Thursday, March 26, 2020

Paint Party Friday March 26

Hi Everyone!

Here it is Paint Party Friday. Surprisingly, I  have some art this week. LOL I also want to thank all of my wonderful readers, some of you have been following me since my beginning. August 27, 2008 for this blog. I actually started my first blog with yahoo in 1994 or somewhere around there. OMG! that is a long time. LOL. As you know I have been trying to learn how to draw hair. I am not sure why it is so difficult for me. I will say that this one is better. 😊
One mistake I only had PC paper so blending is not as good,
 but I was concentration on the hair.


  I also did some small abstract pieces that are going to NC. Yay!!! 
For me working on abstract takes me off to another place. Mr. M can come into the art room and say something to me, but if I am working on abstract he has to say my name a few times. I am completely absorbed in another space and time. 


Both of these are 12x12" gallery stretch canvas in acrylics. Both sold to the same person.
 
I am linking to PPF with the beautiful Eva and Kristen. Come by to see what the other
artists have created, or join in. 

Be safe and elbow hugs

Nicole/DVArtist
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

TAD with Rain

Hi Everyone!
Today is Thursday Art Date with Rain. The prompt is "In like a Lamb out like a Lion." I had all good intentions of drawing or painting something for this.  Haaaa my week just go away from me. Soooo I found these beauties on line. 
Not my art or photos all from google. 





 Elbow hugs, stay safe.

Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday March 25

Hi Everyone!

I didn't post yesterday due to my eye, that has still not been repaired, and a migraine. Wow what a day! My eye has settled down and the pain is gone. I will find out where my energy is for art today. With that I looked back at old art and thought I would post a few of those.  These start from the 1990's to early 2000's.


Two pieces of beaded gourd art. Both sold 1990's


Gourd creature. Real teeth from my dentist. Yes he purchased this.

Two pieces of acrylic paintings both sold.


 
Be safe out there.

Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday Treasures

Hi Everyone!
I haven't done a Tuesday Treasures in a while. Too much going on I guess. I am thankful that Mr. M and I will NOT have to drive to Salem, OR. for his monthly drs appt. They are doing it via video link up. As some of you know it is a 3 hour drive one way and next to Portland the most Covid19 cases in our state. So that is one thing off our plate.
I know I have shown this photo before but it is truly a treasure for me. As much as I miss my  Mom and Nan, I am glad they are not here for this time in our world. 
We all just got up, and we all look like we just got up except my daughter. She looks like she is ready to go out.  LOL Me, my Baby Girl, my Nan and My Mom. 
A great photo of the generations. 


Everyone please be as safe as possible.

Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Monday

Hi Everyone!
Today has been busy with talking on the phone and the PC with family and friends. Oregon's Govn shut down our state today. We have so many tourist cram packed on our beaches that you would think there is no virus. I live 2 miles from Florence beach and just a few blocks from the Siuslaw River which is our Old Town and tourist mecca.  I hope Govn Brown puts National Guard at the beaches to keep people out.  Here is just one of the beaches yesterday. REALLY?


One of my dearest friends has a DIL that is the only EMT in a small town in OR. She has been sick for 3 days. She was tested today and now has to wait 4 days for the results. I am so hoping it is not Covid. Strange and scary times we live in. 
However, I am trying to keep busy, and stay calm. I painted today and started a drawing with long hair. I am taking my time on the hair and tying to get it right. Hair, draw it in layers, erase, then add more layers and darken shadows.
Here it is so far. It's coming along. 


Here is the painting. There will be some trees added and some touch up.


Finally, I wanted some candy today. I don't normally eat candy and so there is none in the house not even stashed somewhere. LOL  2 things. I did not want to drive over to the $ store to get candy and on Sunday when I went grocery shopping the only, and last 4 bags of, sugar on the shelves were the 10lb bags. OMG! that will last me two years. Sooooooo since I have the sugar I made my own hard candy. Very easy and hits the spot. Oh I used green food coloring and my flavor is almond. Probably should break these into smaller pieces. LOL

Be safe.

Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Interesting Morning

Hi Everyone!

I had a very interesting morning. But first, for those of you who don't know me well. I share my body with lupus. At times the flares are awful. For my own protection I always wear a mask when I go out especially to the grocery store. I have been doing this for 6 years, long before covid.  So.... I live in what is considered a small town on the Oregon coast. We have two main grocery stores in town and I shop mostly at Fred Meyer. Sunday mornings are my preferred time. The partiers are sleeping in, the church goers are getting ready for church and the store is pretty empty. Mr M. said he would go with me and that we should go when the store opens. Ohhh also shipments come in Saturday night and the shelves are fully stocked for Sundays. We pull into the store and the parking lot is filling up fast. There are about 50 people standing in line waiting for the doors to open. No one is 6 ft apart. We go in fully masked and gloved. (First time for Mr. M) I was shocked to find most of the shelves empty and food was seriously rationed. I also noticed that no one else was protected and everyone seemed to be in a panic. For some reason I wasn't expecting this here, the big city yes. I really don't know what I am trying to say here. Only that we all need to be as protected as possible when gong out. This is going to get worse before better and we all need to be ready to help others where we can.  Please be safe.
OK, here is today's drawing. Still having a hard time with hair. LOL


Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

For Rain

Hi Everyone!

