Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Hi Everyone!
Yesterday I made some comfort food for myself. Yuummm all wheat and wheat bran,  muffins. I love these hearty, healthy muffins. No sugar, but sweet enough from molasses and  raisins. 
Why do I need some comfort food?

Oh if anyone wants this recipe leave a comment with your email I will send it off to you.

 Remember when my eyelid just spontaneously started to bleed?

Well a hard lump was found in the eyelid.  I am sorry to say it has grown. Soooo tomorrow I get to have an injection in my eyelid. (that gives me the creeps just thinking about it) then the cut and removal of what ever that is. I am hoping it is just a simple easy thing and nothing too serious.
 I have trouble with that eye as it is.

So because I am somewhat clean obsessive (A LOT) I am going to rearrange my art room. I have almost everything else cleaned and ready for fall. I made curtains for a few rooms, and put down a new area rug. The heaters are cleaned and ready to go as well. So the art room needs a good de-cluttering and tables moved for optimal lighten this winter. 

Wish me luck tomorrow. I really dislike going to the eye doctor. I would rather have a root canal. Seriously if I had secret information and you wanted it..... all you would have to do is come close to my eyes and I would spill it all. LOL!!!!

Have a very nice Tuesday!

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Hi Everyone!

It has been just over a year that I started painting full time. Ya know no beading so painting became my new passion. I don't have the confidence that I did with my bead art but the painting gives me so many new and wonderful paths to take. I always incorporated painted backgrounds with leather work and I painted as a child with my Nan, so it wasn't completely foreign to me. Just the thought that some one would buy my paintings scared me. Well with my some of my paintings in the Reedsport art gallery and some buyers that came by my house my confidence level has risen. So I have taken the step that so many have suggested I do and list some of my paintings in my Beadwright Etsy store.  We will just have to see how this all plays out. I am offering free US shipping on my art work as well. 
So if nothing else please stop by my Beadwright Etsy store and take a look. 
I also want to thank all of you who have encouraged and helped me along this new artistic path.

No  you don't get my old Chinese vase. LOL Just the painting. 

Some leather work is listed as well.

Have a great Sunday!

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Hi Everyone!

Today I am making curtains for a few rooms in my house. I just need some heavier curtains for this winter.  I am almost done with fall cleaning and getting things read for winter. What do you do around your house to prepare for the winter months?
 These little girls are getting ready for winter too. Coming down to the neighborhood to eat plants. With the lack of rain and the deforestation that is going on here it is harder for the wild life to get what they need. Last week we had a bear in our yard. Now there are lots of bear here but they don't usually come into town. 
Anyway mom and her babies.

Have a great weekend!

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hi Everyone!

Well my days away from the PC has really allowed me to accomplish a lot in my home and some nice time with Mike. I planted some grass in a large sandy area in my back yard and it is coming up so nicely! Grass has an amazing growing spurt. LOL 
On top of that I did manage to get my fall sale listed in my Beadwright Etsy store. Most of you know I have been selling off my beads and supplies. I have been doing this for THREE YEARS!!! and even though I have made a dent I think it will still be some time before I have it all sold out. Hey 50 years of beading that is a lot of supplies. Right? LOL Anyway I have bead sets listed at soooo looooowww prices. Also from now until Sept. 30, 2014 if you use your credit card with Etsy's direct check out I will send you 5% cash back!!! Seriously a great deal. These are only one of a kind sets and once they are gone they are gone. Here are just a few of the items listed

 There are several Bags full of beads.

 Cabs and bead sets. Old Czech tri cut seed beads.

Only one bag of Pearls of all different sizes and shapes

 More bead sets with Charlotte cut seed beads
 If you need beads for winter projects come by my Beadwright Etsy store and join in on the sale. Don't forget to use your Credit Card and get an additional 5% cash back.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hi Everyone!

It's been a busy few weeks. I am doing my Fall cleaning and getting ready for winter. The drapes are washed, the walls are clean, the closets and food pantry all wiped down and reorganized. So being online has been limited. Diya miss me? Tee hee hee

While I have been busy I did meet a truly wonderful artist. Her name is Sally Kinsey and get ready her, art is thrilling. From pictures to boxes to jewelry all done in mosaic!

Here is just a few pieces and in her own words 
I present Sally Kinsey from Sally May's Mosaic Art Objects.


