Thursday, 22 November 2012

A new beginning...



I haven't been around much recently what with our lives having been turned upside down (in a good way!)  Just by way of an update, S is getting on great with the training in his new job and currently travelling all over the North of Scotland learning the ropes.  I've handed in my notice at work and will finish up on 14 December which is also the day we're scheduled to hand over the keys to our house.

Last weekend I abandoned the assault course of packing cases waiting to trip me up all over the house and headed off to Amsterdam for a romantic weekend with S to celebrate our 2nd/7th anniversary (More on that later - S currently has all the photos on his camera in Scotland so I can't do my usual travelogue just yet!) Just so I can legitimately link to Paint Party Friday I am regurgitating a sketch I did of houses in Amsterdam for the Sketchbook Project back in 2010 (sorry if anyone from back then remembers this - I promise to have some new art soon!)

Anyway, I'm massively excited because on Friday I'm flying to Inverness to meet up with S and travel up to Thurso where we're spending the weekend looking at 8 different houses - hopefully one of those will be our perfect country cottage.

Now, what with all the new beginnings coming our way, I got to thinking about my blog and how, when I started it, I focussed mainly on 'pointy' paintings.   I think I've come quite a long way since then, even though animals are still my main inspiration, I've discovered different mediums and different inspiration from nature, like my rainy windows, and much as I wish I had a definite and easily recognisable signature style, looking through my blog, it's clear that I don't!  So, I figured I needed a new name for my blog - something that better reflects my art and my inspirations as they are right now.  I wracked my brain trying to come up with something and finally settled on Nic's eARTh because this is my blog about not only my art but about my view of the world that we live in, coloured as it is by my love for animals and all things nature.

I thought it would be doubly appropriate because we're moving to such a different, remote, part of the UK where we'll be surrounded by more nature than you could shake a stick at and I'll no doubt want to bore enthral any loyal readers with the trials and tribulations of relocating to the wilds of Scotland!

So, please don't adjust your monitors, Pointy Pix has become Nic's eARTh and I'd love it if you would follow me on my new adventure! (I'll still be under www.pointypix.com for a while until I figure out how to change it over)

33 comments:

  1. I can feel the excitement in your voice ( ha ha , words) 8 houses, thats wonderful!!!!I love the new name, fresh start, excellent!! You have a whole lot going on right now!!Best wishes and happiness to you and your husband,

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  2. So exciting moving to pastures new! Bet you find the perfect pad in no time. x

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  3. That's a great title! I think you do have a distinctive style and vision to your artwork. Maybe you're feeling like it needs to change to better reflect who you are? I can certainly empathize with that feeling! I love the street scene! Have fun on you adventure!

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  4. What a terrific adventure you are about to embark on!
    Good luck!
    Rinda

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  5. Good luck with your new start, love the street scene.

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  6. This is so exitement and so beautiful to see this Amsterdam houses. What a beautiful town isn't it? I am proud on our town.
    Wonderful that you have found your style and vision on your artwork. Ands I wish you luck with your adventure.
    lovely greet
    Marja
    (marjascreativity)

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  7. I don't envy you packing at all. :) I am so excited for you. Hope all goes well for you.

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  8. Great new blog look, and good luck with your new beginning! Valerie

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  9. Love your new blog header and name! So nice to read the story behind why you chose this name! I recognized Amsterdam immediately from your sketch. Isn't it a great city!? Looks like you have an exciting time ahead of you! Here's to you finding your dream house ...

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  10. Good luck on all of your new adventures. I can't wait to follow along on your blog. It is always fun to see the world through your eyes.

    I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and find the perfect place to live.

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  11. I am so excited for you, although you don't even know what you're in for living in Scotland, cold and dark days, but certainly enough beauty to fill your heart and soul. Happy PPF.

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  12. Well what a great name for your blog! I love it! And it's good that your blog is evolving along with your art :0)
    I am SO happy for you - and ever so slightly - no, actually VERY envious of the time you'll now have for your painting!
    I know Inverness quite well. We stay at Fort William every so often for a break - lovely place! And you would LOVE Glen Coe - that is the most stunning place in Scotland! Then there is the most remote pub in Britain - we really want to go there on our next visit. I cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End and John O'Groats is the most remote and mysterious place - you will LOVE it! :0)

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  13. Wow! Such an adventure for you ~ love the painting of Amsterdam ~ wishing you well on your new path ~ sounds wonderful! ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

    PS. can relate with your comments about not having a signature style ~ perhaps you do ~ I know I am all over the place artistically so hope to get there soon

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  14. Beautiful painting. Happy to be living on Nic's Earth! Good luck finding the perfect cottage! Happy PPF!

