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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!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

“Explore”, Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin


This painting was inspired after a trip up to our family cabin.  We went with my daughter and little granddaughter.  During our time together, my granddaughter and I explored the woods, went up into the tree house, looked for fish in the creek, and took a whirl on the swings while we howled like wolves!  It was fun exploring life through her eyes and discovering new things.  

Being up at the cabin was also a sober reminder of how short life is.  I was remembering everyone who loved the cabin so much and now they are no longer with us.  Still, you could feel their presence...in the soft, warm breeze that came in through the front door.  The beautiful, bright sunshine that cast shadows through the golden aspen leaves.  We will never forget the impact they had on our lives and the memories they left behind.

And so, I wanted to make new memories with my sweet Adaleigh.  I want her to always remember this special place and hold it dear in her heart.  More than that, I want her to remember our adventures together.  I want her to remember her Mimi and Popsi taking the time to play and romp in the woods with her with no concept of the ticking of the clock or the ringing of a cell phone.  Just enjoying our time together, simply and peacefully.  Exploring and discovering new things.  

This is a little mixed media painting that was done with paint, ink and painted papers.  There is a tiny framed mirror attached to the front of the canvas with the word "Explore".  The canvas was finished with resin and attached to a vintage tin tile.

This piece is available.  Please email me with questions, comments, or if you are interested in purchasing.

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