Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Under the Spotlight...

My 15 minutes of Caithness fame!


As part of my attempts to find a part time job until this whole artist gig starts paying its way (hope springs eternal), I buy the two weekly local newspapers, The Caithness Courier on a Wednesday and the John O'Groat Journal on a Friday.



Well,  last Wednesday I noticed a feature in the Courier called Artist in the Spotlight.  Each week they feature a different local artist with an interview on their work, their goals and dreams.  Hmm, I thought,  this is interesting and what better way to let folk know that yet another 'blow-in' artist  has set up easel in the locality should they want to immortalise their beloved animals in ink or acrylics.

Anyway,  long story short,  I'm the artist in the spotlight this week! You can read the interview here if you would like!

26 comments:

  1. Living the Dream! M.

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  2. BRILLIANT! I really hope it brings in some sales - I'd love to be able to paint for a living too, you have a unique style which I think helps, good luck!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Sharon. It is a dream we all share I imagine!

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  3. I popped over and read the interview Nic, great stuff and hope it brings you in some orders. Hugs Annette x

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    1. Thank you Netty. See you at PPF on Friday!

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  4. What a cool interview. I hope it breaks the ice where you are and helps the process along.

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    1. Thanks Cris, I hope so too although the downside of living somewhere so picturesque is that it draws lots of creative types to live here so I hope there's room for one more!

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  5. Lovely interview, and if you don't make a living full time from your art there is no hope for the rest of us would be artists! I just know you will do well xxx

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    1. Thank you so much - what a lovely thing to say!

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  6. congratulations... what a great article... you are a star!!!!

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  7. Congratulations! Great interview too. Keep up the great work. :) I am also passionate about animal welfare and help many causes where I can. It breaks my heart at how wild, domestic, and farmed animals are treated by humans across the globe. :(

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    1. Thank you Serena, it's always good to meet another animal loving artist on-line!

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  8. congratulations! Every bit of exposure is good, get your name out there, your talent will do the rest!

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  9. Congratulations, this is a great interview, enjoyed the read. Here's hoping this will set you on your way with your art in the area.

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    1. thank you very much Ann, I'm glad you enjoyed it and I hope it will come to something!

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  10. Wow! Wonderful article! Great welcoming. You deserve this, Nicola.

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  11. I can't believe that I was so excited to see the article, that I read that before reading your post - I clicked the image and squinted close up to my screen - only to find that at the end of your post you have put a nice easy link to read it, lol!
    Wow - how lovely to see yourself in print! I'm SO pleased for you! And such a great interview too. I hope you get bucket loads of work from in and some more windows opening too :0)
    Hmmm... Is that really YOU in the photo though? I mean - it says (42), but you look about 12!! Have gone off you a bit, lol! ;0)

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    1. Lol, I don't think you're the only one - my mum emailed me to say she had to squint to read it! I've posted her the actual clipping as you know how mums like to keep those sorts of things!!
      As for the photo - I fear I look every one of my 42 years these days (and typical I'm yet again 'between' hair styles!!) And anyway, you can talk - I've seen your photos and you look just as young!

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  12. well done - great article. "Living the dream", that's a phrase that I use aswell!

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    1. Thanks Angela. The plus side of buying the local newspaper was seeing the feature - hopefully it'll come to something. You should contact them as well - let them know there's yet another new artist in the area!!

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  13. Great article. I looked on Monday's post but all those were dogs, so I kept looking till I found a post without dog portraits.

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  14. CONGRATULATIONS! Great article and I'm sure Scotland will be very happy you set up your easel there.

    On another note, you're 42??? Really???? Wow. That Irish/Scottish air must REALLY be good for you!

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  15. What a wonderful way to introduce you both as new to the area and as local artist! So good that the paper does such a series, wish we had something like this here too. And I really enjoyed reading the article. Hope you'll get lots of positive response from the locals, and commissions too!

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  16. Congratulations, Nic! I love how I mentioned the dog's eyes reflecting something of your compassion in them...and then you mentioned something about the eyes on your interview. I guess I'm pretty intuitive, if I do say so myself (and understood you correctly). I do think we're on the same page. Great work and I do believe you have a body of work now with these ink sketches and some of the others that weren't commissioned, right? Well, if not you will, my friend, you will! Best of luck and happy painting! I tried oils years ago and I was so anxious I could NOT relax and figured they weren't for me. I should try them again and see what happens. :)

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