Mosaics was not my first choice of art medium. My sister-in-law actually did some mosaics and I loved what she did! I thought, "Hmmm…that might be fun..." Years later I am still doing mosaics! It is a near limitless art form. From the tesserae to be used to the substrate or surface to mosaic on, the possibilities are endless! 

in 2008 my sister-in-law showed me a small handful of the world's smallest ceramic tiles and I was absolutely hooked!! It took 2 years to find the manufacturer, who did not offer the tiles in the U.S.A., or retail via the web. They agreed to let me import them and sell via the web, and Tiny Tile Mosaics was born. I sold this company in 2013 to pursue my mosaics and other art interests full time.

Personally I enjoy using the small ceramic tiles as well as stained glass, colored mirror, tempered glass and beads and ball chain. I also love creating sculptural substrates like I did in "I Tied a Yellow Ribbon" and "She Was Born to Dance". Both of these pieces are very personal to me.

Although I have won a few awards and have had some pieces published, the greatest gift is to see peoples spontaneous reactions to my work. One of the most touching was when a Vietnam veteran cried when viewing "I Tied a Yellow Ribbon". I knew that piece was meant to be created, but that solidified why I make the things I do…to touch just one person is the greatest gift of all!

Be sure to visit Sally's website for more art and her etsty store.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Hi Everyone!

Last night was the celebration for the Mind Power Art Gallery 25th anniversary. The turn out was fantastic and I am very proud to have  my paintings, beaded gourds and leather art exhibited there. It is quite thrilling to see my paintings hanging in an art gallery. Tamara who is one of the owners has the extreme talent to look at art and know exactly how to place it for the best results. She is amazing. I don't know why having my paintings in an art gallery is so different than having my bead art. Maybe because it is new for me. This exhibit will be showing through Oct. and tomorrow is the Open House. There will be a lot of activity in Reedsport, OR. if you are in the area be sure to stop into the Mind Power Art Gallery.
Ohhh yeah and buy my art. LOL!

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Hi Everyone!

I am home and had a very nice time with my mom. It is difficult to see your parents grow older. 
Well heck it is difficult to see "me" get older. LOL 
One of the things we did this time was go through old books. Most of them belong to my Nan. For those of you who don't know she was a famous artist in oil painting, was the first woman to open an art gallery and framing shop in her town, ( where my granddad made the frames) When she was young, just out of college, she traveled the world and painted under well know artist of the time. I know Alaska was one of her favorite areas and she made sure she painted with Sydney Lawrence. The others in France, England, and other countries I am not sure of. Nan lived to be 104 and painted blind for many years until her passing. 
Now you will know why that what I found in all of her art books this treasure. 
This plain red hardcover book with no dates. Pages filled with my Nan's hand writing...... all of her art notes from when she attended Washing State University. How lucky am I?

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I am off to see my mom for a few days. My Beadwright Etsy store will be closed until I return.
I am going to take mom to the Butterfly Pavilion. We haven't been there before so it should be fun. I will try to get some good photos.
Until next week I am wishing all of you happy loving days.
This is my latest bead pattern. Who doesn't like a happy snowman? Don't in peyote stitch.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Hi Everyone!
Today is a good day! Just feeling well. Hurrraayy..
I wanted to invite any of you that may be on the Oregon Coast on Sept. 19, 2014. If so and you can get to Reedsport, OR. come join in the celebration of the Mind Power Art Gallery's 25th anniversary. It is pretty amazing for an art gallery to have this kind of life span in a little Oregon coastal town. Second generation family running the gallery with such enthusiasm and talent of their own in creating artistic space.
Yes I will be showing of a few pieces of art myself.
Come join in the celebration with art, wine, and refreshments.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I know it is Thursday but I will post this now. I am in a creative mode and have lots of things on my easel and art table that I want to work on.
I thought I would show you two more paintings that I painted over and then one with a question. Not a hard question more of a fun question.
So this painting, I loved the red! ( you know my favorite color)  But the more I worked on it the more I saw a huge flaw and I didn't know how to fix it. So I painted over it.  
This was just a fun experiment with movement. Yes I painted over this one too.
Now for the questions.
Do you remember this painting? It has Red Gold Leaf in it.
I never like this one. Looks to much like under the sea.

