Sketchbook Walkthrough March

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in Art Journal, Collage, Painting, Process, Studio, Teaching
Sketchbook Walkthrough March

Have a peek inside my sketchbook / art journal as I share my inspirations and describe my mixed media techniques. Are you interested in taking a mixed media art journaling class with me in the future? Subscribe to my newsletter using this form and be the first to know about workshops:   

Shadow Drawing

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 in Art Journal, Collage, Drawing, Tutorials
Shadow Drawing

The glorious sun was out for a short while this morning, so I took advantage of it to create some drawings that I will be using in future art journal spreads or collages. I’m always inspired by nature and looking for ways to incorporate it into my artwork. Here is a very simple and beautiful way […]

Where to find me these days…

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 in Painting
Where to find me these days…

Hello art friend! Thanks for peeking around my website. I’m so glad you’re here.   Just over a month since my sweet second daughter joined us on the outside. Of course she’s been making art with me for months now. Here we are, both with colds, but returning to the sketchbook on a sunny morning […]

Let’s Celebrate Summer by Taking Yourself on Artist’s Dates!

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 in Painting, Tutorials

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, came up with idea to take yourself on a weekly “Artist’s Date”. This solo date – no kids, partners or friends – is for you to take time to explore something you’re interested in, delight your senses and fill up your creative well. You can have a plan […]

Reflection: writing about my paintings

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Painting, Process
Reflection: writing about my paintings

“Reflection” When I did my Bachelor of Education at UBC, the word made us groan and roll our eyes because we were so frequently asked to reflect on our lessons and work. But reflection really is such an important part of my painting, learning and business processes. I took time recently, after my open studio […]

Prepping for Central Island Studio Tour!

Posted on May 17, 2016 in Events, Painting, Process

I’m quite sick, and have been for a while, but I’m determined to return to the paintings in my studio that are calling to me. Finishing edges here and listening to an inspiring interview with LeVar Burton on @creativelive with @chasejarvis to keep me company. #contemporarypainting #gettingitdone A photo posted by Nicole (@coastalnicole) on May […]

Bloom True with Flora Bowley

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 in Art Classes, Painting, Process
Bloom True with Flora Bowley

*This post contains affiliate links to Flora Bowley’s Bloom True E-Course. When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2012, I found myself wanting to return to painting again. A combination of having a new home, growing a new life and the urgency to create while I still had *free* time motivated me to get […]

#2015bestnine: an Instagram retrospective

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 in Painting, Process, Studio
#2015bestnine: an Instagram retrospective

🌲 & 🎨 – that about sums it up. Thanks 2015! #2015bestnine #canadianart #comoxvalley #naturelover #contemporarypainting A photo posted by Nicole (@coastalnicole) on Dec 31, 2015 at 2:13pm PST

Hope for Syrian Refugees: Beautiful original artworks to raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 in Painting
Hope for Syrian Refugees: Beautiful original artworks to raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all -Emily Dickinson When we read the news these days, it is not easy to feel very hopeful about the world. When I feel this way, I get restless […]

Green & Rust :: a modern miniature watercolour landscape

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 in Painting, Process
Green & Rust :: a modern miniature watercolour landscape

Do certain colours every pull you? I’ve always been obsessed with painting blues; the blue ocean, the blue sky, the blue mountains. But then the other day, when painting with watercolour in my sketchbook [see image at bottom of post], I was pulled to use thalo green and then a rusty orange combined with burnt umber and burnt […]

New in my gallery :: The Mountains Are Calling

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 in Painting
New in my gallery :: The Mountains Are Calling

  The Mountains Are Calling $600 An original 24 x 30″ acrylic, graphite and image transfer painting on wood panel. The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir Passionate about the outdoors, this quote by John Muir, a naturalist and environmental advocate, has resonated with me since I first read it. I was born […]

Autumn Watercolour Paintings

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 in Art Classes, Painting, Process
Autumn Watercolour Paintings

Building on ideas of the imaginary garden, feeling the change of the seasons and thinking of walks along Brooklyn Creek here in Comox, I painted this little composition yesterday while working alongside one of my students. This pathway through the autumn forest was created with watercolour paint, pencil and my favourite Staedtler Fine Line pens. […]

The Mindfulness Summit :: Mindfulness Challenge

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 in Mindful Mondays, Process
The Mindfulness Summit :: Mindfulness Challenge

We believe that mindfulness has the capacity to change the world from the inside out, one person at a time. –The Mindfulness Summit Those of you have been reading this blog or following me on Instagram for a while will know that I have  a real interest in mindfulness. When I was experiencing postpartum depression and […]

Mindful Monday : Sunlight in the tide at Goose Spit

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 in Mindful Mondays, Photography, Process
Mindful Monday : Sunlight in the tide at Goose Spit

Appreciating the warmth of an autumn day as we snuck a little beach trip in between naptime and dinner time. As I took this photo my two year old said, “mommy, you watching the tide”. I’m happy she notices things in nature and that she observes me noticing too. Mindfulness passed on to the next […]

Acrylic painting on wood panel :: an imaginary landscape

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 in Painting, Process
Acrylic painting on wood panel :: an imaginary landscape

On my easel this week is a dreamy imaginary landscape. While reminiscent of To the Ends of the Earth, this in-progress painting has been calling me to try experimenting with a combination of acrylic painting and drawing techniques. I felt this desire to create something dreamy and atmospheric while playing on wood panel. A photo posted by […]

Fresh Paint Friday :: Textured landscape tranquility

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 in Fresh Paint Fridays, Painting, Process
Fresh Paint Friday :: Textured landscape tranquility

Tranquility // softness // atmosphere These are the words that drift tides of my mind as I worked on this painting today. I’m working on building depth within layers of molding paste, translucent layers of gel glazes in whites, burnt sienna and teals. I’m mark-making with etches into the paint, a foam brush, and a graphite […]

Fresh Paint Friday: Golden Gel Medium Techniques

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 in Fresh Paint Fridays, Painting
Fresh Paint Friday: Golden Gel Medium Techniques

I’m often asked about the textures in my acrylic landscape paintings So today I’m going to share a bit more about my technical process with you in these photos of a painting that is in progress. I think viewers are attracted to texture in paintings because it catches the light, adds depth and character and appeals […]

Fresh Paint Friday: Deep Blue Sea

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in Fresh Paint Fridays, Painting
Fresh Paint Friday: Deep Blue Sea

I painted a few layers of acrylic paint on a small canvas while working on a bigger painting this week. I think I’ll be adding more texture, drawing and maybe collage work to this one. Since taking this picture I’ve added a thick navy blue gel layer in the lower left corner.  I etched a […]

Fresh Paint Friday: Muted and textured

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 in Fresh Paint Fridays, Painting
Fresh Paint Friday: Muted and textured

Fresh Paint Friday: working with more muted colours and rich texture on paper today. #freshpaintfriday #wip #artistsofinstagram #canadianart #modernlandscape A photo posted by Nicole (@coastalnicole) on Aug 14, 2015 at 9:19pm PDT

Painting with a Toddler

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 in Drawing, Motherhood, Painting, Teaching
Painting with a Toddler

One of my favourite activities is to paint with my two year old daughter. We’ve been doing collaborative drawings and paintings since she was one. I’ve noticed that she is really interested in mark-making and colours. While she scribbles at times, she mostly approaches her marks with deliberate intention and even care. She investigates and experiments with […]