Sunday, August 27, 2017

When do you become an Artist?

Who is to say when you "become" an Artist?

When you graduate from law school, you receive your diploma and voila, you're a lawyer.  When you become a culinary expert, you're a chef.  When you have kids, you become a parent.   OK, life is not that simple, but you get the picture!  

At what point does an Artist decide "I am an Artist"?   

Painting and talent for the Arts run in my family.  My grandmother was an excellent painter and passed it down to my mom, who passed it down to my sisters and I.  My older sister Michelle drew cool pictures in high school but didn't really continue past that.  She likes crafting.  My sister Lori continues to write poems and loves crafts but doesn't really paint or draw.  We aren't musically talented nor have tried much of sculpting.  Does "the eye" develop, become learned, or is it passed down from birth? 

For me, it could have begun at my first memory of drawing on our brown, wooden coffee table, but it probably was way before that.  It could have been when I started receiving awards and recognition in grade school, or when I started winning money and competitions in high school.  Everyone who saw my realism work in 9th grade was shocked at my skill level.  I continued to draw using any type of medium I could get my hands on including:  pencil, colored pencil, watercolors, acrylics, pen & ink, oil, wax, mixed media, etc.  

I still remember taking my first watercolor class and thinking "wow this is hard".  I had a control problem.  Letting go and becoming more fluid and abstract was difficult for me.   I let the paint do some of the work, instead of just my hands and brain.  I took an oil painting class in the style of Edward Loper.  Oils were just too slow drying for me.  It was painstaking to only pain a little and then come back a week later.  

One day in my tiny apartment in the Highlands, I had a bunch of cheap, thin canvases from AC Moore and some tempura paint.   I sat on the carpet between the couch and TV and began painting.  It was my first real abstract series of five, that I did in one sitting!  I had an idea and the theme for each piece and just rolled with it.  This may have been the beginning of my adult career as an Artist.  Who is to say really?

From there I started seeking venues on the Wilmington Art Loop, took photos of my work and had a website made.  I had a headshot done, a business card made and created a Facebook page.  Other social media sites came about and I have since jumped on board with most of them.  I have shown in galleries and continue to look for inspiration everywhere every single day.  I don't know how to live without Art in my life.  I love teaching my sons and will pass down my skills to the next generation. 

 So let me hear your story or your comments about when do you think someone becomes an Artist?... 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Why do some people “get Art” and Others “just don’t”?

 Why do some people “get Art” or think they do, or at least try, and Others “just don’t”?

What is the differentiating factor to how some people’s brains attempt to understand and connect with others on a subconscious level?

Who am I to judge Art to be Marcel DuChamp’s urinal, or fall in love with Claude Monet’s Waterlilies over Frida Kahlo’s self-reflective portraits?

Art is about finding yourself, seeing something new or thinking about it in a unique way, through another person’s mind’s eye.

Just creating a simple, blue line next to an orange circle can remind you of a childhood memory.

Isn’t it crazy that someone has imagined yellow dragons swimming under the sea with purple monkeys, and they brought that idea to life on paper or in a sculpture?

Human movement and sound has created full-blown dramas with actors dancing and singing, creating new sparks of synapse in your brain.

One day, a piece of leather is just a hyde and the next, it is a satchel with zippers, straps and usefulness.

I would love to hear from you about why you think some have the knack for “seeing” and others don’t.

Until next time…XOXO – Nicole

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Impressionism Inspirations" - Spring/Summer 2014 Abstract Paintings by Nicole Royer!

Spring has Sprung c 2014 Nicole Royer
I can't believe I'm saying this but
we are wrapping up
Summer 2014 already!
Nicole Royer
c 2014 Christian Kaye Photography

The news of a close friend and repeat buyer of mine passing a few days ago made me realize how short and sweet this lifetime really is.  It reminds me to never stop creating new Art from my soul to share with the world and to live every day with my family as if it were my last.  I hope to entice you to choose to read my blog over millions of others out there not just to see the beautiful Artwork but to connect with me as a person.  

I want to share some of my 2014 Spring-Summer paintings with you.  Please connect with me on FaceBook, here on my Blog, through Twitter or by email.  All of these pieces are available for display at your gallery or for sale directly.  

Spring 2014 c 2014 Nicole Royer

Swirls c 2014 Nicole Royer
Through Seaweed c 2014 Nicole Royer

Reflections at Giverny c 2014 Nicole Royer

Purple Flower Power Explosion c 2014 Nicole Royer
I hope to hear from you and I wish you well.  Take care of you and yours and God will take care of you.

- Nicole Royer

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Abstract Action Painter...What the heck is that?

Some of you who don't know me well might be wondering "what in the world is an Abstract Action Painter"?  And why would anyone want to call themselves that?

Let me try to explain in one sentence...

