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Rattlesnakes and Late-Night Potato Pancakes

Newsletter 3/31What do rattlesnakes and potato pancakes have in common?  Well, according to some people, both are edible—but I’ve been vegetarian for 25 years now, so I won’t be eating rattlesnake any time soon!I’ve had a couple of hard life lessons in the last week. …(continue reading)

Is it bad for your art to match the couch?

Newsletter 7/18/15  About that whole "art matching the couch" thing: I don't think it's bad if people buy art to match the couch.   "Sprig" 9 x 12 Pastel on paper    I once was introduced by a friend-of-a-friend at a festival, who happened to enjoy painting in his spare time…(continue reading)

Five Benefits to Using Pastel

If you're new to pastels, or haven't tried them yet, here are a few things I love about using soft pastels.  "Bitter Harvest" (Painted on orange-toned paper) 1) Colorfastness Pastels come in a wide array of colors, most of them wonderfully vivid!  Using pastel on an appropriate…(continue reading)

Summer Shipping Special, and Artist's Inspiration

"View from the Jetty"Original $60Click here to view listing Summer Shipping Special! To celebrate my new Foliotwist website, shipping on any item purchased through Fine Art by Niki Hilsabeck is free!  Latest Blog Post: Water, Water Everywhere!What inspires artists to…(continue reading)

Latest work posted

 My latest piece, "Evening," is available for sale!  Please visit my blog to read about how I created this piece or see additional works for sale.  Click here to view purchase information for this piece…(continue reading)