Thursday, April 12, 2018

“Fearless Soul”, Original Encaustic Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

Fearless Soul



It was a cold and snowy day...actually a blizzard!  They called a "snow day" at my "day job", so what's a girl to do?  Jump up and down, sing and dance because there is time to paint!  And what a perfect day!

So in all that joy, this little warrior showed up.  This little encaustic was done with lots of layers.  It has tissue paper, paint, part of an old deed from the early 1900's, plaster, ink, and of course wax.  I got to use my Stencil Girl Stencil for her face.  She looks very determined, very fearless, thus the title, "Fearless Soul".

This little, bold painting is sold, but commissions are welcome!  Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.




Friday, April 6, 2018

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

"Becoming"


This little, chubby bird was created with painted papers, inks, stencils, and acrylic paint.  It has multiple layers.  On the first layer, I wrote words or "values", such as compassion, grace, and kindness.  These values represent more of who I want to become, thus the name of the piece.  I also hinted at some flowers just beginning to peak out from below the branches, blooming, if you will, but not yet full and complete.  This also symbolizes blossoming and transformation into something beautiful.

This piece found a new home, but commissions are welcome.  Feel free to contact me at saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com.




Thursday, April 5, 2018

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

"Breathe"




This is a small, original mixed media/abstract piece that I just completed.  These abstract works cause me to stretch and reach beyond my comfort zone, which I think is a good thing.  I am still learning and growing within this style, but I love it so much.

This painting is available.  It is an 8 X 8, mounted on a 1.5" deep cradle board.  Feel free to contact me at saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com with any questions or comments.




Thursday, March 29, 2018

Singing a New Song, Original Mixed Media/Encaustic Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

Singing a New Song



One day it happened.  The seemingly never-ending fog began to clear.  The tiniest rays of crystal clear sunlight began to peak through the clouds.  Slow and uncertain, she decided to be brave and she began to allow the cracks in her heart to allow the light in, a little at a time.  It had been a long, cold season.  As she closed her eyes and breathed it in, she could feel her heart beginning to sing a new song.

This piece has a vintage hankie as the background.  Vintage French ledger paper was added, as well as a photo transfer that I embellished with paint and inks.  I added leaves to the branches and finished it with a layer of encaustic wax, which gives the entire piece a “vintage” feel.

This piece is sold, but commissions are welcome.  I would love to hear from you!  Feel free to email me.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

"Go Your Own Way", Original Mixed Media/Encaustic Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

Go Your Own Way





Everyone said, “Follow me”.  It was expected, and for a while, she did what she was told.  This was not the path she wanted to take.  She did not want to fly in conformity with all the others.  There were mysteries to be solved and adventures to be had.  And then it happened, like a dream that whispered her name in the middle of the night.  She noticed that not only were her own wings beautiful, but they were strong.  They were not like everyone else’s.  A still small voice inside of her nudged her to try out her own unique and beautiful wings.  That voice told her it was a good thing to go her own way.  So she did.  And she never looked back.
 
This piece began with fabric from a vintage napkin.  I loved this photo that I had taken of a tree in Oregon and decided to embed it in the piece.  I also added bits of paper and paint.  At the last minute, I decided I wanted to add the symbolism of the butterflies.  Of course, one of the butterflies just would not conform and line up with the others!  Perfectly imperfect.  A layer of dreamy encaustic wax finished this piece.

This piece is sold, but commissions are welcome.  Feel free to contact me at saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com with any questions or comments.





Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Strength of Trees", Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin


Strength of Trees



“A tree with strong roots laughs at storms”.  – Malay Proverb

The strength of trees.  Roots running deep into the dark soil.  Branches reaching upward into the light.  Ever changing, ever growing.  Leaves budding out into the warmth of spring.  Green and vibrant, fluttering in the soft summer breezes.  Bursting into vibrant hues of oranges and yellows, even as they are beginning their descent from the branches they’ve called home.  We can learn a lot from the strength of trees.  Our roots produce the branches, stretching out into the sun, craving the warmth and the light.   Those branches could almost represent the different paths of our life journey.  They hold all the beautiful leaves, the experiences and memories of our lives.  The leaves almost seems to remind us that our lives can withstand the winds of change, and although different, each is beautiful in its own season.

This piece was created on a RedeemWood recycled wooden pallet.  The trunks are heavily textured and the leaves were created with heavy watercolor paper.  It is finished with a beautiful resin coating.

This piece is sold, but commissions are welcome.  Please contact me at saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com with any questions or comments.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Strength and Vulnerability, Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin


Strength and Vulnerability




Trees are the perfect depiction of strength and vulnerability.  Of course they are strong and usually their roots run deep.  They are also prey to the wind, sun, drought, and disease.  Their branches can get broken, their leaves fall, but they still remain, standing strong.  Through the storms, their roots plant deeper.  They grow new branches and new leaves begin to form.  They grow stronger when they are at their weakest.  I think the same is true for us when walking through our lives.  “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” ― Sigmund Freud
  
This piece was created from many, many layers of paper, paint, inks, and modeling paste.  It was finished with touches of iridescent paint on the raised texture that resides around the painting.

This painting is sold, but commissions are welcome.  Please send me an email with any questions or comments...as always, I would love to hear from you!

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