by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the soul...art is communication...it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing."
Nina Baldwin ...

Welcome to Artscapes!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Artisan Expo



 
I am delighted to share that I will be attending the Artisan Expo 
at Buffalo Thunder Casino just outside of Santa Fe, NM for the next few days
…lots of art supply vendors, workshops, demos…I can’t wait!  

I will be participating in a workshop on applying gold leaf 
to acrylic surfaces, taught by Nancy Reyner, author, artist 
and Golden Paints representative…an all-day workshop.  

 I will also attend Bob Burridge’s workshop on painting 
loose landscapes…should be fun!!!

…who knows?  I may even be found sitting in front of a 
one-armed bandit dropping a coin or two in the slot!! 
yahooooo!!!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

San Ysidro Church Fine Arts Show



The 26th San Ysidro Church Fine Arts Show 2014 is one of my favorite shows.  It is located in beautiful Corrales, NM and is happening right now, this week of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!
 
This historic church building has been around for many years…I am sure of that because there is a beam of wood up in the stained glass window over the front door that says “1853”…and a plaque on the front of the building that says that 23 caskets are buried below the floor boards…all to add to the excitement for our visitors this week!  It’s in a beautiful setting, one that I never tire of seeing.

Inside the Church the walls are lined with beautiful works of art created by mostly local artists…paintings, colored pencil drawings, glasswork, photography, pastels, ceramics, etc.…a lot with a New Mexican theme.

I am grateful to have had a painting accepted into this lovely show!  “Evening Rhapsody” is a 30” x 40” gallery-wrapped painting featuring a southwestern skyscape in shades of purples and pinks, highlighting a soft, muted desert floor below…there is a beautiful glow of light to this painting which really needs to be seen in person!

The show will be up til Sunday, October 12th…hours are 11am to 5pm daily
…except Sunday the show will close at 4pm
 …come visit this quaint little church (look for the signs!)

"Evening Rhapsody" by Nina Baldwin, original painting
 
…enjoy the beautiful, rural setting and take home a little piece of New Mexico creativity for you!


Monday, September 15, 2014

THANK YOU, FRIENDS, OLD...AND NEW!!

"ANCIENT VOICES" by Nina Baldwin, original acrylic with gold leaf and graphite
 
so many friends stopped by the studio tour Saturday and Sunday !!
 I was delighted to see and speak to every single one!! what fun!!
 sold a little...and then a little more! very successful...and had a ball!
 thank you, everybody, for making this event so special!!! great fun!!

This print seems to be a favorite of many...acrylic, gold leaf, graphite...
people enjoy analyzing it, trying to figure out what it is to them...
each person has his or her own interpretation...with abstract, all are right!!
...horses with riders, buffalos,
 a mother bird with her babies(my daughter was pregnant at the time), 
bears, a landscape...and more!  what is it to you?? 

I just realized that this is actually a reproduction of a reproduction!!!...
a photo of a giclee (a giclee is an excellent quality print made with the finest inks and paper available)
I still have the original...will have to try taking a photo of it so that I can compare the results!
Thanks again, all!!!

 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Yup, These Will Be At the ALAMEDA STUDIO TOUR too!



...well, i guess you could say that i was in a flour flur fluorescent (?) kind of mood when i did this!!  
I do love bright colors!!  ...and freedom of movement!! 
 (Don't hem me in!)
this painting has a sister...



FIESTA I AND II
come see these manana!
they're even prettier in person!!
you know where they will be...

www.alamedastudiotour.com/TourMap.html

Another good reason to visit the Alameda Studio Tour!










OK, captions seem to be giving me trouble tonight!...
so i will live without one!!
The title of this painting is the "SANDIAS from Placitas"...I love the colors!  
Of course, it is difficult to see much in a small reproduction like this...
must see in person...which is a good reason to give you a link to the studio tour map!!


www.alamedastudiotour.com/TourMap.html

bring your cameras...the llamas are very photogenic!!


