Back to alphabetical order (for now, at least) with Alaska’s flower, the forget-me-not. My dragonfly (the four spotted chaser) isn’t quite done yet, so you’ll just have to wait patiently. I know you are all on the edge of your seats waiting… I had an especially difficult time choosing a background color this week, so I present you with five options. Which do you like? Don’t forget to head over to see @unclebacon65’s block print of forget-me-nots! He did a great one this week!

Back to alphabetical order (for now, at least) with Alaska’s flower, the forget-me-not. My dragonfly (the four spotted chaser) isn’t quite done yet, so you’ll just have to wait patiently. I know you are all on the edge of your seats waiting… I had an especially difficult time choosing a background color this week, so I present you with five options. Which do you like? Don’t forget to head over to see @unclebacon65’s block print of forget-me-nots! He did a great one this week!

Back to alphabetical order (for now, at least) with Alaska’s flower, the forget-me-not. My dragonfly (the four spotted chaser) isn’t quite done yet, so you’ll just have to wait patiently. I know you are all on the edge of your seats waiting… I had an especially difficult time choosing a background color this week, so I present you with five options. Which do you like? Don’t forget to head over to see @unclebacon65’s block print of forget-me-nots! He did a great one this...
State Flowers: Missouri

State Flowers: Missouri

This week’s state flower is the Hawthorn, Missouri’s state flower. I had planned to do them in alphabetical order, but I had a specific reason to do Missouri next. I’ll share that soon. This drawing ended up being a lot more detailed than I had planned, and I ran out of time to add the honeybee and still post close to my scheduled day. So the bee will come a bit later. Don’t forget to check @unclebacon65’s woodblock print of the hawthorn!...
2018 Year in Review Part 2: Art

2018 Year in Review Part 2: Art

Last week I wrote about my travel experiences in 2018. Check it out. I love to do daily challenges. If I haven’t committed to something very specific, it’s too easy to realize that 5 days have gone by without doing any drawing. In 2017 I did a huge one  my #365accordionproject – where I drew one continuous drawing in Moleskine accordion fold sketchbooks – resulting in one drawing that spans about 50 feet! In 2018 I did a couple of smaller challenges. Starting in April I participated in the worldwide #the100dayproject and learned to do repeat pattern designs and basically made one a day for 100 days. Some days I did more than one variation of a simple one and some very complex patterns took more than one day to complete – but I ended up with at least 100 patterns. Some successful, some not, but it reawakened a love for surface design that had been lying dormant since grad school. I learned how to do repeat patterns in the early 90s, but we did them on paper with scissors and tape. It’s much more fun to create them in Illustrator! I used some of these patterns in client design work and put a bunch of them on Spoonflower and products that are available on my website. Posting them on Instagram every day as I was designing them got me some good attention and resulted in this beautiful article in Paducah Life Magazine. In October I participated in the #inktober challenge of doing an ink drawing every day of the month. I did my own variation (cheated?) and used...
Paducah Life Magazine

Paducah Life Magazine

Starting in April I participated in the worldwide #the100dayproject and learned to do repeat pattern designs and basically made one a day for 100 days. Posting them on Instagram every day as I was designing them got me some good attention and resulted in this beautiful article in Paducah Life Magazine. View a PDF of the entire...
Birth Month Flowers as wallpapers for your computer, tablet and phone.

Birth Month Flowers as wallpapers for your computer, tablet and phone.

One of my goals for this year is to more consistent in sending email updates and giving you all more freebies! I’m going to start sending out my Birth Month Flowers as wallpapers for your computer, tablet and phone. First up is the Snowdrop – January’s birth month flower. Sign up and get on my list! If you are already subscribed, signing up again won’t trigger the email with the downloads, but you will get my update email with the links in the next few days. My plan is to send out these flowers at the beginning of the month (getting a late start this month!), but I want to send more things to share my pretty pictures with you. Anyone have ideas for freebies that you’d like to see show up in your inbox? Let me know! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures and give them to...
How about a #fridayintroductions post for the new year?

How about a #fridayintroductions post for the new year?

How about a #fridayintroductions post for the new year and my new followers? I’m Nikki, an artist and designer living in the small artsy river city of Paducah, Kentucky. I moved here 15 years ago from Atlanta – can you say culture shock? – and I love it! I went from sitting in cubicles and conference rooms as a Creative Director for IBM to working in my studio and from coffee shops. I mostly post my art here, but I also do branding identity and website design. My favorite clients to work for are women (and the occasional man) who are starting or running their own businesses around something they are passionate about. I’m working on something that narrows that audience down further into artists who need a specific kind of website that I’m in a position to understand because I am an artist myself. Most of these artists want more than a standard pre-made template, but can’t necessarily afford a fully custom solution. I’m working on an offering that fills the void in between the two that will be affordable and customizable and tailored to the exact needs of artists who want to show off their work professionally and sell from their own site. If you are interested in hearing more about that as it develops – and getting some free art in the meantime – find the link in my bio and sign up for my email list. If we haven’t met (in person or virtually), please introduce yourself and let me know how you found me and what you’d like to see more of! And have...