So I did something fun with it. Ready?
I decided to make the under sea painting a bit darker and created faces. Some you can see right off. Some are hidden and you have to re focus your eyes, some are faces within faces within faces.
How many faces can you find in this painting?
Have fun.
I adjusted the hue to bring out the lighter colors so you can see the faces better on line
Now tell me how many you see. LOL
I am linking with the wonderful ladies of Paint Party Friday, Eva and Kristen.
Be sure to stop by to see all of the artists who so graciously share their art.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I hope the week has found you all happy and doing well. I am doing much better right now and being positive that it will stay this way for awhile.  On top of feeling better I had 6 art pieces accepted into an art gallery for their 25th anniversary. I am hoping to get a few more pieces in so I will give you an up date and some photos when everything is set.
I didn't have much time in the studio this week so I thought I would show you a few pieces that I painted over. Even if I don't like a painting I still take a photo of it. So laugh if you must, cry if you can't help yourself, just remember it takes a lot of learning strokes to get to where you want to be.
Sooo swallow, sigh, eeekk here they are.....

The colors on this one I loved. In fact they were even brighter than the photo shows. I don't know why I didn't like this it just felt wrong to me.

Speaking of feeling wrong! After I got going on this and new I would paint over it. I just went crazy. Nothing like a red and orange/yellow sky and wild fuchsia weird trees. LOL

Now this one I did like. I took the photo half way done but after adding longer moss and a few other details,  I just felt like it wasn't enough or something was off with it. Plus it was very dark.
So there are the three piece I did away with.
I am linking up with the beautiful ladies who so graciously host Paint Party Friday.
Thank you Eva and Kristin.
Please take time to visit the artists who put themselves out to show what they have created. You just might be amazed at what you see.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Hi Everyone!
The days here are exceptionally warm especially for Florence, Oregon. I love days like this. they are far and few between. 
I am sharing a giveaway from Ayala. She is celebrating 9 years of blogging and here giveaway is one of three art classes. How cool is that.
All you have to do is leave a comment on her blog and let other's know about it. The details are here.


Take some time to check out the rest of her blog. Leave a comment and tell her Nicole/Beadwright sent you.
Wishing all of you a happy day.
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I sure hope all of you had a good weekend. The weather here was like summer, I can't complain about that. It has been awhile since I made any new beading patterns and my favorites are for...... well everyday but with a Halloween charm. So if you are looking for some new patterns take a look at these. All in my Beadwright Etsy store with instant download.
You cannot go wrong with bats right? I took the background of one of my paintings and then laid in the bats.  This is a loom pattern but I will have one in Peyote stitch later today.
 What is Halloween with out some red spiders. This is a very cool pattern to be beaded in
2 drop Peyote
If you know me at all you know that I have lots of patterns with human eyes, this pattern is Cat's Eyes taken from a photo of my mom's cat. This is a loom pattern
Have a great week everyone!!
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I have been taking it easy on the PC allowing my eye to heal. It is soooo much better. I saw the eye doc yesterday. The MRI revealed no abnormalities to my eyes so that is a good thing. However, no reason at all for a spontaneous eyelid bleed. I am so unique Right? LOL
The growths on my brain, which I have had or were discovered in 2000 have grown a bit. This is part of the lupus and is called lupus cerebritis. Yes it is as bad as it sounds with all kinds of neurological problems, especially with balance, (Ha I fall ALL the time) There are some other things that are possible but I refuse those.  Also some microvascular ischemic (mini strokes) At least I am not crazy aaaahhh ha ha ha. Ohh I forgot I am a bit crazy.  I don't want any one feeling sorry for me. I have lived with this for so long now that it is just part of who I am. I deal with each episode as it comes and so far I am the winner. I am happy in my life and that is what matters.
 I do share about lupus and the things that go on with me. Not for pity but to inform. If you share your body with lupus or if you know someone with lupus you might just get a little more insight. If you think you may have symptoms of lupus be sure to visit this site and your doctor
I receive many letters and emails asking about lupus,
 my hope is that I am a help and can encourage others.
OK enough of that..... LOL
On with the painting!!!! Yeahhhhh
I started this as a deep and hard colored abstract. It seem so dark and foreboding. Hmm I guess I was showing my feeling colors. :) but I didn't want that so I made crooked windows and  lovely desert stucco  colored  walls. Hmm to clean, too sterile. I got in the shower with the painting and started working the wet canvas. I had so much fun making this!  Wet, paint on me and all over the tub.
It is one I will keep.
Broken Window Glass
20x16" canvas with acrylics
I am linking with the lovely ladies Eve and Kristin from Paint Party Friday
Thank you for allowing all of us to show our art.
Be sure to stop by there to see some of the best art on line.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Hi Everyone!

