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Ah gorgeous George. What a guy you were. What a talent & what a soul. I couldn’t resist doing a #faceoffseries with the best looking & best known (it probably has its own twitter account) designer stubble that the world has ever seen! Freedom the film of his life last night was utterly amazing. It left me feeling more than a lot emotional & needing to reengage with his work now I knew the otherside to so many of those amazingly poptastic & soulful songs. You forget growing up alongside him how bloody young he was when he took on Sony. A life of incredible awesomeness but also such hurt, loss & sadness. Thank you for the music good sir. I think the film did you proud. . . . #georgemichael #freedom #listenwithoutprejudice #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #portraitofanartistbeinggeorgemichael #designerstubble #selfie #contemporaryartist #painting #abstract #photography #creativeprocess #creativelife #artist #artistslife #art #colourpop #selfportrait #instaartist #artistsoninstagram (thanks @sundaytimesculture for yet another AWESOME photo for me to use 🙌🏼)
I went for some reflexology on Friday. First time in 5 years. I feel utterly wrecked from it. Knackered, bruised all over (it’s amazing how you can reach your entire body from your feet!) like I’ve had the most brutal sports massage session. But, I also feel energised, realigned & rebooted. How weird is that?! I’m so glad I had it on a Friday afternoon as it’s taken all weekend to recover! . . . #reflexology #reboot #knackered #myfeethurt #toxinflush #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #mycushion #artforyourhome #design #velvet #abstract #abstraction #love #imadethis #maximalism #art #artist #interiors #creativelife #artistslife #instaart #contemporaryartist #squishy #colourpop
It’s #onmywall for @tipperleyhill ‘s #hellocreativebiz October challenge. This piece is mid flux on the wall of the studio. I’m not sure if it’s feeling claustrophobic or not so I’ve left it there for the weekend so I can go in on Monday with fresh eyes & make some decisions. . . . . #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #whatsonthestudio #studio #paint #abstract #abstraction #instaart #creativeprocess #artistlife #creativewomen #artistsoninstagram #livewithart #art #artist #painterslife #artpractice #colourpop #neon #stripe
Today it’s #onmywall for the @tipperleyhill #hellocreativebiz October challenge. This is one of my pieces from a couple of years ago. An 8ftx8ft piece that I made for this new wall space in the hall. You walk directly towards it as you head to the kitchen. I still love it. It’s absorbing in its size & where I placed it. Framed by the wall before. Perfect placement even if I do say so myself! . . . . #imadethis #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #home #painting #abstraction #artistslife #artist #colourpop #onmywalls #paint #abstract #neon #instaart #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #creativeprocess #creativewomen #creativelife #art #interiors #cornersofmyhome #myhomevibe
Sometimes I wonder quite how long it takes me to grasp stuff so I can function without getting really lost with head scratching frustration. I’ve only just realised how to take close up super clear photos on my iPhone. 🤦🏼‍♀️ a complete ‘duuurrrr’ moment. You can even see the warp & weft of the canvas as well as the delicious scratch running through that paint 😍 . . . . . #ittakesmeawhile #duurr #slowontheuptake #camera #iphone #paint #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #painter #abstract #art #artist #artistslife #creativelife #livewithart #colourpop #photographywoes #photo #abstraction #contemporaryartist #instaart #closeup #smile
A spot of digital drawing. Light & bright to match this stunning warm Saturday we are all having. Such a treat to have a day as warm as a summers day in the middle of October! Weird weather but that yellow sums it up perfectly. . . . . #digitaldrawing #adrawingaday #acidyellow #colourpop #abstraction #draw #colour #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #artist #artistslife #creativelife #instaart #contemporaryartist #livewithart #abstract