This post is for Rain and any others who have not seen my leather sculptures. I have been working with leather since I was very young. Then, I made native regalia clothing and bead work. I know how to bow hunt, and tan the hides.  So over many decades, my leather art changed to more modern and I buy my leather now.  Here are some of my favorite pieces. All faces and skulls are molded with the mold removed. So the leather stands solid on its own. All dolls are made with armature and I make the clay faces.











  There is a lot more leather art that I have photos of. I sell most of what I make.

Be safe my friends

Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Paint Party Friday March 20

Hi Everyone!

I am truly running late these days. You would think, me staying home I would be more on top of things. LOL Oh well here is my Paint Party Friday. I am catching up on things today, here at home and on line. Here are a few things I created this week.




Please stay as safe as you can.

Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

TAD with Rain

Hi Everyone!

I am running so far behind. I promise to get to your blogs to catch up.  Today Thursday Art Date with Rain the prompt is  light and dark. I had some very cool things in mind but like I said I have been so busy and just running behind. 
I painted this last night in about a minute and a half. LOL OK, a bit longer than that.
It is black and white acrylics painted on an 8x10" gallery canvas.  

 You all know how much I love painting with black and white so here are a few older pieces that are part of my Black to White series.
 This is a 6x20" gallery canvas.

 Another 16x20" gallery canvas

This is a 12x24" gallery canvas
and finally this is one of my molded leather pieces.
I forget the measurements on it, but it is big!


 
Be sure to stop by Rain's Garden to see all of the artists who have joined in. 
Thanks for stopping by and be safe where ever you are.
 
Nicole/DVArtist
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

March 17

Hi Everyone!

Long day. I have been "fighting" with Charter or as they now want to be called Spectrum. Why? Because they raised my rates. I live in a place where I don't have a lot of choice for internet and TV so they keep raising the price every year. I may have to just turn everything off for a bit. I simply can't afford what they want to charge me. I will let all of you know if I have to go off line. Anyway, I have been working on this guy. It is a mug shot I found on google. I just through the face was very interesting. Of course it is dusk and the photo isn't as sharp as it can be but you get the idea. Actually it looks much better in person. LOL
I hope all of you are safe and Happy St. Patric's Day. 


Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

March 15 draw for the day

 Hi Everyone!

This morning I was going to go to the grocery store to get just a few items. I had phoned the store yesterday to make sure they were still getting shipments. They are for now. However, when I got up something was telling me NOT to go. It was cold and windy, but I opened our big two door gate and warmed up the car. As I was going to drive out something in my head said, "DON'T GO TODAY."  I turned off the car and shut the gates. Not sure why, but I do try to listen to my inner self. I changed into my art clothes and drew this girl. Now I am going into my studio to paint. Do you listen to your inner voice and if so tell me a story about it.
To all of my readers be safe.
In the photo this woman had flat hair.


Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Hair 3 I'm missing something

Hi Everyone!

First I want to make sure all of you are Ok and healthy. We are here. We have plenty of food and water and can hunker down for awhile. I stay pretty stocked up all the time. I do have 2 friends that are sick. They have Covid19 symptoms and have self quarantined.  There are no tests here so they have notified their doctors and are staying home. I live in a town of 8,000 with a population of 90% over the age of 65. Florence use to be a retirement place but over the last few years more youngsters have been moving in. We do have great medical here and a hospital, it only has 21 beds though. I really want to know how all of you are doing and what changes you have made for the upcoming months. Please leave a comment.
Now... hair. I am still missing something but I do think it is getting better. 
A quick face sketch and hair.  I'll get there. 


Nicole/DVArtist
 Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, March 13, 2020

PPF Friday 13th

Hi Everyone!

First Friday the 13th is one of my best and lucky days. So I am looking forward to some goodness coming my way today.
As most of you know I am concentrating on drawing hair. uuuhhhhggggg...... Short hair is better for me than long right now. I wish I had someone in person to help me with this. Sighhh... I don't so I will continue with you tube and books. 
Here is what I did yesterday.
 I was not happy with this hair at all and so decided to neglect the face. There is a real talent to drawing hair and I am not quite there. LOL More practice.


This was my attempt at short hair the other day and I feel better with this.



I am going to try and paint this weekend and maybe hair is easier with a paint brush. 

  Linking with Paint Party Friday and the lovely Eva and Kristen.

Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.