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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!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Have You Danced Lately?

"She Danced"
  
 
 
This is my latest mixed media piece.  The words just seemed perfect for this one.  I was inspired by an artist that teaches "tu tu" painting classes and I really wanted to try and make my own "dress" and add my own unique, personal touches and words.

 
Anyone who knows me, knows I struggle with words.  When I paint, I feel like I communicate what I can't say.  I get lost in another world and time slips away.

 
This is how I imagine it is for other artists as well.  I can imagine when dancing, time slips away and the dancer is transported into another world.


This canvas was huge, literally for me.  My brother has been encouraging me to do larger works.  So, because I love him so much and he always knows what's good for me, I took the leap.  This is my second attempt at a 36 X 36 X 1.5 canvas.  My first attempt felt so daunting and I felt so lost.  With this current piece, emotions and colors flowed out on to the canvas, with no trouble at all.  The painting seemed to paint itself.  It knew what it wanted to say.


My heart was in the moment and no words needed to be spoken as this creation came to life.


I feel like art gives life to unspoken words, at least for me it does.  I hope you have something in which you can be so totally in the moment that the world melts away, if only for a while.

This painting is available.  Please feel free to email me with questions or comments.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Exploring and Adventures ~ in Seattle!

Chihuly Exhibit - Seattle, WA


We were fortunate enough recently to go to Seattle Washington.  My husband had a conference and of course, I just "had" to tag along.  As an artist, this was a wonderful city, full of sensory sights, sounds, smells. 

It was a such a contrast of cultures and environments.  We stayed downtown and we walked everywhere.  One minute we would see high-end stores such as Nordstom, Ben Bridge Jewelers, many others that I'm sure I can't even remember the names of.  Executives making their way through the busy streets and on with their day.  A couple of blocks away, we saw homeless people, disabled people, sitting on the streets with signs asking for money.  I wanted to just sit down and talk to each and every one of them.  I wanted to ask them what their story was and how they had gotten to that place.  I myself, think that personally, I am only one or two moves away from being in that very same place.  We all know life is full of twists and turns and who knows what will happen.  Did they have a career that was demolished by the big recession?  Did they lose all they had during that time?  Did they have enormous medical bills that weren't covered by insurance that left them out on the streets?  Do they have mental health issues - the kind that we're all afraid to talk openly about?  To be honest, I was not brave enough to sit and speak with these people.  I didn't know how they would feel about me approaching them and asking about their stories.  How would I feel if I were in their position if a complete stranger wanted to know how I had ended up on the street?  I guess it would depend.  Nonetheless, it made me so much more aware of the people that are homeless and suffering in our own Country.  Made me want to do something to make a difference.  I haven't quite figured out what it will be yet, but I will do something.


Homeless by the River


In stark contrast to the tragedy of homelessness in Seattle, that part of the Country and the City itself is really beautiful.

Seattle Skyline
It is layered with so many rich textures and colors.  A feast for the eyes and I couldn't get enough of the sites, sounds, and smells.  Yes, we had sunshine while we were there!

Musician Playing by the Space Needle
 
We took a ferry out to Bainbridge Isand.  Loved the ride over to the island.  Sunshine and cool breeze coming off the water.



Ferry ride to Bainbridge Island


We walked all over downtown and I took some pretty cool "arsty" shots.  Also got to peruse some antique shops and found some really old hymnals to use in some of my mixed media pieces.








 
Another really, really cool thing we did was visit the EMP Museum by the Space Needle.  It had musical tributes to Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Kobain.  I was snapping this photo of a photo of Jimi and somehow it blurred, but I'm so glad it did.  I LOVE IT!
 
Below is a picture of a guitar that Jimi doodled on before one of his shows and then he smashed it ~ like a sacrifice to the music he was playing.

 
The picture of the "angel" below is one of the props Kurt Cobain used on stage at his concerts.  It kind of gave me a strange, sad feeling looking at his exhibit.  So many great artists that are lost too soon.


The trip was a crazy good experience, both a mixture of happy and sad.  During our trip was also the time that Robin Williams passed away.  Depression is a misunderstood, so-alone feeling, but I'll save that for another blog. 

I'm so glad we got to go on this trip.  Making memories and having new adventures, but also seeing the basic realities of life for others.  Feeling extreme gratitude for my life and my situation.  No matter how bad the day seems, it could be worse and it IS worse for so many others.  From the homeless on the streets of Seattle, to the people suffering in silence like Robin Williams was.  Keeping these people and these families in my thoughts and prayers for now ~ and always.



Monday, August 4, 2014

"RECONSTRUCTION"...always a work in progress.

RECONSTRUCTION
 

This little painting is called "Reconstruction". Sometimes life has a way of shaking us up and tossing us around, but it's totally up to us to "reconstruct" what's left.

This one is sold, but comments are more than welcome!  Please email me at:
saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com

www.donnamartinfineart.com

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