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 ...

Welcome to Artscapes!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Music, Gifts...and all that stuff!

I am working in my studio now...my family has decided to make presents this year for the adults, a new venture for us!  With the state of the economy like it is, and people losing jobs, etc...well, we just decided that we could enjoy giving gifts that were not necessarily purchased but made by hand instead...actually, it's a pursuit that seems to have quite a bit more significance than purchasing ready-made from the store.

...and so, after a bit of a break from painting, I am pulling out the watercolor paper and conjuring up images that I might want to paint...gifts to my wonderful daughter, Kerry, and my equally delightful daughter-in-law, Shannon....so much fun!!!  ...shall i paint them something from my "Women Gathering" series?  or something else that holds more significance for them?  ...ahhhh, the many choices!!!

While I am busily dreaming and crafting in my studio, music is playing in the background...it seems the natural way for me when i am creative...to have some delightful piece playing...music is like my companion while I am floating on this cloud of creativity!  Actually, music seems to steer me ever more to that special place called "the zone" in which artists seem to forget the cares of the world... and all that exists at that moment in time is that special painting...or drawing or whatever...and it's creator...this can be the time when the artist does his or her best work!

Do you listen to music as you work in your studio?  If you are an artist, what is your favorite music to listen to as you create? Some artists may play their music loud, but I tend to choose the calmer and quieter "easy listening" style... Michael McDonald...Acoustic Alchemy...and this week I am adding in a Christmas song here and there...Manheim Steamrollers and others.  I also enjoy listening to a local NM artist, Don Shearer, whose music soothes my soul!!  I love his music!!  ...you can hear an assortment of his songs here...it is definitely worth checking out!!
http://donshearersounds.com/fr_home.cfm

As Christmas is approaching, I hope you are finding the true enchantment of the season...

Merry Christmas all!
Nina Baldwin

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

JOIN US FOR A GREAT START TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON!!!

 
 
 
"Women Gathering"
original painting by Nina Baldwin


Come join the artists at Cottonwood Mall for a great arts and craft show  
benefiting a wonderful cause! Help the horses from the Four Corners
 
Equine Rescue and in turn let them rescue your Christmas gift list with a host
 
of wonderful presents!


We'll be at the old Mervyn's Store...between Macy's and the food court...
 
Cottonwood Mall is located at 10000 Coors Blvd. Bypass NW, Albuquerque,

NM.
 The show will be held on Friday and Saturday from 9am to 7pm and
 
Sunday from 10am to 5pm. FREE ADMISSION! There will be fun events like
 
Door Prizes, a Raffle, and a silent auction!!!  Come be a part of the
 
excitement benefitting a great cause!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cecelia McRoberts, a friend, and I are participating in the following fun event...we will be at studio 5, just west of 4th ST. near El Pinto Restaurant...tour maps can be picked up at the elementary school on the corner of 4th St and Alameda Rd....just drive thru the parking lot...you don’t even need to get out of your car!! Come visit us!!  Also check out the website:


For information go to: www.alamedastudiotour.com

Alameda Studio Tour


Saturday, Oct. 13th & Sunday Oct.14th
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Visit with 33 artists in 16 studios. You'll see: paintings, prints, ceramics; glass, mosaics, tile; fiber arts, gourmet chocolate, photography, an Alpaca farm, folk art dolls and much more! One location will feature art donated to Art in the School which will be sold to support art education programs for children.
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You're invited!Preview Night Party
Friday, Oct. 12th 4 - 8 p.m.

Bachechi Open Space Bldg. at Alameda & Rio Grande Blvd.
Sneak peek at the art! Refreshments & Raffle

Monday, August 27, 2012

SISTERS!!!

SISTERS!
by Nina Baldwin
beautiful, saturated colors...prints available!
...grab your cup of coffee!!!...and come here to enjoy the artwork!!

Another from my "Women Gathering" series..."Sisters"...saturated colors with lots of pattern...lively, delightful!!!  It's what "Women Gathering" is all about!!! 
Prints are available!  This is one of my most popular prints!!!

(I am just about to have my fine art printer print another batch of "Sisters"...let me know if you are interested in having one!  write me at:  mlbaldwin2@msn.com

Sunday, June 17, 2012

YOU ARE INVITED to an Artist's Reception...


 All are invited to a reception at the new Cafe Bella in Rio Rancho, NM.  Friday, June 22 from 5pm to 7pm.   If you haven't visited Cafe Bella yet, be sure to attend!  Michael serves wonderful coffees and teas, plus baked goods and yummy paninis. 
    My work will be featured for this first show at Cafe Bella.  Several of my paintings from my amber series will be hanging plus others more colorful!   It will be a wonderful evening!  Come enjoy the festivities!!

