Welcome to my ART VLOG!

It seems to be a time for re-birth, renewal, i.e. no more fear for a lot of my friends this month…… including myself. This change has been growing, and defining itself within me for the past 7 or so months. There is a NEED for a new branch to venture out onto in this crazy life.

When I do something like this, I always tend to jump in with both feet at once. I know, crazy Gemini woman, right? lol

Therefore each weekday (M-F) I will begin by getting in my 7,000 + steps, a good morning welcome on my vlog, followed by some form of art or another creative adventure 🙂 .

JOIN ME by subscribing to my youtube channel TODAY!

Keep smiling & creative, Nicci

Reaching out…

Today I am choosing to reach even further.

I had a great 2015 in the art world, with teaching, Hosting another Art Retreat, spending time with other creative souls, pushing my art beyond what it had been and so much more.

I used to play it safe with my art, keeping it all friendly so as not to offend anyone by pushing their acceptable boundaries. Last Fall I pushed a bit further with my Alice in Wonderland characters, but it needs to go even further.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I teach my students to PUSH themselves creatively. That there is no need for ‘art’ to look ‘real’ to look ‘life-like’. What not have two wonky eyes on your character, why not have 9 wonky eyes….lol?

There has been these feathered & furry friends that keep wanting to jump into my art, but I was denying them entry. What the heck for? You may have seen this recent doodle that I shared on my InstagramIMG_6297

Well, this last Saturday I ended up in my friend James Picard‘s art studio & another bird wanted into the painting, but the poor thing was deceased. I kept telling it ‘no’, as I could not paint a dead bird into my creation. It would just be too morbid. However, she just would not leave me alone.

My first doodle of her in the ladies hair, just wasn’t flowing correctly. James suggested creating in a figure 8 style, like the infinity sign. So I erased my bird doodle and tried to re-draw her alive and flying out of the ladies hair. It just would not work. The little birdie wanted to be dead, but she said ‘please cradle me with love within your painting’. Crazy, right?

Well, here she is (see below). The painting is not yet complete, but WOW, it works! Don’t you think it works?

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

So, now I am committed to listening to my creative spirit more than I have ever done in the past.

… and with that being said, … today I am submitting my application for a local Pop-UP Art Studio, where I can paint all day and invite others to come & paint with me.  Fingers Crossed !!!

Mini Canvas Showcase!

SEND ME your ART: 

I need many wonderful mini canvases to decorate a gallery wall in my art studio.  Would you like to help decorate?
I am looking for sizes 2″ x 2″,   1″ x 2″, & 3″ x 3″. You can purchase them at most art stores, including OPUS Art Supplies in Canada.buzz_4packmini3x3

All artwork will be featured on my BLOG with a link back to your website or facebook fan page!

My addy: 15450 – 18th Ave, Surrey, BC, V4A 1X2, Canada.


Requested Deadline:  Feb 21st, 2014.  I am dying to finish the studio and have an open house. It will be so great to have a world wide art display on one wall showcasing everyone’s artwork along with their name!

Stepping Stones

Welcome down the path into my new ART STUDIO.

It is still a work in progress, but it is a lovely project to have to work on…lol.

This studio space is smaller than the last, but will be more prominent and welcoming for guests at my next OPEN HOUSE (date T.B.A.).

As mentioned in my video shown above, My lovely Grandma Fran turned a young 90 today! We had a wonderful celebration for her last Saturday with over 100 guests!

HaPpY BiRtHdAy Grandma!   xoxoxox

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Into the HeART Art Retreat Info:

All SKILL levels welcome!



SAVE YOUR SPACE!countdown-17

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


The Documented Life
Life Book 2014
Leonie Dawson 2014 printable planners

NEW Wrist-lets….. just for you!

Here is a quick sneak peak of a few trinkets you will be able to purchase this coming Saturday at my Art Studio OPEN HOUSE!!

My friend Jai sewed these for me, as I was having a bit of trouble getting used to sewing in the zippers… lol.    As a thank you gift, Jai, you get first pick!  If you cannot make it on Saturday, I can drop it off for you.

I hope many of you can make it to the OPEN HOUSE. I will post a sneak peak reminder every day this week.

It must be the GEMINI in me…

I ended up changing up my art studio supply / Inspiration wall today.

I just a few more areas to finish up, but I thought you might like to take a peak!

Ella, our Havanese, was curious as to what I was up to.

Prepping for the BIG Studio Tour!


This gallery contains 3 photos.

Hi All, Just one week left until the First Annual Hot August Nights Studio Tour here in South Surrey/White Rock, BC! We have a FACEBOOK event page set up and a printable MAP! Here are a few sneak peak pictures … Continue reading