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I do love it when the waves launch on to the shore like this. A beautifully invigorating walk this morning. Blowing away the cobwebs, just what I needed. @davidcarson not quite the beautiful blue of your photo of the sea from today! . . . . #northsea #northwales #lovewhereilive #home #shore #sea #beachlife #greyscale #winter #monochrome #wave #surf #whereistood #ontheshore #onthedoorstep #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #walk #breathe #realign #reboot #beach #seascape #clouds #cloudscape
It seems Run for Cover No2 & it’s compadre, Run for Cover No1 have been selected for next months RCA open. I’m surprised as it’s acrylic, abstract & colourful. I’m also pleased as I love the way these pieces came together. . . . . #painting #abstract #abstraction #paint #colourpop #ultraviolet #runforcover #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #creativelife #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #instaart #artist #creativewomen #artistsofinstagram #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #femaleartist #open #exhibition #colour #love #inspire #imagine #channel
It seems Run for Cover No1 & it’s compadre, Run for Cover No2 have been selected for next months RCA open. I’m surprised as it’s acrylic, abstract & colourful. I’m also pleased as I love the way these pieces came together. . . . . #painting #abstract #abstraction #paint #colourpop #ultraviolet #runforcover #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #creativelife #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #instaart #artist #creativewomen #artistsofinstagram #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #femaleartist #open #exhibition #colour #love #inspire #imagine #channel
The light with the dark. I’ve not done one of these images for a while. This time of year is all about banishing the dark & welcoming in the glow isn’t it. The abstracted essence of light. The colours within it & the stunning contrast it makes to the dark. The yin & yang of life. Revel in its sweetness lovely people. . . . . #light #dark #photography #abstract #abstracted #yin #yang #glow #lightworksseries #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #colourpop #artistsoninstagram #instaart #artistslife #artist #creativewomen #creativelife #artistsofinstagram #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #art #artist #femaleartist #love #findthelight #leanintothelight
This evening I went out out with Sir David of Bowieland & I got to catch up with some really old friends. Something that was seriously needed. A long time has passed & also none at all since the last time we saw each other. The world works in mysterious ways & I’ve found Mercury in retrograde can bring magical things to the fore when they are ready to be hatched. Enough of the strange wafflings - do you like the shiny trousers? I’ve succumbed to vinyl. . . . . #bowie #oldbandtshirt #vinyl #vinyltrousers #shine #tuxedo #ootd #whatiwore #topshop #marksandspencer #artist #artistslife #artistsoninstagram #creativelife #friends #outout #humpday #grateful #heal #time #artistsofinstagram #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #mercury #mercuryretrograde #astrology #peace
So I think Christmas may have arrived now that the twig tree has been finished 🙌🏼🎄even though the actual tree is sitting all bare in the lounge waiting for me to make a start, I got side tracked as usual sorting this lovely out instead. Well, it is my fave dec that I do each year. It sits in the middle of the kitchen table, for us to peer round, but, for the purpose of the photo it got plonked on the side. I think I’ll do a stories vid of it tomorrow as it’s impossible to see all the lovely little pieces hung in it that I have collected & expanded on over the years. . . . . #mychristmasvibe #cornersofmyhome #christmas #decorations #christmasdecor #twigtree #favourite #twinkle #light #sparkle #inspiration #colourpop #interiors #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #painting #abstract #artistsoninstagram #artistsoninstagram #instaart #artistsofinstagram #creativelife #abstraction #home #myhome #baubles #glitter #shine #love #creativewomen
It’s been rather a full on day of Christmas decs, the usual Sunday stuff, sledging & snowball fights & finished off with the swimming club awards do. Knackered! We went off to find some snow up the hill this afternoon (minus the eldest). Everyone around us bar our little coastal village had had a good dollop (see my stories for more snowy silliness). I do love a good race around in the freezing cold with snow twinkling all around us for laughing like drains whilst we tried to whizz down hillsides on slices of plastic. . . . . #snowday #twinkle #magic #familytime #together #sledging #snow #winterstale #winter #sunday #famalam #chillorama #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #dogsofinstagram #malamute #snowdog #northerninuit #smile #photo #familyphoto #artistsofinstagram #portrait
