Bold Interview 17: Michelle Nickolaisen

Hello dear bold souls, Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to the magnificent human known as Michelle Nickolaisen, who I’m proud and happy to know “from the internets!” Settle down comfortably and enjoy this Q&A with Michelle :)

Blog title for Bold Interview 17 on TangerineMeg.com

You’re a Multipod/Multipotentialite/Scanner –  a podcast writer&producer, blogger, writer, Freelancer Planner creator [have I missed anything there?] … How do your interests support and oppose each other?

I don’t think you missed anything! (Actually, upon reflection, I did realize I’m dipping my toe into game designing/writing, mostly TTRPGs but I have an idea/outline for a text-based choose your own adventure game that would be a phone app…) For the most part, my interests support me in different ways — I do enjoy nonfiction writing, but I mostly do it for my day job, which supports me financially, so that I can work on my creative projects, which don’t make much money, but are extremely fulfilling. It can be hard to juggle them all, but for the most part I really enjoy having so many projects going and tend to get ideas for one project when working on another, so they feed each other.

Book cover: Keys and Needles by Michelle Nickolaisen

Your Freelancer Planner is a place where zen good looks meet organised systems… I know it well due to our collaboration and it’s such a good system. How did you learn to be so organised that you can teach others? And why is it important to have visual pleasingness as well as order?

I’m not sure how I learned to be so organized, honestly – a lot of it is that if I’m not super organized, then everything is a mess. Sometimes my systems get a little complicated (or involve some duplication of work, like my giant dry-erase calendar and my Google Calendar), but without the systems, nothing gets done and I just sort of wander aimlessly throughout my day, so I started to get and stay organized at a fairly early age out of necessity. (It probably helps that I started freelancing around age 20.) For me, something being aesthetically pleasing is part of the function of it — if it’s nice to use, it makes me more likely to use it. If it’s ugly, I’ll put off using it or forget it exists, honestly!

Michelle Nickolaisen seated in front of a graffiti wall with black drawings and lots of green and blue. She's looking out of the photo to our right.

With your activism – How and for what causes do you do activism? (if you’re comfortable to say)
How do you look after yourself so your activism can be sustainable. Tell us about an activist you admire.

I try to be active on a lot of fronts, including voting and helping other people vote, donating money to smaller nonprofits and to crowdfunding campaigns for marginalized people, etc. I also created a directory of LGBTQ+ friendly gyms called Safe to Train, which I’d like to expand more on when I have time. When it comes to specific causes, there are a lot, but racial equality, LGBTQ+ rights and equality, and reproductive/healthcare rights are pretty far up there for me…but even just listing that, I think of mental health advocacy, climate change, income inequality…they’re all linked so it’s really hard to pull out just one or two and say “this is it, this is where I’m putting my focus!” Maybe if I did, the day-to-day might feel a little less overwhelming, but I try to be as aware as I can about all fronts without just sinking into existential dread.

I try to remember that it’s about the long-term, not just the short term. It doesn’t do anyone (least of all the cause, or me) any good to burn myself out. It’s hard to remember that when every day seems to bring something new and nightmarish in the news cycle, but we’ve got to be in this for the long haul if we want to effect any long term change.

For activists I admire, I’m not sure if they count (I’m not sure what “defines” an activist, you know?), but I love Ijeoma Olou, Anthony Oliveira, Tunde Olaniran, and probably several more people I’ll think of later, who are all creators who are politically active.

MIchelle Nickolaisen riding a green bike in front of a graffiti wall that says "Hello"

You do cool things for your physical fitness – tell us about those and what you love so much about those activities :)

Yes! So I still do weights sometimes, and I cycle both for fun and to get around, but my two main loves are martial arts and bouldering. I started climbing regularly last September, so I’ve been climbing regularly for almost a year now. I started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in August of 2015 and I currently train a mix of that and Krav Maga, so it’s been just over three years since I started training martial arts. Both of them are great in that they feel very practical — although I hope I never have to use my climbing skills in real life, it’s good to know that I can do that, and it “feels” more real than lifting weights does. They also both combine thinking and physicality, in that you have to think about your fighting or climbing strategy as you’re doing it. And they’re also great for forcing me into focus and into almost a meditative state; you can’t be thinking about a million things when you’re sparring or on the wall, because that’s how you get beat up or fall!

For a long time I struggled to maintain any kind of physical activity because I was often bored by it, but doing these two things has been great for me because they keep me engaged in my fitness routine and give me an outlet. Since I started training regularly, my anxiety and depression have been much easier to manage.

