Artist in Mixed Media Mosaic Collage and Jewelry

Thursday, May 25, 2017

THE WISEWALKERS CAME TO VISIT ...



I LOVE DOING MY 'WISEWALKERS'.  I FEEL LIKE I AM ABLE TO STEAL SMALL BITS OF WISDOM FROM THEM AS THEY APPEAR ON THE CANVAS BEFORE ME.




'THE WISEWALKERS: 
COATS OF MANY COLORS, YEARS OF MANY SMILES'

12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage

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We recently went through the small town of Palouse, which is located, appropriately, on the Palouse Prairie in Southeastern Washington.  This 'bus' was parked on one of the side streets and I thought I would include it here.  It caught my attention because, by the style, you can tell it's quite old.  But, it's licensed and the tires are good, so it seems like someone has converted this to an RV.  It is definitely someone's 'Happy Hour'.  :)







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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .



O.K. This is a stretch, but I can see a bear, laying on his back, with his head up in the air, wondering ... what the heck he is doing there.

Palouse Country Clouds.  They have some of the prettiest skies down there.


CHARLEEN

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

LAUNDRY DAY!


THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT CLOTHES HUNG ON A CLOTHESLINE.  REMEMBERANCES OF A SIMPLER TIME . . .




'WASHDAY CONVERSATION'


12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage on Canvas


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SHARING SOME FLOWERS  . . .



Fuchsias that fell off and were floated in a Wine Glass
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I love the color!)




I'm including this rose just so I can tell you the name of it ...
It's called 'Mustard and Ketchup'
It's a little hard to see but the new petals in the center are a mustard yellow.
Someone had a sense of humor.  :)


"I must have flowers, always, and always ..."
                                    ~  Monet


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .




These Clouds seem a little Spiritual, don't you think?


CHARLEEN



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

ITS GOING TO BE A HOT ONE MARY ...




BUT NOT HERE.  NOT YET ...



IT'S GOING TO BE A HOT ONE MARY ...

6 x 8" on  Wood Panel

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We may hit 70 by the end of the week.  That would be very nice.  After spending several months down in Arizona and then coming back to snow and 30 degree temperatures has not been fun.  Here it is the beginning of May and there is not one Tulip or Daffodil to be seen.  That's just cruel.

These are both 6 x 8's.  I like doing these little landscapes.  Half the fun is imaging what life would be like actually living in or near these places.  I could just see Grandpa standing on the front porch, coffee in hand, looking out past the barn, and saying to Grandma "It's going to be a hot one Mary."

Of course, my grandparents lived in a brick row house in New York when I was young, so this definitely wasn't them.  Imagination is great.  :)




LILAC MOON

6 X 8" Acrylic on Textured wood panel


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .




This one was hard, even with all its dark and light, fluff and depth.  But, I finally found a face up in the right corner.  He looks a little mystified and I don't blame him.  I would be too, if someone was invading my privacy and putting my face all over the internet!

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Artists live in unknown spaces and give themselves over to
following something unknown.
~ Kiki Smith


Charleen


Friday, April 28, 2017

FIELDS FULL OF GOLD . . .



WE WERE THE RECIPIENTS OF A VISUAL DELIGHT WHILE DOWN IN AJO.  MILES OF BRIGHT GOLD MEXICAN POPPIES WERE IN BLOOM THIS YEAR DUE TO AN UNUSUAL AMOUNT OF RAIN IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.  THIS EVIDENTLY ONLY HAPPENS EVERY 5-10 YEARS (that number depends on who you talk to :). 




'POPPY GOLD'

12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage on Canvas



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HERE THEY ARE IN REAL LIFE . . .









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CLOUDS OF THE DAY ....



Cat in the Hat.  Yes, Definitely Cat in the Hat ... without his hat of course!


"Look at me!

Look at me!

Look at me now!

It is fun to have fun

But you have to know how"

~  Dr. Seuss

Definitely!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

TO DREAM, OR NOT TO DREAM ...


HOW ABOUT DREAMING IN COLOR?
IF THE NIGHT CAN DO IT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO ...