It’s good to step out from your medium comfort zone sometimes. It also helps working with the master of all things clay based @pearestall from @thepeculiargallery for guidance in extracting the ramblings in your head & helping you translate them into tangible 3D pieces. This is one of the ones I made a couple of weeks ago & I am so ruddy thrilled with it. Porcelain as a medium is so delicate & quite divaish for someone who’s quite as ham fisted as I am to attempt to work with, but, I did & it even survived the kiln (I was convinced all the bottoms would fall off or the sides wouldn’t have stuck down). The delicate glow from the stuttering candle light picking out the little imprinted circles brings me so much joy. I’ve stared at it for rather a while now. A little bit of meditation. Not only whilst making it but now whilst watching the light move about within it. I highly recommend stepping out from your usual parameters & go & have a play with something utterly new. It’s fabulous. . . . . #grateful #thanks #porcelain #clay #make #craft #candle #tealight #master #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #light #leanintothelight #whatsinthestudio #whatsagainstthewhitewall #creativelife #creativeprocess #meditation #medium #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #artistsofinstagram #creativewomen #instaart #artist #3d #play #contemporaryartist
Look what came back from the kiln in one piece! I think it’s good to step out from your usual medium & try new stuff that would normally be something you’d steer clear of. You know it’ll drive you nuts as you’re too ham fisted for its fragility, but, it’s good to remember to explore, play & experiment with no outcome being searched for. Do you remember the little porcelain cat I made a couple of weeks ago with the fab master of clay @pearestall from @thepeculiargallery? Well, whilst I was there I also rustled up a tea light (I went along with so many random ideas in my head). How ruddy gorgeous does this look?! It’s so delicate & the candle light flickers & glows from within it perfectly. I honestly didn’t trust my building ability & I was convinced the bottom would fall out when it was firing or the side wouldn’t stick together but boy, it’s all exactly as it should be 💪🏻🤩🙌🏼 phew. Porcelain really is magic, such a delicate raw material but one that has such luminosity when it’s fired. I am enchanted. Btw - it definitely helps being shown how to process the things from inside your head by someone who knows what they are doing & also speaks your language too. . . . . #porcelain #build #lettherebelight #magic #candle #craft #tealight #imadethis #nikicottonartdotcom #whatsagainstthewhitewall #whatdoesanartistdoallday #friends #playtime #experiment #medium #leanintothelight #artistslife #instaart #creativewomen #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #creativelife #process #play #contemporaryartist #timeout #meditation #whatsinthestudio #ancientprocesses #kiln
I’ve had a really lovely birthday today. Got to hang out with my people, have the day mooching round Chester with the hubster, blew out too many candles & finished the day with Mr Minis Christmas play. Perfect! Thanks @simoncotton_mr.c @lilycotton_x @louie_cotton for making me smile. . . . . #perfectday #birthday #boomerang #video #candle #flame #fire #happybirthday #cake #happybirthday #anotheryearolder #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #instaart #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #video #film #light #love #grateful #thanks
It’s great to get an ace capture of something that is in constant changing motion like the sea. It’s less great to be so involved in taking said photo that you have to make a mad scramble from a crouched position up the beach over uneven pebbles & stones, trying not to fall over the dog & have a good tangle up in the lead all whilst trying to miss the drenching you are in for as the tide rushes up the beach between you & the shoreline..... note to self - try to concentrate on the area around you as much as what’s just on the other side of the camera. . . . #easilydistractrd #beachlife #realign #reboot #breathe #northwales #findyourepic #photography #concentrate #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #inspiration #energy #constantmotion #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #instaart #artist #creativewomen #creativelife #creativeprocess #iphoneography #home #lovewhereilive #negativeions #pillock
This little piece of joy came out of the mess today. Rising up out of the ashes of ruined work that’s too muddy & vague to look at without it making your eyes wobble. Love it when I get to rescue something from what I felt was nothing. Inspiration for something begins here. . . . #painting #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #whatsinthestudio #rescue #artist #neon #draw #originalart #art #instaart #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #artist #artpractice #artistsofinstagram #colourpop #creativewomen #creativelife #creativeprocess #studio #paint #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #whatsagainstthewhitewall
I found this today whilst cutting up some work that was just too busy, muddy & not working. Out of that mess came this. Inspiration for a couple of bigger pieces that I am now itching to get started on. I began building the frames so tomorrow it’s all about stretching canvas & priming. Can’t WAIT to get started. . . . #painting #drawing #section #pause #beginnings #inspiration #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #whatsinthestudio #colourpop #line #art #artist #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #instaart #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #creativelife #creativewomen #creativeprocess #artistslife #abstract #abstraction #neon #femalartist