Black and white photo of a large and a small Freelancer Planner opened up so you can see the page layouts.

Have things evolved as you imagined when you first started freelancing? How so and how not? How does your business and other activities align with your values and priorities?

The evolution has been really interesting, honestly! So when I first started freelancing, I did freelance writing, but got quickly burned out on it, as I was working largely through content mills and wasn’t sure how to progress past that point. There wasn’t a lot of information at that time on how to progress past “doing as much content mill writing as I can to pay the bills” and into “having an actual freelance career,” at least not that I could find. So once I got burned out, I started doing freelance project management, because my good friend Shenee Howard pointed out to me that not everyone has that as a skill. My plan was to use the project management and productivity coaching type services to basically subsidize the writing. After a while, after the memory of the burnout I’d had before faded some, I realized that I could just…do freelance writing, and get paid better for it, now that I had a pretty solid portfolio of clips from years of writing about productivity and project management.

From there it’s been a pretty direct path to present day, where, as of late August, I’m the full-time content marketing manager at Rebilly. There have always been side projects, and in between the side projects and the twists and turns my “day job” career has taken, there is really no way that I could have predicted how everything would turn out. I think I’d have the broad strokes (writing-related, of course), but that’s about it.

Aside from giving me the freedom and means to support the political causes I talked about, my career also gives me a lot of autonomy and flexibility, which has always been really important to me. Being able to tackle things in the order that I think makes sense, or go work out in the middle of the day, is really important for my personal productivity, so that flexibility is important to me. For the creative projects, I think it’s important to make art from your POV [point of view] — I can’t think of a more elegant way to put it than that, but it’s just important to me that I do that and help others do the same.

Screen shot of Michelle Nickolaisen demonstrating the Freelancer Planner while wearing a Buffy t-shirt

And a bonus Buffy question: Who’s your favourite character (and why) and what do we do when good creators do bad things?

I think my favorite is either Willow or Giles. I think there’s a line to be walked there when it comes to creators doing bad things — this is something I’ve thought a lot about both with Joss Whedon and JK Rowling as of late. I think it’s distasteful to say that you can ever separate the creator 110% from the art — especially when the creator has done really, really heinous things (looking at you, Polanski and Allen) — but at the same time, I think it’s possible to say “This piece of media wasn’t perfect, and neither is the person who made it, but at the time it meant a lot to me and it will always hold a special place in my heart, even though now I’m open to critiquing it.”

Black and white photo of Michelle Nickolaisen

 

Michelle Nickolaisen is a writer, podcaster, & creator based in Austin, TX. When not creating something, Michelle can be found listening to podcasts, watching Netflix, or doodling.

Check out:
Michelle’s writing and strategy services, freelancing and being organised at Bombchelle Industries and our
collaboration the Freelancer Planner

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for joining us today, Michelle… it’s really fun and inspiring hearing what you’ve been up to. Bold souls: I hope you’ll go check out Michelle’s online stuff and keep her in mind if you need anything she offers… 

Talk soon,
Meg x o

 

Live Bold List 50: 6 Reasons I make lino prints of Bold Women

Wow, 50 Live Bold Lists – how exciting! This is seriously a testament to keeping at it one blog post at a time!

For this one, I tried to figure out why when I create ‘people pictures’ I steer towards the medium of lino printing.

Bold List 50: 6 Reasons I make lino prints of Bold Women

  1. Simplicity. I ‘force’ myself to design with simplicity in this medium. Which leads to:
  2. … celebrating the person or idea (or both) with bold visual representation. Carefully chosen lines and shapes, and
  3. …  a strong overall composition. Cogitating about the composition for ages – so it says what I want to say clearly, even if this means trying and re-trying … not just re-doing the sketching, but on occasion entire re-design/re-carve/re-print/re-paint! It took several goes to make the final simple layout for *First Fig*.
  4. It’s super fun and inclusive to experiment with rainbows of cat coat and human colours in small editions of prints. Like *Speak With Love* or *Welcome Cat (the lino print)*.
    Two lino prints as a backdrop for title wording. The left lino print has a woman with a purple and blue mandala on her neck, and colourful clothing. The right print is a woman with a winged pig on her shoulder.
  5. The sheer visceral un-rushable pace of creating a lino print; from designing and carving an image where there was none, to printing and painting. A measured pace compared to other everyday activities, like say watching TV or driving fast on a freeway!
  6. To amplify the visibility of a snippet or thought in a real human woman’s life, to acknowledge and celebrate my or someone else’s everyday story. Like above when I got thyroid medication made from pig thyroid glands, and below where I celebrate friendship and the universal vibration of the purr of a cat.

