Fort Worth's Spring Gallery Night 2016

Come out and enjoy some drinks and appetizers and see some amazing art from artists all over Fort Worth!

My Work will be at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center!  

Hope to see you all there!

Powell Project Done!

I had this wonderful idea for a painting.  It was out of my normal abstract art realm but I wanted to give it a go.  I knew it was going to be another massive undertaking.  I started this project 9/26/2013.  

The picture idea was going to be Jesus, but I couldn't get the picture just the way I wanted. Then I thought about doing my daughter.  I knew it would always go to the back burner because it was for myself.  Then in the mail came a Save the Date invitation from a close co-worker.  I played around with the image and it was perfect!   

2 days of playing with the image, 1 day to nail down the color scheme (I got it down to 7 colors), 1 week to organize it and figure exactly how much paint I was going to need to make and a couple more days to mix my colors!!  

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It started out with 4400+ coils.  Lots and lots and lots of coils.  Soon after I started working on these coils I realized this was going to take ALOT longer than I had first anticipated....meaning more time and more costs.  I decided to cut the coils in half.  I would only need to make 2200 actual coils now.

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My first block.....6x6 coils blocks.  Breaking it down into manageable pieces helped in getting it all done without confusing myself! 

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Many blocks are coming along!  Doesn't look like much at this time....a few weeks from now the image will start to resemble a human's face!

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The beginnings of her face!  I already feel like I have been working on this for a LONG time!!  I keep trucking ahead knowing this is going to turn out amazing! 

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Oh how pretty!  I am starting to get excited!  I am almost done with her face and just finished his eye and part of his head!

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To make it simpler I started organizing each square and all colored coils into a cups (above) instead of pulling from the box of colors (below) .  This made it super easy to squeeze in time before I had to run out the door to get a few put together.

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It is coming along....looking awesome!  I have decided that I am not going to make all the dark coils for the background.  I am going to paint the board that color instead.  It will save me on time and paint.  It will also give the painting some depth as well as give it a visual break.

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Painting all done!!!!!!  Board is painted. I am using a board instead of canvas.  Canvas would not be able to support this much paint.  I have decided to add a painted wooden border.  It will looked finished, but she will be able to frame it later if she wants too.

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The Powell's.  

They loved it!  I loved making it. !

It took 190+ hours with in a 4 month window & many gallons of paints.  There ended up being over 3600 coils to make this image!

 

I am already starting my next one!  

Here is to 2014!!

The start of 2014 was to be the beginning of my blog....again.  I have tried to blog about my journey thru this world a few times.  Being a full time employee and mom to 8....my art world tends to focus on my favorite part....PAINTING.

As one day rolls into the next I keep telling myself 'I will blog tomorrow'.  We are now mid Feb and I am just now doing it.  I wish I had more time....doesn't everyone. I guess what I am going to do it when I am cramming my lunch down, I will gather a few ideas on what to blog about.  See, I am artist, I am not a writer.  I can talk eloquently, but have a hard time putting it down on paper in any logical sense.  

Here is to 2014 and to giving this blogging thing my best shot!

My reasons for being sooo busy & reasons for my devotion to work hard & my inspiration!

My reasons for being sooo busy & reasons for my devotion to work hard & my inspiration!






These are the four paintings I submitted to NYC!  They are the latest in my push for something new. I think this style is a keeper.  It keeps my interest and I can change it around so much!


I am so excited!  I submitted 4 pictures to Contemporary Art Fair last month.  I found out about it not to long prior to when I submitted it, and thought about it for weeks.  I decided what the hay….what have I got to lose?  So I did, and I got in!

This changes a lot for me.  I am moving past just working and selling out of my studio.  Now, I must make sure and update my social media, keep up with my blog, photo all paintings!  I have tired over the year to make sure and update my sites.  I will say, it is hard to work, take care of family, their sports, get in studio time AND…do the social media thing.  However, I know that I must do this now.  People who don’t know me or my circle of friends will be looking at my site.  I won’t have an opportunity to meet them and talk to them about my art.  So, my site is going to have to be in tip-top shape.  Also, I will be posting more on my blog.  Keeping it up to date and all the new stuff I am making and places the world can see my goodies!


So keep posted from more information to come!




Click above to see more about the Art Fair!