Today I am chopping up things that haven’t worked. This piece got all too messy & claustrophobic. I’m thinking I’ll find other things within it once the work becomes smaller & the stuff that isn’t working will be able to be discarded. I love doing this as you find areas you hadn’t even noticed before that make your heart beat faster with an idea that’s triggered. . . . #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #whatsinthestudio #chop #cutitup #see #findsomethingnew #artist #neon #draw #originalart #art #artistslife #creativelife #creativewomen #creativeprocess #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #searchingforcompositions #instaart #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram
A drawing a day. Monochrome. It’s a colour palette that I don’t work with often. It doesn’t give me the same kind of thrill that colour does & I’m also aware that any images I make in black & white are quieter & more processed. There is less frantic energy zooming around them. So yep, today I worked in black & white. It was uncomfortable. . . . #adrawingaday #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #whatsinthestudio #draw #ink #blackandwhite #monochrome #greyscale #pencil #graphite #paper #contemporaryart #creativelife #artistslife #instaart #artistsoninstagram #creativewomen #artistslife #artistsofinstagram #art #artist #femaleartist
I turn myself inside out. I’m not sure if this is still in flux or not. I’ll have to wait until I get in to the studio tomorrow, but, for the time being I feel it’s reached a point with me that it’s allowing me to breathe. . . . #abstraction #colourpop #abstract #painting #art #creativelife #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #creativeprocess #creativewomen #artist #femaleartist #instaart #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #originalart #neon #colour #paint
I know that everyday I need a bit of a mirrorball, a sequin or two or even a hand full of the glittery, sparkly stuff, but, for everyone else we are fast approaching the shimmery season of twinkly fabulousness so - for all of us on this chilly & rain soaked day - here is a rather scrumptious glitterball on which to feast our eyes. Is it big enough I wonder?! . . . #glitterball #sparkle #glitterygoodness #discoball #shine #inspiration #twinkle #light #mirrorball #tistheseason #artistslife #creativelife #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #artistsoninstagram #dance
Angels with silver wings.... I know I posted this on my other feed ( @nikicottonartist) but I love this sweatshirt so much I had to share it on here too. This rocked up last week from those rather delicious people over at @pearlandearl. Not only sequins but ruddy angel wings as well. I’m in love (you know what I’m like for a sequin!). Thank you you luverly peeps. It’s a large so it’s extra sloppy joe & cosy. Thanks also to @sharleenspiteri for the composition inspiration ✌🏻& @simoncotton_mr.c for being my fabulous instahusband & taking the photo for me 💪🏻 . . . #sweatshirt #sequins #sparkle #inspiration #photography #art #abstract #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #colourpop #contemporaryart #artistsoninstagram #instaart #creativelife #creativewomen #sartorialchoices #whatiwore #ootd #angel #wings #angelwings #portrait #fridayfacelessportrait (exceptitssaturday) #painting #neon #silver #artistslife #instahusband #steallikeanartist #angelswithsilverwings
Something I’ve finished recently. I’ve been working on this for a while & whilst getting into an argument with it up popped a sneaky cat & a very happy dog. No idea where they came from but, once they arrived I felt it would be mean to get rid of them, so they’ve kind of made themselves at home in the image even if they aren’t seemingly talking to each other. I’m always surprised when very obvious shapes arrive in my work because I can honestly say, hand on heart, that if I’d tried to make these shapes deliberately I would still be struggling weeks later & I would probably have given up. . . #sneakycat #happydog #painting #shine #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #whatsinthestudio #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #paint #painting #studio #myspace #artpractice #creativeproces #creativewomen #creativelife #instaart #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #contemporaryart #art #artist #originalart #draw #neon
A delve into a painting. A close up of layers & marks, colours & texture. I love how you can look at the whole & see one thing & then peer into areas & feel something else. . . . #painting #paint #abstract #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #artistsoninstagram #instaart #artistslife #colourpop #creativeprocess #abstracted #feel #markmaking #draw #creativelife #creativeprocess #creativewomen #artistslife #art #artist #contemporaryart #neon #spraypaint
