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This is one of my new paintings, Rain With Different Frames, 9″ x 7″, made with watercolor, ink and pastel.  My work moves in organic directions; I draw or paint what is authentically in my vision at the time, and stay very open to whatever else could surprisingly evolve. The themes take form as characters and textural atmospheres, both of equal importance, which relates my conviction that we are a part of this world, and it is a part of us. That is spiritual to me. When I am asked what inspires me, the “what” for me is found wherever my life is, or where my mind has wondered while reading a news article, researching, observing my children, listening to a song, walking through a temperate rain forest… the wondering finds me again in my studio.

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Each work contains story lines woven together to form a whole narrative. Though the drawings and paintings may be fantastical in appearance, I feel they also contain metaphorical expressions that embody every day experiences.

And mysteries too.

Below is another new work. A miniature. This is The Appearance, 4 5/8″ x 4 1/8″, watercolor, ink and pastel.

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You can find both of these works and others at my website, http://charmagnecoe.com.

Thank you for reading! Have a lovely weekend.

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.

This is my newest completed painting. In it, I responded to many ponderings on the way we recognize one another as human animals. How we coalesce because of another’s connection to our lives. I will leave it at that, as there are so many ways to travel from those conversational/meditative starting points. Our Faces Come Because You Look For Us, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel, 27 1/8″ x 19″, archival paper, unframed. You can view more at my shop. Enjoy.

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Tonight, The Women Who Paint will again be having a group show at the Artery/Studio 6 based around the Art Detour 29 theme The Selfie. The artists included are Charmagne Coe, Carla Keaton, Cindy Schnackel, Lucretia Torva, Marisa Hall Valdez and Randy Zucker. I had to contemplate this theme for a bit… as I am not wont to think of myself as a solo self, but rather, I am me because of all of us. Universality. When I chose the works for the show, I saw my image in the works as me as having been affected by others. And, they are of you too if you see yourself there.

The Selfie Show 
The Artery/Studio 6, 623 Indian School Road

Opening Reception:
First Friday, March 3rd, 6 – 10 pm

Art Detour Hours:
Third Friday, March 17th, 6 – 10 pm
Saturday, March 18th, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 19th, 11 am – 5 pm

A little more about Art Detour 29:

“Art Detour is expanding from two to four days in 2017, and will feature a diverse slate of activities created by local artists and art venues to celebrate the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene. The event is produced by Artlink Inc., in partnership with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix, AZ and Artlink Articipants.”

This is the recent drawing, Write the Words’ on Chapters’ Mouths. 

Last month’s Small Works Love Show at The Artery was an intimate exhibition of works by my artist group, Ladies Who Paint. This gallery is located in the heart of Phoenix. It is home to the art collective at Studio 6; there art studios are upstairs… and when you visit, do take the time to see them! This was the first of many shows to come at this location throughout 2017. Below’s picture is courtesy of MJ Deen.



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.

 

 

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

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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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More work is viewable at charmagnecoe.com.

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.

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