~ Starbucks Cup Art Insert ~

Hi All,

Last week I purchased a design your own Starbucks cup (SKU # 1233010) and I thought you might all like to see the outcome and maybe print off a copy to insert into your own Starbucks cup.

Starbucks-Art-cup-sku-1233010

Starbucks coffee cup art

Don’t forget to add some fine glitter for that extra sparkle for when you relax with your favorite caffeinated bevie!

Have a great Day!

Nicci

A Sneak Peak into “21 Acts of Censorship”

I knew I had a block of some kind going on recently. I was getting so frustrated even though I was working away sketching in my journal.

21 Acts of Censorship (Sneak Peak)

21 Acts of Censorship (Sneak Peak)

Yesterday started with meeting to gab over coffee with my wonderful Mom group from my son’s school. I enjoy their company to bits, but yesterday it just felt like I was supposed to be somewhere else. So after visiting for about an hour, I headed over to the library on the next block in hopes of finding some inspiration (as that is what I thought I was in need of). It turns out their art/creative section is in need of lots of love and a big overhaul. I think I lasted in there all of 10 minutes. Next I decided to pop into our local dollar store (now $1.25 store. lol). They were in the process of unloading their new product shipment onto their shelves and to what my wandering eye should appear, but gallery wrapped 12″ x 16″ canvases! I picked up one out of an opened box and perused the rest of the store. Not totally believing that these babies could be only $1.25, I picked up 4 more and went to the check out counter. YES!, they are $1.25 each. I went straight home and sketched out one canvas, painted her hair a vibrant but swirly red and then found myself, once again, stopped mid-creation. What the fudge? Skin tone, that was my block! I am tired of using the flesh, almond, teddy bear, chestnut and all the other colours I have been using for skin tones over the last who knows how many years. Back to the stores I go in search of what my creative juices are craving. Low and behold, parchment, that is the shade that jumped off the shelf yelling at me to ‘Catch!’.

The image you see in this posting is of the five paintings I was greeted by as I awoke to them this morning. Due to their size, I decided I needed more to make a proper collection ….and it had to be an odd number, but 15, 19, 17, none of them spoke to me. 21, that’s it.

“21 Acts of Censorship”: It seems to have almost a sexiness to it, or maybe I am just another Artist that is partially bonkers, or it could be the fact that in my plans for this Spring is a Burlesque Show and a trip to Las Vegas. So we get the legal age of 21 (U.S.A.) and the performance of tease. So now I have 16 more new canvases in my living room calling to me. I hear a nurse, a nun, a grandma, hmmmmmm maybe even a few Olympic athletes may emerge.

Now, I just need a venue to showcase the collection!

Have a great day! Keep smiling and creating,

Nicci

Happy 2010!!!

Hey wait… I am still here….turn the lights back on dammit!

Yah, I suck at blogging, I know (tee hee). I am so busy all the time with ideas running around in my brain regarding what new art work/styles I can try, what new shows I can organize, how I can improve in my life, my art & my work!!!

Geminis, I tell ya.

Okay, so here is a run down for 2010 so far:

Creative Finds presents “Beauty, Bling & Burlesque” on May 7th & 8th st Sullivan Hall this year. Stay on the waters edge and think what if or just jump in with both feet, hey? Friday night there will be a wonderful array of vendors to shop from for Mother’s Day treats while we are blushingly entertained by some local lovely Burlesque Performers. Saturday will be slightly tamer for our more bashful clientele (no stage performances on Saturday). The shows application form will be posted up on the website tomorrow for downloading (www.creativefinds.ca).    We will also be inviting ATC Artists to participate in the show by sending in their submissions to the “Bright and Beautiful Burlesque ATC Showcase“.  CLICK HERE for details.

Creative Finds presents the 4th Annual “Winter Art & Fine Craft Marketplace” on Nov 13th & 14th. Applications have already been pouring in and you can download your copy today by clicking HERE.

I have started my second art journal as you know and my work already seems to be transforming right before my eyes.

We are also looking at adding another show to the schedule this October. Will let you know how things progress.

VLOG: We have a wonderful new video camera, which my hubby has promised to teach me the ins and outs of editing so that we may bring you art videos and other camera related goodies.

TATTOO: As many of you know I added a very unique French Beatnik Artist to my personal gallery last Spring with the help of the fantastic Artist Jime Litwalk. We are heading down to Las Vegas this Spring to see him and hope to come back with some new and inspiring work of his.

Okay, so that is my teaser so far for 2010! Leave us a message below and let us know your goals and creative agendas for the year, as we would loooove to hear them!

Keep smiling and creating,

Nicci