2115 GOLF COURSE RD. SE...see you there!!


ANCIENT VOICES
by Nina Baldwin
acrylic paint on canvas with gold leaf and graphite

Friday, May 25, 2012

"Gathering III"


GATHERING III
by Nina Baldwin


     "Gathering III" is one of my original paintings in this series.  Over time these paintings have changed some, but the same techniques are still used to form the figures and elements of embellishment are added. This is a very spiritual line and I added the halos to symbolize the spiritual side in all of us...
Although this original is in a private collection, beautiful high-quality giclees are available for purchase.  If interested, please email me at mlbaldwin2@msn.com

Saturday, May 5, 2012

An Image from my "Women Gathering" series...

from the "Women Gathering" series
by Nina Baldwin
This is one of my favorite pieces...it is from my "Women Gathering" series...the loose brush strokes really appeal to me!  Beautiful saturated colors with a gold background.   ...hints of shadows...  Women on their path...the gold sets off the colors perfectly!!!  Email me at mlbaldwin2@msn.com for beautiful prints!
the original is SOLD!  Thank You!!  Prints are still available at a very affordable price!!

Monday, April 30, 2012

 This is beautiful!!!  ...and it fully explains my husband and me!! (smile)  ...be sure to click on the photo to enlarge it!  Thank you, Drew!!


  • “I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I ...categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.”

    “I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feat. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.”

Monday, April 23, 2012


It’s 6am on a Monday morn, the house is quiet…and dark, and I have been up at least 2 hours already!   I am sipping on my warm chai tea and looking forward to the day ahead!  …but I can’t stop thinking about it!  …our trip to Colorado Springs and visit with the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning…

…I walked into the entry hallway last Thursday morning, greeted by staff members with smiles and welcomes for us…the air was filled with the low buzz of happy students’ voices…a group of older students sat on the floor busily creating…the atmosphere was nurturing and yet free…I was delighted to be that fly on the wall if even for just a few seconds! 

Miss Hellen, the art teacher, was a delight in bold beautiful colors and a giant smile!   I could see that she is a wonderful mentor for all of her students, impacting them with not only creativity, but also wisdom in life’s lessons…

I had the chance to speak with the older children that afternoon…what a delight for me!!  I spoke about my life as an artist, about my many techniques and processes…and they got a chance to see the paintings that I brought from home…I was very surprised at the well thought out questions that they asked me…and the fantastic interaction between me and them…what fun!!…

 The artshow that evening was full of great energy…the students’ artwork filled to overflowing the displays in the gym and hallways!!!  …and it was fantastic work!!!  …landscapes and portraits…amazing stuff!!  Teachers, parents, staff were all so wonderful!  But the students were the frosting on the cake!! …there were the little girls who insisted I give them my autograph!!!  (it still makes me laugh!!)...and the young students who opened up to me about their lives…and those that gave me some of their art…I left the school that evening wishing I could pack up all of the school and take it home with me so that my grandkids could share in the goodness! 

I went to Colorado at the invitation of the school Director, Mrs. Meyers, delighted that they found my “Art is Power” quote useful…I hoped that while there I could encourage and bless some of the students and those I had contact with…when I left the school that night, I realized that I had been the one who had been blessed!


Many thanks to those at the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning!  …thank you also to Alice and Harold, Darby and Jack for the wonderful hospitality and yummy lunch on our trip home!!  And many thanks to our son, Sean, who “held the fort down” while we were gone…and for keeping the kitties well fed!!  

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"Art is Power"...take me to the 15th Floor, please!

How fun is this??!!  While I was busy making Christmas cookies and stuffing the turkey, my quote, "Art is power", was featured in an article on "15th Floor"..."elevating the agency of playwriting"...evidently a magazine written by writers for writers. 

Actually, as I am reading it occasionally, I am finding that it applies just as much to visual artists and those in the arts as writers...thought-provoking, creative articles that speak to me as an artist. 

I am delighted to share my quote with the author.  This quote on power seems to have a power of its own!  I have seen it posted on other's blogs, used as the theme for an artshow in Colorado, used on nametags, etc...and now as the jumping off point in an article published in New York...cooooolllllll!!!!!!!! 

BLISS!!!!  ...thanks to all!!! 

Nina Baldwin    
http://15thfloor.org/2011/12/21/art-is-power/

Sunday, March 18, 2012

MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Click on the link in the title to go to the WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH website...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

FOLLOW YOUR BLISS

I recently found the original and complete quote and wanted to post it so that all of my readers could see it...so here it is!

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there
were only walls."
Joseph Campbell

I am delighted to add that as a result of doing just what this quote says...following my bliss...I have been invited to attend an artshow where a quote of mine, "Art is Power...." will be featured (you can read this quote on the top of the right column here on my blog). I believe this is part of my journey...and I am delighted to know that I will be meeting the students and staff and seeing the students' artwork! Very cool!!!!

The school is allowing me space to hang some of my artwork also...so, please, if you are in the Colorado Springs area, come visit me at the show...April 19th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm....2510 North Chestnut in Colorado Springs, CO.