Two lino prints as a backdrop for title wording of a blog post. The left lino print has two friends hugging. The right print is a woman with a cat, in a garden, with a starry sky

Did you know?

All the lino prints shown here appear in my 2019 Bold Art Calendar (Bold Women theme)?

I’ve had a heckuva week… I’ll tell you about it once the dust has settled, but for now, from the midst of the dust, I say: “Acknowledge and appreciate your everyday, dear kindred spirit!”

Talk soon!
Much Love,
Meg x o

 

 

PS Check out some of my art inspiration on my Pinterest boards, here by theme >> Bold Women, Bold Souls, Lino Prints :)

PS2 If you want to hear from me beyond (yet including) blog posts like this, sign up for my mailing list using the little ‘form’ in the sidebar or below – you also immediately get fun free gifts and a code for 10% off 2019 calendars!

PS3 I’d be grateful if you’d show my blog to your bold women friends – if you think they’d like this kind of thing, of course! Thank you!

A tall lino print of a woman wiht a calm smile and colourful patterned clothing, titled “Speak with Love”; overlaid is the blog post title: “Bold List 50: 6 Reasons I make lino prints of Bold Women”A tall lino print of a woman wiht a calm smile and colourful patterned clothing, titled “Speak with Love”; overlaid is the blog post title: “Bold List 50: 6 Reasons I make lino prints of Bold Women”

Pictures 33 to 38 of my 100 Pictures Project

Hello Lovely Face and welcome to my 522nd blog post! [That seems a big number! We got here one blog post at a time!]

After a couple of months working on calendars-calendars-calendars, I’m amazed any pictures got created at all towards the *100 Pictures Project*! They did though. Lots of them are cat pictures :) And here they are…

100 Pictures Art Project header image with silvery blue intent cat on a vibrant patchwork quilt background

 

Picture 33 – drawing: Sleep is Magic

I drew this while listening to an interview with Sleep Diplomat Matt Walker. It’s an apt self-description – he’s calm, persuasive, highly educated and absorbing about how beneficial sleep is to us. [By the way, 7-9 hours sleep is ideal.]

After listening to his interesting things-which-ya-kinda-know-but-pick-up-more-strongly-in-the-rehearing-as-an-adult, I now count it as an even bigger win to start each day having had enough magical sleep time.

This drawing is currently not in my online shop, however if you’d like to see it as a colouring page or tshirt, message me and I’ll see what I can do.

line drawing of sleeping floating woman by Tangerine Meg

Picture 34 – Dion, the Tawny Abyssinian – SOLD

Dion’s person has seen this now [see below left the photo from our presentation meeting last Friday] so, like a final ‘reality’ TV reveal, I can show you the Custom Cat portrait I’ve been working on. What a smart and delightful person and cat! On Sunday Dr K emailed me to lock in painting Dion’s sister.

For those of you playing at home, I’m now booked for the rest of the year for Custom Cat portraits. The next spot secured will be first on the wait list for 2019.

Happy customer photo with framed Custom Cat (at left) and close up of the Custom Cat painting (at right)

Picture 35 – Ivan the Blue Russian – SOLD

This gorgeous Blue Russian cat’s owner [ok, we know very well we’re not owners!] was a big part of the community in the SA Cat Show world, and a kind, generous person.

blue russian cat art at left and photo of tshirt of black cat with stars art

Picture 36 – Black cat with stars design ^^^

I dearly wanted a black cat with stars for a tshirt image, after Mr Inky came into our home. So I made one! Click the picture above to see this design on everything but the kitchen sink. Haha, I can’t keep up with magnificent Red Bubble. Seriously, even if I blink my one eyes [one] at a time, they still have yet another product to print your art on! I love it – love art on All The Things! These black cats with stars look groovy on items from bedcovers, phones and leggings to a plentitude of styles and colours of tshirts!

Picture 37 – Oh my Gourd!

Why in gourd’s beautiful planet are there so many hilarious name possibilities for the title of this one? Oh my Gourd! , Gourds. Gifts. etc etc. Click the picture below to see the gourd picture in the *100 Picture Project* section of my shop. Oh, my Gourd! was offered by Ms T on Facebook. If you have another gourd phrase to make us laugh, chime in below in the comments section :) See the Making Of pictures here on my instagram.

