Artist in Mixed Media Mosaic Collage and Jewelry

Monday, January 22, 2018

SMILE ...

PEACE BEGINS WITH A SMILE. (mother teresa)

Good Morning! Here's my smile for today ...


Just thought I'd share this mornings Sunrise from Ajo. Back into the studio today.

Charleen

Thursday, January 18, 2018

THERE'S ALWAYS A PEARSABILITY ...



... THAT I WILL GET BACK INTO MY STUDIO SOON AND GET SOME WORK DONE!  IN THE MEANTIME, I HAD THIS ACRYLIC POUR BACKGROUND I HAD DONE BEFORE WE LEFT IDAHO SO THIS WEEK THE KITCHEN TABLE (IN THE RV!) FUNCTIONED AS MY STUDIO.  


'TO THE PEARS DELIGHT'

6 x 6" Acrylic

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I love how the background gives the effect of butterflies dancing around the Pear.  A nice feeling of spontaneity.




You may not be able to see them both, but the Hummingbird feeders have been moved on to the tree.  :)  



It looks like a disaster zone doesn't it.  We tore all the walls down to the studs and then reconfigured the inside to suit our needs ... which isn't much since we have a very nice RV.  But the RV is lacking one big essential ~ a Studio!  :)  Oh yes, and a laundry room, and an extra bathroom . Oh and maybe a small guest/living space.  :)   We only left 400 square feet so not a lot of room for expansion.  One third of what was the actual house was opened up and will now just be covered deck. (To watch all the beautiful Sunrises/Sunsets from!)

 Foam boards are being put on over the old siding, and then covered with chicken wire.  This will be the base for the new siding ... Stucco. We are very anxious to see the finished product (maybe in a week) and so it seems are most of the people passing by the house.  We have had more "Can we come in and see what you've done" requests already than the whole 2 years it took us to build our last house.  I guess that's what happens when most of the people around are retirees and have lots of time on their hands.  I have to say, we've met a lot of very nice people since starting this project.  :) 
(And given a lot of tours!)



We have the most beautiful Sunrises and Sunsets here in Ajo.  This was the Sunrise the other morning.  I always delight in them because in Idaho, living in the mountains, we rarely get to see the Sunrise like this.  By the time it peeks over the mountain tops it says "Hey, sorry, but I moved on."  :(


PATIENCE
is the calm acceptance 
that things can happen 
in a different order 
than the one you have in mind.
~ david g. allen

when you are renovating a house Patience is a big deal!

Charleen

Thursday, December 21, 2017


DO YOU REMEMBER THE SPIRIT GUIDES WE FOUND ALL OVER AJO LAST SEASON WHEN WE WERE HERE ...?



WELL, HERE ARE TWO NEW ONES WE JUST FOUND LAST WEEK AS WE DROVE AROUND AJO RECONFIRMING :) OUR DECISION TO SPEND OUR WINTERS HERE.  i THINK THERE WAS SOMETHING LIKE OVER 80 LAST SEASON!


BECAUSE I REALLY DON'T HAVE A STUDIO AT THE MOMENT MY WORK TIME/SPACE IS SOMEWHAT LIMITED AT THE MOMENT.  WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE STUDIO SPACE (AS A FRIEND SAID ... OUR SHABBY CHIC WHITE HOUSE WITH THE HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER!) ALMOST DAILY.  THE INSIDE IS NOW AT LEAST HALF GUTTED. (yes, this is a BIG job!)  TODAY, FOUNDATION REPAIR WORK IS BEING DONE.  ANYWAY, I DID MANAGE TO GET A FEW RAVEN PIECES DONE SPECIFICALLY FOR A GALLERY DOWN HERE CALLED 'THE RAVENS NEST-AVITA BOUTIQUE'.  I HAD SPOKEN WITH THE OWNER JUST BEFORE WE LEFT FOR HOME LAST APRIL ABOUT POSSIBLY CARRYING SOME OF MY WORK.  SHE WAS ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN, WHAT ELSE (!) MY RAVENS. SO, I AM PLEASED TO SAY SHE NOW HAS 7 OF MY RAVEN PIECES IN HER GALLERY.  THIS FELLOW BELOW IS ONE OF THEM ...


'HE WHO LISTENS.  SOMETIMES.'

6 x 6" Acrylic over Acrylic Pour




THE RAVENS NEST GALLERY-AVITA BOUTIQUE
AJO, AZ.




A CLOSE-UP OF THE RAVEN ON THE BUILDING


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CLOUDS OF THE DAY . . .



NOT REALLY ANY CLOUDS BUT THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE THIS AJO SUNSET WITH YOU.  THIS WAS TAKEN 2 NIGHTS AGO, JUST FROM THE OUTER EDGE OF TOWN.  I LOVE THE SUNSETS (AND SUNRISES) HERE.  THEY ARE A TREAT FOR US BECAUSE IN IDAHO WE ARE SURROUNDED BY MOUNTAINS.  WE DON'T SEE MANY SUNRISES OR SUNSETS.


I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.
 A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through. 
~ jules verne


Charleen

Saturday, December 9, 2017

MEANWHILE, OUT ON THE RANCH ...


LIFE GOES ON ...



'GAME FACE'
6 x 6" Acrylic on Acrylic Pour


"I LOVE DRESSING FOR THE OCCASION."


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THIS IS ACTUALLY THE NIGHT BEFORE THIS RECENT SUPER MOON.  I TOOK THIS STANDING OUTSIDE OF OUR RV LOOKING THROUGH THE BRANCHES OF A MESQUITE TREE.  THERE WAS JUST SOMETHIG A LITTLE MYSTERIOUS IN THE AIR AS THE COYOTES HOWLED JUST BEYOND THE HILL THAT IS ACROSS THE ROAD.


Charleen

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

WELL INTO NOVEMBER, THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE HERE ...


(ACTUALLY, IT'S NOW INTO DECEMBER.  ALL I HAD TO DO WAS HIT THE 'SEND' BUTTON WHEN I FINISHED THIS AND FOR SOME REASON IT JUST DIDN'T HAPPEN)  :(  



 'HAZY SUNDAY MORNING. LATE SEPTEMBER.'

12 x 12" Acrylic on Textured Canvas




SEE WHAT I MEAN ... THIS WAS YESTERDAY MORNING.




MEANWHILE, DOWN IN AJO, THIS IS MY HUSBANDS MORNING VIEW . . .




    
                                                        
      
IF YOU READ LAST MONTHS BLOG THEN YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT ...
NOTHING LIKE TRYING TO MAKE THE PLACE SEEM A LITTLE HOMEY ... AT LEAST FOR THE HUMMINGBIRDS! :)




                                                                                                               ~ indy behrendt


IT LOOKS LIKE THIS TREE IS SWALLOWING ALL THE ENERGY FROM THE SKY. 

ACCORDING TO THE OLD CELTIC ALPHABET THE LETTER 'STR' (YES, I KNOW, BUT IT COUNTS AS ONE LETTER :) IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE BLACKTHORN TREE AND THE BLACKTHORN TREE IS SAID TO BE GOOD FOR GROUNDING AND SETTLING DISTURBED EMOTIONS.  

LET'S GO WITH THAT.  THIS IS A BLACKTHORN TREE AND IT'S GROUNDING/SETTLING A BUNCH OF UNHAPPY ANGELS DISTURBED EMOTIONS.

I HOPE THEIR DAY IS BETTER TOMORROW!  

AND I HOPE YOURS IS GREAT!

Charleen




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.  :)


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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