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I've been painting a lot, and not very good at sharing, especially not here on my website.

I have goals to get better! But until then Instagram is a great way to keep up with me. 

I have an impromptu show up, more news to come!  

Cheers & Love,  

nikki  

Oh 'The Flea' I love you so.

This summer seemed to go on forever, & it was glorious, but forever wasn't long enough. My picking fever slowed down this season I have to admit, but 'The Flea,' is always - oh so good to me. Here are some of the treasures I picked up. 

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My daughter (at 2 years old) loves treasure hunting, she is with me every trip & loves every minute of it. 

My greatest treasure, Juni - Anne ^ - priceless. 

The Maine outdoor fleeing season has come to another close. It's time for hibernation & to focus on painting. Lots of painting! I have quite the inventory of vintage & antiquities, of which I haven't decided what to do with yet, some I might need to hoard, but if you see anything that interests you don't hesitate to ask. 

Cheers & Love,

nikki 

Character development

I have an exciting project brewing, & I think I'll be spending a lot of time with the idea of this guy.  

5" x 7" watercolor. The seagull.  

5" x 7" watercolor. The seagull.  

It might be awhile before I tell you more, but I wanted to share a little prelude tease. <3 

Affirmation

"— Her work is soulful, organic, charming and reminiscent of Frida Kahlo’s art..." - Susan Tuttle

Better late then never, but I noticed my website was getting some traffic from susantuttlephotograhy.com  & much to my surprise I had received some love. Susan Tuttle, a photographer & fellow Maine artist, had seen my paintings and had given them a glowing review. It is a warm and fuzzy feeling to have ones work appreciated & I wanted to share her kind words. 

It's always nice when a fellow talented artist thinks you're talented too. Susan's website is lovely, her photography (self portraiture & life studies,) and her writting are both atmospheric - with depth and warmth. I'm as happy to view her work as she was with mine. Take a moment and go visit it her site, it's a wealth of beautiful images. 

Susan Tuttle Photography. All rights reserved.

Susan Tuttle Photography. All rights reserved.

Susan Tuttle Photography. All rights reserved.

Susan Tuttle Photography. All rights reserved.

Susan Tuttle Photography. All rights reserved.

Susan Tuttle Photography. All rights reserved.

Continuing on this positivity train. Last week I went to the June Lewiston Art walk where my paintings are showing until the end of this month (July) at Current Gallery and Magazine. - It was an amazing experience. I was blown away by the admiration and appreciation of my work. So much positivite, & really valuable & intelligent feed back. Great conversations all around. I am grateful & inspired. 

I have new paintings in the works! Commissions. So stayed tuned I hope to share them soon! - I'm always accepting orders by the way, great for gifts or to fill that empty wall! 

With love & gratitude, signing off - <3 Nikki 

Current Gallery

My work with a new piece of a Charlie Hewit's sculpture. 

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Extended show through July! I've had such wonderful feedback & love from the show, thank you everyone! 

Under the Sea

New paintings & a new show!

I've been quiet this past month because I've been working hard, simultaneously on two new paintings! 

'Oceans Flow' 4'x2' Mixed media painting on birch panel. Framed in oak. $1100

'Into the Deep' 4'x2' Mixed media painting on birch panel. Framed in oak. $1500

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^ I took this photo while they were sitting in the setting sun, waiting to be loaded up to bring to the gallery. I used an iridescent paint that is hard to capture, it glimmers and add lots of dimension. Something you need to see in person! 

^ Here I am, at work multitasking, with the babe on my hip. Exercise & painting?! No wonder why my back hurts! 

^ Here I am, at work multitasking, with the babe on my hip. Exercise & painting?! No wonder why my back hurts! 

These two paintings as well as 4 other Nikki Pilgrim originals will be hanging for the month of June, in Lewiston at Current Gallery, located on 12 Ash St. Over there with the guys of Current Magazine! Tonight (May 29th) is Lewiston's first art walk of the season! Local Maine artist Charlie Hewitt is showing a new sculpture there too!  Check it out! 

