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already swamped

already swamped

When you are already swamped with work and wondering how you will meet all of your deadlines, but a friend gifts you her spot in an amazing oil and cold wax workshop with the fabulous Lisa Pressman at Ephemera Paducah, you decide to give up sleeping for the next week...

handmade earrings

handmade earrings

Sometimes you’re at a big party and a lovely woman buys your hand-drawn/handmade earrings right off your...

South Carolina

South Carolina

South Carolina’s state flower is Carolina jasmine – also known as Carolina jessamine. The state insect is a Carolina mantis. I like this drawing of the flowers and I love the drawing of the mantis, but I’m not really thrilled with how well they work together....

Check out my branch and bone earrings

Check out my branch and bone earrings

Come see me today at Raven & Moth and check out my branch and bone earrings. Bones not your thing? I have plenty of necklaces and earrings with hand drawn slices of tree branches, copper and no bones!

Butterfly & Tree BohoBoxes

Butterfly & Tree BohoBoxes

Repost from Butterfly & Tree Jewelry Pre-orders ship tomorrow, friends! We’re busy packing up our gorgeous BohoBoxes tonight. Each box will be packed with a local artisan work from @nikkidale, fair trade silk clothing and bohemian inspired handmade jewelry,...

More flowers for your devices

More flowers for your devices

More flowers for your devices and an exciting new collaboration! Not already on my email list? Sign up through link in my bio.

Ooh, cicada!

Ooh, cicada!

Typical conversation: Me: Ooh, cicada! Her: You’re picking it up? Me: Yes! Her: Gross! Me: Awesome!

The Maine state flower isn’t a flower at all

The Maine state flower isn’t a flower at all

The Maine state flower isn’t a flower at all, but the white pine cone and tassel. Which aren’t flowers. I had no idea what a tassel was, but apparently the pine cone is female and the tassel is male. Like probably half the states, the state insect is the honeybee. I...

Progress on small frames

Progress on small frames

Progress on the small frames that I’m making on my Glowforge for these tiny business card prints from Moo! Maple and walnut so far, but I’m experimenting with other materials too. Now it’s time for the hardest part – coming up with a price that makes it super...

Finally got to my state!

Finally got to my state!

Kentucky’s state flower is goldenrod. I decided to do a little extra for Kentucky and draw the state insect, the honeybee, and state butterfly, the viceroy butterfly. They look a lot like monarchs, but you can tell it’s a viceroy by the extra black stripe...

My latest website launch: Studio e

My latest website launch: Studio e

I’m so excited to be able to show off my latest website launch for Studio e, Emily Young’s physical therapy practice Paducah’s LowerTown Arts District! Design, development and photography all by me! I don’t usually share my branding and web...

At Raven & Moth again …

At Raven & Moth again …

At Raven & Moth again today wearing my branch + bone jewelry. Come see me and take some...

wild prairie rose

wild prairie rose

Iowa’s state flower is the wild prairie rose. They don’t have an official state insect, but there was a campaign to make it the ladybug. So I gave it some...

I’m helping out at Raven & Moth this week

I’m helping out at Raven & Moth this week

I’m helping out at Raven & Moth this week… come see me! Currently wearing one of my hand drawn tree branch slice necklaces and African glass beads and tassel necklace by...

Drawing on this ukulele was super fun!

Drawing on this ukulele was super fun!

Drawing on this ukulele was super fun this afternoon and evening, despite the 110 degree heat index! I thought I’d make more progress, but nobody moves quickly in that kind of heat! The raffle went over well and I’m pleased to announce that Tom Deedle won the finished...

Come watch me draw live on a ukulele!

Come watch me draw live on a ukulele!

Come see me this Saturday evening at the Smedley Artisan Night Market and watch me draw live on a ukulele! Not cool enough? I’m going to raffle off the finished uke at the end of the evening. Come join me and other artist vendors and demos, live music, cocktails, a...

