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Saturday, November 11, 2017

NOT QUITE THE ROCKETTES ...


BUT THEY STILL DANCE THEIR OWN DANCE ...


'THE CHORUS LINE'
6 x 6" 


'EARLY EVENING.  END OF SEPTEMBER.'
6 x 6"

Both of these landscapes are Acrylic Paintings over Acrylic Pours.  It's interesting how similar subject matter can look so different just by playing off the abstraction of the original pours.


Someone is sitting in the shade today 
because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
~ warren buffett


A LITTLE  'WHAT THE HECK ...'

 Last winter when we went down to Ajo, Arizona, for 'just' a visit  we wound up buying some property.  As my friend Mel said to me ... "You either get Ajo or you don't."  I guess we got it.  The property we bought has two houses and  I use the word 'houses' very lightly.  More like one that's  "how fast can we get this torn down!"  




And one ...

 "What would Chip and Joanna Gaines do?!
(Probably tear  this down too!)


 
But then, sometimes challenges can be fun so we'll have to see. 😉  Fortunately, we didn't buy the property for the houses, just for the property itself to put our RV on, so we have options.  I'll keep you posted.  


In the meantime, this calendar below was on the wall of the white house.  As you can see, it's from 1997.  That's the last year someone lived in the house.  (And yes, the inside looked as bad as the outside.)  You can also see the calendar has a little something attached to the right corner. It was hanging on the wall in the kitchen just like this.  Fortunately, its inhabitants had abandoned it a long time ago too.😊


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY ...



I'm seeing a tipsy Donald Duck looking straight on at me. 
Do ducks drink? 😎

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Charleen

Monday, October 9, 2017

THE LAST OF THE SUMMER RAIN ...




NOW, WE HAVE SNOW ON THE HILLS HERE ...  :(



'REFLECTIONS OF A SUMMER RAIN'

16 x 20  Abstract Acrylic Pour

I was really pleased with this Pour and immediately had the title because that is what I saw.  Probably Cherry Blossom Petals reflections in the water.  :)


For more information on this Piece Please Click HERE






This little gem is in the next town over, just off the highway. 
Whaddaya think ... ?
Think they might be into collecting ... stuff.  :)



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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .



A LITTLE JURASSIC PARK GOING ON HERE, DON'T YOU THINK?  AND THIS WAS TAKEN IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD!!


Charleen



"I've watched Jurassic Park twice in my life ~ once when I was six and the second time a couple of weeks ago.  It inspired me to think about how the gaps in time change our way of perceiving.
                                                                        ~  Nicolas Jaar


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

30 IN 30 ... ONCE AGAIN




ANOTHER 30 IN 30 CHALLENGE WAS HELD AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER . . .



I DECIDED AT THE LAST MINUTE TO PARTICIPATE AND ACTUALLY GOT ABOUT 25 PAINTINGS DONE.  ALL SMALL, 4 x 4" to 6 x 6".  ALL OF THESE, EXCEPT ONE, ARE ORIGINAL ACRYLIC POURS WITH AN ACRYLIC  PAINTING ADDED.  YOU CAN PROBABLY TELL WHICH ONE (bottom row, center left) IS NOT A POUR.  THE CHALLENGE TO MYSELF WAS TO SEE HOW I COULD USE A  POUR AS THE BACKGROUND FOR ANOTHER PAINTING.  STARTING AT THE TOP AND GOING CLOCKWISE ARE THE TITLES OF THE PAINTINGS.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PIECES JUST CLICK ON THE TITLE:

1.    CONTEMPLATING

2.    THE GARDEN GNOME  (that's an actual name of a poppy!)

3.    AND THE SEA TAUNTED THE BEAR TO COME OUT AND PLAY
                                  (this is the original pour without any additional painting. 
                                                               How could it not be this title?!!  :)



6.    DRESSED FOR THE WEATHER


8.    FIORI ROSSI



11.   PERSEVERANCE (center)





"AS YOU CAN SEE, I HAVE ENOUGH OF MY OWN
PROBLEMS AT THE MOMENT ..."

This one is actually 2 pours.  A 5 x 5" pour with another 4 x 4" pour adhered to the top, and then the chicken painted on that.  




'IT'S A DOUZY!'
This one will be a challenge, as will be a few others that are waiting in the background.


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .

                                                                                                                  ~ katie morford

This was taken recently by my granddaughter Kaitlyn.  The first thing I thought of when I saw this photo was 'the light at the end of the tunnel'.  With that I will share this quote with you . . .


"The light is not at the end of the tunnel.  The light is wherever you are.  If you keep thinking your resolve lies in the future then it will always be just out of reach."
                                                           ~ david ault



Charleen



Friday, September 29, 2017

TO PLAY ...


OR NOT TO PLAY ...




'AND THE SEA TAUNTED THE BEAR  TO COME OUT AND PLAY'

This was one of those very happy surprises.  In a Pour, at least at this stage of my pouring 'career' :) you have a semi-plan and you hope for the best.  In this one, the colors are vibrant and I love the story being told ... at least the story I see being told.  What do you see?!

12 x 12" Acrylic Pour on Canvas

For more information on this Piece Please Click HERE

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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .


Beautiful Sunset. The clouds look like they are chalk lines in the sky. 

'God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.
~ Martin Luther

Charleen

Monday, September 25, 2017

DARKNESS FALLS . . .


Night Arrives.  With all it's Mysteries ...


'AS NIGHT OVERCOMES THE EARTH'

12 x 12" Acrylic Pour over Collage

More information on this Piece can be found HERE

It's a little hard to see in the photo 
but the shape of the Earth actually shows through.



We are all here on earth to help others;  what on earth the others are here for I don't know.
 ~  w h auden

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Sorry, no cloud photos today. My 'cloud file' is locked away on my computer which, for some reason known only to the computer, will not let me access ANYTHING on my computer at the moment.   I'm trying to figure out what Karma is upset with me over ...


Charleen

Saturday, September 23, 2017

BALANCE ...



AND SYMMETRY . . .



'BALANCE AND SYMMETRY'

6 X 6" Mixed Media
Acrylic painting with ink over Acrylic Pour

For more information on this Piece Please Click HERE



Original Pour




Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving.
                                              ~ albert einstein


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .

                                                                         ~  aimee kenoyer

Our daughter Aimee took this shot from the Space Needle in Seattle.  Besides just being a beautiful photo, it goes so nicely with the painting above, don't you think?!  :)


Charleen

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