Thursday, June 20, 2019

PPF Pastels Beading

Hi Everyone!

This week has been full. Had to go to Coos Bay one day. Then the next day off in the other direction to Salem. We took some time and went to the Oregon Gardens. Not many blooms this time of the year but it was nice. Went to an Appreciation Tea for the library. That was very nice. I think I told you I made a mini top hat along with some of the other girls. I got lots of compliments on mine and people were amazed that I made it.
Saturday we are going to a BBQ, the host is part of the Art Committee and has invited all of us. Should be fun. I did manage a bit of art this week.
 I am loving pastel classes. 

Me and my top hat. I know, I don't very often show a photo of me but here I am. 


Making faces. This face is flat.

I really like this one.

Oh I did some beading too.
I made the cab. It is leather under glass. 

Then used some of the same 
leather to back the piece. 

Linking up with Paint Party Friday
Have a great weekend.

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

PPF Top Hat, Pastel, Acrylic

Hi Everyone!

Happy Paint Party Friday. I feel like I got some art done this week. First off watercolor class is over and we have started pastels. Sighhhhh... I am so glad. I am just not good with WC. I have not worked much in pastels but so far I LIKE IT!!! I can see the potential with this medium. Here is my first piece. He needs a name, so leave one with your comment.

 please click on photos see details.

 This was a warm up piece.We had certain color we had to use.

I am also working on this painting that is acrylic, ink, and pastels. Please click on it to see all the faces in the background. This should be finished by the weekend.


On Saturday the library is having an appreciation Tea for all the volunteers at the library. I had mentioned to a few ladies that we should dress up and make mini top hats. Here is mine. The doll is Lucy, I made her about 25 or 30 years ago. She makes the best model. LOL






I am linking with Paint Party Friday and a big thanks to Eva and Kristen

Have a great weekend everyone!


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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

PPF Mini Top Hats

Hi Everyone!

Well I have been beyond busy and actually simply forgot about PPF last week. This week is not much better. I like being busy, however, I don't like not having time for art. Sighhhh.... 
On the 15th of this month the Siuslaw Library, where I am on the art committee,  is having an appreciation Tea for all of the volunteers. I asked if we should dress up with flower hats and fancy dresses. I was told I could. So several of the ladies came over to make mini top hats. It was fun but not what I really wanted. So I am making another one. We are also hitting the thrift stores to find something uhhmmm appropriate for the Tea. One gal has already found a dress. I am gong tomorrow so I hope I can find something too. I am giving this hat to one of the volunteers that couldn't make it to my house. It has a clip on the bottom to hold it on her hair, so it sits crooked on the table.


I am really am very fortunate. I have friends that when they decide they no longer want art supplies they give them to me. YaYY. Yesterday I received these solid oil paint sticks. They are so cool and I think I will use them a lot. 
 The last for tonight is this very strange painting I did. Not sure what or where I was going with this is. LOL




Have a great weekend everyone.

Linking up with Paint Party Friday


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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

PPF Long Week

Hi Everyone!

It has been a long week for me. A lot going on including a big sale on my beadwright.com.
I am also not happy with my performance with the watercolor class and it will be the last one I take. I am just not good at it. LOL So to say the least I have not had time to create for PPF until today. I have a friend that wants to buy some art. She explained to me what she wanted and so I came up with this.  The photo shows it blue it is really more black. The cut leather pieces have good texture to them as do the metal pieces. I am so happy she likes them. These were very fun to create and gives me ideas for larger pieces. So that is my story. How was your week?

Linking with Paint Party Friday.

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

Monday, May 20, 2019

Big Sale Beadwright.com

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted everyone to know I am having a big sale at beadwright.com. Check it out while the items last.
Nicole's BeadBacking, Ultrasuede, Novasuede, Sensuede, Cabochons, and Looms by Mike.
Some items are going for good.






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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

PPF Why Pours May Not Last

Hi Everyone!

Today I have quick draw art. I was very busy this week. Part of the busy was having so much fun on Tuesday being a model for a group of artists. I made my pose, found a focal point at the back of the room and was set. They played music and that was a plus. The artists were amazing. It is different when you see yourself in the eye of an artist and I had 7 to look at. I would definitely do it again.