Peonies + Fireflies

Peonies + Fireflies

Indiana’s state flower is the peony. The state insect is the Say’s Firefly. This one was super fun to draw and it needed to be a nighttime feel to show the fireflies! Now I feel the need to draw some open peonies. I wish I could just draw all day every...

It just occurred to me that I should make umbrellas!

It just occurred to me that I should make umbrellas!

It just occurred to me as I was getting drenched under my ugly broken beige umbrella that I should make umbrellas available with my bright designs! Currently working on getting these set up and uploaded to my website. Who is interested in buying one? What other images...

Violets and a monarch butterfly

Violets and a monarch butterfly

Illinois state flower, the violet, and the state insect, the monarch butterfly. I kind of went nuts on this one and filled the page with violets! I also kind of love it!

Mock Orange

Mock Orange

Idaho’s state flower is the mock orange. The state insect is the monarch butterfly, but it flew...

Hibiscus and Kamehameha

Hibiscus and Kamehameha

Hawaii state flower and insect. Hibiscus and Kamehameha butterfly. Somehow each flower and insect I draw get more and more detailed!

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while since I posted one of my state flower drawings. Back in the swing of it now with Georgia’s state flower and insect. The Cherokee rose and honeybee.

Brightly colored flowers not your thing?

Brightly colored flowers not your thing?

Brightly colored flowers not your thing? Prefer something a little more out there? These little guys will be with me tomorrow and Saturday at Raven &  Moth

Better late than never, right?

Better late than never, right?

Better late than never, right? May’s birth month flower is the lily of the valley. Sign up for my email list and get these pretty flowers to decorate your phone, iPad and computer!

I made a thing.

I made a thing.

I made a thing. A pendant thing. In an amazing workshop with Susan Lenart Kazmer at Ephemera Paducah. Enamel in formed copper set in a cage made of sterling...

Searching through my zillions of totally unorganized photos…

Searching through my zillions of totally unorganized photos…

Searching through my zillions of totally unorganized photos and I found this fun little video of my little six sided block puzzle. I’m thinking about doing some more of these, but engraved on the Glowforge rather than hand-drawn. Good...

Beauty is pain relief

Beauty is pain relief

Pulled from an old sketchbook. I don’t remember what I was writing about or if I heard or read the line “beauty is pain relief” or wrote it myself… but it still feels true. Second line is also true....

beautiful things

beautiful things

The best friends are ones that make beautiful things and send you dead things in the mail! Thanks for the tiny lizards,...

… Really, mom?

… Really, mom?

#Repost @marycthorsby ・・・ Really, mom? You think I’m gonna leave my girlfriend @nikkidale’s side and go for a walk with you? I’m busy being her...

Sunflower

Sunflower

Skipping a few states alphabetically to draw Kansas’ state flower – the sunflower – since so many people have requested sunflower prints and products! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures #sunflowers #sunflowers...

Wood Blocks

Wood Blocks

I think it’s time to start drawing on more wood blocks soon. I miss them. What other objects should I draw on? #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

Spring FINALLY arrived

Spring FINALLY arrived

Look! Spring FINALLY arrived, and with it some pretty daisies – April’s birth month flowers – to decorate your devices. Follow the first link in my bio to sign up to get these wallpapers, keep up with what’s going on in my studio and get a new flower each month!...

Peach Blossom

Peach Blossom

This week’s state flower is from Delaware, the peach blossom. The state insect is the ladybug.

Texas Bluebonnet + Honeybee Products Now Available!

Texas Bluebonnet + Honeybee Products Now Available!

I took a little break from drawing last week to work on getting some of my state flower + insect drawings on products to sell. First up, Texas Bluebonnets! Scroll through to see all the products I’ve made available so far. All the rest of the flowers coming soon(ish)....

MarchMeetTheMaker: Product in use

MarchMeetTheMaker: Product in use

Day 31 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Product in use/wild For the final day of this challenge (one day late), I thought I’d show a photo of myself with two of my creations. The necklace is from my Branches and Bones collection of jewelry (available at Raven & Moth and...

