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I completed this painting last week, and the title seemed obvious to me. Two figures connect  and travel earthy caverns. Here is The Passage, 2017, 7 1/8″ x 10 1/4″, watercolor, ink and pastel. It is available here

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Details:

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It really is all in the details. I have a lot of fun panning out and zooming in as I work. I always feel there are many little paintings within the one.

Here are some other drawn works finished this month.

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Pieces and Graces

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Bouquet

To Eat the Bread In Your Wild Wakes

To Eat the Bread in Your Wild Wakes

The drawing below, made with sienna ink and pastel, is part of my biophilic series, elementals.

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Lilt

Thank you again for coming by to look and read.

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 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.

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New painting: Drawn into Nectar, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 18″ x 15″, charmagnecoe.com. It is intended to be part of Essential Creatures, an exhibition honoring the pollinators of our world. This takes place at West of the Moon Gallery, 14 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001. (928) 774-0465. The open reception is April 3rd, 2015, First Friday, 6-9 pm and is continues till the end of April.

This painting encompasses many feelings of child-like wonder and an appreciation for our interconnectedness with nature. Below are some more detail pictures. I often feel there are many smaller paintings within a single painting. Enjoy!

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It’s important to recognize the small creatures that support our web of life. Stop and observe. I encourage one not to immediately swat away or squash those who are simply doing their miniature, yet vital jobs as part of our life force. I personally experience the divine sacredness of life when I remember to slow down and look around at, and even better yet, look into nature. Here is a mourning cloak butterfly discovered last spring by my son. He/she was attached to a safe crevice on a wall outside our front door and had just emerged from the cocoon, wings still damp.

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I have now completed the painting that I’ve worked on for so long. Rider, 27″ x 19″, watecolor, ink and pastel.

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Detail pictures.

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I have enjoyed reading about the biophilia hypothesis, created by evolutionary biologist, Edward O. Wilson, which states humans inherently have an attraction toward participating with other life forms in nature. Evolutionary psychology is also a good part of such a discussion; we are thus attracted because of adaptations occurring through the evolution of our ancestry.  I search out and am drawn toward nature encounters, like dipping my hands into a writhing mound of convergent lady-beetles or discovering an Arizona cliff-side honeycombed with bald-eagle nests. These encounters are intersecting points that stir something deeper within me, something deeply known that is beyond this present life. Separated from those experiences, I feel less of nature, less of me, less of you. It is yet another fascinating layer of experiencing and being aware of interconnectedness. We are not solo journeyers.

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Here are recent drawings.

Pedigree, 2014, ink drawing.

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An older drawing I recalled while writing this post. Returning, 2012, ink drawing.

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And…
Feverers, 2014, ink drawing.

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Arizona Handmade Gallery presented my paintings at their May First Friday Art Walk. The gallery was elbow-to-elbow. As always, Art Walk is a marvelous time to see the diverse community of Flagstaff and to meet someone new. I had the privilege of being featured alongside Alan Potter, a sculptor of delightful and curious raku creatures. Thank you to all of you for coming out that evening. My paintings will continue to be exhibited at the gallery through July 2012.




These last two weeks, as you can imagine, have been a whirlwind of activity, so a lot of my creative efforts have been happening on the fly. Drawing is absolutely perfect that way. These are some.

“The Care and Feeding”

“Enclosed, In Close”

“Divinity”


“The Glen”


This is my weekly entry for Illustration Friday’s theme, “Sight”.  It is titled “Ever Trails”.


Nature is at its best right now in Northern Arizona, as is the weather. These are pictures from my visit to Garland Prairie. If you can’t get ahold of me, well, I’m hiking. 🙂

Finally, I am happy that President Obama has publicly voiced his new and evolved position on marriage equality. Let us all be brave for one another because of love. We must stand together and be strong with those who suffer injustice.

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