#whatsonthelightbox 168 Posts

You exist but are you living. This is weeks #whatsonthelightbox offering over at #thestudio. It links with last weeks & I’m not sure if they are a bit heavy...! One more for this cycle which will be next weeks. Will have to see what feed back they get locally... . . . #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #word #text #typography #musings #pondering #art #artistlife #myspace #creativelife #creativewomen #artist #contemporaryartist #instaart #artistsoninstagram #artpractice
Yes I know this isn’t brilliantly written, I had to do some doctoring as I couldn’t fit it all on (it won’t fit on the Studio lightbox at the moment). I saw it on @dawn_phase3hairdressing feed last week & loved it. Be a rebel, like yourself. . . . #whatsonthelightbox #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #bearebel #likeyourself #inspiration #love #word #text #typography #musings #pondering #comtemporaryart #artistslife #creativelife #artist #womenartist #creativewomen #inspire #instaart #artistsoninstagram
Not sure if this was a bit daft but I loved it being written on a lightbox - #justleanintothelight 🙌🏼. I didn’t get round to doing my #wordsofwisdom tag for the October #hellocreativebiz challenge yesterday so I’m catching up today. I have many words of wisdom for all sorts of crash landings in life & I think this straddles some of it. If you follow the light, the thing that makes you sing, if you listen to your gut & your higher self that has no other agenda other than your happiness & learn to trust it, it will generally take you in the right direction. When I’m working, I generally do so instinctively, on a feeling basis as well as a visual balance but all of that is a gut reaction. Not a pre planned, mapped out & painstaking way of working, it just flows. Rolling on & on & on. My life in general is lived this way. It all flows together & if it feels right & lifts me up it will light up everyone around me too. The joy is infectious. It’s good to look for the light. It’s shines it’s brightness on those murky dusty corners & makes you deal with them all whilst making them seem less like a horror movie where you can’t move for your bindings. Lean into the light lovelies - it’s beautiful there. . . . . #inspire #imagine #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #whatsonthelightbox #art #make #create #artistslife #creativelife #artist #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryartist #musings #text #word #typography #type #pondering #light #creativewomen #thisismylife #love #livewithart #whatsinthestudio
I didn’t get round to doing this yesterday but #wordsofwisdom was the prompt for yesterday’s #hellocreativebiz October challenge. I have many words of wisdom for all sorts of scenarios but if we are paring down our focus to our work then this has to be one of my faves amongst the many. #welcometomyworld. My world is my art & my art is my world. Everything I do, see, feel, think, eat, breathe etc is fed into my work & my work feeds in to the way I live my life & what I surround myself with. Art is an immersive thing. A consuming thing. A thing that has a constant flow of conversation between myself & it. There isn’t a work head & a home head. There isn’t a moment when I’m ‘on’ & ‘off’. I just am. There is no boundary, no drawn line it’s all just a big messy pile. Intertwined & colourful & I freaking love it. . . . . #inspire #imagine #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #whatsonthelightbox #art #make #create #artistslife #creativelife #artist #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryartist #musings #text #word #typography #type #pondering #light #creativewomen #thisismylife #love #livewithart
Farewell September. You were full on. Back to school, back to work, old friends, family, meet ups with new Instagram friends, creative uploads, creative downloads, colour, painting, drawing, arrival of new design products & studio time to call just some of it. . . . . #grateful #withthanks #september #studio #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #artistslife #creativelife #instaart #whatsinthestudio #create #colour #art #artist #design #paint #photography #draw #inspire #whatsonthelightbox #imanartistwhatsyoursuperpower #collage
I love this thought. It sums up those days where it just won’t click but you keep at it anyway. Forever the optimist that you’ll burn though it & it will all fall in to place if you just, keep, on, going...... . . . . #musings #pondering #typography #text #word #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #art #whatsonthelightbox #light #artistslife #creativelife #contemporaryart #livewithart #artist #carveouttimeforart #create #creativeprocess
My studio pal has taken to loitering in the window of the gallery. She didn’t think my snappy message on the light box today was as funny as I thought it was (I’ve already done this one on my other feed @nikicottonartist at home but I just couldn’t revisit using it in the gallery too. I love it!) . . . . #whatsonthelightbox #imanartistwhatsyoursuperpower #musings #typography #word #text #art #create #inspire #artist #whatdoesanartistdoallday #nikicottonartdotcom #contemporaryartist #creativewomen #studio #whatsinthestudio #instaart #creativelife #artistslife #gallery #myspace #no18thestudio #neon #pink #frontdoor #furball #love #mascot #malamute #northerninnuit
I'm an artist. What's your super power? 💃 I ruddy love this one
She threw away all her masks & put on her soul.