Day 30 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Support

Day 30 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Support

Oh wow, how can I choose just one thing to post for this one? I have gotten so much support from so many people over the years! First up – my parents. From believing in my art enough to send me to art school and supplying me with whatever art supplies I needed as long...

Day 29 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Most difficult make

Day 29 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Most difficult make

Day 29 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Most difficult make Everything I make requires precision and a very steady hand, but probably none more so than the jewelry I make with these tiny little slices of tree branches. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but the little pieces of...

Day 28 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Packaged

Day 28 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Packaged

Most of my work that gets shipped out is print on demand and comes directly from the manufacturer, so there’s not a whole lot I can do about the packaging. My favorite POD company is Printful. Aside from having a great variety of high quality products, they allow you...

Day 26 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Self care

Day 26 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Self care

Sitting outside with a sketchbook and a cup of coffee. Even just taking my work outside when the weather is nice. Taking a long hot bath. Drawing for hours and hours. Great food and drinks with even better friends.

Day 24 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Customers/feedback

Day 24 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Customers/feedback

My favorite feedback is when a woman sees my drawings and see herself in them. I’ve heard from many women that one of my of my curvy nude women looks just like her own body and is beautiful, so it makes her feel better about her own curves. Or someone wanting a...

Day 23 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Top tip or advice

Day 23 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Top tip or advice

I’m a few days behind again… but still in the game! Which kind of feels like it applies to my art career, but substitute years for days… or even decades! Which brings me to my advice. Start now. Do a little something every day… even if it’s nothing but drawing a few...

Day 22: Proud of

Day 22: Proud of

Day 22: Proud of I posted this project on day one of #MarchMeetTheMaker for “favorite to make,” but I’m sharing it again today for the “proud of” prompt. Paducah has a wonderful non-profit art center called the Yeiser Art Center (@yeiserartcenter) that supports local...

Day 21 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Throwback

Day 21 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Throwback

Day 21 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Throwback These images are from 1991-1993 when I was in grad school at @scaddotedu. I started grad school as a painting major and did the last two paintings in this post during my first year. Everyone in my classes and the professors who...

Day 20 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Design process

Day 20 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Design process

Day 20 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Design process My design process is pretty fluid. I start with a general idea, gather (or take my own) photographs for reference and start by doing a light pencil sketch of the main subject – whether that’s a figure or insect or...

Day 19 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Dream collaboration

Day 19 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Dream collaboration

Day 19 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Dream collaboration I don’t really have a specific company that I dream about working with, but I would definitely like to license my work to companies that make fabric, wallpaper, bed/bath products, tableware/kitchen products, etc. I...

Day 18 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Mistake or lesson

Day 18 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Mistake or lesson

Day 18 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Mistake or lesson I’m not sure if I’d really call this a mistake or lesson, but my biggest ongoing challenge in my art and design career (and the rest of life, too, for that matter) is my struggle with being organized, managing my time...

Day 17 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: What I’m working on

Day 17 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: What I’m working on

Day 17 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: What I’m working on Sundays are my planning days. The sun came out and so Pixel and I sat outside for a bit to do some planning for the upcoming week. I’m using the 15 Minute Planner Method by @stephcrowder_ from my current favorite...

Day 16 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Workspace (tidy/mess)

Day 16 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Workspace (tidy/mess)

Day 16 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Workspace (tidy/mess) I have a lot of different workspaces in my home/studio for different things that I do. Here are photos of most of them. Know that if it looks tidy it’s because I just spent time cleaning and organizing and haven’t...

Day 15 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Motivation/Goals

Day 15 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Motivation/Goals

Day 15 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Motivation/Goals⁣ ⁣ My main goal has always been to be able to be a full time artist. I’m fortunate to be able to support myself with creative work, between web design and branding and art – and to be able to work for myself for the past...

