'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.' 

Warm Stylings.

My friend Kristyn & I are teaming up on a project for this year's holiday sale season! Stylish warm hats for the adorable babe in your life. This is my daughter Juni modeling Kristyn's first finished product. 

They'll come in a variety of sizes & colors for ladies young & wise!