Painting Patterns

In the spirit of continuing my 5"x7" series - here's a new batch of juicy patterns! 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

I'm in the process of ordering greeting cards out of the 5x7 series. Any favorites?!

Painting a day.

This past week I did a 5"x7" series, a painting a day. 'Quickies' as I like to call them. I shared them everyday on my Instagram.  

Day 1 :

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Day 2 : 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Day 3 :  

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Day 4 :  

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Day 5 : 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Day 6 : 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

Day 7 : 

Nikki Pilgrim original watercolor. For demonstration purposes only. 

I didn't really mean to stop, but balancing a toddler & painting everyday does prove a bit challenging. - The plan is to do more! -  & the best ones will be printed as greeting cards, they will be available as packs to purchase in my shop! As well as the framed originals! So stay tuned! Meanwhile you can follow me, if you like, on Instagram as 'nikkipolished.'

On a side note, the show at Frontier just came down, thank you to everyone for all your love, I sold a lot of paintings! & have a handful of commissions to get to work on! Really awesome, thank you! If you missed out on something you liked please don't hesitate to contact me. 

cheers! 

New Show @ Frontier.

I have some new paintings (& a few older ones) hanging in a group show, at the very lovely Frontier. A bar, restaurant, music, cinema, & art gallery all in one. Located in the big, beautiful Fort Andros in Brunswick, Maine. 

'El Sol Y La Luna' 2' x 4' mixed media painting on birch panel. Framed in 1" poplar stained a deep blue-black. Sold. 

'El Sol Y La Luna' 2' x 4' mixed media painting on birch panel. Framed in 1" poplar stained a deep blue-black. Sold. 

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'Feathers & Textiles' 2' x 2' mixed media painting on birch panel. Framed in 1" poplar stained black. Sold.

'Feathers & Textiles' 2' x 2' mixed media painting on birch panel. Framed in 1" poplar stained black. Sold.

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 'All In The Golden Afternoon' 1'19.4" x 1'4" mixed media painting on birch panel. Sold.

 'All In The Golden Afternoon' 1'19.4" x 1'4" mixed media painting on birch panel. Sold.

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Frontier is an absolutely beautiful space, with hard wood floors, rustic furniture, lofty ceilings, & a full wall of windows facing the Androscoggin river, with views of the dam & the swinging bridge. It manages to be industrial yet warm & welcoming.

The menu is delicious. Conscientious, quality food, from vegan nachos to steak frites. There are 9 local beers on tap, a great wine selection & creative craft cocktails. That I personally help design. When I'm not mommy-ing, painting, or thrifting - I also just so happen to work at Frontier part time. Slinging drinks & tending bar, I was recently featured in an article in Current Magazine

Photo by Jared Lussier of Current Magazine.

Photo by Jared Lussier of Current Magazine.

I work with a team of wonderful people, some of the best I've had the pleasure of working with in the industry. Frontier also has a theater, where you can either see an independent film or catch some local music (while enjoying libations from the bar!) - I'm not just saying all this because I work there, I truly & highly recommend a visit!

Please stop in and check out my new paintings  & sample the amazing food, drinks, service & atmosphere. 

Cheers! <3 N

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The show will be up until the beginning of March! 

'The Pious Flamingo'

New painting! This piece has been in the works, for what feels like forever! It was sold before it was even finished, & now it has finally made it's way to NY, NY - to grace the walls of its new owners. Hooray! 

'The Pious Flamingo'  4' x 2' Mixed media painting on birch panel. Framed in dark cobalt blue stained, 1.5" poplar. Nikki Pilgrim original.

'The Pious Flamingo'  4' x 2' Mixed media painting on birch panel. Framed in dark cobalt blue stained, 1.5" poplar.

Nikki Pilgrim original.