Pic 38 Louix the Turkish Angora ^^

Remember when I painted the Turkish tabby? Rita, a professional cat breeder and photographer on Facebook [<<< check her work out, she’s good, isn’t she?] posted a pic of this fluffy sweetie, her Turkish Angora cat. This past fortnight I got a chance to try painting it. There are hardly any drawn pen lines on this one, mostly brush drawing. Very softy, right? Like the cat itself.

Check this out

I feel lucky and happy to be adding to the cat iconography of our time. Click this to read about an amazing collection of cat images and objects, the book Caticon, in an article by Purrington Post. Welcome, if Purrington Post is where you clicked through from :) Hi, cat lovin’ friend!

Have a great week with lots of cat cuddles and other love and peace in your days!
Talk soon!
Love Meg x o

 

 

PS Talking about things that add up over time with repeated small efforts [which we were at the top], our contribution to TPRF humanitarian aid is slowly edging even further above $5000. That sounds a lot, and it’s done a lot of good for others. [It also feels like a more positive way to move in life than watching the news and getting depressed!]

PS 2 Click this if you want to see my Cat Art board – my e-version of Caticon! – on Pinterest!
To see things that inspire me with floaty persons such as picture number 33, check out my  Dreamy Souls pinterest board – a lot of it is Marc Chagall … he’s such a legend!

PS3 I’d be remiss not to mention my Cat Art 2019 Calendar! Technology permitting it’s available below, otherwise click this to whoosh to my gallery shop ^^

 

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7 Reasons I adore Artwork on Paper!

I love*love*love artwork on paper! Here’s why …Handcoloured lino print of a joyous woman under the sun with her cat, overlaid with type reading “7 Reasons I Adore Artwork on Paper”

7 Reasons I adore artwork on paper, ‘specially watercolours

  1. The sheer variety of possible artworks on paper. In my own work, I do watercolours and lino prints. In my down time I draw on visual diary pages and cut up magazines for collages. There are plentiful art techniques using watercolours and more wonderful kinds of printing and other art that I appreciate by others. What about those amazing Altered Books, cut paper illustrations, paper making … oh, so many more than I can mention here…
  2. The way the colours sing in the light feels so alive! Breathing, almost. Not stuffy.
  3. Painting on great paper is quite simple, a bit primal … the rough ‘tooth’ of the surface, the watery flow of colour. You can choose to let putting paint and brush to watercolour paper ‘force’ you to be in the present moment.
  4. Rag paper is 100% cotton. It biodegrades if you wanna get eco about it. Which we do.
  5. It’s bold. When painting with watercolour on paper, you’re committed. You can’t press undo – there’s no apple-Z (or control-Z) for this kind of art! And, if you start getting addicted to whole lot of erasing you’ll bring only destruction to the surface of the paper. No return. Frequently surrender!
  6. I think it’s the light shining *through* the paint that makes it glow…
  7. Affordable, original living artists’ artworks make a fresh, valuable addition to a Works on Paper wall of curious beauty, grouped beside the stairs or on the wall behind a reupholstered lounge chair.


Work in progress on an artwork on paper . Hand shown painting bottlebrush leaves.

Click either of the pictures above to see them in my gallery shop … maybe even make one your own!

Hassles with framing your artwork on paper?

Canvas paintings are often quite robust … artwork on paper needs great framing and particular care to last well. If that makes you a bit cautious, go ahead and download my free printable new art collectors guide to framing, How Do I Frame my Lino Print? for new Art Collectors tips.

Do you have a massive crush on artwork on paper, too?  What do you love about it?

Talk soon,
Love Meg x o :)

 

PS Print of the Month for July is *Bottle with Bottlebrush* which you can see me painting in the afternoon sun, in the picture above. Click this to check Bottlebrush out as Print of the Month (July 2018). First come first served: click this to invest in the one of a kind Watercolour!

PS2 Perhaps you’d enjoy my Pinterest board about collecting art, particularly artworks on Paper.

If I had 100 books…

Do you ever read a book and think “…this message needs to be heard?”

This month, if I could have 100 copies of one or two books to give away or share – and thus get its message to 99 more people – I’d choose:

  1. JJ Virgin with her diet, not because I’m a diet person – quite the opposite! – but because the anti inflammatory information is so important. Let me know if you read it and if you tried it, how did you go?
  2. The Barefoot Investor by Scott Cape Pape [haha, must’ve been thinking about super heroes], because nobody gives you the jolly numbers! And he does. I haven’t followed everything he says, just taken what suits and made a start. And our money organising is improving all the time. Which I’m finding reassuring as I get older.

