My latest! I titled it “A Winter’s Fairytale”….in case you didn’t catch on from the title of the blog post. It started out being a Christmas piece for a Santa Claus. Nope. That didn’t happen. I was doing all these things to the background, getting it all ready for Santa & what happens? It turns into this dreamy ethereal like background!!! How these things happen I’ll never know.

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A beautiful fairy with delicate wings is resting in a magical dreamlike winter setting. The image of this inspirational art by Canadian mixed media artist Janelle Nichol is available for licensing in a variety of categories.

So because I liked all the white and gray in the background & I REALLY had winter on the brain, I was determined to make this, at the very least, a winter piece, if not a Christmas piece. Let’s be clear, I could have covered all of this up & started over, but the colors and the whole mood of this piece was begging for me to keep going with this. I must have been listening to some kind of dreamy, mood music or something. So I think that it kind of looks like a winter setting but more of a dreamy magical winter setting with the pink and the red flowers etc. She is a fairy & so she has lots of flowers on her dress and I tried to get away with keeping her dress just pink and white but it did not look good people. It needed some kind of color. So yes- she has flowers and green leaves on her dress. In winter. It’s not supposed to make sense! This is a magical winter where flowers still grow and people aren’t cold. Just…..go with me.

Detail shots of A Winter’s Fairytale. A few of these turned out SO GOOD. They just look so luscious! You can purchase this piece by Contacting me. Prices are as follows:

This artwork is available as an iPhone Case, 5×7 Greeting Card and Open & Limited Edition sized Prints:

Open Edition     8×10   25.00 + 12.00 Shipping

Open Edition    11×14  40.00 + 12.00 Shipping

Limited Edition 16×20   60.00 + 12.00 Shipping

Limited Edition Giclee Canvas:

11×14       150.00 + 20.00 Shipping

16×20       200.00 + 25.00 Shipping

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It might seem early for Christmas…and you’re right. It is. I am NOT ready for winter to come! However, my mind is starting to imagine all of these Christmas, Autumn and holiday scenes I could create so I have to get them done before I forget what I wanted to do!… and making notes doesn’t always help as much as you would think. So when this particular scene flashed in my head, I KNEW it was the next piece I needed to do.

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An elegant mother and her charming little girl are spending time together under glowing Christmas lights in their beautifully decorated house during the holiday season. The Christmas tree beside them, with its branches made with flourishes adds a touch of whimsy. This inspirational image by Canadian mixed media artist Janelle Nichol is available for licensing.

I’ve said before that I’m always excited to start a new piece but I’m also very nervous as I’m never quite sure if I’m up to the task of recreating on canvas what I am seeing in my head. Often, I end up with wonderfully different results than what was in my head but sometimes the process is pretty painful trying to figure out how to get it all out so what people can actually see & feel is the same as or similar to what was in my head. Often, in my desire to get these visions in my head down on canvas so that I MYSELF can actually see them I can freak out a little bit!

With this canvas, I wanted to convey a really peaceful, calm feeling. Actually the word “peace” is across both of their faces and the gold dots in the top left corner represent Christmas lights. The mother and daughter could be decorating or they could be just spending time together enjoying the beautiful decorations and I don’t know about you, but I am ALWAYS casually walking around the house in a beautiful evening gown. Nope. No I’m not. So I suppose they are maybe admiring the beautiful ornaments- and that I actually do.  I LOVE my Christmas ornaments and I love to sit around with all of my Christmas lights on (did you know that if you have enough Christmas lights in your house you never have to turn on your actual house lights??!!) listening to music and staring at my tree and how amazing it is & think about how amazing I am that I decorated it so beautifully. (“that is really self indulgent Janelle, get over yourself!”) There, I said it, so you all don’t have to.

I have also added/hidden a little bit of music here & there within the piece to represent the music that is playing in the background. Some of you may know, I like to hide elements within my piece for the viewer to discover long after purchasing the artwork. I often here from my collectors, how thrilled they are to have just discovered something new within their piece that they did not notice previously. I love that!

This piece is available in my Etsy Shop and you can always message me if you’d like to discuss various sizes and editions of any of my prints. I have open editions, limited editions, giclee canvases and many different sizes available in all of those that aren’t necessarily listed in my store so please don’t hesitate to shoot me off an email with any questions you may have. I would love to hear any of your comments so please don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts on this piece or if you stare at your Christmas decorations like I do!

I have many detail shots of this piece and if you click on each thumbnail, you will see the image much clearer and larger.

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Well it’s Monday so that means it is time to post a new piece! It’s been 2 weeks since my plan of posting a new piece every Monday…so far so good. Ok- yes I realize it hasn’t been that long & the true test is yet to come but you can let me have this alright.

School starts for my kids this week with my youngest child starting kindergarten. AHHHH!! That’s kind of crazy. I have had lots of people ask me how I’m doing with that & I thought I must be a bad mom or something because it wasn’t affecting me at all & I’m really happr for her. She is SO READY to go to school! She is bored out of her mind & needs the excitement that going to school will bring. But a few days ago, I started thinking that maybe I shouldn’t send her to school…maybe I should just keep her at home with me forever. I mean, I really am the only one that can keep her safe right? She’s so young & small, I would be out of my mind to send her somewhere for 2 full days a week!!! So as I was contemplating all of this, I realized “hmmm…maybe I’m a good mom after all.” Because we all know, the test of a good mom is whether or not they are ready to send their youngest/last child to kindergarten. So it’s confirmed then! Ok, let’s just say that I will get emotional on Tuesday when she just rides into the wild blue yonder that is kindergarten, with nary a look back at her mother who has been with her CONSTANTLY for the last 5 years. She’s also our last child so it makes me even more reflective/depressing.

Onto my new piece! So since my image of the lady with the pink hair in “Just Smile” is so popular, I decided to do a “close-up” version of her. As with the other one, she styles herself a tad over the top and loves to push boundaries…what with her bright pink hair & all!! She is fancy but very cool. So basically when she walks into a room she has this attitude like “yup, here I am… & I am pretty awesome” instead of “yes dahling. I am a Queen, please be sure to let everyone know I have arrived.”

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Flight of Fancy. This unique and elegant lady with pink hair loves to make every head turn when she walks into a room. This abstract mixed media image is part of Janelle Nichol’s Fashion Series and is available for licensing.

 

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It’s Monday so that means I am releasing a new piece! My goal is to have something new to show you every Monday until the end of November. Even if it’s just a few sketches to show you. So it should be interesting to see how that goes! Christmas time is my busiest time of the year and I’m trying to spread out the work so I don’t have to kill myself come October. That never works very well for me.

This mixed media inspirational piece is titled “The Spring Fairy”. It’s kind of a version of my “Little Birdie” piece but with a fairy. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a couple of quick progress videos I did on there with the wings. Let me tell you- those wings were the death of me!! I’m finally happy with them though…so I guess it was all worth it. Remember, for my facebook fans, if you “Like” & “Comment” on this piece, you may win an 8×10 Fine Art Print!

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The Spring Fairy- With delicate iridescent wings, this whimsical fairy has arrived to welcome all of the Spring flowers with all of their freshness and energy. Inspirational artwork by Canadian Mixed Media artist Janelle Nichol

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 Here are some detail shots of this piece. Click on the thumbnail to see larger, clearer photos.

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As many of you know, I went to Las Vegas back in June to attend the Licensing Expo with my agency. While I was there, they kind of threw out the idea that maybe I could try a landscape piece. So that is what I did! It took me about a month to finish it & it was quite frustrating at times but also very enjoyable….as most of my pieces are while I’m working on them. You can view the video I filmed while I was in Las Vegas Here.

(Note: I am now putting a larger, transparent watermark of my logo on my pieces which you can see here. It is NOT on any prints, canvases or the original)

Before I show that to you, I just want to mention that I will now be releasing all of my new pieces on Mondays. It just helps me to keep everything straight if I do it on the same day every time. So that means if there is a new piece I am working on, you can now be watching it for it on Mondays rather than wondering if you have missed it. Also, if you haven’t been to my Facebook Page, I encourage you to head on over there & “Like” it as I will now be having a special Giveaway for my FB fans everytime I release a new piece!

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3 ladies visiting Las Vegas, enjoying the sunny warm weather, the bright lights and the energizing music. A whimsical artwork inspired by Las Vegas by inspirational mixed media artist Janelle Nichol. This image is available for licensing.

A few things about this piece:

– I tried to do what maybe a typical art piece of Las Vegas would be like….that didn’t work. So I embraced my own style & just went with it. It’s amazing that after all this time, I am still tempted to think that my own style won’t be good enough.

– I wanted it to be pretty but not TOO pretty & I wanted there to be some contrast in the piece. Both with colors & with the mood. I struggled for quite some time on that.

– While I want it to be obvious that it is Las Vegas, I also didn’t want to do anything that would be “expected.” So yes- I made the Eiffel tower blue & pretty, I put bright colors on The Luxor & I made the hot air balloon pink…what of it? Oh ya- the skyline of New York has some issues with bright colors as well. What can I say? That’s how I roll. (is that saying still in? Or am I totally out-of-date?)

-There is something specific in this piece that I am wondering if people will notice…so if you think you know what it is, by all means, let me know in the comments!! (I’m SO MYSTERIOUS!)

Here’s some detail shots. Click on the thumbnails to see clearer, larger images.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi all! Today I just wanted to do a feature on my new Fashion series artworks. I will be adding many more pieces in the future but these are my first round of pieces for this series.

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Black shoe with pink and purple butterfly. Abstract background created with purple and pink watercolors and acrylics. Mixed media artwork by folk artist Janelle Nichol

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This is a mixed media watercolor and acrylic painting with a red shoe and is available for licensing purposes. The background is purple, black and grey watercolors with some acrylic paint as well. Artwork by Inspirational artist Janelle Nichol

I’ve been wanting to do “shoes” for awhile now and finally just did it in time for my Calgary show a couple of weeks ago. I have to say, these were so much fun to do! I was going for a really embellished, glamorous, artsy look. I also wanted to experiment with some colors that I haven’t used too often in the past. These stylish shoe pieces were a big hit in the show in Calgary so I already have plans to make many more for the Fall shows. A few of the Originals are still available for purchase in my Etsy Shop and all of these images are available as a Print and Stretched canvases. These are great in sets of 3 on the wall. I am going to be placing a set of them right beside my large bedroom mirror so that I can view them while I put on my jewellery. Right now I am offering a special promotional price in my Etsy Shop when you purchase 3 of these prints together. The sizes are 11×11 for the square images and 11×14 for the landscape or portrait images.

Here’s a video featuring the images of the shoes and all of the close-up detail shots of the shoes. The detail shots show some shadows because of some of the angles I used when photographing them but those shadows don’t show up in a print.

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Pink shoe with purple butterfly. Watercolor and acrylic background. Painting by mixed media artist Janelle Nichol

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Unique abstract artwork by Inspirational artist Janelle Nichol. Brown and black shoe assembled with lace and studs. Mixed media background.

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Gold shoes with glitter on the embellished heels with wide cream and black striped background. Abstract and unique, this artwork is by inspirational artist Janelle Nichol and was completed in May of 2013. This image is available for licensing. The original has been sold but prints are available.

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Vintage inspired mixed media assemblage artwork by inspirational folk artist Janelle Nichol.

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Shoes made with watercolor flowers. Abstract background done with acrylics and watercolors. Artwork by inspirational artist Janelle Nichol

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Black and white polka-dot shoes with abstract red and pink background. This mixed media artwork is by Canadian artist Janelle Nichol

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A pretty fairy surrounded by sparkling fairy dust and morning mist, spending time by a magical whimsical tree filled with sequins. Watercolor and acrylic collage artwork by mixed media inspirational folk artist Janelle Nichol

Happy Monday!

Today I would like to share one of my new pieces with you! I have another one that I will be showing later this week titled “Reflection.” But first I want to tell you about “Glow”.

A Few Details About “Glow”

-I used a lot of watercolor paints on this one, along with some acrylics.

-I put some sequins on the trees to make them more whimsical and more Fairy-like

-I put a lot of “fairy dust” on this piece using various materials including glitter, fabric and watercolor paints.

-After I finished painting the hair for this fairy, I realized she looks a lot like my daughter Avery.

-The script on the paper that I made her body out of is all about flowers. I got the idea in my head that it had to be about flowers and I could not rest until I found the right paper!

-This piece was inspired by late afternoon sunstreams (pretty sure I just made up that word) through the trees, combined with the mist from Niagara Falls. My husband and I, along with my sister and her husband visited Niagara Falls this past Summer. So beautiful!

Glow is available:

-as a print in sizes 11×14, 16×20 which can be purchased by clicking Here.

-and as a limited edition canvas print which can be purchased by clicking Here. There will only be 200 reproduced of this piece.  Your canvas print will come numbered #1-200.

-The 16×12 Original is available for purchase for 485.00 CAD, and comes on a ready to hang canvas. There is no need for a frame. It can be purchased Here.

