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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!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Curve Balls and New Beginnings

I had always considered myself to be a watercolor artist and to be honest, I was always boxed in by those thoughts and that particular "label".  I thought that's all I could and would ever do with my art.  Then life has a funny way of coming along and throwing you a a curve ball, or two, or three.  Some know, some don't, but I had a very dear friend that committed suicide - it will be 3 years this July.  After that happened, I lost my heart and lost my way.  I couldn't think straight and was overwhelmed with emotion.  He left me a goodbye note.  I thought I should have seen it coming.  I thought I could have stopped it if I had known.  There are so many emotions, even still.
 
I never thought I would pick up a brush again - and I didn't...for a long time.  Later that same year, by some divine intervention or design, I happened upon a workshop that Carol Nelson was doing on mixed media techniques.  I didn't really even know what that was, but felt ready for something different and felt ready for a change.  I couldn't find a way to deal with my sorrow and loss, what would it hurt to do this.  I don't have to talk to anyone or look at anyone, right?  I'll just sit in my little corner and get lost.  And, that is exactly what I did.  I took the workshop and I was never the same.  I got lost in the moment.  So many emotions poured out into my work, so many things that I just couldn't say.   
 
Blossom
It was during this time that I did this piece.  Her name is "Blossom" and she is of my first ever Mixed Media pieces ".  So much went in to her creation, so many thoughts and emotion.



My goal wasn't to make her realistic in any way, after all, I'd never done any kind of human face in any form and didn't want that kind of pressure now!  I wanted her to be more ethereaI, fragile but strong.  It was healing to create 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 windshield glass that I found in the parking lot where I worked.  At first, she had dark brown eyes, but they just didn't give her life and purpose and soul.  I glazed green iridescent paint over the brown in her eyes. Her eyes now actually 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, that I needed to say something to complete my thoughts and feelings.  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."  And so, a new day was born.  In my friend's goodbye note, one of the last things he said was that he loved my paintings.  I want to honor that, be brave, and take in each day, if only one minute at a time.
  
Text from vintage sheet music.

The original piece is sold, but prints are available in various sizes from http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-donna-martin.html

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

Friday, April 25, 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.  It is meant to symbolize my heart with wings - flying fearlessly into the next great adventure!  What would your one "word" be?

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

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

If you have comments or wish to purchase, please contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

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

To view more of my work: http://donnamartinfineart.com/

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Original Watercolor Floral Painting, "Poppies", by Colorado Watercolor Artist, Donna L. Martin

"Poppies"
 
 
 
These paintings are original watercolors of poppies.  I did them as a set, from an idea that I couldn't get out of my head.  Floral paintings alway are a challenge for me, so I decided I just needed to dig in and go for it!

The originals are sold, but prints in various sizes are available at:

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

http://donnamartinfineart.com/

My work can also be seen at:

CoArt Gallery

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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Original Watercolor Horse Painting, "Dreaming", by Colorado Watercolor Artist, Donna L. Martin

"Dreaming"
 
  
This is an original watercolor painting I did of a friend's horse.  It's always a little scary when you are trying to capture someone's pet, but I think she was pleased with how it came out.  I'm surprised I didn't put any purple in this one - I usually try and sneak it in with every piece I do!

The original is sold, but prints in various sizes are available at:

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

http://donnamartinfineart.com/

My work can also be seen at:

CoArt Gallery

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

Original Watercolor Painting, "Gone but not Forgotten", by Colorado Watercolor Artist, Donna L. Martin

 
Gone but not Forgotten
 
 
 
This original watercolor painting was done from a photo I took while doing my "day job", out in the field. 
 

The original is sold, but prints in various sizes are available at:

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

http://donnamartinfineart.com/

My work can also be seen at:

CoArt Gallery

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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

 "Infinitree"
 
 
  
This is an original mixed media piece that I donated to an auction to raise money for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).  It is a heavily textured piece done with burlap, tyvek, paint, and molding paste.
 
 The original piece sold at the auction, but I would be happy to come up with someting similar if you are interested.
 
For questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at: saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

http://donnamartinfineart.com/

My work can also be seen at:

CoArt Gallery

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Original Mixed Media Abstract Painting, “Take Heart through the Fire ", by International Mixed Media Artist, Donna L. Martin

"Take Heart Through the Fire"
 
I thought it would be fun to take you through the creation of this piece, from the very beginning to the finished version!
 
 
This is how it started out - a big, white, intimidating canvas.  I added some texture with a cool stencil that I have and some molding paste.  I then started filling in some color with alcohol ink around the divets in the stencil.
 
 
I started adding more color with alcohol inks.  I also had some really cool textured cardboard that I painted with metallic bronze paint and then "rusted" with a rusting solution.  Thanks to Carol Nelson again for teaching me that trick! 
 
 
I also picked up some paper from the shooting range (that is what is sitting on top and bottom of the stenciled part).  It had all these cool holes in it.  Once again, I painted it bronze and then rusted it.  I started attaching in randomly to the piece.
 
 
 
For this middle portion, I painted it with metallic copper paint and then used a solution to patina the paint.  It looks like some kind of regular ol' green paint, but was really quite a process! 
 
 
So after sitting with it for a while, this piece just needed something else, but I couldn't figure out what.  Then lo and behold, I was walking on a local trail and looked down and saw this very cool piece of metal sitting in the dirt alongside the trail.  Seems I've become quite the scavenger!  It was just what I needed to finish this.
 
 
 
Ta Da!!!  All done and ready to go out the door!  It is finished with a beautiful epoxy resin finish (except for the rusted "heart" that I found on the trail), so there is no need for framing.
 
This piece measures 24 X 18 X 1.5, and is available for purchase.

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


http://donnamartinfineart.com/

This piece can also be seen at:

CoArt Gallery

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Original Mixed Media Poppy Painting, "Glow", by International Mixed Media Artist, Donna L. Martin

"Glow"





This is my latest creation, just completed yesterday.  Orange and yellow poppies set against a heavily textured background of gray, yellow, black, and white.  Thank you to Carol Nelson for teaching me how to do mixed media.  Without her, I'm not sure I would have continued painting!

This piece measures 18 X 24 X 1.5, comes ready to hang and is available for purchase.

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


http://donnamartinfineart.com/

My work can also be seen at:

CoArt Gallery

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Original Watercolor Painting, "Horse Whisper", by International Watercolor Artist, Donna L. Martin

Horse Whisper
 
 
 
 
This is an original watercolor painting titled, "Horse Whisper".  It was completed by pouring and spattering color on the page, then forming the shape of the horse. 
 
 
The original is sold, but prints in various sizes are available at:

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

http://donnamartinfineart.com/

My work can also be seen at:

CoArt Gallery

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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

Dance
 
 
 
This is an original mixed media piece that I recently finished for a friend who just found out that she has cancer.  It is done in rich, beautiful hues of blues, yellows, gold, and white.  It is heavily textured, but graceful and soft at the same time. 
 
 
 
The original is unavailable, but I have a similar painting in the same size and colors.  Prints in various sizes are also available at:
 

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

http://donnamartinfineart.com/

My work can also be seen at:

CoArt Gallery

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