Well are you?
Good morning lovelies 🙌🏼 September has arrived & I'm not sure about how you feel, but for me it's almost more of a new year than January. I think I'm still stuck in that school system calendar. New month, new year feeling & of course some new stationary/materials. The seasons start to change. Summer closes & Autumn begins to unfurl. The nights are drawing in, the trees are beginning to turn, a chill hangs in the air, shadows lengthen & the light takes on that stunning gentle golden hue before the stark white of winter arrives. A couple of woolly jumpers & pair of boots to get cosy in as the weather changes always makes me smile. I'm drawing up a list of things I need to focus on in the coming months. Setting my intentions out. Here's to the next step. Let's do what we love & do a lot of it 🙌🏼💙💃✌🏻✨🎉💫💗🌈
Let's all run away
Motivation. It's one of those things that can sometimes feel as elusive as that shy creature inspiration.
Todays light box in the studio has been updated with new words. It's interesting to think about what we see when we look at something & also what we don't see. What we disregard as unimportant to take in or maybe, we make a conscious decision to not see......
It's not often I find myself struggling for words as I have an opinion on just about everything but, I am finding words hard to collect together in sentences that make any sense when listening to the news & debates raging around the events of Charlottesville. That in this day & age where education, world travel, integration, bloody google & the World Wide Web show people for being human regardless of skin colour, religious belief (we aren't talking extremes here just general day to day people going about their day to day lives) gender, shoe size, gay, straight, pink haired, tattooed, whatever, that people can be so scared of someone because of the colour of their skin that they feel the need to don white hoods (although at the weekend they went without which seems sinister on a whole other level as though what they were doing/saying/feeling is so correct that it doesn't need to be hidden behind a faceless mask) light torches & head out on to the street under the banner of being white & largely male & therefore better than anyone else that walks this incredible & beautifully diverse planet we find ourselves lucky enough to hang out, together on. Isn't it time we stood up to this & made a change? Not with yet more laws but in a daily life way. Seeing each other as human & moving on from this terrible bigotry, racism & hatred which seems to be gathering momentum at a frightening pace. These voices being given a platform & tarnishing us all with the same brush need to be shown the bigger picture. They need to be met with love not with hatred & aggression, to be shown that there is another way & it is far more beautiful than their small minded fearful hearts would have them believe. I apologise now if this doesn't flow properly & reads disjointedly but I'm struggling to believe, like with the ruddy feminist conversation, that we are still having to talk about any of this. That any of it still exists apart from where it belongs - in the history books.
Some very marvellous signage happened over at the studio today 🙌🏼 so ruddy exciting! Thanks to those very clever people over at @viewcreative it's all looking super smart & oh so powsh 💗 #whatsonthelightbox #text #typography #musings #word #lightseekers
In stillness. 🙏🏻 #musings
Today's #whatsonthelightbox over at No18 The Studio. My place of peace - the ocean.
