re not done… there’s still a little bit/lot more left to paint here”, or, “It’s time to take a big risk — do or die.” The colors and layers were worked wet and dry, scraped away, rubbed into the Saunders Waterford paper till the fibers swirled, smashed, lifted with my apron, swept with a fan brush, erased into gauzy films…. I knew many years ago that my decision to work with these three media would provide me with endless challenge and creativity. I’m happy that this painting incorporates several abstracted elements, figures and what, to me, feels like an aerial and undulating perspective into relational terrain.

Here are some detail pictures.

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When I finish a work, there’s still more to do. After the paint is dry, I pull back the painting tape to see the sharp line of the reveal, where the textured media stops against the contrasting tooth of cotton paper. I remove all of the staples and sign/date/title the back of the painting. Then I store the work under glassine to keep it safe from dust and damage. Sometimes a client will purchase the work unframed, and other times I will have it custom framed — always with conservation quality materials. Each painting has its own distinct frame, specifically selected for the hues, personality, and story.

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The below inked works incorporate different colors and applications of media. I found some older Microns with scruffed-up tips to make some interesting marks. Next week, I plan to work out some ideas on black and brown papers, so come back and visit.

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Watch, 2017, ink drawing

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From All Sides, the Surprising, 2017, ink and watercolor drawing

I have two upcoming September exhibitions, both curated by Nicole Royse. I will be posting more about those events in my next entry. You can also keep abreast of my shows at Facebook, Twitter and signing up for my newsletter at my website.

If you have a questions about my work, feel free to drop me a line!

As always, take care….

I completed this painting last week, and the title seemed obvious to me. Two figures connect  and travel earthy caverns. Here is The Passage, 2017, 7 1/8″ x 10 1/4″, watercolor, ink and pastel. It is available here

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Details:

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It really is all in the details. I have a lot of fun panning out and zooming in as I work. I always feel there are many little paintings within the one.

Here are some other drawn works finished this month.

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To Eat the Bread In Your Wild Wakes

To Eat the Bread in Your Wild Wakes

The drawing below, made with sienna ink and pastel, is part of my biophilic series, elementals.

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Lilt

Thank you again for coming by to look and read.

Thicket is my newest abstract and surreal painting, created with watercolor, ink and pastel, 19 1/4″ x 20″.

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I began this more abstract painting, much as I do many, with only a slight perception of where the story might take me. My lines felt very much in sync with how I make contour drawings, but by using larger movements. India ink is a marvelous medium because it is so powerful, lustrous and unforgiving. Because this ink is permanent, creating with it feels like cliff-jumping. Sometimes I decide to jump really big. Why not? This work is figurative in the slightest, wildest sense. I hope to impart a kind of biophilic, nature-needing impulse.

Thicket is immediately available for purchase at my website.

Here are some recent ink drawings.

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The Praise. This is a drawing from my series, elementals. 

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Above is a detail picture from one of my small paintings in progress. This bird found itself on the edges of a lavender structure. I didn’t know it was a bird till I put a drop of black India ink on the sienna oval… and voila. Tweet, tweet.

It has been a productive summer thus far in my new home/old hometown, Phoenix. It’s heating up, but I feel my body adjusting to the encroaching 110+ temps. However, I won’t mind heading up north to my other mountain home, Flagstaff, to cool off and be inspired by the lupines, primroses and wild orchids.

Below is truly an Arizona drawing called Mountains and Mesas, 2016. I made it while living in an alternate reality of dewy, humid nature in the PNW.

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This is a new miniature work. It is Lighten, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel. The painting is available at my website.
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Much of my drawing has always investigated human connection with nature. Several years ago, I read Biophilia by Edward O. Wilson. Written in 1984, this book was ahead of its time with its environmental revelations. The close-up, introspective examination of flora and fauna worlds had a lasting impression on me. He expressed our inherent need to be in a healthy, symbiotic relationship with our planet’s ecosystems of which we are a part. We are a part of this earth’s whole. I am investigating that connection even more in my new series, Elementals. The drawings are less structured, even less representationally figurative than my other work. In 2013, I began to draw these during a limited edition album art project for Pausal’s Along the Mantic Spring (below)… and I realized this the other day in a “haven’t I seen these before?” moment.

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They are a combination of my emotional, innate responses and spontaneous expressions of nature.

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Filial, 2017, ink drawing

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Gist Across Over, 2017, ink drawing

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Moonlit Stitch, 2017, ink drawing

If you are interested in collecting my drawn works, I do offer them for sale at my website. You can see and purchase them from me directly if you live in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Also feel free to PM me with any questions or thoughts.

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Yesterday, I pulled out the staples adhering the painting, Calamus,to its board, and untaped the border to show the reveal (clean edges). On the back, I wrote my title, signature and date painted. Lastly, I covered it with protective glassine till it is ready to take to the framers. I savor all the small, careful steps that go into the process of making, learning and caring for art.

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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.

Upcoming events this week…

Joe Holdren, the talent behind the historic Icehouse art gallery in downtown phoenix, has invited several Arizona artists to participate in Put the Art in pARTy and I’m pleased to be included. This is a group exhibition happening during Art Detour 29 in Downtown Phoenix to meet and greet many artists that live and work around Phoenix area. This will be concurrent to the wonderful show, Songs Untitled, by artists, Dan Pederson, Joe Holdren, Carol O’Hara Sherwood and Onna Voellmer. Below are pictures of their work. The Art Party is Saturday 10am -2am through Sunday 10am – 5pm, March 18th – 19th, 429 W. Jackson St.! Come on by, enjoy the art, speak with the artists, hear live music and have some refreshments.

I took the following pictures (the first one below is by Joe) when I dropped off my artwork last week. You can see that the crew at Icehouse is busy putting up new lighting in preparation for a fantastic time!

With my two work, Awake and Diviners.



I also have these four artworks, two drawings and two paintings, at The Artery, during Art Detour 29. These will be included in the group show with Ladies Who Paint. Also be sure to walk upstairs and view the studios of artists such as  Ann Morriss Osgood and Laura Cohen-Hogan.

Third Friday, March 17th, 6 – 10 pm
Saturday, March 18th, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 19th, 11 am – 5 pm




It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Nicole Royse for YabYum online music and art magazine for Phoenix, AZ. You can read it here


It’s been full speed ahead the past couple of weeks! I have completed the painting, Calamus, and started several more. Below are detail pictures of one I’m working on.


If you have any questions regarding any of the artworks you’ve seen in this or past blog posts, please contact me!

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