It dawned on me today that in May of 2006 I started writing this blog. I had actually signed up for it a year before that but never really thought I had anything to say or that anyone would read it. Who would ever have thought that something like a blog  would bring so much joy, so many wonderful people into my life. Thank you for 8 amazing years.
One of the topics I share with my readers is who is creating what and why. Teresa (Terry) creates wire jewelry  that just pulls me in. There is something grounded in the simple elegance of her pieces.
The feel that they came from a time long ago.
Without further ado, in her own words I introduce Teresa (Terry) Pugh

Hello, my name is Teresa Pugh 
I am an eclectic artist/jewelry designer with a love to recycle whenever I can. Taking bits n pieces from broken or discarded treasures is exciting to me. I love taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary. When it comes to color, I’m not shy. The bolder the better. My jewelry is mostly "one of a kind'W but, I am always happy to work with you on requests. Working with wire and stones is very therapeutic and relaxing for me. I am challenged with some health issues so, for now, I create from home and make jewelry when I am able. I am self taught for the most part but, I have invested in many books by some talented artists, as well.  Much love and energy goes into each piece I create. I am currently creating so that I can build an inventory for my Etsy store. I also show my work locally and exhibit in shows and fairs. My goals are to venture out into metal clay, ceramic beads and more metal work. Among making jewelry, some of my other interests and hobbies are, acrylics, watercolor, photography, crochet, sculpture, music and animals. 
Here are just a few beautiful pieces or Terry's


Visit some or all of the links below to see more of Terry's beautiful art, make sure you say hello and tell her Nicole sent you.
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Hi Everyone!
Thank you all so very much for the emails and comments for my healing. Mike has been reading them to me. I have been trying to stay off the PC as to not upset my eye. One good thing is that the black, blue and yellow are just about gone.
As most of you know this year I am learning and trying to paint abstractly. LOL is that a word? You get my meaning. I did this because I am soooooo Asymmetrical that it is scary. I figured that I could create abstract to loosen up a bit. At first it was a fight. Then, I did some reading on the history of abstract art. Many think you just stand back and throw paint on a canvas, and some people do just that. However, there is a method, a beginning a middle and an end to an abstract piece. There is opposites such as movement and stillness, objects and non object, depth and shallowness, and with all of this there is color. But there is even more..... there is EMOTION.  I know that paintings and art in general are suppose to evoke emotion but I believe that abstract can pull at every heartstring. Can fill us so that a mere stroke of a paint brush can bring a tear from what ever we are feeling. 
 I have been reading about the abstract artists of more than a century ago to present, and it is the artists of the 1940/50s that bring me home.
"Abstract Expressionism developed in America in 1940s and 1950s. The name evokes their aim which was to make abstract art that was also expressive or emotional in its effect. They were inspired by the Surrealist idea that art should come from the unconscious mind. The Abstract Expressionists were mostly based in New York City, and also became known as the New York School."
Art should come from the unconscious mind. I love that!
This paragraph was taken from the Art Republic web site and the rest of the history lesson is there

So from my unconscious mind and painting one eye'd
Skating on Ice
I will try to get to all of your posts but if I don't it is because of the eye.
Thank you to Eva and Kristen for hosting Paint Party Friday and giving all of us a place to show our art and make some good friends.
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Hi Everyone!
Today is the day!!! I have decided that there will be not one but three winners to announce today.
First, thank you to all of you who participated.
I have told you before that I am NOT in charge of the giveaways. If I was EVERY person would win. LOL.  My lovely daughter, April who is part of the Beadwright Team, takes care of this. Before she gathered all the names I asked her to send me the winner then two more names.
Sooo are you ready????

Big Bead Winner
Susan Whitford
Second and third surprise winners
Karen L Walker
Betty Strongman

Honor and integrity in art, in life.