Draw 🙌🏼
It had to be done didn't considering I was off to a jazz festival last night 😂✌🏻 I didn't quite throw some shapes & I forgot to put my black polo neck jumper on but it was fun regardless. #jaaaaazz #niiiice #fastshow #music #jazz #festival #showingmyage #whatsonthelightbox #visualartist #nikicottonartdotcom #musings #whatdoesanartistdoallday #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #instaart #instaartist #artistsofinstagram #livewithart #creativelife #artistlife #text #typography #word #art #artist #creativewomen
It should probably say 'how much is that doggy in the window'.... maybe I shall save that idea for next time she's in the studio with me? The light box is working well 🙌🏼 something I'm looking forward to when the nights draw in is being able to switch it on & see it light up! #whatsonthelightbox #whatsinthestudio #nikicottonartdotcom #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #creativelife #creativespace #creativewomen #artistslife #artistsoninstagram #artist #art #word #text #typography #musings #futura #no18thestudio #northwales #gallery #lightbox #dogsofinstagram #instadog
'Hello' we have letters in the light box!!! 🎉 how blumming ace does it look?! So thrilled. It's just what I was hoping for. Is it just me or is it always tricky to take a pic of a window when the reflection from opposite is so strong? I'm yet to master the art of capturing no reflection, or, even if there is one.... But for now I'm thinking of messages for this light box as well as the one I have over on my other account @nikicottonartist. Thanks @seahawkap for your building abilities & @naomibond @simoncotton_mr.c @viewcreative for the beautiful set of letters 🙏🏻
Ok well the extremely sharp scalpel doesn't work & scissors are cutting it wonkily. I think I'm going to try a guillotine next. If that doesn't work I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do.....
'Tis true ✨
The light box is up & hanging in the gallery window 🙌🏼. It's waiting for me to print some images for the back & to collect my letters on Monday for the front. Anyone who fancies me putting something on it for them, with their words, then drop me a message & I'll see what I can do. Thanks @seahawkap for building something that I wasn't sure how to even start & thanks @naomibond for finding me the perfect typeface to start this project 🙏🏻. I even managed to hang the first couple of pictures & start a couple of new paintings so all in all a pretty cracking day I feel 💃
Shadow play in the gallery. The balloon window finally deflated with only a handful left this morning so I took it down & scraped the window clean. Whilst scraping I noticed the shadow that was cast from the window onto the wall opposite🙏🏻. Until next time balloons🎈, your colourful selves shall be missed but your smell won't. So many kids came to the window as I was cleaning it asking where the balloons had gone. Their little faces as they walked away 💔
Saw these words on pin & they felt so good.
It really is 💙 (I seem to think or feel that about quite a lot of these #whatsonthelightbox series at the moment!)
Getting my freak on seeing this pic come through from @seahawkap. They are building the light box to go in the No 18 The Studio gallery window. Who would have thought reels of LED strips would cause so much excitement! I'm going to need to plot and plan yet more things to say.....
Ummmmm.... 😜 I think this feed explains things quite well, no?!
I found these words this morning on @heart_roars. I have had to diddle with it a little bit as my lightbox wasn't quite big enough for the whole quote. I think it captures its soul. Have a scrumptious #summersolstice lovelies. Grab the light & make the magic happen ✨💛🙌🏼☀️⭐️ #makemagic #longestday #light #whatdoesanartistdoallday #whatsonthelightbox #nikicottonartdotcom #contemporaryart #word #text #typography #musings #whatwillyoudo #creativeprocess #creativewomen #creativelife #artistlife #art #artist #instaartist #instaart #artistsoninstagram #cotfa #doitfortheprocess #create
The magic number they (whomever they are) say you have to burn through cocking up & trying stuff out before you know what it is you're doing, when you at last get good at that 'thing'. Where you can fully step into that head scratching, winging it bit whilst bluffing like a professional & maybe wondering just a little less if you'll get found out that actually you've got a bit of a clue but by no means are you the oracle?! It will always be a different day. A curious & new obstacle to over come & burn through. I think I prefer that to knowing it all. I would be so bored if it was all sorted in my head. I would be looking for the next thing if that was the case. It's all about learning on the job, just like everything else. One day at a time..... #tenthousandhours #whatsonthelightbox #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #musings #text #word #typography #art #contemporaryart #creativewomen #artpractice #creativeprocess #artist #make #create #instaart #instaartist #inspiration #artistsoninstagram #cotfa #carveouttimeforart #doitfortheprocess #livewithart #dailyquote