You?

What book (or two) would you choose to share with 100 people? What’s been important to you (now or ever) or holds a uncommon yet human message? Let’s know in the comments or on Facebook

Talk soon,
Meg and Mr.Inky x o

 

 

PS If you’d like a free download of bookplates with my art on them, to put your name in your books, or a few different bookmarks, click this to join up for my Tangerine Treasury secret download library and mailing list! There are blog post round ups and very soon the new calendar coupon code, too. Mwah!

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7 Easy ways to drink more water

Do you want to drink more water – keep up your hydration through Winter – but struggle to fit in those sweet clear drops amongst the busy-ness of your day? Perhaps these personally tested tips will help…

A glass with water and light reflected in it, with pansies in the background adding colour

[Note that I’m not a medical professional or health coach (if you need one of those, contact Yaisa) just a human with a body – lucky! – following the best recommendations I can find, who’s set up a few handy habits that may be of some use/inspiration. Hope so.]

7 Easy Ways to drink more water

  1. Have a drinking vessel that’s just yours so your housemates/family don’t throw off your numbers by sharing it. Refill that as soon as you drink it down, so it’s easily ready when you next reach for it. And…
  2. … keep plenty of water on hand ready to pour into your glass. A tap? Perfect! A filter jug (or some other kind of filtration system)? Great! A water tank? Lucky, that can be pretty clean (in most places) as it’s plain rain. [I hear ya if you’ve bird fr*ckers on the roof dirtying it all up – we do too, hence all the mentions of filtering!]
  3. Use a bigger glass if you can. Even just a little bigger. I noticed using a smaller glass it was easy to accidentally drink less over the course of a day, when I was wanting to keep my hydration up-up-up. You’ll intake more, just by drinking the same number of glassfuls!
  4. Drink water when you are doing specific Always Do Them tasks. I think that’s called habit stacking? Add your drinking water habit to the things. For example, drink water when you’re getting up, drink water when you’re taking vitamins (that’s easy ‘cos you need the water to swallow the supplements!) Drink water when you’re about to go to bed (start the night well hydrated). This will quickly lift your tally per day.
  5. Get the cleanest water you can. I’m very lucky to have and enjoy rainwater – filtered of course!
  6. Keep water at the temperature you like best. If you like cold cold water, keep it ready in the fridge (if you have one)! I like it at room temperature so I store 5 litres or so in a camping container ready to access. It even has a little tap.
  7. Practise savouring and enjoying plain water. No bubbles. No sugar. No flavouring. This works well with our human bodies!

Still life with a sprig of wattle in a small yellow jar

Grateful

As I wrote this, I realised I’m in a privileged position: I have a water tank, a roof, a working pump and a series of filters – the trickiest part is keeping up good habit-izing of my intake. I’m privileged even when I assume you also have several different sized drinking vessels to choose from! [If not, op/thrift shops are a potential source, if you’re lucky enough to have such a source nearby and a few dollars for a new glass, cup or jar.] How ridiculously lucky I am to take these human necessities for granted!

I’m guessing if you have a computer and internet access to read this with you might also be lucky enough to have clean water to drink.

What can we do to help someone who mightn’t have the good fortune to access clean water?

We support TPRF to bring nutrition and hydration to persons who need it, and I’m amazed by all the wonderful ripple effects. Check out a wonderful set of new videos in their World of Difference appeal, ‘specially the one about the Food for People program that we support: Sustenance and Sustainability (or watch below, tech permitting).

Shop art in my gallery shop to join in contributing via Bold Art for Bold Causes!

Have you got other hydration habits to share?

Do tell. And let us know how you go!

Have a hydrated and joyful week, bold soul!
Love Meg x o

 

 

PS Want a unique, keeper gift for an engagement or wedding?
Or, maybe you’re setting up your own home?
Or, perhaps re-jigging it to be more You? Check out my fab giclee print collection and the Print of the Month here.

PS2 The 2019 calendars are coming soon, in 4 themes … I’ve just sent them to printers for proofs! #excited Join my mailing list for 10% off – yes, we’re doing that again this year! Keep an eye on my social media – instagram and facebook for first sneak peeks once I have them in hand.

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Wonderful mews I mean news!

black cat on a red book shelf

If you can see the picture, you may’ve guessed… love in the shape of a cat has come into our family – a rescue cat as black as ink with salt sprinkled on him.