The Wall 
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~ Nicole Turner and Nick Kolbek



I must say, I am pretty impressed with myself!  I had a vision in my head and a sketch on paper.  As time went on, a few things changed.  I am 100% happy with the way this turned out!

100% Acrylic on supports.  Yes, that is 'vines' of acrylic paint!!  It was crazy amazing how it all evolved.

A huge Thank You to Ms Martha Gordon and Ms Suzanne Perez.  Professers at Tarrant County College.  They invited me and my son, Nick to do an installation after we stopped by for a critic on a few of my works.  To my son Nick, for stand by me, all of the late nights, blisters and frustation - Thank you and I love you!

It was on display from March 24th thru May 7th, 2012.

The process of The Wall has been an exciting journey! Learned alot of the planing and details that go with doing a large installation!  Time flies and it seems like I was always racing against the clock.  Time and tempature is very important in the process.  Too long in between periods of working and the paint is too dry.  Not long enough and the paint is too wet to work with.  Tempature also plays a big part in how long or short of time I have in between painting and manipulation of the acrylic.


This is a block painting that is going to be hung in the middle of the installation. 


This is an 8ft board covered in 100% Acrylic.  It is very heavy, but over time, it should get lighter as the water continues to evaporate.


More to come......

Here lately I have been making "painted" butterflies and dragonflies.  I take a spool of wire and form the body and outer lining of the wings....all as one piece.  Then I take layers and layers of acrylic paint to form the wings. My most favorite wings to make are transparent and iridescent looking!

So I decided to do some research on the 'meaning' of a butterfly and dragonfly.  There are several mythical & symbolic meanings for each of them. Seems that butterflies are a representation of ones soul & dragonflies are a symbol of transformation. Of course these meanings are also dependant of there own perspective culture & level of education. Symbolic references can also be the source of  misunderstandings.


The Dragonfly
"The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life."

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  • The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise - something that comes only with age and maturity.
  • The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour,  hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively. 
  • The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it. This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.
  • The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds.
  • The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis. This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.
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Japanese: symbolizes summer and autumn and am admired and respected all over, so much so that the Samurai use it as a symbol of power, agility and best of all, Victory.

China: people associate the dragonfly with prosperity, harmony and as a good luck charm

Welsh: call the dragonfly the snake’s servant and think they follow snakes and stitch up their wounds.

Portugal:  they are called eye pokers and eye snatchers.

Sweden: folklore suggests that we dragonflies come around to check for bad souls.

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In many regions and as a norm of this day, the dragonfly is considered to be an agent of change and presumably symbolic of a sense of self realization. Self realization from how the dragonfly uses its power to control its movements and so elegantly. And change and evolution is all about the dragonfly’s ability to fly and the way it can be comfortable on water, land as well as the air.

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The Butterfly
Butterflies of all colors—not just blue—often evoke emotions of beauty, freedom, a change of season, joy, femininity, nature and earth elements such as water and fire. Butterflies are used in art to showcase beauty and depict nature and the symbol of a butterfly remains a top fashion favorite with women. In decorative cases, the color of the butterfly is simply chosen to coincide with a particular color favorite and not a specific meaning.

Read more: The Meaning of a Blue Butterfly | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6687087_meaning-blue-butterfly.html#ixzz1vu3pmX1a

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  • "The butterfly never meets its mother. It must survive independently and remains a stranger to affection.  An animal nurtured by mother's milk, however, is dependent on another for its basic survival. A child who grows up in a cold and detached home environment is similar to the butterfly, in that kindness is sparing. Once an adult, it will be very difficult for that person to show compassion."
  • Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.
  • Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.
  • The butterfly exists in four distinct forms.  Some consider that so do we:  The fertilized egg is planted in our mother's womb.  From our day of birth we are like the caterpillar which can only eat and creep along.  At death we are like the dormant pupa in its chrysalis.  After that, our consciousness emerges from the cast off body, and some see in this the emergence of the butterfly.  Therefore, the butterfly is symbolic of rebirth after death.  
  • In images of the Garden of Eden, Adam's soul is symbolized by a butterfly, or drawn with butterfly wings.  In paintings of Mary and her Child, the presence of butterflies stands for their care for human souls.  The Gnostics depicted the Angel of Death by showing a winged foot stepping on a butterfly. 
  • Since the insect is so fragile it can be torn apart by a hard rain, the butterfly stands for human frailty, both moral and physical.  Also, as its life is not a long one, it is also a symbol of the ephemeral nature of physical existence.  A butterfly with a torn wing is the icon for a North American charity that benefits disabled children.
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Irish: blessing goes "May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun, and find your shoulder to light on  To bring you luck, happiness and riches today, tomorrow and beyond."

