Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, in a land of our imagination……This ink and watercolor castle illustration is inspired by the princesses and princes of fairy tale wonder and their ‘happily ever afters’.

Prints (framed or unframed) and other accessories are available for purchase in my online art gallery.

Enjoy this image as your mind drifts off to wondrous places.

Peace and Live Creatively!

Face Masks Available

Help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Face Masks are now available on my online gallery store. Select from Batman, Joker, Hearts, and Disney themes. Scroll through the page and click “Buy Now” to go to the gallery page for more details. I can also create custom artwork for you. Contact me via the subscribe form at the top of the page to discuss. Peace & Live Creatively!

Happy Earth Day!

Framed image of “Embrace the World” painting by Jason J Nicholas.

I will be forever inspired by out planet’s beauty! This acrylic painting was inspired by Nature and her worldly splendor. Prints are available on my online Gallery Store by clicking the button below.

In the comments below, what are some of the ways you like to celebrate the spirit of our planet. For me it is through art and photgraphy.

Peace and Live Creatively!

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Quote of the day…

photo by Jason J Nicholas

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

Henry David Thoreau

New architectural sketch series in the works.

I am working on a new series of ink-washed architectural sketches and an introduction to sketching video course to go along with it.

Be sure to subscribe to my email list in the form at the top of the page to see my newest sketching and updates on my video sketching course.

Peace & Live Creatively!

Work in progress. Ink sketch of Cinderella’s castle.
Work in progress. Ink Sketch of Cinderella’s Castle

Work in progress. Ink Sketch of Cinderella’s Castle

On Why I Create Paintings & Drawings

I never give my artwork a title until the piece is finished. I wait to see what reveals itself on the canvas. I paint from the heart. From emotion. From my core inner being. I paint when I’m in a bad mood. A good mood. A ‘whatever’ mood. I paint to stop time. To freeze a feeling. To savor a moment.

I trust in the process of creation. The process of exploring. The process of doing. I’m inspired by nature. By music. By love. By family. By architecture. By design. By food. By You. By Being.

Each artwork that I create is a piece of me. I create to share a bit of joy. Share a glimmer of hope. Share a smile. A feeling of warmth. Of wisdom. Of wit. A spark to ignite creativity. To change your mood. Your perspective. Your state of being.
Peace and Live Creatively!

Heart of the City

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.

Tom Wolfe

Cities have their own unique energy and vibe. Whenever I visit NYC, I feel a pulse unlike any other place I have ever been.

OH, The Spirit!

There is no doubt that current events inspire creative expression. This piece was created just over a year ago. Use these times to get in touch with your inner creative spirit – whether it be drawing, painting, music, dance, writing, cooking….the possibilities are endless.

Skill up on Creativity!

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“Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.” 


Color, Yes Please.

During this season of change, choose to be the bright vibrant colors that can bring a spark of joy.

Peace & Live Creatively!

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Social Distancing ≠ Self Distancing

Social Distancing doesn’t mean to distance yourself from yourself.

Social distancing can be a time to restablish an inner connection with yourself by using the gift of imagination and creativity that we all have.

Legos can be a great way to tap into your child-like imagination. Today, I am getting ready to rework a Lego design of the Wonka factory that I whipped up a few years ago.

What is something from your youth that you enjoyed creating?

Post your comments below.

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Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.

Willy Wonka

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Join me for Med-ink-tation Time.

Dear Friends:

Looking to clear your mind and get back to a state of zen?

Or maybe you just want to clear your brain to allow for some new inspired creativity.

I want to share with you a practice I have been doing for some time now. I call it "med-ink-tation".

It's a combination of sketching and meditation.

You don't have to be an artist. Anybody can do it. 🙂

Enjoy the video (it's only 6 minutes long).

Be sure to leave any questions and/or comments here or on the youtube video.

If you like the video, please give it a thumbs up on Youtube.

Sending you endless gratitude and positive healthy vibes.

Peace and Live Creatively!


Newest ink-spired painting…

“…to boldly go where no one has gone before….”

complacency sucks

                  Images from "Earthly Delights" watercolor series in progress.

Well....at least to boldly go where I haven't gone before with my paintings.  

Lately I've been feeling complacent with my art work and complacency sucks.  Being too comfortable isn't a good thing for my creative brain.  It sort of makes me feel lazy and bored causing my inner creative spark to dwindle to a mere flicker.  And with only a flicker, there is little light within to radiate out -- leaving nothing but a dark canvas before my eyes.  (Oh, okay, maybe I'm being a bit to dramatic here, but I think you are getting the point). 

That's when the infamous words from the opening titles of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation beamed into my head.  (For you Trekkies, the original series had the words "...to boldly go where no man has gone before..."  where ST:TNG had the words "...to body go where no one has gone before...).  But I digress.

So, how did I break the weighing chain of creative complacency?  I stepped out of my comfort zone.  I boldly went where I have not gone before -- painting with bold watercolors using only red, yellow, and blue colors.  I took an art class with my talented friend Kate who taught us a method of using watercolors that I never tried.  It was inspiring!

No, it may not have been a huge artistic leap for me, but at least I tried something new that reignited my spark and has me excitedly exploring new painting civilizations.

If you are feeling kind of bored, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something different.  Maybe take a class to learn a different art technique or medium. Maybe pick up a pencil instead of a paint brush.  Sometimes all that it takes is one small step to get that fire lit again.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see my latest artwork. 

Peace and Live Creatively!

How Music Can Influence Your Creativity

This morning, I found myself staring at a blank page.  I knew I wanted to draw something, but had no idea what to actually draw.  

Ugh!  The old "staring at a blank page" syndrome. Whether it's creating art or writing words, we've all been there, right?   It can be frustrating.

Here's a quick tip that sometimes helps me out when I hit a creative block.  Turn on some music.

Yes, really.  Just turn on some music.  It can be anything that suits your mood.  It can be anything totally random.  It doesn't matter.

This morning I put my iTunes on to play some random music.  I found myself listening to the "Alice in Wonderland" movie them by Danny Elfman.  Before I knew it, my pen was moving around the page and the lines were starting to take shape.

That's how I ended up with the artwork you see below.  I let the music take my creative brain to a new and wonderful place.

Give it a try sometime and let me know how it works for you.

Peace and Live Creatively!  -Jason

"Sunday Morning Alice" artwork by Jason J Nicholas. Ink. 6" x 10"

"Sunday Morning Alice" artwork by Jason J Nicholas. Ink, crayons and colored pencils. 6" x 10"