Here is some (prophetic perhaps?) black-cat-in-garden art I made some time ago …

black cat amongst nasturtiums artwork by Tangerine Meg

 

Was it the right time?

I’m gonna say “yes”. I think we chose each other that evening.

And, that I’m proud of myself and Tangerine Man (husband) for intermittently, slowly – over a period of months! – having a drawn out conversation after Captain Whitepaws left via the rainbow elevator.

We didn’t want to quickly.get another.pet and try to stop feeling sadness from losing two old man orange cats in two years. Also, we were soon to move house, and we didn’t want to put that chaos upon a new kitty!

We’d gone via “…yes, again, sometime,” through “…soon…” and “We’ll know when it’s right”.

And now it is.

lino print of woman in a heart patterned dress joyfully riding on a black cat amongst and flower and butterfly studded garden

Welcome, Mr. Inky!

Mr. Inky’s coat is like velvet at night – your eyes disappear into him like a void! His eyes, blink blink back at you from his silhouette.

We’re knowing each other better every day, getting settled in together beautifully and it’s still very new.

I love that Mr. Inky slows my/our life down to a sit-on-lap-and-purr pace. Purring is such a universal sound/vibration that represents (and brings) quality of life.

Warm.

Happy.

Beautiful.

Loving.

Chosen.

We hope to have many loving years of keeping each other company.

Talk soon, bold soul!
Love Meg x o :)

 

 

PS Click these >> links if you’d like to check out my Pinterest boards of Cat Art and Bold Women and Cats :)

PS2 Click this to see the Cat Art section of my gallery shop! There’ll be even more black cats in there moving forwards :D

Shout outs of Sweetness – June 2018

Less shouty and more sweetie – that’ll be more effective, right?

In between making pictures for my 100 Pictures Project, I’ve been trying to make time to read, potter in the kitchen and keep fit jogging or walking. Here are a few of the big ideas that I’ve come across these past couple of weeks. Maybe a couple will intrigue you, too.

From library books:

The 5 Love Languages Gary Chapman – I’ve no doubt that understanding the concept/s in this book could save a relationship! Have you read it? Does it ring true for you?

The Last Safe Investment – Bryan Franklin and Michael Ellsberg. This is interesting to me … they don’t seem like they’re saying anything too different to other get-your-shiz-together-make-money books… and I can’t in retrospect pinpoint quite why, but by the end my brain was working differently.

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy I’ve started this and it’s engaging and well written but I’m a little scared to continue reading, ‘cos it feels like a very personalised-to-the-characters doom is looming. I’m conflicted! Perhaps not the book to immerse myself in immediately before settling down to sleep…?

RetroSuburbia by David Holmgren. One of the co-creators of Permaculture has written a comprehensive, updated guide to retrofitting the suburbs (as the place where the bulk of us live and can make a difference). I go to bed with hope after reading the Aussie Street parable/model.

Great thoughts I’ve heard via podcast

Todd Sampson on Osher Gunsberg podcast. Before listening to this, I was ambivalent about Todd’s new Body Hack series (coming up on Australian TV) but now I’m intrigued to watch it. Looking forward to hearing Todd interview Osher too!

Em Rusciano on Wil Anderson’s podcast Wilosophy I feel like she’s one of us, though possibly even a little extra fabulous :)

How amazing are my friends?

If you’re in any way near Willunga on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, Airlie from Willunga Podiatry is who you want looking after your foot health.

Yaisa (remember we ran that Vision Board workshop together last year?)’s friend, Siobhan (I assume a kindred spirit we haven’t met yet) is fighting breast cancer. Later this year Yaisa is shaving her hair in solidarity and while she’s at it, for fundraising. << Click that link to help Yaisa raise money, so at least Siobhan doesn’t have that to worry while she’s going through treatment. If you aren’t able to contribute right now, could you share the GoFundMe link around?

Shawna from Sacred Centre is raising-money-for-charity to get on a reality TV show to raise money for charity! She’ll be so great :) Adelaide friends: if you can’t get to the fund-raising Ocean’s 8 movie screening this Friday at Noarlunga, bid on the auction or add to the GoFundMe, would you pass the info on to a friend? It would be so great to help Shawna sell out the whole cinema! [Ha, just watched Ocean’s 11 last night on free TV and can’t wait to see the female cast kick arse and outsmart everybody!] This one is time sensitive, so if you’ve only time for one task, booking a ticket or sharing this would be the one. Thank you in advance! Mwah!