That moment when the whole house is immaculate & there are no teetering piles anywhere (apart from the old studio space) & even the floors have been oiled 🙌🏼✨ It's so infrequent it's taken a crew of people coming over to film an ad for someone & needing the kitchen to make me spend til midnight last night clearing, cleaning, sorting, I even did my wardrobe (I was on a role!). I'm now camped in the lounge hiding whilst they get on doing their thang. Do you think they'll like today's lights box? 😄 #weirdwaystospendamonday #cornersofmyhome #kitchen #interiors #love #enjoyingthetidness #whatsonthelightbox #artistshouse #homesbythebeach #interiordesign #interiorstyling #plantlife #howlongwillitlast #home #whatdoesanartistdoallday #stuff #crayons #creativeliving #artistslife
Farewell May you've been a month full of the extreme highs of taking on The Studio 😍 & the lows of being really poorly & struggling to get in to start sorting it. The scraping, painting, prepping & general sprucing up of the new space & pottering on the beach. #withthanks #grateful #farewell #may #thenewspace #newventure #thestudio #artistinresidence #downthestudio # #nikicottonartdotcom #home #beachlife #whereistood #friends #whatsonthelightbox #whatdoesanartistdoallday
I got the opportunity to catch up with one of my oldest friends today @muddyfacesuk one of the most inspirational women I know. A brain that buzzes with ideas, a generosity of spirit & with a soul that thrives in nature. The kids all played brilliantly together whilst we chin wagged. She is someone whom always makes me want to be my best self & someone where we can lay it on the table with no judgement. It's all simply received on both sides with kindness & love. #friendship #beyourbestself #whatsonthelightbox #nikicottonartdotcom #creativity #doitfortheprocess #artpractice #creativeprocess #contemporaryart #word #text #typography #musings #creativewomen #femaleartist #womenartist #artistsoninstagram #instaart #instaartist #light #cotfa #carveouttimeforart
I heard this uttered on a programme the other evening & I've been pondering it ever since. I know as an artist I please my own soul & self with what I create first. The decisions I make whilst creating it are about how I feel about what I am doing & not anyone else's needs or wants. Whether it's finished or has to be pushed further are solely down to me, it's my impulses & desires that are met first & then it speaks to the people it speaks to or it leaves them utterly cold. So, does this make Art the ultimate in selfish self centredness? Is this why artists are seen as egocentric? #ponderings #musings #whatsonthelightbox #nikicottonartdotcom #artist #word #typography #text #art #contemporaryart #instaart #femaleartist #cotfa #instaartist #artistoninstagram #whatdoesanartistdoallday #womenartists #creativewomen #carveouttimeforart
The last few weeks have been all about this. I am starting to feel a bit of an unfurling in the creative dept so after a conversation with the lovely @ama.du I came to the conclusion that sometimes, you have to do the being to get to the doing. #whatsonthelightbox #nikicottonartdotcom #musings #contemporaryart #carveouttimeforart #cotfa #breaktheseal #being #doing #create #make #instaart #instaartist #typography #text #word #artistsoninstagram #art #artists
Having been pretty much a Saharan desert the last few weeks in the creative thought department. I've not had the energy to do anything much. Then, yesterday, I saw these words written on a bag on the gorgeous @southwoodstores stories. I felt compelled to message myself them so I wouldn't forget. Thank you @hjsouthwood for being the inspiration I needed to climb out of the fug of poorly & start thinking again 🙌🏼💙💥 greatly appreciated as always lovely girl & they seemed pretty apt for today 🙏🏻 xxx #dream #see #whatsonthelightbox #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #notmuchbutcoughrecently #contemporaryart #art #word #text #typography #light #inspiration #musings #artistsoninstagram #instaart #instaartist #creativewomen #grateful #thanks
I'm climbing back in to the driving seat today with the kids back to school after easter. It's time to crack on & formulate those lists & action stuff I've been working on & thinking about. First, I'm over at Peculiar Gallery doing the rehang of the new show. Have a fabuloso Monday lovelies! #welcometomyworld #whatsonthelightbox #nikicottonartdotcom #whatdoesanartistdoallday #typography #text #word #musings #instaart #instart #instartist #instaartist #contemporaryart #creativewomen #womenartists #femaleartist