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Sundays are all about planning and trying to get organized.
Today feels like this. Please excuse the tumbleweeds. My housekeeper took the year off.
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 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! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures
Less than a day from plugging it in to a wearable piece of art! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures and turn them into pretty things on my @glowforge!!!
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 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
Second pattern in my cocktail collection. The three olive Bloody Mary! What should be next? #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures
Just entered this drawing of carnivorous pitcher plants into a competition by Doodle Addicts and Adobe stock.
Just entered this drawing of carnivorous pitcher plants into a competition by @doodleaddicts and @adobestock. Voting begins September 5th, so you’ll be seeing it again! #doodleaddictsXadobestock #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures
I draw so I don’t kill people.
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
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?
You know that your community knows you well when even young children leave bugs on your doorstep. Thanks @kscannon and kids! 🐜 ❤️
Self portrait with magnolias. #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures
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
This quote pulled from a video of an interview with photographer/artist @lorivrba (on her website) sums up so much of what I’m drawn to in art and the things I collect.
And now for something different… #dirtymartini
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. 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
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
Hi, my name is Nikki and I am a uniball signo addict. What are you addicted to? #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures
New obsession: carnivorous plants. #venusflytrap #flies #insects #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures
I bought antique buffalo teeth today, what about you?
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. 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. 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… I’m breaking my mission of #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures. Sorry about that, but it had to be done.
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. 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 for your computer, phone or iPad? Click here, send me your email address and I’ll send these pretty blue flowers your...
Another combination of Japanese anemones and staghorn ferns in preparation for the Global Talent Search
Definitely still a work in progress!
Still working on these flowers and for the Global Talent Search. They will also become part of my #100daysofpattern2018
Drawing some staghorn ferns. Lots of work to catch up after being in the mountains in Utah for the last five days!
Coffee. iPad. Sunshine. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning in Park City! Drawing more Japanese anemones for both the and my #100daysofpattern2018.
Not much time to work on my patterns this weekend while I’m in Utah for a wedding… but I got a few minutes in on this flower today.
Do you think my Uniball Signo is jealous because I’m cheating on it with my Apple Pencil?
I still love this bracelet I had my friends at @dweedlebeadles make for me!
These flowers are just one small part of another big complex pattern I have in the works, but I’m going to try to get back to posting one a day, even if it’s made of just pieces of the overall patterns I’m working on. I’m getting too caught up in the tiny details of...
I keep forgetting to go to bed. Separating elements to be used in my next #patterndesign. Lizard, mantis, leaves…not pictured, giant cicada.
Still working on and off on this one. Needs to be simplified and needs some more balance. I want the vertical lines, but there is a very strong implied horizontal line that I want to get rid of.
This little guy is going to join yesterday’s cicada in a new pattern
I’m getting this cicada giant ready to be part of a tonight. What about you?
My obsessive nature hasn’t allowed me to take a break from this one like I planned. Here, finally, is a repeat with all the leaves but just one of the women. I think I like it…but stay tuned to see the other one creep back...
Here’s what it looks like when you are building the most complicated repeat and you’ve tried and deleted 872 versions and are finally getting somewhere. Maybe.
Still working on turning this ridiculously detailed drawing into a pattern. I haven’t posted every day during the process because I don’t want to post too much of the same thing. The term sunk cost fallacy keeps popping into my mind. But I’m committed! I might take a...
Throwback (super early) Thursday to one of the first pieces I made in grad school at @scaddotedu after I switched my focus from painting to fibers. Block printed patterns inside masked off shapes form this bound figure. One of the very first repeat patterns I ever...
I’m still working on the pattern with the two women tangled in leaves, but I haven’t finished a pattern in days, so here’s a quickie with some of the elements from the more complex one to come…
When you spend several days cleaning up your scan in photoshop and then trace it in illustrator and spend several days cleaning that up and then you realize you should have scanned it a higher resolution and saved yourself hours of work over the last gazillion days!...
