After All, Life; 2021; 11.5" x 9"; 2021; watercolor, acrylic, ink, chalk, graphite Spring Winter shroud slips - Still, silent earth awakes, stretches out a muddy hand to a warm breeze, stands on trembling legs. In blinking surprise, Tilts its face to rising sun. After all - Life.
A collaborative piece in progress, with talented dancer Rachel Quiner as visual inspiration, and talented and beloved song-writer, singer, and daughter-in-law to be Janelle Thompson as musical inspiration... Coming soon with Janelle's beautiful, original worship song based on Isaiah 64:8. Becoming; 2021; 19" x 28"; watercolor & graphite.
Winter Wander; 2021; 11.75" x 16"; mixed media: graphite, watercolor, acrylic, crayon.
Wandering in a Winter Forest; 2021; 7.5" x 13'; mixed media: ink, watercolor, gouache, oil pastel, graphite. Grasses arc ochre, under frozen sheen, sparkling like the laughter of my grandma, bowing at her feet. I see her there, at a picnic table, her wisdom words still embedded in black, trusting limbs, still reaching under the…Read more Timeless
An indigo iris motif weaves in and out of my fiction manuscript. In words and images, the flower presses it's way into my soul. With this last of four paintings of an indigo iris, I think I finally understand it... At least for today. Indigo Iris (4); 2021; 13" x 16"; mixed media: ink, watercolor,…Read more One Last Indigo Iris
Please visit the wonderful online publication, ShoutOut Colorado, featuring the people of my home state, Colorado! This interview was originally published in ShoutOut Colorado, December 22, 2020. Hi Colleen, how does your business help the community?We are not alone. I keep stumbling on this theme wherever I go in the world (and strangely, especially among…Read more ShoutOut Colorado Interview
Indigo Iris 2; 2020; 12" x 19.5"; mixed media: watercolor, chalk, acrylic, ink, pastel. Work on the the proposal for my fiction manuscript came to a full stop as I faced the barrier of painting an indigo iris, a key motif in the story, symbolizing the main character's journey toward healing. For some reason, I…Read more The Indigo Iris and Healing
Indigo Iris; 2020, 12.5" x 20"; mixed media: watercolor, acrylic, ink, chalk, pastel Moody, resilient purples yield to vibrant violets, accented by yellow bursts of hope. An indigo iris motif calls the main character in my first fiction manuscript to a journey of healing. Click here to receive artist and author updates: Sign up for…Read more Indigo Iris
By the Brook Cherith; 2020; 20" x 28"; mixed media: watercolor, ink, pastel, chalk, acrylic. I tear through the forest, branches ripping at my skin. The trees thin and my feet bog in mud. I fight to lift them, heavily weighted, until bursts of vegetation give way to drifts of sand. Then stumbling, I sink…Read more By the Brook Cherith