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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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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.

A departure, a change, a derivation, a rabbit hole…  I like where this little work took me. I abraded the surface with so much moisture, it curled back. I scrubbed pastel into the cotton fibers till they frayed and my knuckles were raw. Here is little Calamus, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel, 9 3/8 x 7″.

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And details. Some of them from the side, so you can view the textures.

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This work is available to view and purchase at my website’s shop.

Enjoy the following two new works.

Sun Breaks With Helios, 2016, watercolor, ink and pastel, 13″ x 15 3/4″.

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Locus One For Another, 2016, watercolor, ink and pastel, 10 1/2″ x 9″.

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These new paintings and others are available to purchase at my website: http://charmagnecoe.com/store/

Ghost Gallery continues to represent the following miniature works, Awake, and Stir. These are a lovely, though unintentional, pairing.

 

 

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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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!

I am happy to announce an upcoming solo exhibition! This will take place in Phoenix, Arizona at the The Renaissance Hotel in their new West Wing Gallery. It is curated by Shade Projects of monOrchid gallery. I will be presenting many, many new and larger paintings.  Also, for the very first time, I will be painting live on Saturday. Please come join me to see my finished works and some works in progress. The two paintings below are included in the show. Here are the details:

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown
West Wing Gallery
50 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, (602) 333-0000

Live Painting Reception, October 19th, 6 – 9 pm

In December, there will be an opening reception. Stay posted!

Beloved, 2013, 19 7/8″ x 18 17/18″, watercolor, ink and pastel

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Kinder Storm, 2013, 14 7/8″ x 15 7/8″, watercolor, ink and pastel

Kinder Storm, painting by Charmagne Coe

Thank you for perusing my artworks! I am always happy to receive communication, so drop me a line any time!

Here is my newest painting, “Gale Embrace”. Watercolor, ink and pastel, 15 15/16″ x 18 1/8″.

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For Illustration Friday, I’ve created a little painted drawing, “Finding the Notes”. Their theme this week is “Tribute”.

8724725514_dbdbdb86dd_cI am so happy to announce that I am opening shop… at Society6! After many requests for my drawings, I’ve decided to offer open edition prints. Each is a gallery quality giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. The prints are custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing and can be purchased in a variety of sizes. Come by and see me there!

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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.

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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.

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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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Smitten by anything aquatic, it was a thrill to see this week’s theme by Illustration Friday,”Ocean”. Here is my contribution, a miniature painting (5 3/16″ x 5 1/2″), “Effusion”.

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