"I use passionate movement to express my work in vibrant colors streaming across large canvases." 

With that said, that alone doesn't constitute an Abstract Action Painter.  It's more the fact that I get just as much joy from the process of painting as I do from the finished productSometimes the process is even more fun but the excitement comes with the finale!

If you want to know more, please comment here or Facebook me:

Nicole Royer - Artist's Statement:

"My inspirations as an Artist come from connecting color, movement, energy and space to emotions and the human psyche.

I draw my viewers in using layered texture and passionate movement onto large canvases.

My goal is to have you experience fresh, unique breathtaking Abstract Art.

I would love for you to think about the feeling you get from being engulfed by a painting and then after reading the title, going back to it to see how it has changed your viewpoint."

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring 2012 - Barcelona Shopping!

After an exciting 2 week trip to Barcelona, Paris and Rome, I have plenty of Fashion stories to share!

This post will display my "window shopping" as well as unique pieces I bought in that darn expensive Euro to USD conversion rate.  Please give feedback on what you think.  I would love to hear your stories and/or comments.

My first day's experience with Barcelona was impressive.  Taking in the fresh city air, my first Fashion find was an organic baby clothing store.  So adorable! 

Second, we went to the Encants Vells, an open air market where every kind of item was sold.  I saw some overpriced second-hand leather bags there so I couldn’t pick up any for my painting projects.  There were a lot of low-quality clothes & accessories but they did sell some pretty fabrics & lace.  I guess I just wasn't in the mood. 

At this beautiful park my husband & I discovered on day 2, the color and textures of this flowering plant were inspiring. 

I also loved the cement lace detail of this Queen's dress. 

In the center of town, Conti had some beautiful clothes.  I bought these unique sequin shorts : )   There were lots of semi-expensive clothing and furniture stores.

At Sagrada Familia, a famous church built by Antonio Gaudi (where the word "Gaudi" came from - cool!), I took a photo of the crowd of visitors to capture the mood of the weather and how everyone was dressed that day.  I love how the purple skirt & tights of the lady with the brown leather jacket, bag & shoes matches perfectly!

Dinner at Port Vell called for a little dressing up so I wore my new plastic ring (purchased that day for 3 Euros on the street), a Nicole Royer original leather bracelet, my yellow diamond (which won't ever leave my finger), my new Barcelona necklace made from pressed wool and silver beads (only 6 Euros) and my favorite BirdQueen designs shrink film inkjet-printed earrings. 

Scooter - check, scarf - check, graffiti - check.  You know you're in Barcelona now! 

We visited the Poble Espanyol on our last day in Spain and I bought a red leather cut-out bracelet from Diana Cristo, one of the local artisans.  Here are some of her other pieces. 

With so many talented Artists in one place, I was definitely inspired.  I made a new friend, Sanudo, who didn’t speak much English but I got to practice my Spanish.  His leather designs were works of Art.  He even made some pieces and framed them just like a painting.  I’d never thought of leather work this way before!

I made a last minute purchase from Desigual, a new-ish company that is all about Art on clothing.  I love my new shoes!!! 

Next time, check back for my posts on Paris and Rome! 

Please share your stories with me. 

XOXO – Nicole

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Preparation for new Exhibitions 2011!

It's that time of year...when everything is fresh & new and Spring is just around the corner.  We got a glimpse of it a few days so far in 2011 (that's twenty-eleven for those of you who are cool & two-thousand and eleven if you're like me, awesome & original)!

Nicole Royer Art just finished hanging 4 paintings at Film Brothers Co-Op on Market Street (LoMa) in Wilmington, DE.  In preparation for a group show at the March 4th (First Friday) Art Loop, new canvases need to be prepped & wired, gallery tags need printed, prices need to be determined, photos need to be taken & publicity needs to be advertised.  It's always hard to get crowds to come out in the cold weather but March is just the beginning of a beautiful Artistic year for NR Art!

Nicole is preparing for a Great show at The Chris White Gallery at Shipley Lofts in May and sending postcard mailers and submissions for new gallery shows in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore for late 2011 and 2012.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Brandywine Festival of the Arts - 50th year and I'm in it!

I am excited to prepare for the upcoming BFA on Sept. 11-12th.  Getting ready for a show of this caliber is a bit stressful but every show set-up always presents its own surprises & adventure!  My last show in June at "Unearthed" was a success and I hope to gain more Abstract Art lovers at the BFA show.  I will be selling original paintings, giclée prints, giclée greeting cards and my famous handbags & purses (either hand-painted with acrylic or designed as one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable artwork, sewn by hand).

I hope you come out to see the festival and hear acoustic music.  Too band Done@21 would be too loud for this venue because I'd much rather hear them play.  Check back soon for updates & personal notes from me : )