The ALAMEDA STUDIO TOUR Starts Tomorrow!

  "Santa Fe Muse" by Nina Baldwin, acrylic, original painting.

Well, here is that image, "Santa Fe Muse", finished...hopefully, the image is large enough for you to see at least some of the detail...I like the little circles and lines which make it feel a little surreal...also the orb-like clouds in the sky. 

Please join us for the studio tour tomorrow and Sunday...we would love to see you!

www.alamedastudiotour.com/TourMap.html

C U There!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ALAMEDA STUDIO TOUR is happening this weekend -come enjoy!

work in progress..."Santa Fe Muse"...by Nina Baldwin

this is a "work in progress"...actually, I will take an updated photo tomorrow so that you can see how it has changed since finished!  The title is "Santa Fe Muse" and it will be in the
 Alameda Studio Tour
 over the weekend...
dates: Saturday, Sept 13th and Sunday, Sept 14th from 10 to 5pm
  ...i will be at Studio 8
...if you would like to drop by, just find the map on the official Alameda Studio Tour website 
( http://www.alamedastudiotour.com/TourMap.html )
  ...it will show you where all of the studios are located...

lots of fantastic artists...
lots of fantastic art!...
snacks (free, even!)...
and LLAMAS! (don't get too close, I understand they spit!!  lol!!!)
...actually, the llamas are really very cool!! 
 
 Lynda's llama hats and "objects of desire" are unique and very beautiful!!
Annette's wool pieces always delight the eye!
Pat Williams has beautiful 2D art there as well!

and me?...well, my "Women Gathering" paintings and giclees, landscapes, minis, and earrings
 will be there too!

Do you know we are raffling off pieces of art??!!!!!!!! 
the raffle is free!

Come enjoy this event with friends and family!!
 
 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Painting by Nina Baldwin Chosen for NM Expo

"Desert Storm" - an original painting by Nina Baldwin
 
I am delighted and honored to have had this painting chosen for the NM Expo...the State Fair!  It's called "Desert Storm".  It is primarily a poured painting...I love the effects...soft, wet pigment rolling into other pigment, changing colors, creating new pathways of movement and energy....
 
You can see this painting as well as other beautiful work by other artists at the Fine Arts Bldg. during the State Fair...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

the Headboard...


Did I tell you about our headboard?  David made it...of red oak...it's beautiful.  He made it so that the top frame piece could be removed so that something could be slid down in front of the main piece of wood...well, that's not explaining it well, but maybe it would help to say that there are three sections to the headboard and we slid Japanese papers into each section.. unfortunately, the papers faded over time...and so, I offered to paint the three sections instead of replacing the paper...

well, I was having a problem figuring out how to paint them...and they, the three section panels, just sat on our dining room table for days...this was while we were getting the house painted....and after!  I figured I would do something very tame...I mean, it was going to be in our bedroom after all...and it would need to be like the equivalent of a quiet little lullaby, something to help us fall asleep every night and something to soothe us if we awoke in the middle of the night....welllllll.....

I mentioned my lack of inspiration to a friend who readily volunteered to come help me!  Lavon Maestas is my colorful friend...also a painter, as well as a maker of many different art forms...FEARLESS!!!!  and full of fun!!!!  She came with an idea...inspired by the aboriginal art she had seen on the 'net...yup!!!!  Aboriginal art is beautiful...full of life and movement ....and DOTS!!!  Yes, this was not the quiet little painting I had expected!!  But I went with her idea...and I am so glad that I did!!!  ...below is the product of all of our fun painting!! 



The colors are primarily magenta and lime...with hints of brown sienna, purple, copper and yellow...OMG!!!  It's beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am so delighted that we had the fun experience of painting together!!  We work really well together, I think...and when I die I think my kids are going to be fighting over the headboard!!!



Somber, it is not!!  Thank you, Lavon, for the inspiration and ideas!! ...for all of your expertise!!  I have something now that is very special to me for my bedroom...and everytime I look at it I will think of all of the fun I had painting it with you! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

LOOKIN' GOOD!!!