Canada: depict Butterfly as the companion of Raven the Creator-Trickster, perhaps acknowledging the unpredictable and unreliable nature of "flights of fancy" and dreaming.

Greek/Romans: associate the butterfly with the wandering consciousness that seems to occur during the dream state.

Ireland: In the 1600s, killing a white butterfly was prohibited since it was believed to be the soul of a dead child. 

Japan: a beautiful woman wearing a kimono is often compared to a butterfly. It is also a favoured family emblem or crest.

Aztec/Maya: the god of cosmic fire, Xiutecutli, is symbolized by a butterfly.  Fire is considered the element of transformation, as in cookery and the smelting of metals.  This association is borne out in traditional psychoanalysis where a dream or  drawing of a butterfly is taken as a symbol of the client's imminent transformation. 

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Final Note:
When people are learning to experience the true nature of the mind by means of actual observation, which is the usual meaning of the term, meditation, they can have difficulty with concentration, getting frustrated or discouraged.  To help with this, they are sometimes told to imitate the example of a butterfly.  It sits for a time on the flower, but then flits away.  It returns again and again, but always with grace.




Check out these websites where I got all this information for more cool stuff!
Dragonfly        Butterfly

Look for paintings on my website: NicoleTurnerStudio.com for awesome paintings insprired by these fabulous insects!!!

Week One of The Wall

This weekend I was pretty productive in getting all my supplies.  I spent a few hours in Home Depot (thank you Phil) with my sketchbook and layout.  Phil and I talked about my plan and the best way to achieve the finished product.  Since I am doing the installation at the college there are restrictions as to how I hang it.  I do not want to destroy the wall of the school, so weight will be an issue.  The base at the foot can be heavy and stable.  The box that will supporting most of the paint and vines needs to be tough enough to support the weight, but not weight much its self.  All in all, I think we have it worked out.  Phil took the time to cut my wood to the exact measurements I need.  It was great!


 I also placed an order with my wholesaler for my acrylic paint and mediums.  I spent a few days doing the calculations and finances.  I will probably blow thru the budget I originally had planned.  The picture below is only the acrylic polymer.  I ordered more as well as 1280 oz of acrylic paint.  I think I will have to place another order for that as well.  Only time will tell.  It is not an exact science - but there is a method to the madness in which this is created.  Time, temp and weight all play a factor in how the paint parts will be created for the The Wall.  I am nervous and excited!!
Sunday I spent 10+ hours working on mixing my paint and preparing it for its use!  I think I have spent 34 hrs on it total so far and I am only on day 3!  Yikes.  God Bless my husband and my children for there support during this process.  As well as my sidekick Nick.  I am glad he is helping me out some.

The Wall

THE WALL

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This weekend starts a chapter in my life.  THE WALL.....it is a 10x10 foot space at Tarrant Co College.  I will be doing an installation with my son, Nick Kolbek.  This weekend we start this process, and let me tell you....it is a major undertaking.  This past week, I have done plans and financials for this project....I call The Wall (for now).  It is going to take a huge amount of paint and time.  It is going to be awesome and I am super excited to get started.  At lot of hard work and many many late nights.  I still work full time and the 6 kids are into various sports.  But I have a plan and with the help of my amazing husband.....Nick and I will pull it off!

Count down.......6-8 weeks out......goal is before March 1st.

Photographing Art Work - RAW or JPEG

I am an artist...a painter, and photography is a blast!  However understanding the in's and out's of a camera is something I struggle with.  I still consider myself a newbie...even thou I have been taking pictures (many quite good, I must say) for 15+ years.  I really don't know how to tweak the settings to do all that fancy stuff.

I recently purchase a new Nikon 3100!  It is fabulous!  I wasn't sure how to work it.  Lucky for me I have a friend who is a photographer. Knowing that I take two styles of photographs,  1) Still shots of art work 2) Action shots of my kids in sports, she set my camera up accrodingly!  I still can't thank her enough!

