A sneak peek into a new project……..”The Saucerer”……. Will you step up to the plate?
“The Saucerer” inkling sketch courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)
I was blessed to have had the opportunity to sketch the NYC skyline with the Twin Towers majestically ruling the skyline.
This moment will be forever ingrained not only on paper, but in my soul.
The build up of energy….passion….and life during a pre-soccer game kick off is really something quite wonderful.
Savor the moment.
Sometimes in life….it is okay to just sail along and be carried by the wind and water.
While grilling some BBQ…. I broke out some paper and pens and sketched some random inkling caricatures. Sometimes you never know when a moment of creativity will strike.
Pardon my French….but hopefully I have translated “racing car” properly.
I started this inkling sketch with my eyes closed and let the pencil (stylus) just wander on my ipad screen.
That’s one of the beautiful things about doing my inklings — you never know what the results will be. No pre-planning. It’s all improvised on the go.
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Warning: The following post was written in a lack of Ben and Jerry’s state, but Gatorade thirst-quenched state of being……………..
As the first day of school smacks me on the side of the head and brings me back into reality from this whirlwind summer, I reflect back over the past couple of months and the word “balance” comes to mind.
This has been a summer of learning how to maintain a balance of stacking the daily stones of life one on top of another without any outside factors tip the pile over. We each have a center of gravity inside of us that defines who we are. We need to recognize that center and follow its lead.
For me, it’s my connection to the creative zen side of life…and how I can use it touch lives and make the world around me a better place….even if for a brief shining moment.
Today is a hard, yet inspirational day for me.
Today is my mom’s birthday. She unexpectedly passed 6 years ago. Still to this day, I am touched with a bit of sadness every day….and…. inspired by here every day.
My mother’s middle name was Grace. I can’t think of another word to describe her more than that. She was a graceful person. My mom touched everybody’s heart in so many different ways. She could transform people from a state of sadness to joy with her mere presence. And…this to me is inspirational.
I believe that my mom was ‘taken’ from us at her early age of 57(?) for a special reason. She was limited here on earth — limited to the amount of people she could share her altruistic nature with. Now, mom can serve an infinite amount of people. She is an angel. Her spirit now envelopes each and everyone of us like a comforting blanket of compassion (or the sweet and tasty goodness of one of her famous cream puffs filling your belly).
Yes… it’s okay to be sad by the loss of people in your life that you care about.
But, for me, it is more important to be inspired by the lessons in life they taught you. To be inspired by their unwarranted acts of kindness. To be inspired by the smiles they delivered.
To be inspired and carry on in the work that they did by giving back…..in even the simplest of ways.
Mom, thank you……………… you have done even more good than you know.
Life…….. Live Creatively!
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“Air Jordan” guest inkling post by Noah.
It’s cool to see Noah express his love of sports in a drawing.
That’s the beauty of a blank pages and having a pen or pencil around — being able to express whatever you want to on that page. It’s not about painstakingly drawing a lifelike image, it’s simply about the freedom to cut loose and get those ideas out of your head and onto paper.
Life…..Live Creatively! (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)
Yes. It’s true. I have not been left out in the cold for the ALS ice bucket challenge thanks to my friends Michelle Abdinoor and Marshall Bone.
This viral challenge has been instrumental in bringing a new awareness to ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
This challenge has also reminded us of these insightful and inspiring words…….
I might have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for. – Lou Gehrig
Two of my favorite things in the world are sailboats and eating.
I had the tasty privilege of providing illustrations for Elizabeth Aristeguieta and her delightful book “Sail Away Girl Cooks… A Little Bit for Now: A Sailor and her Cooking Stories”
Hoist up yer forks! and be sure to pick up a copy of Elizabeth’s book.
Prints of the sailboat cover sketch I did are available for purchase at my Etsy store.
Anchors aweigh!…. and Live Creatively!
Omelette with Bitter Marmalade illustration by Jason J Nicholas for the book “Sail Away Girl Cooks… A Little Bit for Now: A Sailor and her Cooking Stories”
Today’s inkling sketch is a tribute to the band Journey and their wonderful song… ” Don’t Stop Believin’ ”
If you are looking for a fun and family friendly show tonight, come and check out the Journey tribute band, Evolution.
Who: Evolution: A Tribute to Journey
Where: Art Bonito Amphitheater located at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
When: August 16th, 2014
Time: Gates open at 7:00 PM. Show starts at 8:00 PM.
Visit www.jhconcerts.net for more information.
Be sure to check out “Evolution” at www.evolutiontheband.com
This inkling sketch started as the 3 curves of the rat’s back. As with most of my inklings, I never know where the sketch will end up.
Inklings are my drawn version of improv. I don’t have any preconceived ideas of what will happen. I just let loose with the lines and see where the sketching flows.
Inklings are a therapeutic way for me to start off my day.
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Feel free to email me with any questions.
Feel free to email me with any questions.
In memory of Robin Williams……. “Na-nu Na-nu”. The earth may have lost a truly gentle and compassionate comedic genius, but the Universe has gained an infinite energetic spark of warmth, wit, and wisdom. Inkling sketch courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)
Sometimes I get an idea of a place or building in my mind that I just have to get out onto paper. Something magical happens when I pluck that idea out of my imagination and capture it on a drawing.
What creative ideas or places are stuck in your mind? I would love to help you transform them into inspirational drawings or built architectural creations.
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I’ve always had a fascination with blimps and the way they gracefully defy gravity. There is something spiritually uplifting to me about them. (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)
I love drawing and keeping sketchbooks.
They allow me to travel back in time to see how I became who I am today.
This drawing of Alfman was done in 1989. Yes, even back then, I was a geek. 🙂
Happy Batman day! and Happy 75th Bat-i-versary to one of my heroes….Batman. (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)
Hoist up yer forks mateys! Dive into a delightful cookbook by my friend Elizabeth Aristeguieta
I am honored to have been able to provide the inkling sketches for Elizabeth’s book, “Sail Away Girl Cooks…A Little Bit for Now:A Sailor and her Cooking Stories”. (Click here to subscribe to my free mailing list and get your free art gear guide)
Sometimes we are all so selfish and stupid to get bogged down in the little things in life. The unnecessarily controlling daily minutiae. This narrow sighted vision of life neglects the real truths that are out there. The real issues at hand. The reasons for gratitude become lost. The heartfelt connection with another person disintegrates. The laughter of a child is silenced. The spark of excitement in your soul is outshone by the screen of data you stare at.
Why do we let circumstances control us? When we are the ones in control. Why do we let the weight of others pull us down rather than propel us to new heights? Why is it that the ticking of the clock is heard louder than the laughing of your child? Why is it that portrait of a president on a green piece of paper captures our eyes over a brilliant sunrise or sunset? Why does the clicking of the keyboard keys sing louder than the chirping of the birds outside?
It’s the big picture of life that gets lost in the narrow-sightedness we are all guilty of. The big picture. The big reason. The big answer. The big adventure. All thrown by the wayside….. for the wrong reasons. For the wrong purposes. For the wrong everything.
Put down that phone. Close the laptop lid. Turn off your iPad. These are merely tools that are mistaken as entertaining distractions.
Step outside. Spin around in a circle. Make yourself dizzy as you take in the world around you. Feel your heart race — that pounding of life in your chest that is a reminder. Awaken your soul. Reignite your passions. Reconnect with those you love. Simply….Be that spark of life you were meant to be. Simply BE ! (Click here to subscribe to my mailing list for free)