Here are some detail shots of this piece. Click on each thumbnail to see an enlarged image.

 

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Mixed Media detail shot of hair for inspirational artwork Come Back Home To You by Canadian folk artist Janelle Nichol

“He said goodbye and promised he would be back, that he would come back home to her. As this elegant, graceful woman gazes over the beautiful valley, she will be able to watch her loved one go for quite some time yet before he is out of her view. The romance they share will inspire and carry her while she waits for his return. ” Artwork by Janelle Nichol. Links & info on how to purchase this piece are at the bottom of this post.

Just wanted to do a piece about my newest artwork. It’s titled “Come Back Home To You.” I will spare you all the messy details but this one was painful. I came very close to tearing it up and starting over a few times but I pulled through so I hope you all love it 🙂 There’s also a video of this piece if you scroll down.

There are quite a few things involved with each of my canvas artworks. 1st I start with the sketch which may or may not be done ahead of time. Then I do the background and this usually sets the whole mood of the piece, which I’m often not aware of until this stage is complete. In this particular piece, I did have a vision and it turned out quite similar to what I had in my head (this doesn’t often happen…usually I decide to go in a different direction). After the background is completed, I put the lady together, which means I decide what she’s wearing, what colors will go with the mood I’m trying to convey,etc. Once she is on the canvas, I paint her hair & do more things with her clothes to bring her “into” the piece. Then I fool around with the background some more and at some point I decide to be done. Rather, I just decide that I need to stop. Usually when I get to a boring song on my iPod or something. Also, one last thing: the bare feet have “Flora Anne” on them, which are the middle names of my 4 year old daughter Piper. I have other pieces where I have included the name “Flora” hidden amongst them as well.

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He said goodbye and promised he would be back, that he would come back home to her. As this elegant, graceful woman gazes over the beautiful valley, she will be able to watch her loved one for quite some time yet before he is out of her view. The romance they share will inspire and carry her while she waits for his return.

One would think that at this point I am now done and can start another piece. One would be wrong. Now I have to get the image all ready to go to my agency, and into my gallery, my Etsy Shop, and Fine Art America where they are available to purchase as prints & as a Giclee Stretched Canvas Print. With this one, I also did a Video (see below) on Youtube. That took me all afternoon! I do all of this in the hopes that you will all enjoy the piece and to give you a better understanding of myself and my artwork! 

I do hope you love this newest piece and I would love to hear your comments and if you would be so kind, you can also like/share/pin/tweet it 🙂 Here is a gallery of some of the detail shots. Click on each one to see an enlarged image.

The Original has been SOLD.

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Quiet Time- It’s time for a quiet rest and this graceful young lady is cuddling up with her lovely cat as it plays with her beautiful dress.

 

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I have a special guest on my blog. It is my agent Bill Uglow!  He offered to write a little something on my blog and I thought long and hard about it…Just kidding,  I said “of course”  immediately!

I could say a lot about him in regards to what I have learned in the last 7 months working with him and I probably wouldn’t stop for awhile. Then you’d get bored and annoyed…so I won’t. But I will say, he has pushed me to work harder on my art then I ever thought I could, and he has inspired me to do and learn things that I thought were completely out of my realm. If you want to read a little bit about him, you can go to International Creative Licensing Agency and it has much more information on him and the agency itself. Plus, there’s a cute little picture under the Clients tab of one of my artworks. Here’s what he has to say.

“I am thrilled to be working with Janelle on new licensing opportunities. I have been representing artists for licensing purposes for many years and recognize great art when I see it. Janelle’s art falls into that category! And, many companies here in the US are excited to work with her. We have two licenses in place and more to come!”

 

Love that!

Now, for those of you who may not be aware, I am giving away an 11×11 print of my brand new Artwork titled “Quiet Time”. The original is also available to purchase in my Etsy shop. It is a mixed media piece that was inspired by the Victorian time period and it is a folk art style with some unique and abstract elements added. I hope you enjoy it! You can view Detail Shots of this piece Here.  I will also be posting a video of it on my YouTube channel soon so be watching for that.  Here is what you need to do to have an entry into win the Art Print. You must do both #1 and #2 to be entered.

1. Like the Home page of my website. Click HERE to do that.
2. Like my FB page. Click HERE to do that.
3. BONUS ENTRY: “like” Quiet Time in the Gallery.

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