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Alaska’s flower, the forget-me-not

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Second state flower in progress.

Second state flower in progress. Not going in any particular order, despite starting alphabetically last week. Any guesses on what flower this is?

State Flowers + Insects

In October I participated in the #inktober challenge of doing an ink drawing every day of the month. I drew the 12 birth month flowers and made a gorgeous (if I do say so myself) calendar with the drawings. I love to do daily challenges. If I haven’t committed to...

2018 Year in Review Part 1: Travel

I think I did more traveling and more drawing/designing in 2018 than ever before. I also had a few bizarre health issues. I had planned for this post to include sections for all of those, but since it’s gotten so long, I’ve decided to break it into several...

Happy New Year from the Snowdrop

Like a lot of people, I’m working on an epic year end review that I will post in the next day or two. In the meantime, happy New Year from the Snowdrop, the birth month flower for January. If you haven’t gotten your calendar for 2019 yet, there’s still time to grab...

A Brief List

1. Brought my important things on vacation with me: Caroline Zook’s Your Brightest Life Journal, The Sketchbook Project and my birth month flower journal2. I may have overdone the poppies.3....

How perfect for me is this?

How perfect for me is this gift from my BFF Aynex? I participated in this project back in 2012 and have been meaning to do it again. Thanks so much, Aynex! ️️

Need a last minute gift?

Hey Paducah! Need a last minute gift? A bunch of my branch and bone jewelry is available at both Raven & Mothl and Bricolage Art Collective. All are one of a kind pieces and most are under $50!

I haven’t really been drawing much since October.

I’ve been so focused on turning my flowers into products and promoting them for holiday sales that I haven’t really been drawing much since October. Time to get back to drawing every day....

Jumping on the #topnine2018 bandwagon.

Jumping on the #topnine2018 bandwagon. Interesting combination of patterns, flowers, fruits and veggies and nudes here. What do you want to see more of from me in the upcoming year? Open to suggestion…...

Free Shipping Day

It’s just come to my attention that tomorrow is #FreeShippingDay, so use the super unique code FREESHIPPING when you buy anything on my website all day tomorrow, Friday, December 14th. I have about a gazillion products under $50 that make great Christmas gifts! Check...

It’s my birthday

It’s my birthday and I have a gift for everyone! 10% off any purchase on my website (nikkimay.com) one day only, December 10th! Use coupon code NIKKI51 at checkout. Discount and pretty things for you, sale for me. Everybody wins! Feel free to tell me there is no way I...

Small Business Saturday 2018

I will be at the @smedleyyeiser tomorrow for #smallbusinesssaturday with all of these beautiful flowers! I will have calendars, prints in two sizes (4×4 and 8×8, pillows with these beauties on them. I’ll also have a big selection of prints and original drawings of my nudes and a handful of other goodies! Come see me and a bunch of other talented local artists and #shopsmall!

Tote bags and canvas pouches

Tote bags and canvas pouches with my birth month flowers! Just got some samples in and they are gorgeous! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

This is how you know your favorite online community really gets you!

This is how you know your favorite online community really gets you! Thank you Caroline Kelso and Jason Zook for the most thoughtful personalized gifts ever. I’m thrilled to be a #WAIMer! Anyone who is starting/growing/running an online business and is looking for...

Aprons!

Newest products available with my birth month flowers… aprons! Available to be shipped all over the world! Details in link in bio.

Let’s do something fun for giving Tuesday

Let’s do something fun for giving Tuesday. Anyone who shares this post today will go into a drawing to win one calendar for themselves and one to be delivered to brighten up the walls of their favorite non-profit’s...

Small Business Saturday 2018

I will be at the @smedleyyeiser tomorrow for #smallbusinesssaturday with all of these beautiful flowers! I will have calendars, prints in two sizes (4×4 and 8×8, pillows with these beauties on them. I’ll also have a big selection of prints and original drawings of my nudes and a handful of other goodies! Come see me and a bunch of other talented local artists and #shopsmall!