THE NIGHT DREAMS IN COLOR

6 X 8 Acrylic on wood panel
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Did you know that approximately 80% of people dream in color, that the color is usually more to the pastel shades, and ... those of us that wake up and can remember specific colors from our dreams are usually people who are more attuned to color during their daytime life.  Like maybe Artists?  :)



'All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.'~  Walt Disney





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New 4 x 4" Mixed Media Collages

I decided I wanted to work on some smaller pieces when we are on the road.  Paintings would probably be the easiest but for some reason e a sy is a word I seem to neglect more than I should.  I decided to work on small, fun Collages and below are some of the results.  The actual artwork is 4 x 4" and then adhered to a heavy watercolor paper (7 x 7").  They can easily be matted and framed, or even better, at Michaels they have 8 x 8 frames with 2 glass inserts so the artwork can be centered between the 2 pieces of glass.  This way the whole piece shows, including the deckled edges of the watercolor paper.



'No limit on smiles'


      

                           "What do you mean,                         "Let's ride!" 
                      we're out of chocolate ...?"

                                          

'A prickley situation'

 In my March/April Newsletter I talk about our visit to Jerome, Arizona.  The whole town lines both sides of a fairly high switchback road for several blocks (or, several switches :).  The old car in 'Let's Ride!' sits permanently outside one of the many great shops up along the main road.  If you have never been, it's an interesting place to visit.  Just make sure to bring good walking shoes and a walking stick!


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .


This was one of our night sky's over Ajo.  Besides just being a beautiful Sunset this one almost seems to be talking.   Wisdom.  I hear wisdom.



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

SOMETIMES BEING A LITTLE WILD IS A GOOD THING.


AT LEAST THESE BURROS MIGHT AGREE WITH THAT ...






There are wild burros running loose all over the desert surrounding Ajo.  These fellows (and a few more hidden behind the bushes) were meandering along side of the road not far from the RV Park we were staying in. They are fun to watch, and as you can see, they evidently find us just as much of a novelty as we do them.


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HOW ABOUT A LITTLE COLOR ...


'ROYALTY'

12 X 12" Mixed Media Collage on Canvas

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I'm sure I was a little influenced by the bright colors of the Southwest ... and, the steer that was laying just across the road, watching us as we ate lunch, at a little Tohono O'Odham Indian Cafe in Sells, Arizona.  The food was simple and delicious.  


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A little trivia that some of you may already know.  The dark spots in the tree above ... that's wild Mistletoe.  Kisses everywhere!  :)  It's transferred from tree to tree by our little birdie friends in their 'dropping's'.   Unfortunately, it feeds off the bark of the trees, eventually killing whatever host tree it attaches to.


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY ...



I just happen to really like this photo ...


HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!  

CHARLEEN


Monday, March 6, 2017

FROM THE DESERT SUN TO THE EASTERN SUN

THE DESERT SUN

I just love photographing these fellows.  
I can just hear the stories they are telling ...


"And then he said, put all your arms up!"


"How many times have I told you not to do that?!"


  
Strength ....  and ...   Confusion


"Bring it on!!"

And then, there is this Princess below ...



"Mirror, Mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest one of all?"

So far, out of thousands (millions?) of Saguaro, only 25 like these are known to exist. This one is in the desert just outside Ajo. These are known as a Cistrate, or Crested Saguaro.  No one knows what causes the unusual shape.  One thought is lightening ...

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THE EASTERN SUN


KIMONO OF THE SUN

8 x 8" Mixed Media Collage on Canvas panel


KIMONO OF THE FALLEN LEAF

8 x 8" Mixed Media Collage on Canvas panel

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The photos of these two pieces didn't get taken until after I varnished them (I forgot to do my job right!) so there are spots on them that aren't really there and the color is much darker in these photos. :(

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A sculpture. Old, rusted, seen a little purple rain in its time, left to face the elements all alone, and upside down to boot.

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 CLOUDS OF THE DAY ....



I see a kitty cat, sitting high up on a perch , 
getting ready to pounce!

Pardon the antenna. This was taken as we drove through a Cholla (choy-ya) 'forest'.  These are very nasty  guys so it is not a place you want to get out and explore.  They are often called jumping chollas because they just seem to magically attach themselves to you and with their sharp stickers they not only hurt, but are hard to unattach. OW!

Youth is a gift of nature,
But age is a work of art.
Stanislaus Jerzy Lec
(I am so into this quote!)  

Charleen