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Here is my most recent painting. I so enjoyed the creation of this biophilic and expressive work. I continue to explore the automatistic, spontaneous pulse of the narrative that unfolds when I paint or draw each element. And as well, I seek to combine the spontaneous gestures with my personal reflections on nature and life at large. You can also see this work at my website.

The Verse Of Flora’s Gate, watercolor, ink and pastel, 14 5/8″ x 11 1/4″.

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Detail pics:

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I’ve joined a group of Arizona artists who meet monthly. We enjoy discussing technique and latest community arts news, planning painting/drawing meetups and collaborate on exhibits.  12 of us will now be presenting our work in The Artery, a gallery run by a local artist collective, through a variety of group and solo shows. For February, we’ve chosen a love-themed group exhibition. Join us this first Friday!

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Small Works Love Show
Opening Reception
Friday, February 3rd
6pm – 9pm
623 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ

 

I will be exhibiting Diviners, a watercolor, ink and pastel painting, Say That Again, an ink drawing and giclée limited edition prints.

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I have received an invitation to a surrealism group show, Figure So Surreal, in May. This will be a large gathering of surrealists — some whose work I’ve followed for many years. “A journey into the minds of over 3 dozen talented artists as they dance with images of a surrealist world. From Arizona and beyond!”, writes Travis Fields, curator. I’m very excited to be a part. You can visit Facebook to RSVP or learn more. I’ll have more details as the date gets closer.

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

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"Living. Give My Regards to Anubis", drawing by Charmagne Coe
“Living. Give My Regards to Anubis”
and below, “Perpetual”

"Perpetual", drawing by Charmagne CoeAt Society6, very affordable open edition prints of my drawings are available. This one is “The Agate/Come Alive”.

Guess what? I have a brand new art website! If you would like to receive newsletters of upcoming shows and other events, or drop me a line,  you can visit my contact page. Go to:  http://charmagnecoe.com.

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Some of this month’s drawings:

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As my Phoenix exhibitions at Herberger Theater Art Gallery’s Show and Tell and monOrchid’s Thermal PHX draw to a close, I want to thank the many of you who sent encouraging notes and visited my work and me. Thank you to the brilliant art directors and staff members who made these beautiful events happen. Thank you for continuing to share in my love of creating art.

I have been working on thumbnails for a science fiction theme. I chose the novel, The Child Garden, by Geoff Ryman. The protagonists, Milena and Rolfa, are ideal characters for creative inspiration. The two live in a genetically-controlled world in which viruses are used to educate the masses. Milena, who is immune to the hive mind’s viruses, falls in love with a genetically modified polar she-bear, Rolfa. Together, they are a subversive force against the social conformity.

The Child Garden, by Geoff Ryman

Below are some simple preliminary sketches.

preliminary sketch of Milena and Rolfa, by Charmagne Coe
preliminary sketch of Milena and Rolfa, by Charmagne Coe
preliminary sketch of Milena and Rolfa, by Charmagne Coe

This is another unrelated drawing I did a while back, but I would love to dovetail some of its elements because it seems so harmonious with the chosen theme.

Beast, drawing by Charmagne Coe

Here is a drawing I submitted this week for Illustration Friday‘s topic, “Swim”. It’s titled Past the Breakers.

Past the Breakers, drawing by Charmagne Coe

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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More work is viewable at charmagnecoe.com.

Today the sun shines warmly and my eyes feel like they are opening again. I’ve felt down lately. Tactile things in nature comfort and remind me that I am me, and I am a part of earth’s flesh and blood and dust. Chips of salt crystal, shell, a decaying saguaro spine….

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I like the Illustration Friday topic this week — “Edge”. Here is my entry titled, “Love in Fossil and Feather”.

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I hope you are having a beautiful new year. Be yourself, no matter what. It’s enough.

This is”Undulation”, a painted drawing. I’ve submitted it to Illustration Friday for their theme, “Lonely”.

“Climb” is another drawing from this week.

This is my painted drawing, “Air Tectonic”.

It was submitted to Illustration Friday‘s theme, “Carry”

These next two paintings are actually painted drawings, or so that is how I think of them.  I draw first, paint later. My last post containing the work, “Cords”, was also created in this way. It is a direction I took much earlier in my evolution as an artist and I am enjoying the freedom and simplicity of this method once again. I have submitted the first work below to Illustration Friday’s theme, “Lost”.

“The Calliope”

“Papa”

Drawings from this week.


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