Artist in Mixed Media Mosaic Collage and Jewelry

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A TRICK HERE, A TRICK THERE ...





EVERYWHERE A 'TRICKSTER'




'THE TRICKSTER'

5 x 5" Acrylic painting over an Acrylic Pour

For more information on this fellow Please click HERE



This is the original Pour below.  I've been trying to keep the integrity of the Pour while creatively adding to it.





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This fellow showed up at my grandson Ryans birthday recently.
 I felt like he was watching me the whole time . . .





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Here's another small Pour that I did and then added Roses to it ...


FIORI ROSSI  (Red Roses)

4 x 4" Acrylic Pour

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CLOUDS OF THE DAY ...


I took this last night from our front door.  Being in the mountains we miss out on the real spectacular sunsets but this was too pretty to pass up.  



'We all have bad days
but one thing is true;
No cloud is so dark
that the sun
can't shine through.'
                                ~  b.c.



Charleen






Friday, September 15, 2017

STRUT YOUR STUFF!



WELL, THAT'S IF YOU HAVE STUFF TO STRUT!

LIKE THIS GUY . . .



'STRUT'

5 x 5" Acrylic painting over an Acrylic Pour

More information on him can be found HERE


And this is what the original pour looked like before I added Sir Strut . . .


Strut original pour

I've given myself a  little challenge to do at least several of these.  I have another waiting in the wings to show you next time but for now I thought I would introduce you to Lars.  I did not get to meet Lars personally.  He showed up at the Depot Museum (where I work one day a week) and my friend, who also works there, asked if she could take his photo.  It seems that this young man, who is from Germany, has taken it upon himself to skate across the U.S. from one coast to the other.  


Evidently he did not want to carry a backpack, so he devised this carrier to pull behind him as he skates.  Since I wasn't there to ask any questions, I'm not quite sure how this works.  I'm guessing it attaches somehow to his waist because I would think you would need your hands free as you skate.  However it works, if this young man has skated all the way from New York (where he started) to Wallace, Idaho, and is still smiling like that, then all I can say is he must have an indomitable Spirit.  Many kudos to him and a safe journey.
(WHAT FUN!!)


"Strength does not come from physical capacity.  It comes from an indomitable will."
                                                            ~  Mahatma Gandhi






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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .

photo by Indy Behrendt

My friend, who took the photo of Lars, also sent me this photo of a 'Bird Cloud' that she took.  It took me a minute or two (or three) to see it, but once I did, it was pretty evident.  Especially the head and beak.  Appropriate since I've been on a bird kick in my painting this week. :)




Charleen



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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

EXPERIMENTATION ...



A LITTLE MORE POURING . . .

So, these 5 Pieces were part of a Pouring experiment I did.  I used the same 6 colors for all 5 Pieces: Black, White, Red, Turquoise, Sand and Cream.  I used the colors for each 'Pour' in a different order.

For those of you that didn't see my Post from June 20th these are what are called a 'Dirty Pour'. 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 which is 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 originals are all small 4 x 4" ~ 6 x 6".  


1.   6 x 6"



2.   4 x 4"


3.   4 x 4"


4.   4 x 4"


5.   6 x 6"

Interesting to see how they are all so different.  For the Artists out there, I used canvases that were supposed to be pre-gessoed (acrylic base for sealing the canvas) but, they really were poorly sealed.  Next time I will gesso again myself.   The paint would have flowed easier and the colors would be more intense.

Number 2 reminds me of an old fashioned Paisley print so I'm going to say that is my favorite.  :)


I was playing with these to see if I could come up with some fun backgrounds for some Bird paintings and/or Collages like this Collage below.  I had pre-sealed this canvas before the Pour and you can definitely see the difference in the intensity in the color.



'AND THE BLACKBIRDS CIRCLED THE MOON'

6 X 6"  Mixed Media Collage
For more information on this Please Click HERE



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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . . 


I picked this photo because it looks like a 'Poured' Sky.  :)

(I wish I could give credit to the photographer but, sadly, I have no idea who it is.)  




Sunday, August 20, 2017

SMILE FOR ME. PLEASE.



TEN FOR SOME SMILES . . .


