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!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

 
Merry Christmas to all!!
 
'been painting up a storm...gifts for Christmas...that's what seems to be popular for gift-giving this year!

  ...a triptych for my daughter..."Calypso!"...in her favorite colors...turquoise and a golden yellow (almost orange)...  
 ...a 3' by 4' painting for my daughter-in-law..."Generations II"...from my "Women Gathering" series... with figures which represent her, her Mom, Grandmother, and other women in her life...I hope she likes it!!
...finishing up a family "portrait" of my son, daughter-in-law and their two little boys...acrylic on watercolor paper mounted on a wooden panel (also in the "Women Gathering" style!)...
...plus I have a "commission", I guess you might call it, altho' I won't get paid for it!...for another "Women Gathering" painting for my daughter, entitled "Mother and Children"...that will also be a large painting...also in the "Women Gathering" style...
COOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! 

I am enjoying this! 

I hope that your Christmas is full of all of the good stuff...joy, laughter, sharing, caring, warmth, good food and love!
Hugs...Nina

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ART JEWELRY - Earrings Created by the Artist...


 
A few more examples of my art jewelry...earrings...
created by me, the artist!
 

 
 shades of orange and raspberry sherbet!...
very dramatic! at 6" long with metal spirals...

 
...shades of oranges and moss green and lavender...about 2 1/2" long...


 
lovely copper and gold dangles with turquoise-painted "spikes"...again, all of these artist-created earrings are made with fine art paper which is painted with
professional artist colors and varnishes...
(colors may vary slightly due to lighting and monitors, etc.)
Contact artist at mlbaldwin2@msn.com for purchase...
Price is $19./pair..
s/h in continental US $7. for up to five pairs...
these would make great gifts for the holidays!!!
 
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ART ON A WIRE …from my "Women Gathering" series...


By Nina Baldwin


 

I have been making earrings lately…I find it very peaceful working on these little original paintings…yes, they are originals, handpainted individually by me…and part of my “Women Gathering” series.

They are not perfect…infact, I make them that way on purpose…cut is mostly assymetrical…I like it that way!... guess that’s the abstract in me!...or at least not exactly matching…only machines punch perfect little shapes!!…

Usually I use the same colors in both earrings in a pair, but don’t be surprised if I use other colors…the backsides of the earrings are painted as well, usually in a new and different color/pattern, so if you know a little about jump rings, you have another pair of earrings on the backside!  I paint layers and layers of professional quality acrylic paints, mediums and varnishes on each side of the fine art paper I use for the earrings.  This gives them resiliency, yet they are still somewhat flexible.  Metallic paints highlight some pairs. And the first thing most people mention when they see them is how lightweight they are!

I have had fun making these!  I sell a small selection in a sweet little cafe on 4th St. in Albuquerque…and I will be including them on my new website as well…bohemian, tribal, funky…they’re just fun!!  …let me know what you think of them!...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Original Paintings - Edges are So Important!!

Today I thought I would share more edges with you!  The morning sun was pouring in the back of the house lighting up a couple of paintings from my "Women Gathering" series, in particular...it seemed like the perfect time to take some photos since the sun lights up the pigments so beautifully!  Only two canvases...with rounded edges, not squared off...

...actually this painting is resting against a living room wall upside down!...the edge at the top of the painting (painted plain blue!) is not nearly as interesting as the sides or bottom edge...the sides and bottom edge allow the mingling of colors, with different thicknesses of paint...and sometimes patterns occur...I think that's why I paint like this...all of my paintings have a lot of surprises within them...some mystery, a little whimsy...they are soft and ethereal...much like the feminine! 

 
...the same edge...

 
 ...the bottom edge...if you can, click on the image to see the detail...I think it is beautiful!  this bottom edge tempts me to hang it upside down!!  it is "the frosting on the cake"!!  but I will restrain myself and hang it upright like it should be!...maybe just higher on the wall so that that bottom edge can be enjoyed!

 
...the other side...

 
...another painting...this one has a lot of metallic paint on it, so getting a photo of it in the morning sun was a challenge!  I think that you can see most of the edge anyway...
 
 
...this is the top edge of the 2nd painting...

 
do you agree with me about edges??  I think they are very important in a painting!!  they are a foretaste of what is to come!
 
...thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing a few moments with me! 
...have a lovely day!!
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

this is the frosting!



