I've been talking about it forever, but I finally got around to it - I added a bunch of new stuff to my etsy shop.
Here's just a couple of the new things that went up:
First, some landscape birdhouses. I like painting on found objects, and i found some neat birdhouses that needed a little color. I'm not sure if a bird could fit in there, but what a stylish bird! I'd envision these more as art to display around the house, but you do you!
Second, I have some new driftwood necklaces available. They're on hemp cord and I think they look great with any outfit. They've been available locally at the art coop here, but I'm happy that they're now available everywhere!
Next, I'm sure you've seen my driftwood landscapes. I'm kind of obsessed with the...
I'm the first to admit that I'm always playing catch-up. While I'm usually a little bit behind, this one is way behind. I'm talking about last October.
Last fall I was invited to Duckfest in Bowdon, ND to do a live artist demo. Duckfest is a great event that brings together artists, hunters, farmers, and... well everyone i guess. There's fun, food, and a really high-quality art show.
I was in the library at the high school (an amazing project, considering that it was entirely community funded), and over the course of the day I did a few paintings. It was October, and the harvest was finishing up. Accordingly, my subjects for my paintings were some garden produce I'd pickled over the past few months.
So back in August my Plein Air painting group gave me the opportunity to attend the Northern Plains Ethnic Festival in Dickinson, and set up and painted among the crowds for a while. It was an amazing event (even if I arrived an hour early because Dickinson isn't in central time, but that's another story).
Regardless, I set up beneath a pine tree at the Prairie Outpost Park, and while the oom-pah of German music was ringing out, I did a couple paintings I'm pretty proud of. There was as beautiful antique windmill nearby and I had a great skinny canvas ready and I painted this:
My sister lives out in the county, and has a windmill, and when she saw this said "that looks like my windmill!" Maybe all windmills look the sa...
Is it already October? Summer always seems to go by too quickly.
Between my residency at Turtle River State Park, the Plein Air painting group I'm lucky to be a part of, gardening (and canning all the resulting goodies) fall has snuck up on me.
I promised a while ago that I'd post the oil paintings I did at my residency at Turtle River State Park, so better late than never - here they are!
As part of my residency, I donated one painting to the state park to be part of their permanent collection. It's such an honor to have my work on display where the inspiration struck me. It was a challenge to pick out the piece I thought best represented my residency, but I ended up choosing this one. It was the view of the sky and hillside from the ca...
I'm happy to announce that in a few short weeks I'll be undertaking a week-long residency at Turtle River State Park, just outside Grand Forks, ND. Thanks to North Dakota Parks and Recreation and the North Dakota council on the arts I have the opportunity to spend a week in a cabin and use the entire Turtle River State Park as inspiration for some new paintings!
At the end of the residency, I'll be hosting some free events for the community and donating a piece of art to the State Park. Specifically, on Saturday, August 5th, I'll be hosting an art journaling event from 1-3 pm at the CCC Memorial Shelter. This event will be fun for both kids and adults, and will focus on using all sorts of different pigments and inks to create fun color...
The preview period runs through June 4th, when bidding is open to the local public, with global purchasing available after June 10th. At only $20 for each piece of art the event is a great chance to snatch up some great art and support a very fun event!
In other news, if you are in my neck of the woods we have lots of great art events in the Bismarck area as well. On June 3rd Bismarck Downtown Art CoOp will have a great showing of three g...
There are a few art events coming up in the Bismarck area, and I know I am excited about them- so I thought I should share!
Tomorrow the library foundation will be presenting the Art of Books event featuring art inspired by literature. Since it is a fundraiser for the public library, tickets are $15. What a bargain- support a great cause, eat and drink tasty things and look at great art!
In case you aren't able to attend, I do have a preview of the piece I contributed. It is titled "Paris was cold and clear and lovely" after a line from Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, but I have joked that it could have just as easily been titled after another of my favorite lines from the same novel: "Never travel with anyone you don't love."
If you are an art collector of any level, from avid even to casual, you might be running out of wall space. It is a both wonderful and awful problem at the same time. So, Mini Art to the rescue! Don't leave any bookshelves or end tables sad and artless!
I now have small art available in both the BDAC and BAGA gift shops, and will bring a stash of mini paintings and small art to be available for sale at the local art events I attend as the weather warms up. Can't wait! But don't worry, if you can't shop local I plan on keeping them in stock on my Etsy shop (painternicole.etsy.com) as well.
All miniature paintings have been painted with care and are inspired by either the view of the sky from my studio window,...
Now that the 31st is here, I have a chance to take a breath and reflect. Yes- I still have a painting on the easel. And another one leaning against it begging to be revisited- and it will happen. Eventually. After another few cups of coffee and few really long walks with the dog while we are still getting some rare January sun.
I had a lot of fun this January, and even shared a few little progress shots as I went:
Overall, it was a great experience holding myself to getting in the studio every day, but also letting myself feel free to be extremely experimental and loose! I had decided in advance to only work in water media, so that really opened the door to play around and try things outside of my comfort zone. That is always a good thi...