By the way

There’s a bit of behind the scenes catching up to do to make sure my website, eNews, and  list of addresses are compliant with the European Privacy laws. Need some extra mental bandwidth – and time – to get my head around it all right now though!

Wonderful news, soon

Stay tuned for wonderful news, in a sweet blog post coming soon…

Have a wonderful week!
Hugs,
Meg x o

 

PS Click the photo at top to see all four colour schemes of my recent Welcome Cat lino print, and make one your own if you like bright, affordable, fresh cat artworks on paper – for your home or sweet sweet gifts!

PS2 Did you know my our 10% contributions to a cause (TPRF) efforts quietly surpassed $5,000 just a few weeks ago? Woot – go us! Thank you!

PS3 If you like reading my blog posts and would love them in your inbox each month, subscribe to my eNews and get not only the blog posts, but also monthly art love eNews direct from my studio and all the bold happy freebies.

PS4 This is, in essence, an un-numbered listicle. Which is ok.

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Pictures 21-32 of my 100 Pictures Project

How’s your May so far, dearheart? I’m kind of up to date with my 100 Pictures Project, kind of scrambling to keep the scanning, sizing, recording, showing of my art up with the actual *making* of the art! This blog post will remedy that in part. Crikey! So much behind the scenes-ing!

Collage of 5 artworks for header of 21-32 work in progress blog post of 100 Pictures Project

Click the images below, bold soul, to check out the full picture and story in my gallery shop, if you want to learn more or own one freshly created. Here are the pictures from…

21 to 32 in my 100 Pictures Project

Painting of a black labrador decorated with leaves and flowers and bunting - art by Tangerine Meg

21 Molly (Black Labrador). I’ve been practising observing, drawing and painting dogs. This time I continued my dogs-on-white-paper experiment I started with Sunny last month. Click the picture to view &/or purchase in my gallery shop.

black and white cat lino prints drying

22 Pierre is a friend’s cat. She has 4 beautiful cats (and several alpacas – how cool is that?) so stay tuned, there may be more in this series-within-a-series! Click the picture if you want the only other remaining print!

the left area of the image is a white drawing on black paper of a small section of garden, on the right is some hand drawn lettering of the words "loved, grateful, enough, nourished" in black line on white paper

23 and 24 are are pen drawings done A4 sized, in visual diaries. There were several pages of other drawings on the black paper… I got kind of obsessed with the white gel ink lines and carried on and on. Let me know if you like the idea of the garden drawing as a t-shirt design… The black pen drawings on the right are intended to be a set of bookmarks. Stay tuned on that!

at left an almond blossom cat and at right is a pink bottle with 5 feathers, all done in pen and watercolour

25 and 26 Almond Blossom Cat and Feathers in Pink Glass. While looking forward towards the Almond Blossom Festival at Willunga this coming August, this little blossom covered critter piped up and wanted to visit. The feathers in pink glass were calling to me too, from the shelves of my studio. As with Molly above, I kept up my recent, curiosity/practise of leaving the surrounds unpainted. Believe it or not, it takes quite a strong will!

Click the picture above or below to check out the whole 100 Pictures Project page, or click the text links (purple text where your mouse turns into a hand) for the specific pictures.

27 and 28 Heading Home and Three Sunflowers. Click the image to go see the 100 Pictures Project in my gallery shop, and read about the green sheen chicken. Three Sunflowers is sold, but you can give it a good look while you’re in the 100 Pictures Project section, too.

Artwork in progress, with detailed cup and saucer drawing in progress, and at right, a lino print of joy in the sunshine

29 and 30 Cup and Saucer with Blossom and Sol Energy. Click the picture to check out the Still Life, completed. The joyful-person-in-the-sun lino print run isn’t completely painted yet, but you’ll find it on the 100 Pictures Project page, potentially awaiting guidance from you on the colour of the pants!

31 and 32 Ocean Spirit and Laughter Negotiation Kindness. Mama Ocean’s print run is almost painted. You can see 4 of the 5 skin tones, including ocean green… the top right one is the most finished. The hand lettering is a fervent 3 word wish for a share house: “Laughter. Negotiation. Kindness.”

See them all – maybe even get one for yourself! – at the 100 Pictures Project in my online gallery shop. In fact if you go there, you’ll might see more finished than were as of the writing of this blog post!

If you’re playing along at home, this is how my chart is progressing compared to the first day I drew up the boxes:

At left is a pristine chart on blue paper with a 10 x 10 grid of themes down the left hand side and numbered 1 to 10 across the top, at right a hand holds the same chart months later with many ticky boxes filled in!