Ok, so my camera is set up.  I have subjects to photogragh.....now....JEPG or RAW? 

After doing lots of research on this topic, I found an article that explains it so very well.  Thought I would share it!

JPEG at the highest quality setting is my best bet!!!

JPEG VS RAW

Article by John Stringer, a Fine Print digital technician.
One of the most frequent digital question that people ask is, “Should I shoot Jpeg or Raw?” I’ll respond by saying, “Well it depends.” There are advantages and disadvantages to both formats. Much of it depends on what you shoot, your workflow methods, and how comfortable you are with working your own images. In this article I’ll discuss both formats and the pros and cons of each. Some of you may be asking, “My camera also has a Tiff option. What should I do?” Camera manufacturers are finding that most people will choose the Jpeg or Raw option because of their advantages. Because there is no real advantage with Tiff many are removing it as an option. So because of this, I’ll focus more on the other two formats.
The first thing that needs to be explained is the fundamental difference between a Jpeg file and a Raw file that comes from a camera. When you capture a digital image, that file is made up of ones and zeros that describe or give instructions on how the scene that you just captured should look. Only after the ones and zeros are processed is that file turned into the image that you remember. The question is: do you want the camera or a computer to do the processing? With a Jpeg the processing takes place at the camera level while with Raw a converter program on a computer takes care of it. “So,” you may be asking yourself, “what difference does it make where the file gets converted and which is better?” Well, lets take a look and see.
Since a Jpeg the file is processed in the camera, your image is ready as soon as you download it to your computer, so you can put it in an image-editing program like Photoshop or go directly to print. With a Raw file you have to download it to your computer, run it through a Raw file converter and then you can go to Photoshop or Print. This extra step may not be attractive to a photographer such as an event or wedding photographer who may need to shoot, sort, organize, and then get back to the client or print hundreds of images in a short amount of time.
A photographer who knows his or her camera well can have it set up so when they shoot a Jpeg the image will look how they want straight out of the camera with little or no post processing, which can save a lot of time. Jpeg is a lossy compression, which means that it will go through and throw out any information that it determines to be unnecessary, resulting in a file that will be smaller than a Raw file. A Jpeg file from a 10 megapixel camera shot at the highest quality will be about a 4mb file while a Raw file will weigh in at around 15mb. That means that on a 2gb memory card you could get about 160 Jpeg images versus about 85 Raw files. Since Jpeg is a compressed file and information is being discarded, you are losing some image detail. It may not be much and not an issue for that event photographer, but if you shoot landscapes or fine art you may want every ounce of detail you can get. The only way to do that is to shoot Raw and convert the image on your computer.
Since you’re processing the Raw file in software after capture, you’re able to change certain instructions or settings like white balance, sharpening and contrast, to name a few, with little or no harm to the original file. Yes, you can make adjustments to any file in an image editing program, but as you do information will gradually be destroyed whereas a Raw file can be changed without that penalty before conversion. It’s almost like being able to change the settings while you are shooting the scene with out actually being there. So, for example, if you accidentally had your white balance set to tungsten light and you where shooting outdoors, you could change it to daylight or a custom temperature of your liking later in the Raw converter, and it would be the same as if you had shot it correctly in the first place.
The bottom line is: If you’re someone who needs speed and the easier workflow, or if you are new to digital and don’t understand or feel intimidated by Raw conversion, then shooting Jpeg may be the best option. But if image detail or the ability to fix a bad setting after the fact is important, then Raw may be the better choice. No matter which one you choose, know that either one has its merits and both can get the job done. Just remember that if you do shoot Jpeg, shoot at the highest quality setting to insure that the image is not overly compressed resulting in the appearance of digital artifacts.

Vacation 2011

Going to be taking a break from Studio
Time for the next 12 days. Gonna miss it....but going to be spending some time with my family! I can't wait! Take'n my sketch pad...as being away and relaxed....I might see or do something to spring board a new concept or idea!
See y'all soon!!

Something I Would Love To Do....

I found this article this afternoon while looking up DFW Galleries.  I have been wanting to do something like this in my huge living room for a few months now.  I think about it and get excited and nervous.  I would love to host and open house to my art friends and invite the art world in.  Getting it done AND still able to paint and create with all that my life holds would be almost too challenging at the moment.  I love this story and one....maybe just one day.....I will have mine to share!