When an image pops up on your photo roll that sums up the joy of twirling but you can’t remember where the hell you took it? The roll tells me it was at 08.43, so this will be me, racing through the hail to the car to take the eldest to work then. . . . #morning #twirl #photography #colourpop #light #dark #spin #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #contemporaryartist #drawwithlight #insaart #artistsoninstagram #creativewomen #creativeprocess #creativelife #artistslife #abstract #abstraction #move #art #artist
Anyone remember those loo roll cats on @pinterest a few years ago? Well this is one of the things I made today. Isn’t it just the cutest thing! A porcelain cat pretending to be the middle of a loo roll 😄💪🏻💃 I have to wait for it to dry & be fired before it can come & live with me at home. I had a lot of fun using something I really wouldn’t normally go near as it needs gentle handling, calmness & to be slow & considered when asking it to do something. All the things that I am not! Thanks to the awesome master that is @pearestall for her expert guidance. I am just a little bit in love with it. I am now hoping it survives the kiln....... . . . #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #porcelain #cat #build #clay #make #loorollcat #love #cute #creativeday #tryingsomethingnew #creativewomen #artist #creativeprocess #artistslife #iseehearts #catsofinstagram #meow #porcelain #pottery #artistsoninstagram #instaart
When you stop to take a photo of the beautiful incoming tide with the sun glistening on it & every shot has your shadow on it, the only thing to do is to have it become part of the image. . . . #beachlife #northwales #findyourepic #breathe #reboot #realign #inspiration #findyourepic #seascape #tide #wave #surf #shadow #sunshine #lovewhereilive #home #portrait #selfportrait #photography #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #creativelife #artistslife #instaart #artistsoninstagram #selfie #selfportraitofanartistbeingthesea
I love peering into a painting. Seeing what’s happening beyond the surface. What I see after my initial reaction to the bombardment of colour & marks, the bit that intrigues me today might be something I’ve not not noticed before & tomorrow I might forget it exists as I am absorbed by another area, just over there.... . . . . #painting #abstract #abstracted #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #whatsinthestudio #paint #intrigue #inspiration #colourpop #myspace #creativelife #creativeprocess #creativewomen #artistslife #instaartist #artistsoninstagram #gallery #paint #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #draw #art #artist #originalart
I kept a friend company yesterday as she went for a recall at the breast clinic. It was a morning where I felt like a rabbit trapped in the headlights full of memories. How she felt, I can only begin to imagine. All was clear & good in the end which was fucking brilliant. Phew.
A little moment of squirlliness & stillness. The monochrome makes the busyness of that spinning line seem almost quiet. The broken void amongst it draws you in as you follow the space around. Hypnotising. . . . #adrawingaday #draw #monochrome #blackandwhite #stillness #breathe #enso #contemporaryart #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #draw #creativelife #creativeprocess #creativewomen #instaart #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #originalart
I have this thing about covering my eyes be it with specs or as in this self portrait with a big slash of delicious, glistening black paint. It looks like I put the Adam Ant stripe in the wrong place. This piece was from a while ago but I still think it sums up so much of the internal & external me. There is also something so exquisite about smearing cold, sticky, colour across your face. It’s so much more determined than makeup. . . . #selfportrait #selfie #selfportrairofanartistseeing #senses #see #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #art #photography #portrait #contemporaryartist #mask #hide #artistslife #originalart #creativelife #creativewomen #creativeprocess #artist #instaart #instaartist #artistsoninstagram
Another piece that I’ve been working on for aaaaaages that’s finally done. It’s worn many hats but I think it’s finally found the one that suits it. No dogs & cats in this one but it doesn’t make it wrong for that. There’s a third one in this series doing battle with me at the moment over in the studio, it may get finished, or, it may become something else. For the moment I’m enjoying how these have taken their meandering walk through layers & colours to become what they have become. . . . #colour #meander #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #paint #abstract #colourpop #painting #art #artist #artpractice #originalart #contemporaryart #artistsoninstagram #instaart #creativelife #creativewomen #creativepractice #artistslife
Oh my. The stuff of memories & dreams. @depechemode - the band who have played the soundtrack to my life & the music I play on a loop in the studio. The music I see colours with. We went out out last night & whizzed up the motorway to Manchester & I had my soul blown right open watching them live (it’s been a while). What a raw, honest & stripped back show full of energy & light. My life being replayed through enormous thumping, air disturbing, solar plexus whomping speakers with a twirling @dave_gahan__ owning the stage. Thank you boys. You were spellbinding. . . . #spellbinding #music #live #depechemode #gig #concert #livemusic #enjoythesilence #justcantgetenough #twirllikeyoumeanit #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #inspiration #manchester #spirittour #spirittour2017 #energy #light #studio #outout