Calendars to be given as client gifts!

My brilliant friend/business partner/agent @marycthorsby came up with this brilliant idea and brokered the deal with @susanbowmannixrealty for these calendars to be given as client gifts!
Your customers will think of you every day of the year if you gift them these beautiful calendars with your logo on the cover!

Shoot either one of us a DM to get the process going!

Spoonflower Daily Favorite

I just got a notification that one of my fabric designs was featured on @spoonflower as a daily favorite. How cool is that? #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

Need a gift to give your clients or employees?

New idea, courtesy of one of my clients… need a gift to give your clients or employees? I can customize the calendar cover to have your logo/name/website on it. Interested? Send me a DM and we can chat about it!

I’ve been so focused on my flower calendar

I’ve been so focused on my flower calendar that I haven’t been making things on the @Glowforge for the past month or so! Time to get back to it. Still learning about line thicknesses and what level of detail works best. I’ll have a few samples of things in the works tomorrow at the Smedley Artisan Market. Come see and let me know what else I should make!!

Framing pretty flower prints

Framing pretty flower prints to bring to the Smedley Artisan Market Sunday! Come see me and bring home some flowers that will last forever! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

While waiting impatiently for my calendar proofs…

While waiting impatiently for my calendar proofs, I’m making prints on my big beautiful archival printer to frame and have available this coming Sunday at the @smedleyyeiser Artisan Market! I’ll see you there, right? #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

2019 Birth Month Flower Calendar design is finished!

2019 Birth Month Flower Calendar design is finished! I’ve ordered a proof to check printing quality, color accuracy and layout. Now I have to try to wait about a week to receive it before I can make it available to sell. Take a peek in my stories (and highlights) to see the whole calendar layout. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

Final drawing for my birth month flower calendar!

Final drawing for my birth month flower calendar! September gave me the choice between asters and morning glories. I only asked one person this time around. Morning glory it is! Calendar design coming soon! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

Poppies won by a landslide

Poppies won by a landslide over gladiolus for the August flower! These guys were super fun to draw.

Missed a day of posting

Missed a day of posting for #inktober2018 because this one took a long time! So here is day 11 and 12. May’s birth month flower is the lily of the valley. Pretty and poisonous. Like me. 😸

Brene Brown quote

I’m listening to Marie Forleo’s podcast with Brene Brown about Brene’s new book and I had to write down this (paraphrased) quote from some role playing that they did to remind myself of this advice.

April’s birth month flower is the daisy

April’s birth month flower is the daisy. I don’t know why months need flowers or stones. I also don’t know why the flowers need to symbolize anything. But the daisy apparently symbolizes beauty, innocence, love and purity.

Birth month flower for March: daffodils

Birth month flower for March: daffodils! I can totally relate to the excitement of seeing these pretty little things popping up to tease us with the arrival of spring.

Mums – birth flower for November

Mums – birth flower for November. I’m going to turn these flowers into patterns, one for each month of the year – and make a calendar. What do you all think?

Hands are hard, y’all

Three days in the hospital with all the free time in the world and I mostly did nothing but sit around and wait. I did manage to start this drawing on my iPad in #procreate. Hands are hard, y’all. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

stuck in the hospital

Well, if you are going to be stuck in the hospital for two days getting your heart and lungs checked out, at least you can draw nude women on your iPad and eat cookies your sweet neighbors baked and delivered and the nurse will bring you milk! And you can write third person run-on sentences.

Fun with about 87 apps

Fun with about 87 apps in @melissathall’s workshop at @amandajolley’s studio.

Poison Ivy

In true suffer for your art fashion, this #sadgirl came away from today’s photo shoot with poison ivy.

Amazing fun day of shooting

Amazing fun day of shooting photos with Melissa Hall, Amanda Jolley and gorgeous model Aisa in preparation for Melissa’s workshop this weekend!

origami boat earrings

How awesome does Amanda Jolley look with the origami boat earrings I made for her on my Glowforge! With her makeup inspired by the earrings and her four year old friend.