Allworth Press announces its latest book to aid the artist in business:

Many artists have discovered that getting their work into a gallery isn’t the only path to success. In his new book Selling Art Without Galleries: Toward Making a Living from Your Art, author Daniel Grant shows how a wide range of artists have found prestige, art world acceptance, and ready groups of buyers through nontraditional venues such open studio events. Below is an excerpt from Selling Art Without Galleries: Making art seem fun to the public, rather than mysterious, incomprehensible, and solitary, has led a growing list of artists and municipalities around the country to create community open studio events, taking place on one or two days or a series of weekends. What works and doesn't work in attracting and keeping visitors is a matter of trial and error, and not everyone has had the same results. Something as basic as shaking a visitor's hand when that person enters and leaves the studio may add a note of ceremony to the occasion.

Practice has made (almost) perfect for Richard Iams and Buck McCain, two painters living in Tucson, Arizona, who have been holding a joint annual open studio—actually, open house—every March since 1993. Organized and run by their wives, Donna Iams and Melody McCain, the event drew thirty walk-ins the first year and grew to the point where it is an invitation-only affair for 350 collectors. (The final number may be higher, because many invitees bring guests who they believe might also be interested in the artwork.) From this experience, Donna Iams has learned what has and hasn’t worked:

• "Start planning the open studio six or seven months in advance," she said. That planning includes checking that no other major events are taking place that day at neighboring colleges or in the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament ("someone once asked us if we had a television"), scheduling the printing of brochures, flyers and postcards, hiring caterers, florists, and parking attendants.

• Notify people months in advance.“When we first started, we tried telling people a month in advance, but so many people had already made other plans," she said. "They told us, 'We wish you had let us know earlier, so we could have put it on our calendar.'" Richard Iams' holiday cards (Hannukah for Jews, Christmas for Christians) each contain a brief handwritten note about the show, followed up in late January by a postcard with information about the open studio event on the back and an image of a painting that will be on display. One month before the event, a newsletter is mailed out, containing between four and six images, the times and date of the showing, a map and a request for an R.S.V.P. ("The first time we had more than 300 people, we ran out of food").

• Make it one day. "The first few years, we did shows over two days, on Saturday and Sunday, from 2 to 5 P.M.,but that was very exhausting," she said. "You have to set up twice and take everything down twice. We switched to a one-day show, from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M., and that’s worked out a lot better." A problem with the second day, she noted, is that collectors believe that "if they didn't come the first day, everything will be gone, so they didn't come the next day." Over the course of that nine-hour day, she found that the flow of visitors was relatively constant.

• Have a range of artworks to show. Each artist puts out approximately twenty artworks, consisting of five paintings and the remainder sketches and small studies for larger pieces. It is the less expensive sketches that are most likely to sell, especially to visitors who are just starting to collect. "For the first three years." Donna Iams said, "we tried to make the display look like an art gallery," but they switched to a far less intimidating and formal approach, putting unfinished and unframed pieces on the floor, perhaps in a corner. (Their house looked like a house again.) "People like to root through things. When they find something out of the way, they feel as though they've made a discovery."

• Provide food and drink. As the open studio became an all-day event, the foods need to change for different times of the day ("no one wants to eat a sandwich in the morning"). Before noon, the serving is similar to a continental breakfast, with cinnamon rolls and fruit, changing to carrots and celery sticks, chips and salsa, chimichangas and fajita sticks (kept in warming hot plates) by the afternoon and evening. "Sandwiches don't work," she said. "They dry out." Guests are limited to two free drinks, including beer, wine, and juices."We try to use top-end wines, costing generally $15–20 a bottle. We don't want to invite people in and then give them cheap things to eat and drink. I've heard at gallery openings people say, 'Gee, this gallery must not be doing well if this is what they serve' or 'I think this wine has been watered down.' We want to project an image that we can provide nice things."

• Make yourself available. For the first three years, Donna and Melody prepared and served all the food and beverages themselves, "and we never had time to talk to people." That talking has proved quite valuable, discussing the business side with collectors (prices, commissions, how and when to make deliveries), making sure that visitors sign the guestbook and stepping in to continue conversations with visitors when their husbands are being monopolized by individuals for too long. They hired a caterer and a bartender, both of whom were allowed to put out their business cards. As a result, the caterer drummed up a considerable amount of business, too, and gave Donna and Melody a sizable discount (10 percent the first year, 50 percent most recently).