Things get damaged, things get broken..... This evening the hubster @simoncotton_mr.c & I went out out & whizzed over to manchester to see the fabulously incredible @depechemode gig. One of the bands that have been the soundtrack to my life. Utterly utterly amazing. Stripped back, raw & honest. Still as in love with what they have to say as I’ve always been. Thank you for the music boys. As always, outstanding. X . ***didnt realise til I looked at my grid how this image from last night is like an image I painted last week. The colours & the composition, so similar. Weird*** . #depechemode #music #concert #gig #livemusic #outout #thingsgetdamagedthingsgetbroken #enjoythesilence #perfectday #inspirational #soundtracktomylife #manchester #love #myinspirationfirthestudio #amazing #band #spirittour #spirittour2017 #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #outout
It’s chillorama out this morning with the tide bashing at the pebbles on the beach. It was making that delicious rattling sound as the water receded taking the top layer of stones with it. There’s something so calming & meditative about that sound. This is my place of stillness which seems strange as it’s in a place with constant movement & energy but it really works for me. It’s where I find my calm & order. . . . #beachlife #northwales #findyourepic #home #lovewhereilive #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #inspiration #breathe #reboot #realign #meditate #ohm #myplaceofstillness #calm #contemporaryartist #movement #energy
Morning! This pic made me grin all the way back home. Its that moment when in the middle of a mountain of photos the light is absolutely perfect, the colours are just dreamy, the sea does that sea-ey (I know it’s now a word but it’s what I’m trying to say) thing at just the right angle & the shutter on your phone actually captures the picture at the right time with no delay. When I saw this I did an air punch & a little happy dance that got the dog very excited & the seagulls looked on non plussed. . . . #beachlife #morning #perfection #perfectlight #thoseblues #seascape #tide #allthewhitehorses #northwales #findyourepic #home #lovewhereilive #photography #sea #surf #pebbles #ebbandflow #boom #artistsoninstagram #instaart #inspiration #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #artist #contemporaryart #breathe #realign #reboot #wave
Something from today in the studio. I’ve been working on this for a while & whilst getting into an argument with it yesterday up popped a sneaky cat & a very happy dog. No idea where they came from but, once they arrived I felt it would be mean to get rid of them, so they’ve kind of made themselves at home in the image even if they aren’t seemingly talking to each other. I’m always surprised when very obvious shapes arrive in my work because I can honestly say, hand on heart, that if I’d tried to make these shapes deliberately I would still be struggling weeks later & I would probably have given up. . . . #sneakycat #happydog #painting #shine #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #whatsinthestudio #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #paint #painting #studio #myspace #artpractice #creativeproces #creativewomen #creativelife #instaart #artistsoninstagram #artistslife #contemporaryart #art #artist #originalart #draw #neon
Where I stood. I actually have the trolley of paints on the other side of the room as it makes me walk away from the work, turn my back & when I turn back I look at it with a slight distance. A trick for my eyes (doesn’t always work!). For this image I wheeled it over to the wall. It’s ended up feeling a bit claustrophobic. . . . #studio #whereistand #whereistood #ihavethisthingaboutfloors #tools #studiofloor #studiowall #colourpop #artistsstudio #myspace #creativelife #paint #contemporaryartist #creativewomen #artpractice #creativeprocess #instaart #artistsoninstagram #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom
Studio floor inspiration. I love leftovers that wait for me to notice them. Discarded paper that I’d used to block a couple of areas on a canvas I’ve been arguing with. Colour & shape. . . . #studio #floorspiration #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #colourpop #contemporaryartist #creativelife #artistslife #instaart #artistsoninstagram #creativewomen #artpractice #myspace #thestudio #leftovers #livewithart #artstudio #splat #drip #smear #paint #painting #brush #toolsofthetrade
Oh Annette Bening you were a tricky one! Thanks @sundaytimesculture for another ACE picture to be able to play with. The hand position in this pic made it hard to balance the mag in the right spot & take the shot. I kind of got it. . . . #faceoffseries #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #magazine #photography #annettebening #portraitofanartistsbeinganactoooor #contemporaryartist #instaart #artistsoninstagram #creativeprocess #creativewomen #creativelife #artistslife #art #artist #abstract #painting #neon