This is my #designfavourite for the @tipperleyhill #hellocreativebiz challenge. Yes I know it’s not my art on paper/canvas/in an installation, but these feathers are my design. A screenprint I made from 2 magpie feathers I found not long after my dad died. It was a time of my life when there was such enormous upheaval, distress & utter devastation right across the board I felt I was drowning & literally couldn’t fight to the surface for air. These feathers materialised in my garden (I have a thing for magpies), a right & a left. Making a perfect pair, over a two day period. I’ve never found a magpie feather before or since. They represent so much of the me before & the me after this part of my life. The lifting up & hope even in the darkest days. The fighting to free myself from the quagmire. The toolbox I have collated to help me when I find myself slipping. The quite, gentle support from places where you least expect it. The joy of rebuilding yourself & your life from ashes. Like my wolf that I have put on my other feed @whatdoesanartistdoallday, they are a talisman so personal & internal but these I also love to share with the world on my work. They are all about that uplifting optimism that I try to focus on in life & want to share with others, so it’s a wonder why it took me so long to have them drawn on myself from when I first made the image. . . . #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #ink #tattoo #graffiti #streetart #instawall #screenprint #paint #monochrome #selfie #selfportrait #selfportraitofanartistwithtattoo #artistslife #colourpop #love #optimism #findthelight #phoenixrising #abstractartist #creativelife #instaartist #contemporaryartist #creativewomen #id #monochrome #draw #art #artist
I couldn’t make a very interesting pic of some envelopes so I’ve drawn all over the photo instead. This is #wrapitaandpostit for the @tipperleyhill #hellocreativebiz. I’m a hopeless wrapper. Really awful at putting that final frou-frou touch to my stuff. Anyway, these are some of the envelopes I use. There’s bigger stuff but I couldn’t get those in the photo. My arms weren’t long enough! . . . . #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #post #hellopostie #artistslife #colourpop #enevelopes #stationary #creativelife #instaartist #contemporaryartist
My #designfavourite for the @tipperleyhill #hellocreativebiz is maybe not what’s perhaps expected but I love this tattoo so much. She is my strength, my exploration, my soul that’s happy to hang out by myself but also happy to be with my tribe too. She is my fire & also my gentleness. Ok, I know she’s not my work being sent out there to be a part of the world but she is my talisman (like the other piece of ink I have put today on my other feed @nikicottonartist for this hashtag too). A reminder of all the things I am. The fractured pieces that make up the whole. . . . . #tattoo #ink #design #wolf #shewolf #thefracturedwhole #selfportrait #selfie #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #draw #love #selfportraitofanartistwithatattoo #artistlife #creativeprocess #creativewomen #artistsoninstagram #instaink #talisman #blackandwhite #photography #contemporaryartist #monochrome #photography #thisisme
Nipped in to see the fabulous Ali in one of her ace spaces @number44.wales this morning. It was the perfect antidote to the blood tests I’d just been for. Ace to meet like minded people who ooze ideas & creative jigginess & from a completely different field. Music & film are Ali’s specialities & I came away buzzing with energy. So exciting, all these amazing people hanging out in my little patch of Colwyn Bay! . . . . #lovewhereilive #studio #northwales #colwynbay #coffeeandcake #cafe #music #film #creatives #hub #happyplaces #artistlife #creativewomen #artistsoninstagram #whatdoesanartistdoallday #energy #art
Popped in to @number44.wales to catch the gorgeous Ali & have a good old chin wag & meet up. Ace to find like minded people on your own doorstep! This little triangle of Colwyn Bay is becoming rather delicious. . . . . #inspiration #number44 #coffeeandcake #art #poetry #music #design #photography #shoplocal #onmydoorstep #newpeople #hub #colwynbay #northwales #space #whatdoesanartistdoallday #creativelife #artsistslife #cafe
#thebestbit for the #hellocreativebiz #with @tipperleyhill & @tippettsartist for their October challenge is - making. The best bit really is making stuff. Having fun experimenting, pushing ideas, being knocked sideways when an idea floops from nowhere into your head & you get that fizz in your solar plexus as you form & shape it to push it to where you want to try & take it. The beginning being all about nothingness. The white noise of nothing. Starting & shaping, moulding & trying, adding & subtracting. That crazy creative dance that builds a something from a nothing & I bloody love it! It feeds me, thrills me, pushes me, bends me & puts me back together again. What’s not to absolutely LOVE about being creative? Even the crap bits are ace. There is always a spark & glimmer even when it feels like all the lights have just gone out. . . . . #lightworksseries #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #love #lovemyjob #colourpop #photography #drawing #painting #maximalism #light #creativeprocess #creativelife #contemporaryartist #artistslife #instaart #artistsoninstagram #art #artist #livewithart #creativewomen #make #create
