Friday, January 27, 2012

Diary of a Shipwrecked Sailor

 I am painting again!  Thanks to deadlines for two upcoming shows, I'm back into it.  I've been working on a series of small works, completely different than my usual mammoth paintings.  This is in part to allow my work to open up in a way, begin to build a narrative between works, and allow for the more practical application of painting at the store! 

This is loosely based off the book "Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor" by Gabriel García Márquez.  I liken my new responsibilities as a small business owner to being shipwrecked in a way, in that I am in a liminal space and committed to a specific space for a large amount of time each week.  Anyways....more on this later, here are some photos!

Stargazer by Nicole Northway

New Tees!

My muse 

This is my "happy lamp" I have to use everyday so I'm not bummed in the winter 

A new technique I am trying out of using wax and printmaking techniques directly on the paintings

Nicole Northway- winter studio 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

This week in Instagram...

Nicole Northway-Lino Cuts at One Strange Bird
 Cuts and Coffee 
Geometric Mountains
 Peacock Design in progress
 Rainbow tone ink roll out
 Screen print (Nicole Northway)
 Handmade lotion
 Untitled Pancake #1 (a day off together)

"My" studio at One Strange Bird

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Oh my goodness, it has been a REALLY long time since I updated my personal blog.  As you may know, I opened a store! One Strange Bird opened on October 1st, 2011 and is host to ballsy craft and fine art by local Chicago artists and other national talent.  It has totally consumed me for the past three months, along with teaching three courses at Columbia College and participating in the One of a Kind show at the merch mart.  Lady Bird, my feathery company was in the Etsy pavillion....did I mention how much I love Etsy????

So...  I just took my piece down from the Blaque Lyte show at the Hyde Park art center.  That was pretty amazing!  I got to show with David Shirgley.  WOA...  I just drove the piece back to the studio on the top of my car yesterday. 

Let's see, other than that, I've been trying to get back into the swing of things in terms of painting.  I started a couple of small pieces for a show I've been asked to be in soon.  I've got to get busy.  Yes. I am still obsessed with ink painting and have been doing more and more research and practice.  Here are some of the latest attempts:

 Paste Paper Experimentation 

Weeping Wilow practice with some homemade stamps and ink practice

Nicole Northway in progress