Nikki Lawing

Nikki Lawing

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What Kind of Artist Are You?

What Kind of Artist Are You?

What Kind of Artist Are You? Some people know exactly what medium they want to use to create from the very beginning. Others need to experiment…possibly endlessly. I switched back and forth between many different mediums before I found one that felt like my “home […]

Drawing Flowers With Colored Pencil

Drawing Flowers With Colored Pencil

Whenever I show people one of my colored pencil drawings, they never seem to believe that it really and truly is colored pencil. After that, they want to know how I did it. I tell them, first of all, I wasn’t using the colored pencils […]

Art Composition Tips

Art Composition Tips

When sitting down to write this article on art composition tips, something suddenly occurred to me. Out of all of the years I have studied art, both self taught and art school, which one would you think I learned the most about art composition? Most […]

Abstract 88 – 7, 8, 9

Abstract 88 – 7, 8, 9

#7 When I started this one, I just decided to stick to red, pink and white. Or rather, in oil paint terms, crimson alizarin, cadmium red and titanium white. No idea why. That’s just what struck me at the moment. Does anyone see a face […]

Is it Real or Not??

Is it Real or Not??

Not long ago, I was in an art forum where they were discussing thoughts on photorealism art. This is art that is so realistically portrayed, that the viewer may mistake it for an actual photo. Other terms like “Hyper-Realism” or “Super Realism” is also associated […]

Abstract 88 – 4, 5, 6

Abstract 88 – 4, 5, 6

Abstract #4 Well, this one totally turned out looking like water to me. I just went swooping back and forth with the brush and this is what emerged. I had wanted some cool colors after my last painting which was pinks and purples. I like […]

Don’t Look! Yet.

Don’t Look! Yet.

In my article on Artistic Atmosphere, I wrote about how I tend to like a quiet space all to myself where I can work – and finish – in total peace. I don’t much like anyone watching me work. However, this extends past art. I […]

Abstract 88 – 1, 2, 3

Abstract 88 – 1, 2, 3

Abstract #1 I had fun with this one from beginning to end. I think it was because it had been eons since I had last used oil paints and I forgot just how much I love them. They stay where you put them and have such […]

Abstract 88

Abstract 88

I have never been an abstract artist. On the rare occasions I have made something abstract, it’s always been by total accident. Realism has always been what I was after. I like watching a piece slowly come to life. I like working almost tediously and being sure […]

Art When Angry…or Sad or Fearful :(

Art When Angry…or Sad or Fearful :(

I usually make a point of making my art with beautiful colors, lots of light, and plenty of happy scenes. Art that has a painful or shocking quality to it doesn’t really make my day. I have always felt that if I’m going to take […]