Some of my #kit for the october #hellocreativebiz challenge from @tipperleyhill & @tippettsartist. This is a snap shot of what I pull out when I paint. Sometimes there is more & sometimes there is less. I use different stuff depending on whether I am drawing, painting, printing, photographing or building. But in the whole it all contains colour & energy. . . . . #toolsofthetrade #artist #nikicottonartdotcom #whatsinthestudio #coliur #paint #print #draw #photograph #artistslife #creativelife #creativeprocess #creativewomen #artistsoninstagram #studio #whatdoesanartistdoallday #contemporaryartist
My #kit or some of it. I think if I got it all out for the different things I do it would end up a jumble of stuff & you wouldn’t be able to focus on any of it, so instead, here are some brushes for the #hellocreativebiz October challenge from @tipperleyhill & @tippettsartist. I use anything from the humble pencil, a stick of charcoal, brushes, rollers, stencils, spatulas, feathers, pens, paint, ink, wool, glue, sponges, digital mark making formats, concrete, plastic, wire, palette knives, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, textiles, an iPhone, cameras, needles, a sewing machine, you name it & I will use it. I love a wide variety of things to use to make a mark & to try & find a vocabulary that works worth my art. Sometimes I will use one brush & other times I’ll use most of what I have. It depends on what I’m trying to achieve. . . . . #artmaterials #whatiuse #howimake #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #brushes #artistslife #creativelife #creativelrocess #artpractice #maker #toolofthetrade #paint #draw #photograph #print #imagine #instaartist #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryartist #whatsagainstthewhitewall
Been showing the eldest how the mini #instax camera works with its magic ejection of photos. She was thrilled by it! She’s also got an old Polaroid to try out. Anybody else still get a thrill when that little photo rolls out of the camera body? . . . . #simplepleasures #polaroid #photograph #photography #muttsofinstagram #furball #passingontheloveforimagery #art #artist #whatdoesanartistdoallday #photo #nikicottonartdotcom #artistslife #inspiration #creativelife #love #imagery #creativeprocess #creativelife #contemporaryartist #whatsagainstthewhitewall
Morning! It’s already wednesday how does that happen?! Happy hump day all. I’m off to the studio after walking the dog to do what I’m not sure yet. I think it’s going to be a day like that today..... what are you up to? . . . . #draw #adrawingaday #digitaldrawing #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #morning #art #artistslife #creativeprocess #creativewomen #artist #colourpop #instaart #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryart
I’m playing catch up with the october #hellocreativebiz challenge & as I’m running it over both of my feeds this one is about my #inspiration & over on @whatdoesanartistdoallday it’s about my #influences. I think these days one tends to keep the stacks of inspiration either as photos in our phones, pics on Instagram (either what we put up but also who we follow) & of course that great place of inspiration - @pinterest! I’m inspired by colour (who would have guessed?!), thumping music, the play of light & another staple, energy. A snap shot of life all rolled up into an image or a feeling that then comes out in the work. Shapes seem to go in waves & for the last few years circles have featured heavily in what I’ve looked at & a buzz has gone off inside at the shape & composition when I see it somewhere but also it’s something that crops up time & again within my own work. A sense of the completion of something, a safe circle to reside within when all about you seems to be loosing its head? The full stop to something, the warmth of sunshine. The moon showing us the way in the dark & of course the cycle of life, the cycle of being a woman. All of it goes round & round & round. I think that’s a quick snap shot of the inside of my head & the things that make me go all fuzzy & grab me in the gut & make me want to make, make, make. . . . . #artist #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #studio #colourpop #instaart #pinterest #artistslife #art #instaartist #colour #light #music #energy #circle #enso #meditation #tattoo #ink #me