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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!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Original Mixed Media Painting, "Angel with a Fearless Heart", by International Mixed Media Artist, Donna L. Martin

 
"Angel with a Fearless Heart"
 
 
 
This is an original mixed media painting.  Her wings are made of paper that I created with a rusting solution, her hair is made of twine, and she has metal embellishments around her heart.  The piece has rich hues of blues, turquois, and greens.  Her eyes are irridescent green.
 
 
This piece measures 16X20 and is finished with an epoxy resin.  It is framed in a beautiful, ornate black frame. 
 
Price is $380 and includes frame and shipping within the Continental US.
 

To purchase or for questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

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My work can also be seen at:

CoArt Gallery

846 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Co 80204
P: (303)573-5503

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Original Abstract Mixed Media Painting, "Uncaged", by International Mixed Media Artist, Donna L. Martin

Uncaged
 
 
 
This is an original mixed media piece. It was created using inks, paint, paper, molding paste, and gold mica flakes. It is finished with a beautiful resin coating, which makes the colors pop and eliminates the need for framing.
 
Size: 12 x 12 x 1
Price:
$190.00 USD (includes shipping within the Continental United States)
 

To purchase or for questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Original Encaustic Painting, "Learning", by International Encaustic Artist, Donna L. Martin

"Learning"
 
 
This is an original encaustic abstract painting. It is bright and beautiful with spring flowers popping out of a green meadow!    

Encaustic is the medium which consists of molten beeswax, resin, and pigments that are fused after application into a continuous layer and fixed to a support (wood) with heat. This achieves a lustrous enamel appearance. The word 'encaustic' comes from the Greek and means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. Encaustic paintings can be polished to a high gloss, molded, sculpted, textured and combined with collage materials. Encaustic is also the most durable of artist's paint and an excellent investment. This is due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture. Because of this it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow, and it will not darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass. If your painting looks dull, or gets dirty it can be wiped clean with a soft cloth dampened with water and buffed to a high shine.

This painting measures 10X20.
The purchase price is $220 and includes shipping within the continental United States.

To purchase or for questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Original Watercolor Still Life, "Sunflower Day", by International Watercolor Artist, Donna L. Martin

Sunflower Day



This is an original watercolor still life of a sunflower.  I loved the way the colors all came together in this composition!  The original is sold, but prints are available in various sizes at:

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-donna-martin.html?page=2

You can view my work at:
http://donnamartinfineart.com/

For questions or comments, please contact me at:
saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Original Mixed Media Art, Time's a Tickin', by International Mixed Media Artist, Donna L. Martin

Time's a Tickin'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This original mixed media piece symbolizes the passage of time in our lives. The round metal piece in the center represents the center of our lives. From there, at times, we spend so much time worrying about things that never come to pass. This is represented by the spirals and gears bursting from the center. The pieces of glass are glimpses of time we have wasted and can't get back. This was a good reminder for me to live in each present moment. Time is a gift we are given and it passes quickly. It is constructed with paint, molding paste, gears, metal, and glass. It is finished with a shiny epoxy-resin coating, it comes to you ready to hang.

This piece measures 11X14X1 and is available for purchase.
Price is $145 and shipping is $10 within the US.

To purchase or for questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mixed Media Painting, "Fearless", by International Mixed Media Artist Donna L. Martin

Fearless
 
 
If you’re like most people, you start out the year with the best intentions and make resolutions for the New Year.  It seems like by February, we feel like we have already slipped and by March or April, our best laid plans are past tense. Since our words give a voice to our soul, I decided that I would opt for a "word" this year instead of a resolution. I decided I would put my "word" into a piece of art, so "FEARLESS" was born!

This original mixed media painting is 10X10X1 and is done on a birchboard cradle. It is completed with a epoxy resin finish, eliminating the need for framing.

The price is $130/free shipping within the United States.

To purchase, Contact Donna at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com .

 To purchase prints, please go to: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-donna-martin.html

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mixed Media Painting, "Blossom", by International Mixed Media Artist, Donna L. Martin

Blossom
This is one of my first Mixed Media pieces titled "Blossom". This piece means alot to me - a whirlwind of emotions were poured in and and came out of this one!



I didn't want her to be "realistic", but more "whimsical".  I had a great time creating her.  I used alot of different items to create texture and depth in this piece. Her hair is made out of twine. I glued each individual piece on and painted each strand. Her wings are made out of broken glass. At first, she had dark brown eyes, but they just didn't give the viewer the effect I wanted, so I glazed green iridescent paint over the brown. Her eyes change colors between green and brown, depending on the viewers angle. I used molding paste and painted various papers to add into the composition.

Broken glass added to make "wings".


 
I decided I needed to add some text to complete my thoughts about this one.  I found some vintage sheet music and tore each individual letter out to complete my phrase.  Some of that old sheet music and lettering is just beautiful and I wanted to capture that.  The text reads, "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to Blossom."
  

Text from vintage sheet music.
The piece was completed with a resin coating, which made the colors and textures "pop".  It turned out to be a beautiful piece.


The original piece is sold, but prints are available in various sizes. View more of my work at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-donna-martin.html

For questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Watercolor Rottweiler Painting, "Chance and Tiller", by International Watercolor Artist, Donna L. Martin

 
 
This is a painting I completed to donate to the Rottweiler Rescue. Their names are Chance and Tiller and they belonged to a very good friend of mine. When she saw the painting, she had to have it for herself. I have to be honest, when I first took on this challenge, I did not know if I could do Chance and Tiller justice. When I delivered the painting and saw the tears of joy in my friend's eyes, I knew it turned out alright!

The original piece is sold, but prints are available in various sizes. View more of my work at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-donna-martin.html

For questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

Friday, March 7, 2014

Donna Martin, Watercolor Art, Elephants, Wildlife Paintings, contemporary wildlife painting


 
 
This was a really fun painting to do and has been one of my most popular to date!   Mama and baby taking a stroll together on a sunny morning.   This original watercolor was completed on a lazy Sunday afternoon after a couple of glasses of wine.   Hence, the vibrant colors and textures!

The original piece is sold, but prints are available in various sizes. View more of my work at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-donna-martin.html

For questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mixed Media Heart Art Painting, "Stages of the Heart", by International Mixed Media Artist Donna L. Martin



This is an original mixed media piece I created after going through alot of grieving, feelings of loss, and healing after the death of a dear friend. It is titled "Stages of the Heart". The first Heart is "Hopeful", in thinking about the beginning of a relationship and wondering what the future might hold. It is a red heart made of Tyvek and burlap, painted red. The second heart is "Broken", and represents what I was feeling about death and loss. It is a purple heart made of broken windsheild glass. It expresses alot of emotion. The third Heart is "Healing", signifying the healing that can happen after loss. It is made of some of the broken windsheild glass and bandages. This is a very personal piece to me and helped me to express all the various emotions that I was feeling.

The original piece is sold, but prints are available in various sizes. View more of my work at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-donna-martin.html

For questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Watercolor Landscape Painting, "Aspen Morning", by International Watercolor Artist, Donna L. Martin




This is an original watercolor landscape that I completed last year.  I just love using vibrant colors of purples and blues...makes me so happy!

The original piece is sold, but prints are available in various sizes. View more of my work at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-donna-martin.html

For questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com