Artist in Mixed Media Mosaic Collage and Jewelry

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SUMMERTIME ... WHEN THE LIVIN' IS EASY ...


LET'S START OFF WITH A SONG.  :)  

I LOVE ELLA FITZGERALDS SOFT, SMOOTH VOICE.  THE ABOVE LINK IS JUST ONE OF A FEW OF HER VERSIONS OF THIS SONG.   IT STARTS OFF SLOW BUT THE TEMPO PICKS UP.  GREAT TO READ THIS BLOG BY!  :)


THIS PIECE OF TWO SISTERS REMINDS ME OF SUMMERTIME ...


TWO SISTERS:  WHEN MEMORIES ARE MADE

12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage on Canvas

For more information on this Piece Please Click HERE



'A SISTER IS BOTH YOUR MIRROR ... AND YOUR OPPOSITE.
~ elizabeth fishel



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I did a few more Pourings.  These may not look like it, but they actually do take a bit of a thought process.  :)  There is an unknown element due to the viscosity and weight of each color, that, unless you use the same brands and colors consistently, the final outcome will still be a surprise.  I'm still in the experimental stage (and may always be! :) so, even with a plan, I have a nice element of surprise with each Pouring I do.  



FLAME DANCE

10 x 10" Acrylic on 1.5" deep Canvas



NIGHT BENEATH THE RED SEA

10 x 10" Acrylic on 1.5" deep Canvas


More information on both of these can be found 


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY ...


Can clouds read . . . ?






Charleen



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

POUR ME A LITTLE, PLEASE



I just tried an Acrylic Pour for the first time.  They are certainly not as easy to do as one might suspect.  I definitely made a few mistakes on the first pour I tried.  The second was easier but I can see where they will take some skill and patience to achieve a 'somewhat' expected result.  They are certainly fun (and VERY messy) to do!




FIRST POUR

This was done on a black canvas.  This was the first pour I tried.  One of the problems I realized I had as I got into the middle of this is, I didn't mix enough paint, so I had to really stretch that paint to cover the canvas.  The second thing I realized, after I was done, is that I didn't need to cover the whole canvas. :/   Black areas would have probably heightened the color.  (You can see one little tiny spot of black up on the right.)

I added a few gold flakes on this to give it some pizzazz but still wasn't happy with it.  I thought I didn't have enough variance in color.  So I poured some more colors together and added it to the base.


FIRST POUR #2

More variance in color as you can see but this time the paint was not fluid enough to have a real nice flow.  Practice.  Practice.  I did feel like it was an unfinished 'something' and so this is what I came up with ...





'BOGART'
12 x 12" Acrylic Pour


SECOND POUR . . .


'LOOK!  THE GRINCH IN A PINCH!'


This was my second pour.  I went small this time ~ just a 6 x 6" canvas.  I decided that since I still didn't know what I was doing that maybe smaller would be better.  :)  I love how this one turned out.  Believe it or not, I used the same colors in both pieces.  Results just depend on the amount and order you pour the paint into the cup (All the paint goes into one cup, but not mixed, one color over another, and then that is applied to a canvas turned upside down, put over the top of the cup, and then the whole thing is flipped over.  You let it sit like that for a few minutes, gently remove the cup and let the paint spread over the canvas. : ) 

The nice thing about this piece above ... I made a copy of it because I can just see it as a pattern to use on one of my 'Sisters series' dresses!

You can get more information on this Piece on my Website HERE


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .


RUN, LITTLE MAN, RUN!

I see a cartoon character, looking back over his shoulder, running as fast as his little legs can carry him!



TODAY WAS GOOD.

TODAY WAS FUN.

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER ONE.

~ dr. seuss


Charleen

Friday, June 16, 2017

TO TEXTURE OR NOT TO TEXTURE ...




I painted the top Piece 'Nature laughs in Color' several weeks ago.  Un-textured on a blank (black) canvas. I just painted the smaller Piece 'On a Summer Evening' yesterday, on a textured (black) canvas.  I thought it would be fun to do two that were similar in content and color but on 2 totally different canvas bases. 

I used a brush to paint both, but the bottom Piece was finished it off with a few 'swipes' of the Palette knife. :)




'NATURE LAUGHS IN COLOR'

12 x 12" Acrylic on Canvas



'ON A SUMMER EVENING'

6 x 6" Acrylic on Textured Canvas


For more information on either of these Please visit my Website at:
www.charleenmartin.com


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Clouds of the Day . . .


To semi-quote our daughter, who took this photo, "This was a cool cloud thingie she saw on the water recently, and she thought of me." :)  I actually think she may have been out 'Orca scouting' when she saw this.  It is a cool cloud thingie.  It reminds me of a Great White shark ... probably hovering out of the water and away from the Orcas.  The Great White may be the school bully (all talk, sharp teeth, just mean but no substance) but evidently the Orca is the Star Football player in this match up.



Image result for funny whale quotes



Charleen

Saturday, June 3, 2017

MAY, THE MONTH OF BLOOMS ...



I'M SO INTO THINGS BLOOMING THIS MONTH THAT I HAVE A ONE TRACK MIND.  WE LEFT THE DESERT IN APRIL WITH EVERYTHING IN BLOOM ONLY TO COME HOME TO STILL COLD AND GLOOMY DAYS.  WE HAVE FINALLY HAD SOME NICE WEATHER AND FLOWERS ARE STARTING TO SHOW THEIR BEAUTIFUL FACES.



'TO BLOOM, SHARE YOUR INNER SUNSHINE'

This little Piece is 6 x 6" but the small painting (2 x 4") of the Wildflowers  on the right of the Sun/Birds is actually a separate painting that I attached to the  6 x 6 canvas.  So ... it is actually a 'painting on a painting' making it 3-dimensional.  Almost impossible to show that here but it really looks nice.  I tried to photograph it to show the dimension but it just didn't work.  I guess this is one of those 'you'll have to take my word for it' times.
 
For More information on this Piece Please Click HERE


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Since I am on a Flower kick how about these ... both beautiful and funny!  I received them the other day as part of an email from a friend.  I would love to give credit to the photographer(s) but have no idea who he/she might be.


White Egret Orchid
(Habenaria Radiata)



Hookers Lips  (now who named this one!??)
(Psychotria Elata)



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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .



How about a Fire spewing Dragon?!!

(This is compliments of my friend Indy Behrendt who, besides taking cloud photos for me in her off time :) is also a silversmith.  If you like Silver and Copper Jewelry Click HERE )


"Always speak politely to an enraged Dragon."
~ Steven Brust     

(song-writer, fantasy/fiction writer)


Charleen


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

For more information on this Piece Please Click HERE


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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


For more information on this Piece Please Click HERE



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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

For more information on this Piece
Please Click HERE


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


For more information on this Piece
Please Click HERE



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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
For more information on this Piece Please Click HERE

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

For more information on this Piece Please Click HERE

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