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  15. The painting of the Amsterdam houses is beautiful. I don't know if I've seen it before or not. At my age, things are new every week, even if they really aren't! LOL! I realized lately that I myself don't have a definite style. I see artists whose works are so stylized I'd recognize who painted them even without a signature. But sadly that's not me. However, I think i'd recognize your works, even the ones that aren't pointy pix.

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  16. How wonderful! Not only a new start in lifestyle and blog, but a new adventure with "S". I wish you both a wonderful time. I also had not seen your Amsterdam buildings before and love the drawing/painting. I was there only once in 1975!

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  17. Loving your wonderful painting. Life is very exciting for you at the moment with loads to do. Wishing you well with your new blog, its a perfect name change. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  18. The header looks good and the Amsterdam houses look great, too! I wish you all the happiness and success on your new life!

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  19. All these new developments in your life are so exciting. I think retitling the blog is a great idea, and can't wait to see what your new environment does for your art.

    Good luck with the house hunt, hope you find the perfect place and are able to start making it your own right away.

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  20. so many WONDERFUL changes for you!! thanks for taking us along for the ride!

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  21. Good luck in your new direction in life. Enjoy. love your painting.

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  22. I am hoping that by the time I am visiting you have found your perfect house to go with your perfect new blog... it reflects what you are doing now so well... love it...xx

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  23. LOVE your new blog title and header- so perfect! Now I'm thinking I should update mine too.....have fun with your house hunting, feathering a new nest is always so much fun!

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  24. I love this style of house ~ you've captured them so well! Good luck to you in your new endeavors :)

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  25. your work always makes me smile, especially the package I just brought up from the post box!!! OH MY GOSH, THANKYOU SO MUCH, your cards are beautiful and it was so exciting to receive mail all the way from Ireland, I have a little something to send off to you tomroow, I was worried it might not reach you because you're moving but i would imagine you are forwarding your mail for a bit and it only took twelve days for yours to reach Canada, thankyou so much again, my husband and I are enjoying the cards right this moment, we are deciding who will get which ones for Christmas, I will be so proud to give these to the special family members, everyone will frame them , I just know it, every time I give Garry's mum my cards or my art friends cards she buys little frames and frames them,

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    1. Hi Laurie, I'm so glad the cards arrived safely and that you like them!! It didn't take so long either - 12 days isn't too bad! You didn't have to send me anything but I'm very excited to know what it is all the same!! thank you so much again!

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  26. Let me know, here if you change the URL. I will want to follow you! You make me want to make an exciting move. :)

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    1. I will Leslie, I got the domain name and now just need to work out the techy stuff to link it to the blog!

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  27. I STILL like your painting of Amsterdam. Congratulations on your the new changes in your life including your new blog title. Of course I will follow Nic's EARTH. Even if you are moving to the wilds of Scotland. I can't wait to hear all about your new home.

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  28. Nic's eARTh...I like it! It's so you because you do post photos of your beautiful vacation spots and can basically paint/sketch anything under the sun, so it's an appropriate title.

    Glad you are able to enjoy the getaways with your man. Happy Anniversary, btw! Enjoy the newness of it all with your old flame (well, not OLD flame...lol...you know what I mean.). :)

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  29. How exciting to get to move like this! I'll be looking forward to pictures!

    Happy PPF!

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  30. I especially loved the picture of the couple walking their dogs. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  31. I haven't been around online very much recently, and I can't believe how quickly things are developing! Last time I read your first post about moving to Scotland, and now it seems you're almost there already. So wonderful, I'm so happy for you! And I'm finding it so very encouraging and inspiring to read your story, it makes me think that maybe I can make my dreams come true too, even though they seemed rather impossible so far. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your new life, and seeing lots of pictures of the wonderful nature! And of your art, of course. I really like your new name, and if you find out how to change the url, or import the content of the old blog to a new one, I'd be happy to know, as I've been wanting to make some changes on my blog for ages.

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