by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the is 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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Thursday, October 30, 2014


Plans change!!!...that’s summing it up nicely!  It’s been a couple of weeks since the expo and I haven’t told you about my workshops or the great deals that some of the vendors had!  Shame!!!

Well, like I said, plans change…and a few days after my return to civilization (from art heaven) my husband found he was having a really hard time breathing…we didn’t realize what was happening, so we waited out the night, but the next morning when he was having a hard time again I quickly took him to the emergency room…he has COPD (ex-smoker) and he had come down with pneumonia which, of course, complicated things!  They admitted him and he was there for several days recuperating…I brought him home a couple of days ago…been busy adjusting to new demands and a slightly different lifestyle…but he is continuing to progress…halleluia!!

So, back to the expo…I thoroughly enjoyed my workshops!  …one all day class with Nancy Reyner where she taught us the ins and outs with gold leaf (now I know why my gold leaf sometimes tarnishes!!)…and one half-day class with Bob Burridge all about loose, quick and fun landscapes…I took this class because I find I really don’t work very fast and I would like to learn how to work more quickly!!  …and Bob is fantastic at working quickly and producing wonderful works of art!!  Plus he is lots of fun…and he gave out some fantastic pearls of wisdom!!  …wish I had written them all down, but one I do remember which seemed to be especially for me….he said something like (this is NOT a quote!) “don’t listen to what your friends say about your artwork!”….now, that is just what I needed to hear him say!!  (big smile!!)  If I could I would take the class from him again...I was so tired on that last day!!!….but just being around him with his positive attitude and watching his demos influenced me greatly!  …thanks Bob!!

My photos of the expo are on my tablet….safe on my tablet…I can’t get my computer to recognize my tablet, so they are still …safe… on my tablet…oh, well, a techy I am not!!  Shall I say that there were some very enticing deals on the floor of the expo, which I took advantage of!  One deal was so great that it was sold out by the time I got there…on the first day!!…darn!!  It’s definitely an event that all artists need to attend at least once in their lives!!  Lol!!!  Great fun!!  Here's a photo of a painting I did working with gold paint and glazes of metallics and interference paints...

original painting by Nina Baldwin

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!! 

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


"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...

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

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!!

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!

C U There!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ALAMEDA STUDIO TOUR is happening this weekend -come enjoy!

work in progress..."Santa Fe Muse" 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 
( ) 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'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


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!! 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  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 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 seems like my husband and I are both just stubborn!!  of course, me being an artist just may make things a little more difficult!!!...
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 is about 5' x 8', I am guessing...on gessoed 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...
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!!