This is a 5 minute sketch over a background I already had. I will go back in and make it better.


I just had a bit of time the other morning before leaving my house and got this 30 minutes sketch.

 Watercolor class using Gouache. I like this paint better.

A few weeks ago I created these two pours. I liked them especially because they are brown. However, I didn't have any specific "thing" for them. I was just messin' around. Since it was mess around art I decided to reuse the canvas. I put them in the sink to wash off the paint. When I do this I never get all the paint off, and have to paint the canvas white or black. To my surprise the paint pulled off in a skin and had not penetrated the canvas at all. Now, maybe all of you know this already but this tells me that pours may not last long on a canvas, even if they are sealed. So I did some research and yep I was right. When you add silicon to your acrylics it never dries. This is just one of the articles I found

Here I am easily pulling the paint off the canvas

When I was done I have a perfectly clean and ready to use canvas.


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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Workng with Gouache

Hi Everyone!

This class on watercolors can not get over fast enough. 😬 I do believe, learn all that you can but do what you love.  I am learning a lot in the class and am having fun. Mostly laughing at my many pieces that I don't share on line. Sometimes you create many to get one you like. This one I do like. More my style and painted with Gouache. I do like the Gouache paint better.  Create with passion and have a great day today.


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

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, grandmoms and great grandmoms out there.


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

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Watercolor PPF

Hi Everyone!

Wow what a week! Watercolor class and art history class. I love the history. Not so much on the watercolor. I just can't get the hang of moving the color properly. I know I know, it is all about the practice. I like using the paint more on the dry side and on canvas. I feel more comfortable with that.
Today our temps got up to 85° OMG!!!! that is unheard of here. Yesterday it was 50° I am loving this warm sun. I can't go out in it without a UV mask on but that's OK. That warm feels sooo good.
So here is what I worked on this week. Don't be too hard me. LOL 

Now I do like this one. It was with dryer paint on paper.

Ehhh wet on wet. Not so happy with this one. 

I also like this one. Dry paint on canvas. Easy subject.

We could add one texture to this page I made rake lines. Then, I found myself under the sea.

This is another one I like. Trying to control paint.
 Another page of controlling paint.

 Linking up with Paint Party Friday. Looking forward to seeing what all of you have created this week.



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

Monday, May 6, 2019

Hi Everyone!

My new watercolor classes are just amazing. I am thrilled with the freedom that the teacher has said was OK. LOL 
Being more of an abstract artist I am loving how this class is going. Also today our class was about how the paint moves.
It took a few tries to get something 
I like so here it is.
 P.S. water color is still difficult but get easier.



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

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday I had a painting pour idea in my head. So I tried it. I love this way it turned out. If you look around brown is not a color that gets much attention as a focal color. I love all shades of brown, from the dark rich brown to the light creamy brown. Pours are so easy to bring color to attention. 

These are not quite finished but the browns are amazing.


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

Friday, May 3, 2019

Hi Everyone!!!

 Wow look what came in yesterday. Beautiful Ultrasuede. I will be cutting and listing tomorrow.
Steel Blue, Steel Gray, Red, Light Stone, 
and bright Green.


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

Thursday, May 2, 2019

What inspires you?

Hi Everyone!

The other day I was asked, "what inspires you?" I really don't like answering that question because the inspiration changes all the time. I think because where ever I am I "see" things that invoke an emotion and that inspires me to create. I am not one of those artist that keeps a sketch book, or writes my ideas down. The art just comes when I am ready to paint, draw, sculpt leather, or bead. I love the quote by Thomas Merton,  "Art allows us to lose ourselves and find ourselves at the same time." That is how I feel, and when I step back to see what I have created I am always pleasantly surprised. You must love your own art. So how are you inspired?
Art for today.








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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hi Everyone!

Here is a piece of beading I have been working on. For  25 years I have been showing people how to build layers and height to their beading. I have a free tutorial here  
This is a link at the top of this blog. Enjoy and I hope you like and use it.

 

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

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Artist Feature Peggy Kemp

Hi Everyone!

The only think I can say is that I love this artist.
 So I introduce to you  
Peggy Kemp, in her own words.

