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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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Findway

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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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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 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.

These are new drawings in a variety of inks and line qualities. Enjoy the stories in each one. 
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In the Hour’s Patience

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This is my latest painting. The Eyes and Hands Who Make Strong, 16″ x 16″, watercolor, ink and pastel. http://charmagnecoe.com.

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It was an odyssey-like experience to create this complex work. I utilized more layers than I ever have before. I also intensified and stretched the use of my techniques:  there are thick impasto strokes of watercolor, dissolved pastel set against dots of India ink and at times I used my fingernails to scrape through layers of paint to uncover melded color relationships. Throughout the work are many creatures reaching to ignite the message. Enjoy. And take care!

Below are recent drawings I’ve completed along the way and while traveling. They are created with black ink.

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work in progress for pollination show, by Charmagne Coe

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?

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Here is a piece from yesterday, When Suddenly, 2015, ink drawing on tan paper.

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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.

Thanks for popping in. Thanks all for the kind comments and adding me to your reader. Take care.

Hello, and happy Thanksgiving to my American friends out there! I’ve had the most lush, wet scenery to view outside my studio window. The rain dripped through the pink and cranberry-tinted trees that line our street. Then it turned to snow. Every year, as the cold season approaches, it inspires more reflectiveness. It reminds me to slow down, look at and listen to the elements, both outside and inwardly. I am pleased to reach the conclusion to this latest painting.

Creators, 19 7/8″ x 19 1/8″, watercolor, ink and pastel.

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Another work in progress…

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This is a drawing from today, Tones Within Her Solace’s Wing. It is one of my “menagerie drawings” seen here.

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Last week, The New York Times published the article, “Art Makes You Smart”, by Brian Kisida, Jay P. Greene and Daniel H. Bowen.  It is worthy of contemplation as U.S. schools tend to move in a direction more devoid of art programs due to lack of funding and reorganization of educational outcomes. I have long held the opinion that the more children are exposed to a variety of arts, the more receptive their brains will be to decode and incorporate complex, diverse information that impacts their lives. The article stated:

“Students who participated in the School Visit Program demonstrated significantly stronger critical thinking skills when analyzing a new painting.”

“Students… displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions.”

The article argues that there are, in fact, strong causal relationships. What importance will we place upon the arts in future education models? Shouldn’t the arts be accepted as crucial elements of healthy childhood development?

Thank you for coming by to see my latest. Take care.

I have finished a new work. This is “Crave Aurora”. 12″ x 13″, watercolor, ink and pastel. You can also view it at my website, charmagnecoe.com.

Crave Aurora, painting by Charmagne Coe

Just a reminder, I have created limited edition prints of the fantastical painting, Hinder Be Go. The volume is only 50 large. You can contact me here or go to my Etsy shop for more information.

Hinder Be Go, painting by Charmagne Coe
Here is Steel and Fragile Hopes, my submission for Illustration Friday’s theme, “Egg”.

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Even when a painting doesn’t come together successfully, I will snip out a fragment I can’t part with. I like her. 🙂

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I was delighted when Philippe Debongnie invited me to submit an artwork for his project, Jazz and Draw. Each participating artist selects a jazz song and then creates an original, visual interpretation which are featured at his website. My contribution is the painting, “Vessel”. It is in response to “Body and Soul” sung by Billie Holiday.

Here is Lady Day in 1945.

And another at the L.A. Philharmonic Auditorium in 1945.

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