“Hello, my name is Nichole, and I’m a procrastinator“.

I put off tasks because my mind tells me that they are too difficult, or I’m afraid I won’t do it well enough, or because I don’t know if it is worth putting forth the effort. My wordpress draft folder is a testament to that. There are several drafts that have been waiting to be fine tuned and published for anywhere between 3 and 7 years.

No more, I say!

I will tap out these thoughts without concern for the end result.


Well.. Why does anyone create?

Self-satisfaction is a solid motivator. I’d say the second would be some sort of recognition, and third for personal connection. Those two are pretty interchangeable, I’m sure.

Perhaps the images and thoughts I share will lead to an eventual earned income since I am no longer working for the man. Well, I am working for the man. This man:


But more on him and his arrival later.

A few years ago I had some insomnia brought on by a rambling mind. I found myself asking google a series of questions which led me to someone else’s blog. Seeing her evolution showed me how to understand myself better and helped me to not feel so alone. So I guess another goal is to help the wayward internet tourist feel more comfortable in their own skin.

“They” say that choosing an audience and theme is key in writing.

I say “meh”. I’ll write about what I want. But the subjects will likely remain similar to the original base camp: art and life. Life in this sense will relate to that of a mother and home maker.

Ok. That’s enough of jibber jabberin’. I’ve found during my personal travel through the interwebs that I want to take a souvenir with me.

So here is a seed for you to wander with:


El Circo


My intrigue with the static trapeze has caused me to be completely immersed me in the world of contemporary circus this past year. I kicked off 2013 by playing Production Assistant for the annual Spring Circus of socially minded youth circus, CircEsteem.

Trash monster in the foreground, Globe walking on the stage

Trash monster in the foreground, Globe walking on the stage

Over the summer I found myself on stage exhibiting my 2 years of hard work (trapeze isn’t easy!) as part of the student showcase at Aloft Loft.

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And now I’ve been helping with fundraising and visiting artist housing for the first ever Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. You should go. Buy your tickets here!


Plein Air Prints


I’m not sure what I want to call these things.  Are they drawings?  Are they photos?  I suppose when it’s all said and done they will be digital prints.  Either way, the process is quite enjoyable!  From packing up my supplies to go downtown or to the lake to actually painting in said settings, to cutting the little guys up and playing with them in different varying combinations.

Here we gooooooo!

Drawn on site in Chicago’s Grant Park. I wonder how those pink guys will end up looking somewhere else! I can’t wait to see!

I call this one “Summer Simmer #1”, but I’m pretty sure I painted it in the spring…

Ok, ok. I didn’t paint this one recently… I think maybe 5 or 6 years ago. My pallette looks a little less saturated. Is that for the better? I’m not sure…