New Shop Page

I’ve added a new section to my website to make it easier to shop for the various products I have for sale in various online shops. There are links to go to my specific shops—such as Spoonflower, Society6, Shutterstock, and Amazon—as well as direct links to featured products. Take a look by going to the SHOP link in the navigation menu or click HERE!

Sincerely, Nicole

Moving Forward

I am super excited that it is now September, mostly because it marks the beginning of the autumn months (my favorite time of the year). September also marks the beginning of school. My kids are still too young, but my husband is a college student, so we have seen a change of routine around my home. There will be more time alone with my kids during the day as my husband attends classes and study groups.

This year, I've been focusing on incorporating regular practices into my routine to improve my artwork. I created monthly themes and projects for myself to give me some direction. I've explored color, aspects of business, painting, books, and more. I used this blog to share information that I've gathered over the years. I've gotten some fun collections of sketches and mini projects done, too.

While it has been a fun experiment, I've decided that moving forward, I want to keep things more fluid, not tied to a set theme. I believe this idea has served its purpose, getting me in the habit of creating for myself on a regular basis.

Part of this is also coming from my desire to make this blog more personal and meaningful. I love sharing what knowledge and insights I have with you, but I don't want my blog to become too academic, which I feel it has a little bit. And I just want to have more fun with it!

So these are just my thoughts as I enter into September. 

I'm still dedicated to pursuing personal projects, growing my portfolio, and sketching every day! In that aspect, nothing has changed. And I'm still going to hop into a themed monthly challenge every now and again. (Inktober IS coming up, after all...)

As always, the best way to follow along with my daily work is via my Instagram (@nicolejonessturk).

Welcome to September, everyone!

Paint Every Day (Continued)

I've made it through all four weeks of the daily painting challenge as outlined in the Skillshare class Paint Everyday Like You Mean It. I started out with simple sketches that took only a few minutes, and eventually I was creating more elaborate paintings that each took at least 15 minutes. Even though I'm through with the four weeks in the class, I plan to continue sketching and painting daily. I found that it is a great way to start my morning, before work and kids and all that stuff! I've also fallen in love with working with real paint and paper again (I still love my iPad, though, haha). Below are my paintings from weeks 3 and 4. (You can see weeks 1 and 2 here.)

Happy painting!