Finally!  Finally the painting is done....the new floor is in...and the house looks really nice!  Our painter finished the trim Friday...he did a beautiful job!!!  The walls are a warm beige with the trim a creamy white...pretty plain, but perfect for showing artwork!...(smile!)  ...the overall effect is very calming with the trim adding a little interest...nice!

I checked back on my blog...we pulled a lot of the house apart in March of this year....and it is the end of July now (5 long months!!)...uhhh, well it took a while to find the painter!!  The flooring required we move almost everything, but some things could just be conveniently moved from one side of the room to the other...but the painting required we move absolutely EVERYTHING!!!!!  ...and now it feels so great to be returning our furniture...AND MY STUDIO!!....to it's rightful place!!!  Of course, along the way we have made some changes...a friend told us that with projects like this...well, they always seem to lead to more projects/changes!...and they were definitely right!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Like my little rose cabinet (i painted roses on it years ago and kept my crystal in it)...that went to our granddaughter.  A couple large cabinets went to my daughter...fit  perfectly in a corner in her kitchen.  Our rather huge table for holding electronics in our tv room is out...we put a sweet little (what else?) cabinet in its stead.  Decided also to get new bedroom furniture for us...

This may seem strange, but Dave gave me the living room for my studio last year...well, we never did want to fill up our living room with a lot of furniture for some reason...and the room we had enclosed when the house was being built, the one I originally called my studio was just not big enough for everything I have to create with...so he very kindly said that I could use the living room also...cooooollllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What a neat hubby!!!  It's the perfect arrangement for me!!  ...lots of light, a great flow to the rooms, and it fits me and my stuff!

We just brought our furniture back into the house today with the help of our kids...and finally it is beginning to look like home again!!!  ...what a great feeling!! 

Now, we'd like to have a patio cover built onto the back of our home...that is likely the next project... and upholstering a window seat that we have in our breakfast nook...and oh!...a new window treatment in the master bedroom...and, and, and...yes, that friend was right!!!!...lots of plans for the future!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Painting the House~

...well, it's been a couple of months finding a painter for our house, but it appears we have found one and he started today!  so far, just patching holes in the walls and cat scratches (one of our kitties enjoyed leaving his mark in several spots around the house!...long, dramatic gouges!  but he was a great cat!!  we loved him!) 
the big problem now is...choosing the colors~~~we have been trying to do just that for a few weeks now...it seems like my husband and I are both just stubborn!!  of course, me being an artist just may make things a little more difficult!!  ...smile!...
it will be nice to get everything back into place eventually!!!  and with the new flooring and paint, the house will look great!!
C U in a few days!!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

A WALL HANGING - A Work In Progress

This last week I have been working on a large piece...a wall hanging...it is about 5' x 8', I am guessing...on gessoed canvas...no stretcher bars...  I am just having fun experimenting... I have never painted on a piece this large.  Acrylic paints...the pink is fluorescent...I guess you can tell that! 

This is a work in progress...I have included photos here of  it's progression...I don't know what I will do next, but I will probably paint on it more...have been working on it while it was on the floor, not hanging...the paint was poured...

here is the way it looked with the first layer of paint...
I have tried several times to get this photo to load upright, but without any success! 
any suggestions??


 
Baby has decided that this artwork is for her...
 
 the second layer of paint...
you can see the original layer of paint thru the new paint layer...

 


this panel is laying on the floor in my studio...
it will stay there until I decide what to do with it next...
 
hmmmm,
what do you think I should do with it now??
 
 


Saturday, May 31, 2014

the ALBUQUERQUE FILM AND MEDIA EXPERIENCE - Take the Ultimate New Mexico Trip!


The Albuquerque Film and Media Experience is happening beginning manana...and is going for the next week.  Lots of fantastic movies and events happening all over Albuquerque!! ...panel discussions, vids, music, dance, art, photography, well-known peeps, etc...

