Painting as an Act of Independence

'Untitled' 14"x18" Acrylic on Canvas
‘Untitled’ 14″x18″ Acrylic on Canvas

Paul North Waters linked elements in this painting to Delacroix’s, Liberty Leading the People:

“Reminds me of the French Revolution!  There’s even the French flag (albeit colors reversed) in your painting!”

I consider my painting, “An Act of Independence!”

I Love Delacroix… I think we share strong emotions and freedom of expression. I have been tortured in my approach to this canvas, and surprised to see much gray tonality show up, but it’s balancing the brighter hues.

The composition has gone through so many changes since a dream I had months ago initiated this work.  Breathing in angst.

Dream recorded while 'sleeping'
Dream recorded while ‘sleeping’

Vic Vollrath wrote:

“Beautiful piece Nicole! Three words – life, order, chaos. One can see these three words in any order referenced by your painting. One can see order in what might at first appear to be chaos and within that order is life emerging. Or, as order disintegrates into chaos, life is extinguished. The viewpoint is dependent upon the optimism or pessimism of the individual.”

My thanks to both Friends for their interest and response to my work… it’s very much appreciated.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

Arkwork

"Untitled" Digital Painting
“Untitled” Digital Painting
"Untitled" Digital 'Drafting'
“Untitled” Digital ‘Hi-Tech’ Drafting
"Untitled" Digital Drawing
“Untitled” Digital Drawing
"Untitled" Digital Painting
“Untitled” Digital Painting

Artwork by Carsen A. Teasdale ©2015

Quote – Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

“Digital_paintingThe specific visual characteristics of a digital painting can be traced back to the software. They include transparency, symmetry, distortion, repetition, texture, embossing (creating 3D illusions), mathematically perfect circles, ellipses, squares and other forms, and a flat surface due to the (up to now) technical impossibility to make the brush stroke visible. The option to undo without a trace up to twenty or more brush strokes or other actions, permits a more spontaneous, intuitive way of working than is possible in traditional painting.”

“The choice of program (or specific feature within a program) determines the output to have the characteristics of a watercolor, lino cut, screen print, oil painting etc. Thus, digital painting is not so much a new medium as a new appearance of the whole range of existing mediums, supplemented with some new features.”

                   

©2015 Nicole Rigets

To Paint things Apart

"Untitled"  24"x36" Acrylic on Canvas
“Untitled” 24″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

In this image I want to mock, or echo, a different order.  As the pieces come apart, they are dismissed, and I digress rapidly into an order that has not been established until now.  In the same way I work when I’m making a film, I edit, and delete sequences.  Many paintings are “lost” during this technique as the more immediate ones emerge to replace them.

Abstract painting is a way of giving meaning to my inward searches.  I’m strongly attached to what I see in nature.  Color, form, line, and texture, are elements I paint to pull apart so as to see them differently.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Chow-Chow Woozy”

"Collective Individualism"

My approach to interior living is to treat each area as studio space.  Over a period of thirty years I have seen, heard, read, invented, collected, curated and saved hundreds of Design Ideas.

I regularly toss around these flights of fancy.  They add zing and expressive meaning to my LifeSTyle and environment.  Time spent patterning new designs refreshes my surroundings and charges my inner life.

I’m creating “Chow-Chow Woozy” to post a sampling, from my museum of ideas, and offer my Readers ‘a new way of seeing’.

Decoration:

  • Setting everyday objects under glass (a bell jar) can render them with a curious importance.  ie.  A stack of Men’s Shirt Collars, or A Pile of Tiny Colorful Books.
  • Empty Wooden Spools, from thread, become revitalized by winding lovely Ribbons around them and newly displaying them.
  • A Teak Coffee Table can be painted white; advancing it from Mid-Century Modern to Minimalism.
  • A Polished Concrete Floor, with Glass Tile Inserts, emulates a “Mondrian” Painting.
  • Glossy Design Magazines can be stacked and tied with thick black Straps, or Heavy Rope, to make Occasional Tables.  NY Times Newspapers will work well too.
  • When a Kitchen does not have a window above the sink, glass shelves can stretch across the wall above it, to give an atmosphere of light and reflection.
  • White floors & Black Doors.