I want to thank the person who typed the words, "spiritual painting edges" into the word search on my blog...it brings a smile to my face to see them!!!!!  I think those are Important words...infact, I love to think about them...and I have even created with those words firmly in mind!!...with those words as the object of the creating...

This morning was a new day...the morning sun managed to shine thru the window shade and wake me up...yesterday's frustrations are but a vapor!  (yayyyy!!)  and today I am thinking of exciting things to do on canvases...this is the frosting...this is the fun of creating!...living it!

backatcha special person...three special words to you...spiritual painting edges!! 

 
did this small painting a long time ago...
black gesso creates the texture...with acrylic paints...

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta...ahhh, memories!!



Tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 13th, is the last day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  It is always kind of a downer to know that the last day of the festivities has arrived!  There is something so magical about looking up into the sky and seeing brightly colored gigantic balloons flying overhead...it speaks of freedom, wonder, creativity, whimsy, fun, delight in childrens' eyes, maybe even a day off from work!! Following are a few photos of how it looked one day this week from our back porch when the winds favored us by sending a bunch of balloons our way...

...the sun peeking over our mountains on a pretty hazy morning... 

 
...they synchronize the balloons, usually about 600 to 800 of them! for take-off...

 
...the view of the balloons as they head North, with the Sandia Mtns in the background

 
 
...it looks like the sun is beginning to burn off the haziness...

 
they are getting closer!!

 
a special shape...Darth Vader!!!

 
...always fun!!!

 
this balloon flew right overhead and landed by a neighbor's house...the dirigibles look like artworks painted in the sky!

 
...a favorite memory...years ago, I homeschooled our four children and we had a wonderful time "chasing" balloons all over our neighborhood and our fair city!!  strangely enough, that was the way we discovered one of our sons was color-blind!!  The balloons often used the field behind our house, which was in Abq. at the time, to land in...memories!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The San Ysidro Church Art Show in Corrales, NM...my favorite show!!!


This is the week of the much anticipated Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  The balloons, a beautiful sight to behold, have been participating in the many events... the peeps have been up before the crack of dawn, wrapped up in layers of warm clothing for the early morning festivities down at the balloon field (or just in their jammies on their back patios, like us!)...it's a great time of the year!

This is also the week of the San Ysidro Church Art Show in Corrales, NM...and it is a lovely event!  This is my favorite show of the year!  why?  I think because of the setting...an historic church, converted to a building which all can use...in the lovely village of Corrales, a rural area plopped right down on the north side of the bustling city of Albuquerque. 

I also love this show because they often show artwork that would be considered abstract...or at least contemporary, in theme...that means my artwork has a better chance of getting in the show than other shows allow for...usually, anyway!
One of my artworks was accepted into the show this year (yayyy!)...as well as the artwork of several friends...as always it is a wonderful eclectic mix of media, techniques, sizes, etc...always fun!!

this is the church...isn't it beautiful?!!!

 
the next photo shows the reason that the art show is held annually...the monies collected are used to maintain the church bldg...the stucco exterior is very susceptible to deterioration due to weather...so each year volunteers re-apply that protective stucco as was done historically...you can see that the damage this year was quite extensive...much rain, which is a blessing as it refills the aquifer and the Rio Grande River...we need the water, sometimes desperately!  ...but the rains also can create problems...
 
 
some of the attendees at the reception...you can see that the interior of the church bldg. is equally as lovely as the exterior...
 
 
 
 
Rosario Correa, a friend/artist, standing with her "Jalapeno Spam"!!
 
 
Phyllis Popp, a friend/artist, standing with a piece of her beautiful pottery...
 
 
Tom Popp, a friend/artist, standing with his very beautiful painting of a farm...
 
 
Cecelia Zajack McRoberts, a friend/artist, standing next to her lovely
abstract painting...
 
 
and my painting, "Sanctuary", from my WOMEN GATHERING series...it is a spiritual line about women on their paths, women supporting women...this is a painting of a woman meditating/praying...
 
 
The show runs till 4pm on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013,
so please stop by to see it! 
 

 
 
 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Original art, Painting Edges are Important!

I love edges!  so I try to make them as interesting as what's on the front!  people don't always approach a painting from the front...I bet most of the time they come toward the painting from the side or at an angle...edges are important!  they are a foretaste of what is to come...


Friday, September 6, 2013

Art Quote for Today - Kandinsky and Color

"I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the canvas with a palette knife, and I made them sing with all the intensity I could..."   Wassily Kandinsky  (the Painter's Keys) 


(color swatch from a painting by Nina Baldwin)

Friday, August 30, 2013

"Rio Grande Gorge" is published!