Day 14 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: How I learned

Day 14 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: How I learned

Day 14 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: How I learned I’m a couple of days behind on these posts, so I’m going to try to catch up this weekend, so expect a few more posts from me than usual. Back on day 2 for “how you started”, I talked about making ceramics and drawing as a...

Day 13 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Photography

Day 13 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Photography

Day 13 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Photography Taking photos of my work… I absolutely do not have a good process for this! Since I’m doing mostly digital things these days, it’s not an issue, I just have to save the files from Procreate or Photoshop or Illustrator. A lot...

Connecticut’s state flower is the mountain laurel.

Connecticut’s state flower is the mountain laurel.

Connecticut’s state flower is the mountain laurel. White flowers are difficult to draw/paint. Too much white and they look flat and lifeless. Too much color and, well, they aren’t white anymore. I’ll have to add the state insect when I have a chance. Don’t forget to...

Day 12 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Hands at work.

Day 12 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Hands at work.

I love drawing on unusual things… my car, animal bones, this ukulele that a friend commissioned from me. You should probably hire me to #doodleonyourstuff #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

Day 11 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Reducing waste

Day 11 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Reducing waste

I almost skipped today because I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t done much to reduce my impact on the environment. For now, the best thing I can say is that I’m doing most of my drawing these days on the iPad and not using paper and ink… but that’s really not...

Day 10 of MarchMeetTheMaker is You

Day 10 of MarchMeetTheMaker is You

Day 10 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is You Hmmmm… about me. I’m Nikki D. May. I always include the D when I write my name because people – especially in the south – seem to want to think my name is Nikki May, like Betty Sue or Bobby Jo. It’s not. My name is also not Nicole,...

Day 9 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is Story behind your name

Day 9 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is Story behind your name

Day 9 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is Story behind your name I do both my design and art work under the name Nikki D. May Art + Design. But this hasn’t always been the case. When I first started doing freelance design and illustration in 1996, I chose the name Blue Frog...

Day 8 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Product line

Day 8 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Product line

Today is day 8 of #marchmeetthemaker: Product line. Here are the aprons I had made from my #birthmonthflowers. I also put them on pillows, mugs and tote bags. And of course my 2019 Birth Month Flower Calendar. All available for...

Day 6 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is Full or part time

Day 6 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is Full or part time

Day 6 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is Full or part time This is a hard question to answer. I am fully self employed and I piece my living together from several things, all related to making. I make drawings, jewelry, mixed media art, products with my drawings, logos and...

Rocky Mountain Columbine

Rocky Mountain Columbine

Colorado’s state flower is the Rocky Mountain Columbine and its insect is the Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly. Don’t forget to look at @unclebacons50stateflowers to see his cool block printed version!...

Day 4 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is Tools & Materials

Day 4 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is Tools & Materials

Day 4 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is Tools & Materials I have different areas of my studio set up for different types of work that I make. So here is an example of each of the kind of things that I make. . The first four images are my true love and what I would keep...

Day 3 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Flatlay

Day 3 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Flatlay

Day 3 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Flatlay Here’s one of some of my very favorite things: my drawings of curvy women with long hair (I love drawing hair!), leaves and insects, my newest favorite tool, the iPad and Apple Pencil, and my MacBook. All on the table I use as a...

MarchMeetTheMaker: How you started

MarchMeetTheMaker: How you started

  Today’s #MarchMeetTheMaker prompt is “How you started” I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, but the story we tell in my family about how I really got started in art is about me and my sister. We both took ceramics and gymnastics classes when we were...

#MarchMeetTheMaker Challenge

#MarchMeetTheMaker Challenge

Because my weekly self-directed challenge isn’t enough of a commitment, I’m also doing @joannehawker’s #marchmeetthemaker challenge. So expect a daily post that will let you learn more about me and my art. First prompt: favorite to make. I make a lot of different...

four-spot skimmer dragonfly

four-spot skimmer dragonfly

I’m catching up on the state insects that I’m behind on. This is Alaska’s forget-me-not with the four-spot skimmer dragonfly. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures