Artist in Mixed Media Mosaic Collage and Jewelry

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


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

THE DESERTS IN BLOOM!


AND, WE ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO 
BE HERE TO SEE IT ...

A little more of our Ajo trip.  One more month before we head home.



The Sonoran Desert in Bloom ...

Mexican poppies


And a little purple thrown in ...

" My mother named me after a miracle of nature. 
Waris means desert flower. The desert flower blooms in a barren environment where few living things can survive."
Waris Dirie, Desert Flower 


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Let's stay with lots of Color for now ...

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'I'VE GOT SUNSHINE ON MY SIDE'

12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage
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CLOUDS OF THE DAY ...


O.K. ... so you have to use your imagination.  :)  This rock, and others like it, are called 'Desert Roses'. A little cloud-like in its shape, don't you think?  It looks like something left over from when the desert was once covered by ocean.  Beauty in the smallest things.


Charleen





Monday, February 20, 2017

A LITTLE MORE OF DESERT LIFE ...

O.K. LET'S SEE HOW MANY OF YOU CAN GUESS WHAT THIS IS ..


I'll give you the answer at the end of the Blog.  I'm going to guess most of you will figure it out.  :)

Here are are a few more 'Ghost Figures of Ajo'  that I thought you might enjoy seeing. These first three are along the highway coming in to Ajo. 




These next three are actually posts from a backyard patio that I happened to spot. They are holding up the roof over the patio.  :)

   


And, for the unusual, how's this for a house ... !


This is two EXTRA LARGE culverts, connected by one smaller culvert, (you can't see it in this photo) to form  a 'house'. This definitely has to be a winter only home because there is no way you could survive in this during a normal Arizona desert summer! :-)


'THE LAST DRIVE-IN'
 (Wood and metal pieces used are from an actual old drive-in!)

12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage

And, yes, I just did give you the answer to the photo at the top of this page!  :-)  The metal post was used to hold an old drive-in movie theatre speaker.  We take morning walks with our dogs through a field, long ago over-run with cactus, mesquite trees and a surplus of weeds, near the RV park we are staying at.  There is a shell of an old pink Adobe building in the middle of this field and for several days we tried to figure out what it could have been. It wasn't until we stumbled across one of these posts that we finally figured out what the building was ... the popcorn, candy, soda fountain , and ... the bathrooms for the drive-in!  And, as life normally is, once your eyes are opened to one thing, its amazing what else you see.  Once we found the one post and looked around us, we realized we were surrounded by these rusted old soldiers who were hiding behind, and under, all the surrounding greenery. It was an eerie feeling actually.   A call from the past begging not to be forgotten.


The authentic 'Last drive-in'

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CLOUDS OF THE DAY ...





These were all from the same evening so I thought I would share them all together.  Sunrises and Sunsets are all beautiful here. Living in the mountains as we do back in Idaho, we don't see the Sunrises and Sunsets very often. They are obscured by the, uhhh ... Mountains.  :)

So, in the first photo I see the silhouette of a sleeping woman and the face of an old woman.

In the second one I see Oscar and The Cookie Monster after they've had one too many  'spiced' cookies. :/

And in the third photo I see a baby wind cloud trying his best to look adorably ferocious.

Your turn ...

"I had a dream about you last night ... I think I've realized why drive-in theatres are going extinct; you can't yell at the guy in front of you to sit down."
       Marshall Ramsay, Dreaming is for lovers

                Charleen

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WELCOME TO AJO, ARIZONA ...



We have been on the road traveling and reached our destination of Ajo, Arizona last week.  We have friends who moved here two years ago and have been talking it up ever since so we decided to come down and see what all the hoopla was about.  :-)   Turns out they were right ... Ajo is a little gem out in the middle of the Sonoran desert.  A small town, Ajo was originally a copper mining community and, like so many mining towns, it is still suffering the economics of a long ago closed down mine.  A lot of empty homes sit abandoned and for sale. 

 But, places like this seem to be having a little resurgence these days.   A lot of people want a slower paced lifestyle, like our friends (and we've already met a lot more people down here like them).  Then you still have a spirit within the people who remained here to keep what they have going.  And, speaking of 'Spirit' these Ghost Figures of Ajo are all over town ... street corners, incorporated into landscaping, empty lots.  They are done by a local Artist, Val Uschuk.  It's my understanding that there are about 85 of them around town.  So far we've found about 20 so I guess we have a lot more exploring to do.  :-)






As you can see, she uses a lot of recycled materials in her work.  Not an uncommon theme here as you can see by this wall below ..

 

Since we are going to be on the road for an extended time (3 months) I needed to make a workplace for myself.  So ... out went the sofa that came with the RV, which I never did like it ~ it was really just plain ugly. One of those things that seem to be a right of passage for most RVs. (To my RVer friends please note that I did not say all)  We then put in this toolbox which holds just about all my must haves.  When working I set up a small table right next to it and off I go.  It actually works very well.  And, just in case you're wondering, we have still have 3 very comfy chairs left to sit on!





And yes, I did manage to get some work finished while we were on the road.  I have to admit, not much has been done since we got here though. We've been too busy exploring!   :-)  This Piece was done with thanks, once again,  to my friend Indy and her Dad who supplied almost all the stamps used here.  It was another fun Piece to do.

 

'WRAP YOUR DAYDREAMS IN A BOX AND GO!'

12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage on Canvas Board
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CLOUDS OF THE DAY ....


 

How about some Sunshine for a change!

Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned out the light.
~ Joyce Carol Oates

See you soon ...

Charleen

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

JOSHUA ... PLEASE POSE FOR ME!


HE DID!

Here are the photos of the Joshua Trees that I said I would post. I just love these trees. So much personality.  If anyone wants to use these for reference please feel free.  These are from the Red Rock Canyon and Blue Diamond areas outside of Las Vegas.  


















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I have a friend who gave me oodles of stamps from her late fathers stamp collection so I have been having fun trying to come up with creative ways to use them.  We are currently traveling and I was sure I would predominantly spend my 'studio' time painting ... just easier when traveling. But, when she gave me the stamps I couldn't resist bringing my collage 'stuff' along (limited of course).  



JOY FOR THE LIGHT OF DAY

12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage

(next Piece has a lot more stamps :)

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                "I have no neighbours other than animals and
                                         Joshua Trees."
                   Captain Beefheart ( Don Van Vliet, musician)

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                            NO CLOUDS IN THE SKY TODAY! 

                                                  CHARLEEN

Sunday, January 15, 2017

QUIET GOES THE NIGHT ...


BUT COLORFUL GOES THE DAY  ...

A little over a year ago we were down in Nevada and took a day trip over to Red Rock Canyon, about a 45 minute drive from Las Vegas.  We are back down here again and decided to take another trip to Red Rock yesterday.  Last year it was a bright sunny day. Yesterday was very overcast. I couldn't believe the difference in the colors of the rocks between the two years. Yesterday the colors seemed so much more vibrant.  I think last years Sun may have washed out the colors a wee bit. Not so yesterday.  See for yourself ...








 You can't see them, but these wonderful, face-painted, old crags are filled with hikers and rock climbers.  A great place if you like doing either.








 This is just one of a few houses painted/stained to match its surroundings.



Amazing isn't it.





I took a few photos of the Joshua Trees in the area. I love their crazy poses.  I will try and include more of  those in my next blog.  

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And, now some other color.  Just can't compare to Mother Natures Palette ...


QUIET GOES THE NIGHT

9 x 12" Acrylic on wood panel

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CLOUDS OF THE DAY ...


I see Ol' Woman Wind huffing and puffing and making more clouds for me to imagine with.  :)

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Rocks and water, etc. are words of God.  And so are men.  We all flow from one fountain Soul.  All are expressions of one Love. 
John Muir


Charleen