SMILING MOON, DANCING PEARS

12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage on Canvas





THE PEAR FAMILY:  EIGHT IS ENOUGH

12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage on Canvas


BOTH OF THESE ARE CURRENTLY AT ENTREE GALLERY 
IN NORDMAN, IDAHO

more information can be found on my website
www.charleenmartin.com



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EVEN WHEN SOMEONE WE LOVE IS FAR AWAY,
REMEMBER, WE ARE ALL UNDER THE
SAME SUN, MOON, STARS AND SKY.
JUST LOOK UP.

.
CHARLEEN


Thursday, August 10, 2017

AT THE MARKET ...




AND A LONG DAY UNDER THE SUN ...




THE BASKET SELLER:
LONG DAY AT THE MARKET

12 x 12" Mixed Media Collage on Canvas


Another of my sisters Series.  Interestingly, when I recently brought some of my newer pieces into one of the Galleries I'm in, the owner was surprised, and pleased, that some of these newer pieces were on white backgrounds.  She had recently been in a Gallery back East and saw some work done on a white background and she said she thought to herself " Why doesn't anyone work on a white background anymore?"   Voila!!  There I was!  :)


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We went camping this past weekend on the St. Joe River here in Idaho.  Overall we had beautiful weather ... a little warm (95ish) and the skies were a little smokey from the fires  :(  in the area, but we had a spot right on the river so why would I complain?!  :)  I did get some great reference photos for future paintings too.  :)  (And for my Artist friends, please feel free to also use them)


This is evening over Black Lake as we headed for the St. Joe.  Smokey, but beautiful nonetheless.


Another scene from Black Lake



This is the old guy in our family.  Well ... in dog years, he's the same age as I am so I guess, really, he's just a Spring Chicken!  :)



I followed this fellow down the River for a while until he could get into places I couldn't!  My presence didn't seem to faze him one bit.


Some flowers from the old Train Depot in Avery, Idaho.  They also have a very nice Fly Fishing tackle shop there that serves the best Ice Cream!  :)



I think the photos over Black Lake can serve as cloud photos for today.  :)



"When I am no longer rapping, I want to open an Ice Cream Parlor 
and call myself Scoop Dogg".
~  Snoop Dogg



CHARLEEN

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

HOODOO? I DO ...



DO YOU?





'IT'S A HOODOO MOON'

12 x 12" (partial) Acrylic Pour on Canvas


For more information on this Piece Please click HERE


I just recently found out that Hoodoo is another term for Pinnacle.  I was striving to replicate the feeling of the Pinnacles in Bryce Canyon and thought this came close.  I like the title of Hoodoo Moon a wee bit better than Pinnacle Moon so I went with it.  :).

I painted the Sky first, then did the Pour, Moon last.  It was interesting to mix the two genres ... straight painting and a Pour.  I'm going to have to try more.  


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY ...




I see a face down on the right.  Just an eye and a nose, with long hair sweeping around.  It's a mans face.  With an inviting light coming from the sky.  Another one of those 'Spiritual' Clouds.  I've been on the computer for several hours ... I think I'm being told to go outside and enjoy the day and I think I'm going to take that advice!!



'HEARTY LAUGHTER IS A GOOD WAY TO JOG INTERNALLY
WITHOUT HAVING TO GO OUTDOORS.'

~  norman cousins


See you soon!

Charleen

Sunday, July 30, 2017

IN CASE YOU STILL SEND CARDS ...


JUST A FEW SAMPLES OF MY MIDNIGHT SERIES NOTECARDS ...







I am going to be discontinuing my line of Midnight Series NoteCards.  For those of you familiar with my work, then you already know I have two lines of cards ... ArtCards (5 x 7 single panel cards very suitable for framing) and the Midnight Series NoteCards.  The Midnight Series are on black cardstock (white writing space inside) and include Birthday, some Sisters, and other General Occasion themes. These are handmade, and because I will now be spending half my year away from 'this' home, access to doing these will not be readily available. I will miss them ... they've become like extended family.
:( Anyway, I have marked the inventory that I have left down to half price ($2.00 ea.) and when they are gone, they are gone. If you are interested to see the choices left just click  HERE.  They can be purchased right through the Website.




The Midnight Series are also 5 x 7" and can be framed


 







"My spelling is Wobbly.  It's good spelling, but it just Wobbles
and the letters get in the wrong places."

~ a.a. milne



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.



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Charleen