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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!

Friday, June 19, 2015

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

"Sunshine Day"

I feel like I'm "painting happy" again!  This is another fun, whimsical poppy painting, fresh off the easel.  It was done with acrylic inks, paint, and hand-painted paper.  It measures 12 X 12 X 1.5 and is painted on a birch cradle board canvas.  It is finished with resin and comes ready to hang.  

If you need a little sunshine, this painting is available!  Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or if you are interested in purchasing.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

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

"Sweet Dreams"

Mom and her baby are sleeping among the trees.  This was done when I was thinking about Mother's Day.  Thinking about my sweet children and how fast time went by.  I regret now that I always felt so busy raising the kids that I didn't savor every single moment.  People always told me to enjoy the time because it goes so fast.  Some days, when I was in the thick of things and the chaos of raising three children, I thought they were crazy.  But time did pass quickly.  My children grew up and moved away.  It was so hard to get used to an awkward, empty house.  Now I am enjoying my grandchildren - enjoying the moments and making memories.  It's ok if we paint pictures, play dress up, and the house is a mess...we are creating memories while we still have time. 

This painting has many layers and was done with paint and acrylic inks.  It was an intuitive painting inspired by the painting styles of Tracy Verdugo and Juliette Crane.  

It is on a deep gallery wrapped canvas and measures 24 X 24.  This painting is available.  Please feel free to send me an email with any questions, comments, or if you are interested in purchasing.  I really love to hear from you!



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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

“Poppy Love Letters”, Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

"Poppy Love Letters"

This painting sure didn't end up like it started out!  In the beginning, it had bright pink flowers at the top and bright green grass at the bottom.  I toned down the flowers and the grass and decided I wanted poppies as the focal point. I added some painted, torn paper and some twine.  This one sat on the easel for months before I decided what to do with it.  Sometimes you just have to sit with something until you figure out where it wants to go!

This piece measures 12 X 12 and was done on a 1.5" cradle board.  It is available.  Please feel free to send me an email with questions, comments, or if you are interested in purchasing.



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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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


Lately, there have been alot of changes and "transformations" in my life.  This latest painting symbolizes the changes and the beauty that can eventually come from the "mess" of life.

I started this painting, probably a good 3 years ago.  I threw paint on the canvas very randomly and then got "stuck".  I didn't know where to go with the brush strokes or what to do next.  This is how I felt also in my life.  I had a "day job" that I absolutely hated, but I felt so stuck.  The money was wonderful, but the trade off was that I felt like I was losing my soul.  The job dealt with negative, angry people and terrible situations every minute of every day.  It took a toll and I did not feel like myself anymore.  I became very dark, cynical, and did not trust anything anyone would tell me.  I think this carried over into some of my artwork life as well.  When someone would give me a compliment on a painting, I would outwardly thank them, but inwardly dismiss it.  The voices in my head would tell me people were "just saying that, they didn't really mean it".  The voices said "how can you even call yourself an artist anyway".  I was in a very dark place and I knew I needed to make some changes, but like I said, I felt stuck.

Well, we all know life is a series of constant changes.  Another opportunity came up at the place where I work during the day.  Prior to working in this negative job that I felt so stuck in, my attitude would have been "let's see how we can make this new opportunity work".  I was always pretty hopeful and optimistic about every opportunity that presented itself.  I also always felt like a risk taker. But because of my negativity and inner darkness, when this new job opportunity presented itself, I said to myself "that will never work...it's temporary and the salary is nothing like you are making now...you CAN'T do it".  

Life also has a way of sending people to you that will give you the right messages and the right answers at just the right time.  At least two people came to me, people who I didn't even know very well, and asked if I was going to apply for this new job.  When the second person came and asked me about applying for the job, I told him that I could not apply for the job, it just wasn't possible.  He looked me straight in the eye and said "why not?"  He then listed multiple reasons that this new opportunity could work.  I hadn't answered questions with "why not" for so long, I forgot there were possibilities.  I had forgotten to listen to those still, small voices.  For some stupid reason, that was all it took for the lightbulb to go off in my head and for me to stop saying "NO" to something that was so desperately needed.  I got the new job.  My life and this painting began to transform.  

I've been working in my new day job for about a month now.  Funny thing is, I've been painting up a storm.  I feel like the light is coming back into my soul. I feel like there are "possibilities" again.  I've stopped saying "NO" and have become my old gypsy soul.  So, this painting titled "Transformation" was born.

I think all of us become lost at times or stuck.  The trick is to keep on plowing through the mess and realize there is beauty at the end of the storm.

This painting is fresh off the easel.  Feel free to send me a message with comments or questions, or if you are interested in purchasing.

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