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 ...

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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!
 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

update:
have had a nasty cold, maybe bronchitis for the last couple of weeks....been miserable!  ...look like one of those commercials for sinus/cough/sneezy/runny nose remedy...
I will continue to lay low til I turn the corner...then maybe I can get some images up of the paintings I did for Christmas...until then, warm New Year wishes to all of my blog readers!!  ...hmmmm, think i'll go get a warm cuppa tea right now!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

 
Merry Christmas to all!!
 
'been painting up a storm...gifts for Christmas...that's what seems to be popular for gift-giving this year!

  ...a triptych for my daughter..."Calypso!"...in her favorite colors...turquoise and a golden yellow (almost orange)...  
 ...a 3' by 4' painting for my daughter-in-law..."Generations II"...from my "Women Gathering" series... with figures which represent her, her Mom, Grandmother, and other women in her life...I hope she likes it!!
...finishing up a family "portrait" of my son, daughter-in-law and their two little boys...acrylic on watercolor paper mounted on a wooden panel (also in the "Women Gathering" style!)...
...plus I have a "commission", I guess you might call it, altho' I won't get paid for it!...for another "Women Gathering" painting for my daughter, entitled "Mother and Children"...that will also be a large painting...also in the "Women Gathering" style...
COOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! 

I am enjoying this! 

I hope that your Christmas is full of all of the good stuff...joy, laughter, sharing, caring, warmth, good food and love!
Hugs...Nina

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ART JEWELRY - Earrings Created by the Artist...


 
A few more examples of my art jewelry...earrings...
created by me, the artist!
 

 
 shades of orange and raspberry sherbet!...
very dramatic! at 6" long with metal spirals...

 
...shades of oranges and moss green and lavender...about 2 1/2" long...


 
lovely copper and gold dangles with turquoise-painted "spikes"...again, all of these artist-created earrings are made with fine art paper which is painted with
professional artist colors and varnishes...
(colors may vary slightly due to lighting and monitors, etc.)
Contact artist at mlbaldwin2@msn.com for purchase...
Price is $19./pair..
s/h in continental US $7. for up to five pairs...
these would make great gifts for the holidays!!!
 
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ART ON A WIRE …from my "Women Gathering" series...


By Nina Baldwin


 

I have been making earrings lately…I find it very peaceful working on these little original paintings…yes, they are originals, handpainted individually by me…and part of my “Women Gathering” series.

They are not perfect…infact, I make them that way on purpose…cut is mostly assymetrical…I like it that way!... guess that’s the abstract in me!...or at least not exactly matching…only machines punch perfect little shapes!!…

Usually I use the same colors in both earrings in a pair, but don’t be surprised if I use other colors…the backsides of the earrings are painted as well, usually in a new and different color/pattern, so if you know a little about jump rings, you have another pair of earrings on the backside!  I paint layers and layers of professional quality acrylic paints, mediums and varnishes on each side of the fine art paper I use for the earrings.  This gives them resiliency, yet they are still somewhat flexible.  Metallic paints highlight some pairs. And the first thing most people mention when they see them is how lightweight they are!

I have had fun making these!  I sell a small selection in a sweet little cafe on 4th St. in Albuquerque…and I will be including them on my new website as well…bohemian, tribal, funky…they’re just fun!!  …let me know what you think of them!...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Original Paintings - Edges are So Important!!

Today I thought I would share more edges with you!  The morning sun was pouring in the back of the house lighting up a couple of paintings from my "Women Gathering" series, in particular...it seemed like the perfect time to take some photos since the sun lights up the pigments so beautifully!  Only two canvases...with rounded edges, not squared off...

...actually this painting is resting against a living room wall upside down!...the edge at the top of the painting (painted plain blue!) is not nearly as interesting as the sides or bottom edge...the sides and bottom edge allow the mingling of colors, with different thicknesses of paint...and sometimes patterns occur...I think that's why I paint like this...all of my paintings have a lot of surprises within them...some mystery, a little whimsy...they are soft and ethereal...much like the feminine! 

 
...the same edge...

 
 ...the bottom edge...if you can, click on the image to see the detail...I think it is beautiful!  this bottom edge tempts me to hang it upside down!!  it is "the frosting on the cake"!!  but I will restrain myself and hang it upright like it should be!...maybe just higher on the wall so that that bottom edge can be enjoyed!

 
...the other side...

 
...another painting...this one has a lot of metallic paint on it, so getting a photo of it in the morning sun was a challenge!  I think that you can see most of the edge anyway...
 
 
...this is the top edge of the 2nd painting...

 
do you agree with me about edges??  I think they are very important in a painting!!  they are a foretaste of what is to come!
 
...thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing a few moments with me! 
...have a lovely day!!
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

this is the frosting!



I want to thank the person who typed the words, "spiritual painting edges" into the word search on my blog...it brings a smile to my face to see them!!!!!  I think those are Important words...infact, I love to think about them...and I have even created with those words firmly in mind!!...with those words as the object of the creating...

This morning was a new day...the morning sun managed to shine thru the window shade and wake me up...yesterday's frustrations are but a vapor!  (yayyyy!!)  and today I am thinking of exciting things to do on canvases...this is the frosting...this is the fun of creating!...living it!

backatcha special person...three special words to you...spiritual painting edges!! 

 
did this small painting a long time ago...
black gesso creates the texture...with acrylic paints...

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta...ahhh, memories!!



Tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 13th, is the last day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  It is always kind of a downer to know that the last day of the festivities has arrived!  There is something so magical about looking up into the sky and seeing brightly colored gigantic balloons flying overhead...it speaks of freedom, wonder, creativity, whimsy, fun, delight in childrens' eyes, maybe even a day off from work!! Following are a few photos of how it looked one day this week from our back porch when the winds favored us by sending a bunch of balloons our way...

...the sun peeking over our mountains on a pretty hazy morning... 

 
...they synchronize the balloons, usually about 600 to 800 of them! for take-off...

 
...the view of the balloons as they head North, with the Sandia Mtns in the background

 
 
...it looks like the sun is beginning to burn off the haziness...

 
they are getting closer!!

 
a special shape...Darth Vader!!!

 
...always fun!!!

 
this balloon flew right overhead and landed by a neighbor's house...the dirigibles look like artworks painted in the sky!

 
...a favorite memory...years ago, I homeschooled our four children and we had a wonderful time "chasing" balloons all over our neighborhood and our fair city!!  strangely enough, that was the way we discovered one of our sons was color-blind!!  The balloons often used the field behind our house, which was in Abq. at the time, to land in...memories!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The San Ysidro Church Art Show in Corrales, NM...my favorite show!!!


This is the week of the much anticipated Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  The balloons, a beautiful sight to behold, have been participating in the many events... the peeps have been up before the crack of dawn, wrapped up in layers of warm clothing for the early morning festivities down at the balloon field (or just in their jammies on their back patios, like us!)...it's a great time of the year!

This is also the week of the San Ysidro Church Art Show in Corrales, NM...and it is a lovely event!  This is my favorite show of the year!  why?  I think because of the setting...an historic church, converted to a building which all can use...in the lovely village of Corrales, a rural area plopped right down on the north side of the bustling city of Albuquerque. 

I also love this show because they often show artwork that would be considered abstract...or at least contemporary, in theme...that means my artwork has a better chance of getting in the show than other shows allow for...usually, anyway!
One of my artworks was accepted into the show this year (yayyy!)...as well as the artwork of several friends...as always it is a wonderful eclectic mix of media, techniques, sizes, etc...always fun!!

this is the church...isn't it beautiful?!!!

 
the next photo shows the reason that the art show is held annually...the monies collected are used to maintain the church bldg...the stucco exterior is very susceptible to deterioration due to weather...so each year volunteers re-apply that protective stucco as was done historically...you can see that the damage this year was quite extensive...much rain, which is a blessing as it refills the aquifer and the Rio Grande River...we need the water, sometimes desperately!  ...but the rains also can create problems...
 
 
some of the attendees at the reception...you can see that the interior of the church bldg. is equally as lovely as the exterior...
 
 
 
 
Rosario Correa, a friend/artist, standing with her "Jalapeno Spam"!!
 
 
Phyllis Popp, a friend/artist, standing with a piece of her beautiful pottery...
 
 
Tom Popp, a friend/artist, standing with his very beautiful painting of a farm...
 
 
Cecelia Zajack McRoberts, a friend/artist, standing next to her lovely
abstract painting...
 
 
and my painting, "Sanctuary", from my WOMEN GATHERING series...it is a spiritual line about women on their paths, women supporting women...this is a painting of a woman meditating/praying...
 
 
The show runs till 4pm on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013,
so please stop by to see it! 
 

 
 
 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Original art, Painting Edges are Important!

I love edges!  so I try to make them as interesting as what's on the front!  people don't always approach a painting from the front...I bet most of the time they come toward the painting from the side or at an angle...edges are important!  they are a foretaste of what is to come...


Friday, September 6, 2013

Art Quote for Today - Kandinsky and Color

"I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the canvas with a palette knife, and I made them sing with all the intensity I could..."   Wassily Kandinsky  (the Painter's Keys) 


(color swatch from a painting by Nina Baldwin)