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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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Oyster

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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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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.

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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.

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Point Defiance, Tacoma

Ferry to Vashon

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Here are some drawings (in situ) from the road trip to my new home.

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The Keep FeelingNow, I continue to unpack and organize. I hope to be up and painting by next week. Thanks for reading along!

Thank you, everyone, for attending and sending kind wishes for my solo show at Rooftop Solar Art Space! It was a wonderful time and there were SO many people! Elbow to elbow at some points. I appreciate the one-to-one conversations and meeting people I never would otherwise. We were accompanied by the jazz sounds of Victor Ziegelbaum, who played and sang everything from Django Reinhardt to Cole Porter. Crave Aurora and Effusion were sold, and so I bid them goodbye. (I do get a lump in my throat, every time.)

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I was planning to say yet another goodbye. This time, to Arcadia Magazine. My most recent and last installment of the six-month-long art column, “Familiar Spirits Light a Way”, was sent to the editor on Monday. However, to my happy surprise, he wrote back and invited me to stay on for another six months. How can I say no? I can’t!  So, in a couple of months, I will again start a new adventure with another collection of six paintings. For now… go visit Arcadia to read the last of this series featuring Oscillons.

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Following are some selected drawings from this week. Enjoy.

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This song has been echoing in my mind lately. Warpaint, “Love is to Die”.

 

Let us be like birds who build their nests, hair by string by feather by dried grass, placing great effort and infinite love into life.

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Hello, and happy new year to you all!

Here is my latest painting, Darkness, Adora.

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I am a guest artist in the ongoing and beautiful group show, “(un)Still Life”. Three of my works are hanging. The exhibition was juried by local figurative artist, Erica Vhay. It is presented at Coconino Center for the Arts through February 20th, 2014 at 2300 N. Fort Valley Road (Rte. 180) in Flagstaff. http://culturalpartners.org/unstill/.


Charmagne Coe with "Foragers" at Coconino Center for the Arts
I am a guest artist in the ongoing and beautiful group show, “(un)Still Life”. Three of my works are hanging. The exhibition was juried by local figurative artist, Erica Vhay. It is presented at Coconino Center for the Arts through February 20th, 2014 at 2300 N. Fort Valley Road (Rte. 180) in Flagstaff, AZ. http://culturalpartners.org/unstill/.

I am preparing for many upcoming exhibitions with several large works in progress. In my email newsletter, I include several sneak peeks and advance notices of shows and publications. If you would like to subscribe, go to:  http://charmagnecoe.com/contact/.

I’m around here, feeling Fall. The frost is coming and so it will soon be time to turn over the garden and dry herbs. I have a show coming up in Flagstaff which means I’m busy organizing artwork. The studio has become unwalkable. I will have (eek!!) some of my drawings for viewing, some for sale.

Today, we have a tornado watch in little ‘ol Flagstaff. Two touchdowns in a nearby community. I don’t know what to make of the last two years in this town… wildfires, blizzards, floods, tornadoes. While all else sort of stays relatively the same here, the weather is writing history.

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