This sucker is taking a ridiculously long time to break into pieces that I can reassemble into a repeat. I may have to rethink it and redraw it. But my eyes have stopped working, so zzzzzzzzzzz
I got these awesome magnets made by @stickermule and now I have a chance to get a big discount on some more. What drawings of mine would you like see as magnets? If I pick your suggestion I’ll send you a pack of magnets and stickers made from my...
My drawing of the two women surrounded by leaves is taking longer than anticipated to turn into a pattern, so in the meantime, here’s a variation of my pattern from the other day.
Only got to spend a few minutes on this one today before my Apple Pencil died and I’m too tired to wait for it to recharge. Picture a pattern of leaves and vines with these two pretty women tangled up in them. That’s the plan, at least. Patterns often end up going in...
Nikki’s coworking picnic table and dog park is open for business. Free coffee. Free dog pawings. Free bugs.
Busy day today… I went to the Farmers’ Market with my favorite sister, I (almost) finished a logo, worked on an artist’s website, designed a logo and launched a new website for a new business I accidentally started with a stranger I met online in the...
Throwback Thursday to the year I made jewelry in grad school at SCAD. These two pieces were the most challenging things I’ve ever made – before or since! In front, a pendant with a full sphere that moves freely inside another cut out sphere that wraps around it....
This strawberry pattern was inspired by a dress that the fabulous @themilitantbaker was wearing in the photo I used as reference to draw her a few weeks...
Today’s pattern went through a zillion variations. Again, I don’t know which one I like. I think I’m going to have to work through the 100 days and then revisit them all and choose which ones are worth...
New little couple on my shelf this morning thanks to @jt_crawford! Check them out! They died in the throes of passion…after she ate his head, while still attached!
I ️ love Astropad so much!
Complex patterns are hard!
I have a lot to learn!
Finally brought these things in from my car after over a month. Pixel isn’t quite sure what to make of a deer skull and a Victorian prosthetic leg.
This was going to be more insects…or rather, a background for some insects. But it turned into this. More insects coming soon, I promise.
This one is just kinda ok. I spent so much time cleaning up scans and turning these little guys into vectors that I ran out energy for actual pattern making. And don’t want to be up til after 2 am again tonight! I’ll do something more interesting with them...
The problem with staying up til after 2am working on patterns is that you don’t notice that you forgot to repeat one of the flowers in the background. Here’s a corrected version of yesterday’s pattern.
In honor of World Book Day, I present a book I made in grad school at SCAD in 1992(ish) with paper I made in 1988 when I was going to school in Cortona, Italy. The block printed patterns are based on Gustav Klimt’s painted...
I’m kind of in love with this one. It was a challenge!!
I’ll have to finish tomorrow. Here’s the drawing I started with, pulled from one of last year’s sketchbooks. Will finish tomorrow!
Today’s entry is a variation of last night’s with the addition of a few cute little bugs.
Just some simple leaves today, but expect to see more from this one in the next few days. I pulled lots of fun elements from the sketch this came from!
I made this one repeat seamlessly on all sides, but I don’t really like the overall pattern when it repeats vertically. So I’m showing it just repeating horizontally. It would be good as a wallpaper border or a mural. If you are only seeing the one, go back to my feed...
This one is turning into the most challenging thing! It repeats the way it is now, but there’s too much of a visible line dividing the rows, so I’m working on bringing some elements up and some down. Maybe I’ll finish it...
I just want to draw pretty pictures and put strange things in my mouth.
It was a drawing that I already had… I thought I’d just match up the top and bottom and make it repeat. Simple, right? Nope. Waaaaay more complex than I anticipated. Spent a few hours on it today, and I’ll (try to) finish it tomorrow. You can see where the line is...
Also, I put inappropriate things in my mouth.
This one started out wanting to be a pattern with a moth, but I pulled the leaves out of the drawing and the moth flew away. Maybe he will come back tomorrow.