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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.
Here is my latest painting. The process of it almost haunted me as I swam from color to color, through tawny swirls of soil and rosy blossoms, then finally arrived at a greener palette. It seemed to me to be reflective of an innate tendency to draw toward nature, away from man made material, to be humbled and alive in a force that is greater than us, yet every bit a part of who we are. I feel we all need to go there, lost into nature places, to remember what we cannot say with words. I still feel a lot of mystery about this work. I wonder if some day I might meet someone who knows the rest of the story.
When He Himself Is Covered Green, 2016, watercolor, ink and pastel, 12 3/16″ x 15 15/16″.
In 2010 I painted The Gift. I am thrilled that this magical painting will be included and for sale in Herberger Theater Art Gallery’s upcoming group exhibition, Home for the Holidays. This show will be located at their Arizona Center gallery at 455 N. Third Street, Suite 1200 in Phoenix, AZ, opening reception November 18th, 6-8pm. The show runs from November 18th – January 16th.
Below is a work in progress.
I’ll leave you with a little drawing. Feel all there is with and within the one you love, while you have the time.
I’ll Stay Awake to See Your Colors
This is my latest painting. The Eyes and Hands Who Make Strong, 16″ x 16″, watercolor, ink and pastel. http://charmagnecoe.com.
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.
Future Forwards Her and She Declines
But There Was More, Ma Belle
Sign Inside the Current
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.
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.
This is a drawing from today, Tones Within Her Solace’s Wing. It is one of my “menagerie drawings” seen here.
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.
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.
Even when a painting doesn’t come together successfully, I will snip out a fragment I can’t part with. I like her. 🙂
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.
I’ve been working diligently on several paintings. These are all images of works in progress, thought these are not all I’m working on!
These nude drawings were made with a lovely, fat-tipped pen my artist friend, Rebecca, gave to me. I hope to portray the body in a way that is exuberant and free.