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Details ^> Often I incorporate collage in my pieces, but this one is all hand painted. Mostly with watercolors - with some milk paint & enamel. A scene from my wild imagination. 

I have two more paintings nearly finished, I will be sharing with you soon.

Stay tuned. XO -n  

Dahlov Ipcar

Swoon! I am so in love with the work of one of 'Maine's treasures,' artist- illustrator, Dahlov Ipcar. Recently my daughter Juniper & I had the pleasure of meeting sweet Dahlov & having a hand full of her wonderful books signed! 

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We had the above 3 books signed, & own 3 more - with plans, wants, & wishes to collect as many as we can. Dahlov has over 30 children's books published! The illustrations in each of these books are all rich with color, style, & pattern. All things that I love, but besides the beautiful imagery, the stories are all really charming, lovely, & well written. 

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To make things even more exciting! We not only had the great honor of sitting and chatting with Dahlov Ipcar, but Juniper & I's moment together with her was captured and published by a local paper - here in 'The Coastal Journal.' 

You can read the article online as a pdf @the costaljournal.com. This is certainly something I'll be saving for the ol' scrapbook! Something we will cherish, along with her signed books, for years to come! 

Ipcar is a true inspiration to me, with her nearly 70 year long career of creating absolutely beautiful work. Her legacy of children's books, as well as her paintings being in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan, & the Whitney. Her success & accomplishments are something this aspiring Maine artist dreams of. 

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The above two images (& 3rd below) are by Winkey Lewis from an article written by Susan Conely for mainemagazine.com.

-'...She tells me a secret: “There is the artist life and then there is the doing of the art.” She chose the latter. “The art is why I’m still alive." -

It's a really beautiful article that I personally really enjoyed. It gives you an inside peak into Dahlov's life, home, & studio.  I particularly loved the visual it paints of Daholv's parents & her upbringing. I highly suggest you head over here and read this next! 

In Dahlov's home, look how dreamy! 

In Dahlov's home, look how dreamy! 

And with all that, I now leave you with these pictures of my daughter Juniper enjoying her copy of 'The Calico Jungle.' Completely unprompted, amongst many other options, this book is easily her new favorite. My girl has good taste! <3 n 

Raspberries + Coconut = Macaroons!

I would say I've always been able to fake it in the kitchen - skilled at making something out of nothing. I would/will never claim to be any kind of real chef-ie or foodie, but I'm getting a little more savvy & I'm even beginning to have a handful of go-to recipes. Gasp ... How times change.

& I thought I'd share this beautiful & easy recipe for Raspberry Coconut Macaroons. My personal favorite treat to bring to a party. They're so pretty, moist, & delicious - & always a hit! 

What you need! 6 INGREDIENTS:

  1. 14oz coconut flakes (sweetened or unsweetened depending on your sweet preference I like to do 1/2 & 1/2.)
  2. 3 Large egg whites
  3. 2/3 Cup granulated sugar  
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract 
  6. 1/2 pint fresh raspberries.

I've also had success using blueberries or strawberries instead. Which ever I can find organic. I might even have to say strawberries were my favorite. It's the berries that make these macaroons special, the combo of slightly tart & sweet coconut is dreamy! 

  • Preheat oven to 325*F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

I would say this recipe yields about 30, 1.5"-2" macaroons. 

  • In a food processor (I use a blender) grind the coconut, it makes for a better macaroon, easier to eat & prettier if the coconut isn't stringy. Put the coconut in a large mixing bowl.
  • Then in the blender add the egg whites, sugar, almond extract & salt. Blend.
  • Mix it all into the coconut.
  • Next, pulse the berries in the blender, you don't want to liquify them, it's kind of nice if there's still chunks of the berry. I also recommend leaving a few berries out so you can use them to decorate your plate of macaroons latter. 
  • Add your pulsed berries to your coconut mixture. Try to resist mixing them in too thoroughly, it's nice if you can archive a marbled look of white and pink. Depending on the constancy I might now add a little more coconut, you want it to be moist but not too gooey. 
  • I use a measuring tablespoon to then scoop out the mixture, it makes for a good size macaroon & gives them a nice rounded shape. You can place them rather close to each other on your baking sheet, they don't grow while backing, just puff up a bit. 
  • I bake them for 25 minutes & then keep an eye on them until they achieve a nice slightly toasted look. The egg whites do most of the work here. 