It's exciting!!!  ...and I am delighted to be a volunteer!!  I have met several of my fellow gophers!!  ...and they are a wonderful bunch!!  ...a lot are fellow creatives, altho their muses are of the singing/music/theatrics type, rather than the visual arts of which I am a part...I'll be busy with helping out this week thru next Sunday, June 8...altho I am hoping to get a little art-making in to my timeline also!

Check out the schedule of events at ABQFILMX.COM  ...

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Birdhouse for SAFE HOUSE!!!



The fundraiser for the SAFE HOUSE of ABQ is right around the corner and I have participated in it for the last three years in a small way…each year I have painted a birdhouse for their dinner/auction event, a wonderful time that takes place on the enclosed patio at a beautiful restaurant down in Old Town ABQ… SAFE HOUSE is a ministry to women and children, victims of domestic violence...for some reason, participating in this event touches my heart…and I am so grateful to be included in the festivities!! 
I thought I would show you a few photos of my birdhouse…the process it went thru and the outcome…hope you enjoy it!  OH!  I almost forgot to add that a good friend of mine, Laverne Elliot, donated several of the pieces that I incorporated into the finished piece…such as the storytellers, the flagstone etchings, the (real!!) turquoise pieces, the skull (very Georgia O’Keeffe!!!) and the lizard…what did I contribute??  ….uhhhh, well, I think I stuck my finger in the paint!...
it started out with a wooden shell...then I prepared the wood and added texture...
 
I painted the surface, added the 2 storytellers, skull and leather cover for the door... then decorated the ground with turquoise pieces and paint as well as some areas of swirls...adding an etching in flagstone to an area in the back of the casita. 
 
 
"Casa de Suenos" or "House of Dreams" is the name I chose for this casita...this is the back of the little house with a second storyteller and the flagstone etching...
 
 
below is the front from another angle...I added the stars, including a shooting star!...on the roof and across the front of the casa...
 
 
the gold and black are not beads....well, they are "beads" of paint! and the red swirls are also paint...
 
 
I finished it by varnishing the areas of red swirls, painting the windows and the dowels.  It was great fun and I hope that it will benefit SAFE HOUSE!!
 
Tomorrow I have plans to have my ABSTRACT ART GROUP out to my house for painting outside, painting on yupo paper and possibly even critiquing!!
Perhaps I will get some photos of other artists creating for my blog!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Manana!
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Women & Creativity Original Mini Paintings!


I participated in the Women & Creativity program (do you know about Women & Creativity?  It is a month-long (March) celebration of women which takes place primarily at the Hispanic Cultural Center but also all over Albuquerque, NM with workshops of all kinds, events, etc...like everyday!!...it is amazing!!)  ...in a small way this year...I have done this particular event for the last few years.  I made baseball card sized paintings to share with other artists of the world!!  I can say that ("the world") since there are artists from around not only the USA, but also globally who are participating in this one event...something that makes this whole thing just plain delightful!!!!

I sent my 10 painted cards to the folks in charge and they in turn will divvy up all of the cards from the other artists who are participating, encasing the paintings in a wonderful little book and returning the new selection of 10 cards to each artist who participated...it's so much fun!!

So I wanted to show you my paintings...all different, but related in technique and colors...so, here they are...

 
as you can see, every color in the rainbow!  ...topped off with touches of gold..it was great fun making these 10 mini paintings!  I can't wait to receive my assortment of little paintings from the other artists!!   and I look forward to participating again next year!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

"...a CORRESPONDING VIBRATION IN THE HUMAN SOUL..." ...very cool!

WOW!! This is too beautiful to ignore...I haven't read this quote in a long time...but it touched my heart today and I thought I must share it with you here...take a moment and enjoy...let it speak to your heart!!...

This is the first in a series of quotes taken from Wassily Kandinsky's writings (which seem to be quite prolific!) speaking of color and its relationship to the soul. I will also be touching on his thoughts on abstract art in future postings.