Nicole has asked me to talk 
about my dolls and design process.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love dolls. My sister and I played with them, made them clothes and accessories, and made dolls out of whatever we had to hand. I enjoyed sitting in the woods, making dolls and fairy houses out of moss and twigs. 
I still do.
This is Linda in the new combinations I made for her after the fire. I got her for Christmas when I was 5, cut most of her blonde hair off the same day, and got her again with a long red wig and new clothes when I was 10. She was badly damaged in the fire and ended up with a bobbed haircut. 


My mom taught me to embroider when I was 5. She was such a patient teacher! She would spend 10 minutes getting a knot out of her thread, something I still do. She transferred designs to old pillowcases or sheets and taught me all the stitches. 
She never dictated what colors I used, 
and I liked bright colors from an early age.
How do we evolve as artists? Either we specialize in one field and become very good at it, or we move through different interests and explore different media and ideas. In my teens, I started doing cross-stitch, and then needlepoint. I started with printed kits and French needlepoint canvases, and evolved into designing my own samplers, bookmarks, and Christmas ornaments.
I fell in love with fine Italian paper and leather and learned to bind books and set type. I applied to apprentice in the bookbinder’s union and was offered a position at the University of Washington bindery. I declined because it was a dark, smelly, stuffy and noisy place, all mechanized. 
That wasn’t what I wanted to do.
In my 30’s I was living in the woods in northern California. My husband had Lyme Disease and I was studying alternative healing and making embroidered healing dolls under the seven strong oaks in our back 40. This was the start of my shamanic healing practice and healing spirit dolls. I introduced beads after I started doing couched gold work.
I moved to Kauai in 1999. I didn’t make dolls or anything else for nearly 6 years. I was in a hula halau and it took all of my spare time and energy. They say “Hula is Life.” It was my life for 6 years and I will always value the lessons I learned and the community of other dancers. After the death of my father and a big fire, I reconsidered my life and path. I missed making art on a regular basis, I missed the dolls and the person I am when I’m making them. I missed gardening. I decided to leave the halau and dedicate that time each week to making art.
The first doll I made was a jointed “paper doll” constructed from reinforced poster board and dressed in removable fabric clothes. I made her up in the mountains in Kokee,
where my new husband and I spent 5 nights on our honeymoon. She was made for my friend Kapua’s birthday and featured her face. She has a green body as befits a forest spirit. Searching for flower and leaf beads, I found Robin Atkins  and her spirit dolls. She’s been a valuable mentor and friend ever since.


Where do I draw inspiration from? All around me, but especially from nature.
The next doll I made is called “Spirit of Croton”. It has a printed paper face and hundreds of tiny petals cut from croton leaves and glued down individually on a felt body. I still remember the burns I got from that glue gun. I don’t use much glue now… We were living in a tiny studio after the fire and the only landscaping was a long hedge of croton.

There followed many spirit dolls, gradually becoming more encrusted with beads. I tend to make things in cycles and when I get bored, I make something else. But everything I make has a “prayer in every stitch,” a focused intentional blessing for good.
One of my side-paths was into making pocket crowns. A good friend was going in for testing for a possible tumor, and she was anxious. She had been to a recent conference in which she was told she was a “Princess of God” and I wanted her to remember that. I made a tiny pocket crown that she could carry throughout the testing.

All my friends wanted one and they eventually got bigger and more elaborate. Matt told me he wanted to be a “Duke of God”, rather than a prince, so his says D-O-G. 


 
The pocket crowns were my introduction to 
Nicole’s BeadBacking, because I needed something to bead on that was soft and easily penetrated, but would keep its stiffness if it was carried in the pocket. The front was embroidered separately and attached with a picot stitch to the plain backing.
I spent many years making dolls of felt, gently stuffed. In 2015, I broke my leg and was laid up for a couple of months. I made a series of 21 healing dolls – 3 sizes of 7 colors that represented different healing principles. They are soft and plain on the back, so that you can comfortably hold them next to your face or heart. Some of these are still for sale on my website. 











I made mermaids, too. Wailani was commissioned for a friend who lacked confidence, so that is what I focused on during making her.
 When I’m working on a 











Linking with Paint Party Friday.
Nicole/DVArtist
Honor and integrity in art, in life.