& then VOILA! Place them on a pretty plate & put a few berries around the edge. This dish can make anyone look like a skilled patisserie! 

Enjoy! <3 n 

Mildred Johnson

This past weekend I had the pleasure of 'picking' from an artist's dream of a yard sale.

Mildred Johnson, an incredible assemblage artist, is retireing at the age of 82 & has been collecting, building, and producing all of her life. 

I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making art. As a kid I used to find scraps of wood and other junk and make my own toys, so my interest in building has been with me for a long time. I guess I’ve never really grown up – I’m still playing with found materials – and I still feel the excitement of discovery that I remember as a child.” - Mildred Johnson 

Mildred Johnson, Triptolemous, found object assemblage, 21"x11"x6"  

Mildred Johnson, Triptolemous, found object assemblage, 21"x11"x6"

 

Mildred Johnson, Calliope, found object assemblage, 22"x12"x7"  

Mildred Johnson, Calliope, found object assemblage, 22"x12"x7"

 

Her studio(s), located in the Fort Ando's Mill in Brunswick Maine, opened their doors to starry eyed artists & collectors alike as a 'Not your everyday yard sale.' For me unfortunately, it was a perfect example of early bird gets the worm, I arrived two hours after first start, but I was still able to pick up some great papers - art supplies & a few beautiful, rusty, treasure relics. 

My finds from Mildred Johnson's studio. 

My finds from Mildred Johnson's studio. 

The cream of the crop. 

The cream of the crop. 

I am especially excited about this BEAUTIFUL, organic, dried seaweed type, piece I found. I'm feeling particularly inspired to make a special painting just to showcase it, I can already envision it & can't wait to work on it. Score. 

It is a bit sad, that that treasure trove of an artist studio is closed. Though I am confident that art making runs deep in Mildred Johnson & neither age nor retirement will stop her from seeing art in everyday objects. She certainly has left a legacy of work behind that people will be able to enjoy for years to come. Really very beautiful.

In Mildred's Studio. Image borrowed from http://shoplucilles.blogspot.com

In Mildred's Studio. Image borrowed from http://shoplucilles.blogspot.com

New Olds.

I love a good purchase, it is a thrill that I love to ride, the hunt, the bartering, the acquisition! & This past week has been so good to me, all sorts of excellent - a seriously beautiful bounty!  

Shoe clips - Earring & Pin set. 

Oh hey, it's me w/ all sorts of gorgeous rocks. 

Signed 'INDIA' vintage rainbow lucite beaded necklace. Gold filigree sky blue rhinestone, gold tone ring, & Sterling silver crystal agate ring. 

Gold filigree sky blue rhinestone, gold tone ring, & Sterling silver crystal agate ring. Signed 'INDIA' vintage rainbow lucite beaded necklace. 

Antique child's play table & chairs. Wooden Humpty Dumptys. Blue willow child's tea set. 

3 Sterling silver delicate necklaces. One crystal pendant - a folky lady emblem - & one single (real) pearl. Lovely. 

My girl Juni loves shiny things too... of course. 

A huge lot of vintage tin butterfly pins. Signed vintage rhinestone sparkling necklace. 3 antique enamel (awesome!) pins.  & a couple sets of antique miniature die. 

In my kitchen. New to me, authentic 1950's vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon sign. Seen here with a Miranda Mirando original collage, a framed vintage chocolate cake advertisement & the letter 'I.'