"Generally speaking, colour is a power which directly influences the
soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the
piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one
key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.
IT IS EVIDENT THEREFORE THAT COLOUR HARMONY MUST REST ONLY ON A CORRESPONDING VIBRATION IN THE HUMAN SOUL; AND THIS IS ONE OF THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE INNER NEED."
...Part II, About Painting, The Psychological Working of Color, by Wassily Kandinsky

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I LOVE BEFORE and AFTER PICS!


Well, the flooring is installed.  Our craftsman was truly a master at installation and Dave and I are most pleased with the outcome!  It took him 5 days to do the house but we love it!  The first two are the before pics...

 
 He cut out the bad seams...
 
 and laid the wood...not really, it's vinyl!  it actually has a 3D effect going with the texture of real wood running thru it...this is looking into my studio...
 
Before we get too much furniture returned to where it belongs, we are going to have the house painted...yayyyy!! 
 
...from the entryway thru the tv room and into the living room...
 
Naturally, this is the most important room of the house...my studio! everything is on wheels right now so that it can be moved easily...pay no attention to the misaligned
 paintings on the wall!! 
 
well, we still have a mess, but it will return to sanity in a few weeks!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We're Moving!...well, not quite!!


     Well, the story starts about 10 years ago when we had this house built…and we picked out the prettiest vinyl (tile is too cold and hard on the body…and we didn’t want wood for some forgotten reason?!) which was installed before we moved in…it looked beautiful…like leather on the floor…in short, we loved it…but over the years, something strange started happening… throughout the house the seams began curling up, sometimes so awful that it was a real tripping hazard…well, we finally decided we HAD to do something about it!!  So next week is the week we will do that thing that we have been putting off for years…we’re going to have the vinyl replaced!  Eeeeeeeeeeeeeekkk!!

     What a job!  It’s going to be like moving!!!!   We are going to have to clear out EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!  Knick knacks, books, furniture, bookcases that are secured to the walls, a computer, etc. etc… and… all of my stuff from my studio!!!!!  (double eeeeeeeeeeekkkk!!)

     Thank goodness we are not replacing the carpeting in the bedrooms…that is one place we can stash stuff for a few days…and , of course, the garage…what would we do without our garages??!!!  We have already started moving stuff…with help from our kids!    But WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE EVERYTHING that is not in the bedrooms!!!!!  OMG!!!!!!  …it’s probably my studio which is most intimidating!!!!

     Well, there’s a silver lining to every mammoth cloud…I guess I can say that this event has prompted us to take care of a few extra projects around the house that needed doing, such as replacing the front porch light which was being used by the cutest little bird as his very own messy little penthouse!  …which of course caused him to leave calling cards all over the porch, but especially on the mat that  says “welcome to our happy home”!  …don’t worry about the bird…he still has the electronic thermometer, which he loves to perch on…’cept I don’t love the calling cards!!  We also would like to get the inside walls painted after the floor is laid…I hope we can find a painter quickly!

     Well, I’ll be lurking around here, probably on my tablet a lot while they do the floors…and otherwise wondering what I can do with my time!…can’t do any art then!!  I'll figure it out!  In the meantime, here are a few pics of my latest earrings…bohemian blue!! 

     You can see a selection of my earrings down at…

Sumner & Dene Art Gallery in Albuquerque…
517 Central Ave NW…
or thru' me...if I survive!!


 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

PLAYING WITH OIL PAINT STICK AND ACRYLIC POURS!

