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

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.

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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

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.

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

“…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.

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Peace and Live Creatively!

One way to quickly change your state of mind

Ever feel like your are in total ugh mode? You know, the kind of ugh where even the slightest of things annoys the heck out of you. Yeah. Me too.

When I need to go from pissed to blissed, I break out some art supplies. The supplies don’t have to be anything fancy. A simple be pen and some paper can do the trick. The idea is to change your state of mind without the need for stress eating (well…. at least for me. I can be too quick to grab a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey. Ha).

Put the pen to paper or brush to canvas and just let loose. No rules. No worries. No more ugh mode.

And, oh, yeah, you don’t need to be an artist to try this. Trust me your waistline be thankful. 🙂

Peace and Live Creatively!

“City of Angels I” : Art piece Update

Last time I posted about this art piece, it was a time lapse of the beginning stages. Here is an update on my “City of Angels I” mixed media artwork.

Tonight as I was wrapping up a long work day, I felt this painting calling out to me. It had been a few days since I did anything on it. I know this may sound weird, but there was something drawing me in to pick up a paintbrush and some pastels.

I often say that for me art is about connection — connection on many different levels. But, this artwork is actually reaching out and connecting to me. It’s guiding me to be whimsical and be free to see what the end results will be. It’s really quite fantastic to be whisked of of your feet and into the sky of creativity. A moment to be truly embraced.

Peace and Live Creatively!

-Jason

Abstract I – Artwork Time lapse Video

It's always mesmerizing for me to watch time lapse videos of art work in progress.  Here is a video of a painting I am currently working on.

 This one is not pre-planned, so I don't know what it will end up being, but I love it that way.  I love just surrendering to the force of creativity.  Stay tuned.  I will be posting updates.  

Would love your feedback.  Be sure to leave your comments below.

Peace and Live Creatively! 

New Artwork Announcement: “Abstract 1”

I am so excited that my new art piece “Abstract 1” is now available in my gallery store as prints, greeting cards, mugs, and other fab items.  What I love about this piece is that it can be oriented in whatever direction suits your fancy.  There is no up or down.  The choice is yours.

Abstract 1 art work by Jason J. Nicholas

One of the fabulous characteristics of abstract art that I find rerefreshing is the freedom of choice. Whatever you want to see or feel in the painting is yours and yours alone.  No right.  No wrong.  It’s your world.

I hope you enjoy this artwork.  I am only at the beginning of my journey exploring this type of creativity and am excited to see what lies ahead. Thank you for exploring this path together.

Peace and Live Creatively!

Bewilderment – new art piece

As I am wrapping up this art piece, the following quote comes to mind:

Sell you cleverness and buy bewilderment.  -Rumi

We are sometimes too quick to think we know everything about everything.  This causes us to go through life with blinders on.  

Instead of pretending to know everything, open up your mind, your heart, your senses to endless possibilities.

Be in a constant state of curiosity.  

Peace and Live Creatively!  -JJN