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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, July 28, 2015

Patiently waiting....then it happened! "Circle of Life" Original Mixed Media Painting.

"Circle of Life"

"Circle of Life"
This is my latest painting, fresh off the easel.  Let me tell you, this one was difficult and I feel like there were some painting and life lessons learned with this one!

In Progress

I liked the way it started out, but I felt it needed more texture, something to make it "pop".  So I added some molding paste and let it dry.



Still....in Progress

Then I started adding paint and painted foil.  I still feel like the bird faded into the background.  That little bird kept wanting to say "look at me, look at me"!! No matter how hard I tried, she faded and faded into the background.  Isn't that how we all feel sometimes...no matter how hard we try to be seen, we just fade into the background.  We yell, we scream, we ruffle our feathers, but we are not seen or heard.

Then, all got quiet.  Both the bird and I quit trying so hard.  I went back to working on the bird, as well as darkening up the background behind her.  She grew more texture and color on her wings. Almost as if by magic, when she got quiet and strong, she no longer faded into the background.  She didn't have to shout out for everyone to look at her.  She evolved, patiently, and became more beautiful with each stroke of paint and each layer.  

The lesson here was to get very quiet and let this painting patiently "evolve".  I think that's what we sometimes need to do in our own lives.  It's ok to go ahead and fade into the background...for a bit.  It's ok not to scream and shout and try to be seen and heard.  Patiently waiting, growing, getting stronger, finding our wings.  We too, evolve.

Close up of Bird and Texture on Leaves

Close up of Bird
This little painting is 12X12 and 1.5" deep.  It is available and comes ready to hang.

Feel free to send me questions or comments, or if you are interested in purchasing.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

"Happy in Bloom", Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

Happy in Bloom




This is one of my latest pieces.  It was done on a recycled wood pallet with inks, acrylics, and painted papers.  This was so much fun to do!  It was all about letting go and letting in the "happy".  I love the way the wood grain shows through portions of the paint and ink.

This one is sold, but commissions are welcome.  Feel free to email me with questions or comments!