Ok…ok…I know it’s been a while since I have posted any artwork!  The work I am doing now is just for fun!  I am experimenting with mediums, colors, techniques…even using oil and acrylic like you’re not supposed to…I don’t know why, but for some reason I break rules when I am painting…I am such a good little girl otherwise, I swear!!  But when I paint, just tell me not to do something…and I am going to do exactly that (whatever THAT is!) next! 
So, it is common knowledge that you can paint with oil on top of acrylic…painting with an oil-based paint on top of a water-based paint is possible…but painting with an acrylic (water-based) paint on top of an oil-based paint is vervoten…forbidden…well, impossible…the water-based paint (could be watercolor also) will bead up on top of the oil paint…so, of course, I had to try it out in my own way this last week…
First of all, I was experimenting with “flow”…or some may call it a “pour”…acrylic paint used with a “pour medium”, which extends the “flow” of the paint across a piece of paper or a canvas…of course, just the idea of using watercolor techniques across a canvas instead of paper (canvas has all of those little holes caused by the weave that the paint tends to fill up)…well, let’s just say that canvas has some problems when using watercolor techniques on it, but I love the outcome so I do it anyway!  …but then try to make paint flow across a whole bunch of teeny holes, each one catching its own little share of precious pigments with the fluid its suspended in….well, it’s not easy to get that “flow” flowin’!!!  …but these images show the results…




I love the soft appearance of the “flow”!  Colors mingle with others forming  new ones…in this case, blue and yellow come together to make green…  when doing a “pour” with transparent colors such as the ones I have used, the paints almost seem to glow…they’re alive!…they reach out and grab you by the collar and demand you enjoy the almost gem-like brilliance…of course, I used a couple of opaque colors also…the purplish color and the turquoise…they also add to the mix.
I did the pour in the middle of the canvas…then I used a white oil paint stick along the sides of the pour, fingerpainting it on so that it would be soft also…I think you can see the white paint from the oil paint stick fairly well… it did definitely make the acrylic paint which I put on top of the oil stick bead up…so I just painted around it with the acrylic paint…and wiped up the beads of paint that appeared…


I love complimentary colors on the color wheel, so I added some pours of different colors of yellow to offset the blues I used…I wanted another punch of color so I added the orchid color…on the color wheel yellow is opposite purple, so they are “complimentary”…and orange is opposite blue, so they are “complimentary”…
BTW, Pantone(a paint co. that makes paints for walls)  has proclaimed “Radiant Orchid” to be “color of the year”!  …that’s the color of purple I used in this painting…although I mixed it with my own paints…


Well, it has been fun to play with the light molding paste, which I also used in this painting…also the flow medium, the oil paint stick, the different colors, different techniques…I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the results of my experimentation!  Thanks for visiting!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

AMAZING!!!!



This is amazing!!!  A MUST SEE for all artists, military, history buffs, Americans!!!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/inside-the-armys-spectacular-hidden-treasure-room

OMG!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

What a Wonderful Day!!



Today is my birthday, and I have been treated to a most wonderful day!  My Friend, Cecelia McRoberts, took me out for lunch and a trip to downtown ABQ to visit Artisans Art Supply Store to buy special papers...we will sometime soon enjoy experimenting with different types of printing on these papers!!  so, the birthday celebration isn't over yet!!  how sweet!!!  thank you, Cecelia, for the wonderful day, the lunch, the papers and for your friendship which I treasure!  You are very special!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014



Happy Valentines, everyone!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Paintings done for Christmas Presents


Well, these probably aren't the best photos, but they are what I could get this evening as the sun went down...using natural light coming in the window...

The first is called "Generations III" and is a present to my wonderful daughter-in-law, Shannon.  She is the biggest fan of my "Women Gathering" series!!   This painting represents Shannon and the women in her life...her Mom, Grandmother, sister, etc. plus two little nieces, Saoirse and Kinsey...

I still haven't decided whether I should paint on it more or not...if I do, I will talk it over with Shannon first to make sure it is OK with her...or I won't do it...


 
The next painting is actually a triptych...three paintings forming one arrangement...actually, they could be hung individually also...I call the arrangement, "Calypso"...happy, tropical colors!
 



 
This set of paintings is a gift to my daughter, Kerry, and her husband, Curtis...
 
I live a charmed life and I know it!!  ...such fun!!  My family thinks I am the greatest artist that ever lived!!!...and I just let them think it!! 
Think I will take some photos tomorrow of my "abstract kitty", Baby...
 
until then!