Today feels like this.

Today feels like this. Please excuse the tumbleweeds. My housekeeper took the year off.

How do you choose?

This #yblpageaday spread in @ckelso’s #brightestlifejournal is right on target for my current (ongoing) dilemma! There are so many things I want to do in my life/career/art practice that I have a really hard time choosing which one to focus on at any given moment in time. Intellectually I know that I have to chose one two main things to focus on to make real progress, but that’s so hard to do when you have so many different projects you want to work on! I know that taking one or two steps in many different directions doesn’t get you anywhere. But how do you choose? Who else has the same problem?

These were supposed to be a surprise

These were supposed to be a surprise for someone, but I have no patience for surprises, so look what I just made! The earrings, not the mug. That one is by @meaach

And a bee

And a bee! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

I just fell in love, y’all!

I just fell in love, y’all! Her name is @glowforge and I want to spend every waking second with her and turn my drawings into pretty engraved objects! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures and engrave them!

Beautiful newly configured display of my art at Raven & Moth

Beautiful newly configured display of my drawings, jewelry, pillows, blocks, pins and more at @ravenandmothllc! Prime location right as you walk in the door. New haircut for me too by @erileigh41, but I seem to be unable to take a decent selfie today. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

Writing about what freedom feels like

Writing about what freedom feels like to me in @ckelso‘s beautiful #brightestlifejournal. Unsurprisingly, it includes drawing, reading, travel, coffee and no phone calls or meetings. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

Pretty magnolias

Don’t you hate when you are all excited about a new pattern because you drew a bunch of pretty magnolias, but the pattern just isn’t coming together at all the way you imagined?

Three olive dirty martini, please!

Three olive dirty martini, please! This was so fun and a bit different for me. I’m feeling a cocktail pattern collection coming on! In the meantime, you can find some fun products with this pattern through the link in my bio. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures #threeolivemartini

I think this drawing is done.

I think this #pitcherplant drawing is done. If I were smart, I would have drawn each piece separately to make it easier for me to use the individual elements in a #repeatpattern. But I’m not that smart.

This drawing popped up in my Facebook memories this morning.

This drawing popped up in my Facebook memories this morning. I drew it a year ago today in my #365accordionproject @moleskine. I still have half a sketchbook left empty from last year’s project that I need to fill. Now that I have new glasses and can see better, it’s time to get back to it! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

More carnivorous plants

Work in progress. More carnivorous plants. Still lots of coloring to do. This will become a pattern. I think a pattern collection of carnivorous plants is in the works. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures #wip #carnivorousplants

Apparently I made a lot of patterns over the past 100days!

Apparently I made a lot of patterns over the past 100 days! Here are 100 little images. Probably 85 or more are completed(ish) patterns and the rest are filled in with elements that will become patterns or are patterns in progress. This is my third time doing and I...

Thanks to everyone who gave me input on this design.

Thanks to everyone who gave me input on this design. Sadly, I did not make it into the semifinals of the contest, but I got enough great feedback that I’m going to figure out how to make this into an actual journal and make it available for purchase...

Another cicada pattern

Another cicada pattern. This started out with @smcnabstudio’s @skillshare class on creating a linear toss pattern, but then it got a crazy background.

And now for something rather different

And now for something rather different… I’m breaking my mission of #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures. Sorry about that, but it had to be done.

Thanks to everyone who voted

Thanks to everyone who voted and helped me decide! I went with this one for several reasons. First, without the strip down the left side with a pattern of staghorn ferns, I felt like it wasn’t obvious enough that I used that particular required element. And I chose...

My first attempt at a diagonal stripe pattern.

My first attempt at a diagonal stripe pattern. I’m taking my third Skillshare class by Bonnie Christine, which is how I started learning to make in Illustrator. When I first learned more than 25 years ago at SCAD, it was by cutting and taping paper together. This is...

Need new wallpaper?

Need new wallpaper for your computer, phone or iPad? Click here, send me your email address and I’ll send these pretty blue flowers your...