I announced it what seems like ages ago, but the book was only recently published...I am really honored for my "Rio Grande Gorge" to be included in the book, "COLOR: How to Use It" by Marcie Cooperman.  It is published by Pearson.  It is the premiere textbook on color for higher ed. 

I just recently received my copy...apparently it takes a long time to get a book of this size, with all of the wonderful images, etc. together...and published!  I can imagine that just communicating with the artists was a huge job for Marcie...plus all of the paperwork, signing contracts, etc...OMG!...then putting everything together...well, Marcie has my admiration...and gratitude!!


 
I am currently devouring it!!   It is chock full of good info and photos of stunning artwork!!  LOTS of artwork!!!!  This is the kind of book I love!!!   I know I will learn a lot from it!!! 
 
It can be ordered directly from Pearson if you are interested: 
 
Marcie has a great page on the net you may enjoy perusing...she calls it a color stories blog...very interesting!  Here's the url:    www.marciecooperman.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, August 29, 2013

PAUL COZE - St. Thomas the Apostle Church...and the rest of the story!


There has been a lot of interest in the images of the Stations of the Cross and so I have decided to include the rest of the images I took of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in a post here as well. 

It appears that the paintings behind Mary and Joseph and the main altar are painted in a style that somewhat repeats the style that Paul Coze used in the Stations...I especially love how the angles in the backgrounds of these paintings, almost like facets in a diamond, repeat the colors with beautiful shading, giving the paintings so much more interest than if they had not been included.  These same angles are especially prominent in the Station that portrays the view of the three crosses on the hills...infact, the hills, as well as the background repeat this very appealing technique...

image of Mary...

 
 
image of Joseph...

 
image of painting behind the main altar...it is huge! ceiling to floor...
the mountains appear to be Camelback Mountain (local)...I have to say "congratulations" to the artist (don't have the name, unfortunately) for accomplishing what he or she did...the paintings are lovely!!  and they are painted on a grand scale!

 
an idea of what the large painting looks like from a distance and behind the altar...

 
from another perspective...

 
the Station which also has the rather "Cubist" appearance to it...

 
a newspaper article I found at the main library...
the image is of another painting Mr. Coze did that was very similar to the Station...
a young Paul Coze peeks over the image...
the stamp cancel date is 1958...the stamp cost .03 at the time!

 
I want to thank Jessica for her kindness in letting me take in all of the beauty of St. Thomas Church!  It was a delightful time for me...a walk down memory lane (I remember mantillas...and the Sunday I forgot mine and attended Church with a bare head...I was so ashamed!!...and I remember singing in the choir and...and, well I won't bore you with the rest!)
 
In looking back at the newspaper image and the Station above I wonder if this was Mr. Coze's own "cubism"...I would love to know what you think!
 
Thanks for all of your interest in Paul Coze's art and public works!!  I hope to someday return to Phoenix to get images of the beautiful mural in Terminal 2 at the airport...if I get that chance, I will be sure to post them here to share with you...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

PAUL COZE - Public Works from St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Phoenix, AZ

St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Phoenix, located at 24th St. and Campbell Rd, was where I first attended school (elementary) after moving to Arizona.  It was also our parish church.  I can remember when Mr.  Coze's Stations of the Cross were first displayed.  They were different than other Stations I had seen in my short life...the others were more like small placques, but these were actual paintings...larger than most and framed.  They were also different in that they were not painted in the old masters' techniques that I was so used to seeing in the Church...these were a little edgy...they made me want to study them more...they seemed more relevant to me...

 The Church is beautiful, btw...it has been recently redone with changes in the railing in the front and new paintings behind the statues of Mary and Joseph (which were originally side altars)...also a painting behind the main altar...

The rumor is that the Stations of the Cross had been glazed or painted over about the time that a wedding took place at the Church...restoration has taken place over the last few years...

Unfortunately, the paintings must have a varnish on them that reflects the blue on the walls and deep blue on the ceiling....so, you will see a lot of blue in the Stations!  Still, they are lovely!  but please forgive the blue cast...

...click on the images to enlarge...

 
 




 










 
sorry, these images are not in order...also, sorry that they are hard to see!  I hope that you can see how important public artworks are...public artworks educate, entertain, enhance, endear and perhaps even influence values. 
They tell a story that needs to be told!!!