• "Name tags don't work," she said."People hate them." Visitors prefer to remain anonymous to one another but are usually willing to put their name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address in the guest book.
• Flower arrangements add to visitors' pleasure, while parking attendants alleviate concerns about where to park and the safety of their cars. For her own peace of mind, Donna Iams removes prescription medications from the bathrooms, breakable pottery that may be bumped by people walking through the house, and pocket-size valuables (small sculpture, for instance) that might be stolen. She also purchased additional liability coverage for her homeowner's insurance policy (approximately $50) for that one day. The entire cost of staging the open studio is $1,500, including $575 for catering, $300 for wines, beer, and hard liquor, $150 for parking attendants, and the remainder for printing and mailing.

• Every visitor takes away a packet of images—postcards and brochures, mostly, and biographical information about the artists. Donna and Melody have also set up a print stand where visitors may purchase reproductions of their husbands' paintings.

• After the event, every visitor will be sent a handwritten thank-you note for coming. At the open studio, Donna and Melody hire a photographer to take pictures of visitors, posing actual buyers with the artist and the work purchased. These photographs will accompany the thank-you notes.

Spring Time!!


Spring Time; 12x12, Acrylic paint, 3-D painting, Bright Rich Yellow/Gold background, Dark Reds flowers with gold, yellow highlights.  Everyday I am thinking of new ways of 'painting' in 3-D.  It takes a long time for the process and can be very frustrating at times...but the end....is WONDERFUL!
This painting should be on my Etsy soon! 
The Nicole Turner Studio, May 2011

Update; This painting is sold.

Gold Flow 2

Gold Flow 2, 20x20, Acrylic Paint; Gold, Turquoise, Chocolate Brown, Terra Cotta.  Love painting these!  Very relaxing!


Check out my website nicoleturnerstudio.com for this painting and more!


You can also visit my Flickr to enjoy all of my paintings and how I have evolved over time.  I am pushing the boundaries and have found more time to devote to my love of art.....thanks to my husband!

Rate me!! Vote for me!!

I have entered selected pieces in a international art contest by Artist Wanted.  The grand prize winner gets $10,000, a trip to London for a show and tons of exposure!  I am super excited.  I am really wanting to get out there and be known as an artist!  I truly believe that I have something unique enough to stand out from the rest!  Thank you and please vote/rate me!!!!  You can vote everyday until June 3rd!!!!!! Help me be noticed!

Copyright and Art

I have been a busy bee editing my images for upload on the World Wide Web!  I am using Picnik for most of my stuff.  Its easy and online. I use Photoshop for when I add a background, like a room or frame.  I was looking and looking for how to add my name and copyright information to my pictures and I came across this website!  Good info and Super good on how to do it without having to find a special font. It was so easy!!!

Shipping and Handling

Wow.....I have been painting and selling my art for years.  I have always kept it local and never had to ship any of my work. Since I am wanting to expose my art to more people and use the tools available to me.....facebook, EBSQart.com, my blog and Etsy, I will inevitably be shipping my art work.

I have been researching and gathering samples of foam and boxes.  I am not quite comfortable with a professional packer.  My pieces are unique and are not able to be shipped like a traditional painting.  I consider my work...a sculpted painting.  It is 3D, therefor not able to wrap in bubble wrap and stick in a box.

I will add more information to my blog on how I am going to be shipping my art, once I settle on exactly which way I am going to go.  My husband is in the shipping and receive industry, so I am going to go with UPS.  He likes them better than FedEx for my needs.  Plus, UPS gives me a price quote online with the weight and dimensions of my package.  I like that.  I want to make sure that when I ship, I am charging the correct amount.

My plan as of now if to use a high corner protector with a piece of chipboard, then securely wrap it in a a layer of foam.  Insert this in a box.  Then place that box in a larger box with foam peanuts for cushion.  For my diptych and triptych pieces, I will layer them in the first box.  Instead of a 5" box, it will have to be a 10" or 15" box.  Again.....UPS, I can get an estimate by putting in my dimensions and weight so I am charging correctly.

More research and test runs to do before I make a order for shipping supplies!  Kinda excited!  One step closer to selling online!