Artist in Mixed Media Mosaic Collage and Jewelry

Thursday, June 7, 2018

THE POPPY . . .


considered a symbol of  . . .

BEAUTY. REST. SUCCESS.



'THE POPPY. BEAUTY TIMES THREE.'

6 x 6" Acrylic over an Acrylic pour.

More information can be found HERE


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At the Ajo Historical Society Museum in the old St. Catherine's Indian Mission, these school rules are posted.  They're from a school in Iowa back in 1848.  I'm sorry for the glare, but I tried several different angles and this is the best shot I could get.  I would say things were VERY different back then!   Evidently 'misbehaving to girls' and 'playing cards' were both equally looked down upon.  Maybe that says a lot about why a 'Me too' movement today?  :/  Wearing long nails was itself worth 2 lashes.  Did that mean the girls weren't working hard enough at home? ? 

Giving each other ill names?  I know someone who'd be in a lot of trouble for that today!

Interesting how life has changed.  I do think for the most part it's much better!




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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .


                                                   ~ photo by Indy Behrendt

THE OLD LADY AND THE CAKE

TAKEN SOMEWHERE IN MONTANA  :)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM FOR ME . . .





'WISH I MAY, WISH I MIGHT'



'EACH IN THEIR OWN DREAMS'

Both Pieces are 6 x 6" Mixed Media Collage

(Sorry.  I forgot to photograph both of these until after I varnished them so unfortunately neither photo is as clear as it should be)  :(

For more info Please click HERE


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This is an old Hotel/Bar in Wallace, Idaho (currently for sale ... and it has been for a very long time).  Obviously, from the photo of the outside that you can see above, it doesn't look like anything special. The inside though is a little more interesting. The bright turquoise surrounding the mirror behind the bar is a mosaic made up entirely of tiny glass tiles.  A touch of flamboyance and color in another wise pretty non-descript room.  When you look in the mirror you can see the rest of the barroom ... rather plain.  Maybe that was the idea ... when you sat at the bar and looked in the mirror you got to be framed in diamonds and sparkles thus making you be the most important person in the room (and enjoy your bar time even more?).  O.K. Maybe that's a stretch but you have to admit, it does pull your attention that way.     

                                    And, this too, was someones dream . . .                                                                                              

FOR BROKEN DREAMS, THE CURE IS DREAM AGAIN ... AND DEEPER.
                                                                        ~ c.s. lewis


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .

                                                              ~ photo by Indy Behrendt

Not too much to see in these clouds, except maybe rain, but the Rainbow at the end of the road is certainly worth a smile . . . and a wish.



Charleen





Saturday, May 19, 2018

IRIS . . .



Taken from the Greek word for Rainbow.  Rainbows.  For which the Irish also know quite a bit about ...


'WHEN IRIS EYES ARE SMILING'

6 x 6" Acrylic 

For more information on this Piece Please click HERE


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How's this for a Sunset?!  :) 
I took this photo down in Ajo not too long before we left.  


Charleen


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A DAY IN THE DESERT



I did this piece below on my first Plein aire trip into the desert.  Actually it was my first Plein Aire outing,  period.  I'm a studio Artist and enjoy my studio time so never felt the need to venture outdoors to paint.  (Also, you can't really do collage, which I have mainly done for years, outside.)  While in Ajo I had the opportunity to join a Plein Aire group so I decided to stretch myself a little and joined.  I felt my normal acrylics might dry too fast in the desert heat so I used water based oils. I also used one of my canvas panels that I had already textured and painted black.  Plein Aire is not easy.  Outdoor elements are not always cooperative and this particular day wind was a unhappy factor.  But, we all persevered and this is what I came away with.  I was fairly pleased with the result, especially the colors, but if I went back to the same spot again I'd change my view a bit.  I'm not crazy about the overall composition.  Funny how something can look good to the eye but on paper it has a whole different effect.  

I have a whole new respect for Plein Aire Painters.


A DAY IN THE DESERT

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How about a Raven or two ...


"JUST WHAT ON HER FACE HAD TO DO
WITH CROWS FEET ... ?"




"MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE ...?"


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY  . . .


'AND SHE LAID DOWN HER HEAD AND SLEPT'



Charleen




Wednesday, May 2, 2018


I DON'T REALLY GAMBLE (EXCEPT ON LIFE AS WE ALL LIVE IT) BUT IF I LIVED NEAR A RACETRACK I'D PROBABLY BE IN TROUBLE!



'AND THE RACE IS ON'

12 x 12 Acrylic

I have been to the races a few times when I lived down in Boise, Idaho.  I usually rooted for the Horse whose name I liked best, or the color of the Jockeys uniform.  That's how I know I'd be in trouble.  I don't think you usually win that way! :(

This was a pour that couldn't get away.  The horses were 75% there.  I just needed to figure out where I was going with them.  The Raven, of course, needed to dive in to the race.  Not sure who won this one.  


The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
~  john steinbeck

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I shared the top Cactus below in my recent Newsletter but thought I would share both here today.  After all, I'm back in Idaho and we don't have Cactus up here, so I won't be able to share photos of cactus again for the next 6 months.  Anyone out there that wants to use these as a reference for a painting, please feel free.  




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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .





These four photos are all one Sunset taken the week before we left Ajo.   This was our last drive out into the Desert before we left and it certainly didn't disappoint us.

Charleen

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Monday, March 26, 2018

HERE A ROOSTER, THERE A ROOSTER ...



It's better to be the head of a Chicken 

than the rear end of an Ox.
~ japanese proverb




"I SAID IT.  I MEAN IT."



'JUST GOIN' WITH THE FLOW'

Both Pieces are 6 x 6 " Acrylic over an Acrylic pour.

More information on either Piece can be found HERE  on my website.


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Only in Ajo

CLOUDS OF THE DAY ...


Well, no clouds but maybe this little Angel (can you see her?!) resides up in the Clouds.  That is, when she is not in the Fire!  



"I could not have made it this far had there not been Angels along the way."
~ della reese


HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!

CHARLEEN

Thursday, March 22, 2018

FAMILY DISCORD ......



BEEN THERE ... :)


"I DON'T CARE. 
I'M NOT COMING DOWN UNTIL YOU APOLOGIZE!"




"WHAT DO YOU MEAN
YOU INVITED THE GANG OVER?!"


Both of these are Mixed Media Collage and more information can be found on my Website HERE


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This is my friend and fellow Artist Carrie Jacobson from Virginia.  She was in Arizona doing several shows and she stopped by on her way through.  It was a short but fun visit which included a quick trip out into the desert and a tour of the town (such as it is!). 
That's our old guy Roscoe with Carrie. (She's very much a dog person)  Note her license plate ... I'm so jealous!  

Please check out her website here www.jacobson-arts.com  She does wonderful Palette knife paintings and I know you won't be disappointed!

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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .

Another beautiful day in the Desert/

Ghosts.  I a see Ghost.  A really scared Ghost!

"I like to say I believe in Ghosts so I don't get haunted by one."
~ ella henderson

Charleen