Visible progress right? I was feeling regretful that I was all Behind the Scenes and no New Art this past week or so, but the progress chart is cheering me up now!

Thanks for being here!

I appreciate you. Mwah! Have a lovely week!

Talk soon,
Love Meg x o

 

PS Print of the Month for May is *Thea (Rainbow Goddess)* a rainbow kitty radiant with love and light. The full collection of limited edition prints is available here. The giclee prints fit into standard A3 frames, and are fabulous reproductions of my art – the colours and accuracy of the prints are superb!

PS3 Click this to see my Pinterest board with tips for Art Collectors!

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Pictures 11-20 of my 100 Pictures Project

How was your April, dearheart? I’m travelling nicely along with my 100 Pictures Project – gradually seeing the body of work adding up! And some have gone to wonderful loving homes already! #honoured

[Scroll right to the bottom for a $50 off coupon code in my Studio Clearance art sale – this week only!]

Header for 100 Pictures Project work in progress blog post. An e-collage of Sunny dog, Barbara Kingsolver quote colouring page, and Arcs and Iridescence nasturtium painting with hand lettered looking header text.

Click the images below, bold soul, to check out the full picture and story in my gallery shop if you want to learn more or own one freshly created. Here are the pictures from:

11 to 20 in my 100 Pictures Project

Two hand-lettered quotes from my 100 Pictures Project, with a blue background. Imagery is by Tangerine Meg; quotes are from Barbara Kingsolver

11 and 12 are Barbara Kingsolver quotes. After fan girling at Adelaide Writers Week, getting one of my Kingsolver books signed [Prodigal Summer if you’re playing along :) ] I looked up Twitter to see and she’s spoken on this theme previously and articulately. I found her talk inspiring, optimistic and galvanising.

“If you love your biodiversity, you can save it.”

“So much is still alive. You still, we still, have so much to love. Please don’t give up on this world.”

~ Barbara Kingsolver

black and white dog art on left, and handcoloured lino print of a young magpie on the right

13 Sunny Dog – best.dog.ever. no question – and I’ve met her! #lucky I loved figuring out how to try to make her black and white fur markings with lino, and had fun making her a stand-alone image (no background), which is a change for me…

14 Young Magpie. I took a gazillion photos, before I had a decent one for reference… birds move fast, don’t they?

2 pictures. The left vibrant with orange blue and green, a still life with china object and nasturtium background. The right a black and white line drawing and lettering with a Madeleine L’Engle quotation.

15 Arcs and Iridescence. Arcs of butterfly flight and arcs of china. Iridescence of china and butterfly wing scales. Tangerine Man picked up those similarities and formed this picture title :D

16 Madeleine L’Engle quote lettering/drawing. Gosh, have you seen the movie *A Wrinkle in Time*? I loved it so much that I got the book from the library to re-read :) Turns out Oprah is featuring this quote in many of her interviews, too.

“Find your own frequency.
Yours.
And have faith in who you are.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

2 artist pictures. The left a tabby cat with patterned background; the right a blue and white vase holding zinnia flowers.

17 Kedi the temple tabby. A Bold Soul sent me a cat picture to paint and I was inspired by turkish patterns for the background.

18 Zinnias from Lucy. Lucy is a young farmer who offers flowers along with greens and other edibles… I think she grows them near the food crops to help keep good insects around.

Header image with butterfly lino prints on left half, and a hand drawn mandala on the right half.

19 Delicate. Delicate but strong. This butterfly saved itself from the wild wind. Click the picture to see in my gallery shop and read the whole story.

20 Mandala with 4 circles. Listening to a holistic kind of doctor on a podcast – I’d just listened to the start – and I was inspired to make a circle with four segments kind of round drawing.

See them all – maybe even get one for yourself! – at the 100 Pictures Project in my online gallery shop. In fact if you go there, you’ll see all the way to 22 ‘cos I’m scrambling to keep my blog up with art progress!

Thanks for being here!

I appreciate you. Mwah! Have a lovely week!

Talk soon,
Love Meg x o

 

PS Print of the Month for May is *Thea (Rainbow Goddess)* a rainbow kitty for love and light.

PS2 I’m having a Studio Clearance Art Sale this week! Use code “AutBP*SC50” for $50 off every piece of art in the Studio Clearance collection pages of my gallery shop! Sale runs until 11.59pm Adelaide time, on Star Wars Day (May the 4th (be with you)).
Note: Sale does not include these recent #100PictureProject pieces!

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