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I am a Colorado native, so I grew up loving the natural environment and the wild Rocky Mountains. Until recently, I always considered myself a watercolor artist and felt confined to that little “box” I put myself in. On a quest for discovery and healing, I took a workshop in mixed media techniques. Since that day, I’ve been obsessed – I’ve found a new and different way to express myself and my emotions. I’m on a constant quest to find unusual and discarded “things” to use in my paintings. I’ve used everything from plaster, twine, metal, foil, and even broken windshield glass. It all somehow becomes symbolic in my paintings and signifies a feeling or emotion. Thanks for joining me on this journey and this adventure we call life and art!

Monday, March 12, 2018

"For Every Thing There is a Season", Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

For Every Thing There is a Season

For this piece, I began thinking about the different “seasons” in our lives.    I was thinking about the teenage girl who feels broken and out of place.  I thought about the young mother who feels overwhelmed and questions everything she is doing every day in raising her young children.  I thought about the middle-aged woman, with an empty nest and an empty heart, questioning her next move in life.  Our lives are constantly changing and evolving…moving through seasons.  None of these seasons last forever, even though it may feel like an eternity.  I believe we have to lean forward, ease into the transitions, no matter how painful.  This is how we can come out on the other side.  This piece changed and evolved, much like the seasons in our lives.  I added the words from Ecclesiastes 3, “For every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven”.  

This piece was created with many layers of papers, inks, and paint to give it a rich texture and depth.  The leaves were individually painted and torn from rice paper.  The words were taken from vintage magazines and hymnals.  There are hints of iridescent paint, so it “glows” when the light bounces off of it.  It is framed in a simple black floater frame.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Strength of Trees", Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

Strength of Trees

“A tree with strong roots laughs at storms”.  – Malay Proverb

The strength of trees.  Roots running deep into the dark soil.  Branches reaching upward into the light.  Ever changing, ever growing.  Leaves budding out into the warmth of spring.  Green and vibrant, fluttering in the soft summer breezes.  Bursting into vibrant hues of oranges and yellows, even as they are beginning their descent from the branches they’ve called home.  We can learn a lot from the strength of trees.  Our roots produce the branches, stretching out into the sun, craving the warmth and the light.   Those branches could almost represent the different paths of our life journey.  They hold all the beautiful leaves, the experiences and memories of our lives.  The leaves almost seems to remind us that our lives can withstand the winds of change, and although different, each is beautiful in its own season.

This piece was created on a RedeemWood recycled wooden pallet.  The trunks are heavily textured and the leaves were created with heavy watercolor paper.  It is finished with a beautiful resin coating.

This piece is sold, but commissions are welcome.  Please contact me at saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com with any questions or comments.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

"Sisters", Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin


They weren’t born sisters, but growing up in the same crazy family, there was always an unspoken bond between them.  Each knew the family “stories”, the good and the not so good.  No words were ever needed, they just instinctively knew each other’s hearts.  One look in her eyes, and one knew the other was broken.  Each was there for the other, unconditionally, without judgement, without harsh words, without cutting glances, or condemnation.  They were each other’s comfort in the storms….a soft place to land and a strong shoulder to rest a head upon.  Comfort, like a soft, gentle rain on a summer’s day.  Comfort like the warm glow coming from a window on a chilly night.  They were each other’s “home”.  They could tell each other their wildest dreams for the future and the other would believe without question that these wild dreams would come true.  The wild sisters would giggle about silly things that no one else would understand.  It was that unspoken language they shared.  No, they weren’t “born” sisters but they share a love that transcends the moon and the stars.  They are wild sisters, now and forever.

This piece began with a drawing I did of the sisters with charcoal and graphite.  I added just the slightest bits of watercolor to their cheeks and lips and also the flowers.  The leaves in their hair were created with modeling paste, so the texture is raised.  I also added text to their dresses.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Strength and Vulnerability, Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

Strength and Vulnerability

Trees are the perfect depiction of strength and vulnerability.  Of course they are strong and usually their roots run deep.  They are also prey to the wind, sun, drought, and disease.  Their branches can get broken, their leaves fall, but they still remain, standing strong.  Through the storms, their roots plant deeper.  They grow new branches and new leaves begin to form.  They grow stronger when they are at their weakest.  I think the same is true for us when walking through our lives.  “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” ― Sigmund Freud
This piece was created from many, many layers of paper, paint, inks, and modeling paste.  It was finished with touches of iridescent paint on the raised texture that resides around the painting.

This painting is sold, but commissions are welcome.  Please send me an email with any questions or comments...as always, I would love to hear from you!





Friday, February 23, 2018

"Seasons", Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin


I thought these words were beautiful and a perfect inspiration for this piece.  “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

This was an intuitive piece.  The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted three trees.  It was created with layers of paper, paint, and inks.

This piece is sold, but commissions are welcome.  Drop me an email with questions or comments...I would love to hear from you!

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

"Beauty in the Brokenness", Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

Beauty in the Brokenness

“There is nothing beautiful about the wreckage of a human being.  There is nothing pretty about the damage, about pain, about heartache.  What is beautiful is their strength, their resilience, their fortitude as they display an ocean of courage when they pick through the wreckage of their life to build something beautiful, brand new, against every odd that is stacked against them.”  - Nikita Gill 

We don’t always see it in ourselves, but beauty truly can come from the brokenness.

This piece was created with layers of paper, paint, and acrylic inks.  I also added some modeling paste in certain areas on the painting, which gives it a bit of raised texture.

This piece is 20 X 20 X 1.5, created on a thick, gallery wrapped canvas.  It is available.  Please email me with questions or comments at:  saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

"Undone", Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin


This is a little abstract, mixed media piece titled, "Undone".  It was created on watercolor paper and then mounted to an  8 X 8 cradle board.  It features text from vintage books, rusted cloth, and thin wire attached with small stitching.  I also used coffee grounds to create a rich color and texture in the background and used various elements, such as sticks and twigs, to make marks.  

This piece is available.  Currently, it is being shown up at the Manitou Springs Art Center.  I would love to have you stop by and take a look!  Please message me with comments or if you would like further information.