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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Monday, March 30, 2015

"HAPPY", A Wall Hanging...and an Invite!

"Happy", a wall hanging by Nina Baldwin

This 4' by 7 1/2' wall hanging is painted with bright, beautiful colors.  It has been hanging on the wall in my living room since I painted it and I love every morning when I walk out from my bedroom and see it on the wall!  It exudes happy!!  

As you can see a bamboo rod is encased in the top and the canvas wraps around it, hanging with a metallic cord.  I laid it on the floor to paint it.  Pours of paint layer one over the and yellow create a fresh green, blue and red combine to make a lovely artwork created with freedom and delight!

Come see this work for yourself!  It is hanging at Essence Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque in New Mexico.  Essence Gallery is located on the Plazuela Sombra at 323 Romero St.  The reception is on Friday, April 3rd from 5pm to 9pm...I hope that you will come!

Friday, March 13, 2015

SPRING - Promises of Good Things to Come!!

Ahhh!  It’s that time of the year again when the early morning sun slides in sideways thru the patio doors and lights up everything in it’s path…intense, warm sun that has the promise of spring…and even summer… in it !  I am ready for the balmy breezes of spring, for walks and talks in the park while the grandkids play…for peanut butter and jelly and potato chip sandwiches shared on a blanket flung out on the top of the cool green grasses in the local park…

I am ready, however, I just saw a notice that the flu season has finally just arrived in New Mexico, where I live!!!...surely you jest!!!    I am ready, but historically here in NM, there are always those (surprise!!) last minute chilly winds and even an occasional flurry of snow (hasta la vista, apricot trees!) left to ride out before we enjoy our soon-to-come balmy breezes!  Yes, Old Man Winter usually has a few surprises up his sleeve… 

Ahhhh!  …but the sun has arrived!  …and with it promises of the earth warming, bearing colorful spring flowers…and I’ll bet a few of those cherries and apricots will make it thru the late snow….and promises of lots of good memories to be made…soon!

Footnote:  The first image is of my studio, which is going thru a slight transformation as the patio doors in the room are being replaced with larger ones…they will let in more light…and provide a much better view of the Sandia Mountains! (I knew that mini trampoline would come in handy someday!) The second image is my Baby…letting me know just exactly what she thinks of all of the very noisy work that has been going on here lately!!

...we just keep on cleaning up the dust that is still settling everywhere...ugh!!
...but it will be nice when it is finished!! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


"Sisters", an original painting by Nina Baldwin
part of my "Women Gathering" series...
"Sisters", available in prints (not a giclee) for purchase...
8x10 image in an 11x14 colorful mat...$40.00
5x7 image in an 8x10 colorful mat...$30.00
...shipping is extra... all-time favorite!...

Saturday, November 29, 2014


 I am delighted to report that my artwork has been accepted into a gallery in Old Town Albuquerque…ESSENCE GALLERY…located at 323 Romero St NW, Suite 1…it’s in a beautiful building off a plaza, just north of Weems…I will have several of my landscapes there as well as paintings from my “Women Gathering” series!...all will make great gifts for the holidays! 

"Angelica", an original painting from my "Women Gathering" series, by Nina Baldwin

Hours are 10am to 7pm, everyday…this is just in time for the Holiday Stroll, an annual event in Old Town, which takes place on Friday, Dec. 5th this year!...lots of traditional fun events all day long!  
 Be sure to put this on your calendar…it will kick-start your holiday spirit for sure!!...and plan to visit Essence Gallery where you will find beautiful paintings, jewelry, cards, sculpture and other great art perfect for gift-giving!

The Sandia Mountains from our back porch...taken in November, the time of the year when the deepest rose and purple colors show at sunset!  ...this photo is not altered!

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!