A Heavy Old Dresser, purchased from a Thrift Store, can be raised up on legs to make it suitable as a Kitchen Island.  Often I love to see a big Wooden Work Table, instead of an Island, placed in the centre of a busy Kitchen.  A table becomes an offering of space ready for: baking, doing homework, potting plants, arranging flowers, preparing a meal, making a watercolor, wrapping gifts… all possible.

Decor:

  • Newspaper giftwrap wound up with red & gold plaid ribbon.
  • Gold Foil crumpled around plant pots.
  • Silver Star Confetti.

Scatter Rose Petals between two layers of Tulle and tie with a Floral patterned Ribbon.  Use this as an alternative to disposable paper giftwrap.

  • Two to three foot Topiary Trees, decorated with twinkling lights and delicate thin ribbon, look festive in all settings.
  • Old Sheets of Music (from a library) add a vintage touch when framed in Gilt.
  • Broken pieces of China can be displayed under glass in Frames.

Fragment from my Journal:

A transparent and light-filled glass room as a background… to the heaviest, most Baroque door frames, anchoring a delicate pink marble floor… sigh…

I love the feeling of being open to experimenting with LifeSTyle, by mixing simple (DIY) Do-It-Yourself projects, with more amplified Interior Designs.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

 

Play-pen App

Blogging 101 has me living across new worlds… even eating sweet, baked ‘black’ bananas… well… I am 1/2 Fruitarian.

Elle Kae published a list of iPhone apps to enhance blogging posts.  ‘ABM; A Beautiful Mess’ sounded invaluable and I spent $1.19 to buy it.

In well-connected Collage Circles I am known as; “The Particle Princess”.  This is my beautifull mess:  in photo essay form, because last week’s assignment (post in a style you don’t usually do) hasn’t been done.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

These first two were made using Collage layouts and my Photographs.

 

 

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

This one is created using my ‘In-Camera Collage’ and ‘ABM’ Borders; chevrons, shocking pink dots, and ribbon-like script.

 

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

Three iPhone Photos captured on Denman Street, in Vancouver’s West End, were set into the Collage Layout.  I then added an ‘ABM’ doodle and chose ‘Lorinda’ text to type the word:  What!

 

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Made completely with ‘ABM’ Collage Features. Later I loaded this image into Instagram, vignetted it a bit, and added a Caption: “PLaYgrOunD”

 

Here is a link to Elle Kae and the article:  http://ellekae.com/2015/01/22/top-iphone-app-roundup/

©2015 Nicole Rigets

Divorce your White Shirt

The New Year Shirt Paradigm

Tattoo your shirt with brilliantly colored threads. Letters of the alphabet, poetic musings, girlfriends’ first names, pet names, nicknames… you name it!

Taken to the ludicrous… I love it! Snippets from a diary, love letters, rejections, inspirations, predictions, joie de vivre, melodies.

Stock market symbols, codes; I can’t think of a better way to express yourself without puncturing your skin. Colors, patterns, contrasts, textures; a field wide open for your experimentation.

$1,000 worth of monograms
$1,000 worth of monograms

Copyright © 2011 Nicole Rigets

 

Ten for 2011 POW!!!!!!

This Year I’m Blasting Off in New Directions!

  1. I’m the current in the wire.
  2. I’m firing up my spirit.
  3. I’m turning action into a living philosophy.
  4. I’m working up a new balancing act.
  5. I’m liberating my time.
  6. I’m vanquishing my fears.
  7. I’m counting on the unpredictable.
  8. I’m moving to a Midas touch.
  9. I’m cherishing what I have.
  10. I’m breathing in love.

Thank you all for following my Blog throughout 2010… 2011 is going to be GRRREAT!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

Blue, Black & Silver Holiday Street

December 21st… Robson Street, Vancouver B.C.

A heartfelt Thank-You to all my viewers for visiting this Blog throughout 2010… you have given me great joy and I wish you Peace and Happiness throughout the Holiday Season. xo

I recently published a Fashion Blog to inform and create inspiration in my readers… see you at:  http://www.nicolerigetsonvogue.wordpress.com

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets