8/19/17 Torn Paper Collage at St. Stephen Lutheran's Family Art Workshop!

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An Artist's Guide to Cataract Surgery

I don't really have a bucket list, but if I did, cataract surgery would not have been on that list!"His Own Path" pastel on paper  It started with  cloudy vision in the lower half of one eye--which quickly progressed to the whole eye.  I went in, had my eyes dilated for the first… read more.

Welcome Art Friends!

Welcome!  Please feel free to browse my blog posts, check out new work, or sift through my galleries to find something that connects with you. If you are inquiring about workshops, paint-sips/coffee-paints, or private lessons, please email me at nicolehilsabeck@yahoo.com. I am also available… read more.

A Cure for the Mid-Summer Blues (Newsletter 7/30/16)

Well, we've hit the sticky middle of summer with a vengeance this year in Southern California!  Ordinarily the early sunrises would inspire me to wake up and get some painting done in the mornings, but I have children who seem to pop out of bed the minute the sun is out.  So, painting time… read more.

Another Month, Another Creative Mess!

Newsletter 5/14/16 What are your creative rituals?  Do you exercise, or put on music before you work?  What about when the work is finished?  How do you process what you've completed? Back when I painted on more of a schedule, my artwork piled up quickly in the kitchen.  I… read more.

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. … read more.

Peaceful Inspiration

Newsletter 10/8/15 Even on a crowded day at the beach, I find the ocean peaceful. "Peace and Quiet" 9 x 12 Pastel on Paper  At a popular hotel, the koi pond is another source of inspiration.  "Kabuki Koi Pond" 14 x 18 Pastel on Flat Canvas  Do you find yourself… read more.

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… read more.

Newsletter from 5/28: Failing with Flying Colors

I write a lot about failure and rejection.  I don't do it to intentionally bring down anybody's mood; instead, I want to share how integral failure and rejection are to the artistic-- and human-- experience as a whole.  "The Bookeeper" 5.5 x 8 inch pastel on drawing paperAvailable on Daily… read more.

Painting is Like No Other Activity

Newsletter 03/19/2015 "The Road to Reno" pastel on flat canvasDetails  In a world flush with the constant stream of chatter, news, likes and downvotes, it often seems there are few opportunities for doing something both quiet and productive.  Artists have a unique opportunity to submerge… read more.

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… read more.
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