Monday, November 14, 2011

♥ I heart art ♥ Nicole Ray - Sloe Gin Fizz

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Meet Nicole Ray of Sloe Gin Fizz, the talented illustrator of hand-drawn whimsical art and illustrated paper goods.

When did you first begin creating art?
I've been making art for as long as I can remember, but have enjoyed it as my profession since 2009.

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What is your favorite/most sentimental 
creation you have made? Why?
My most sentimental creation is a large oil painting of two toy goldfish I painted during art school. It was the first painting I did that felt like me working in my own skin. When I started school, I was very shy and uncomfortable painting in a classroom setting. I felt like I should know what I wanted to be painting in terms of subject matter, but I had no clue. Nonrepresentational classes felt forced to me as did the more traditional figurative and still life classes. This was the first piece that allowed me to focus on my painting skills, while also feeling comfortable with the subject matter because it was representative and somewhat traditional but intoned with my sense of humor and personality. I never did finish the piece, but I still love looking at it and it hangs prominently in our house. I carry the two plastic goldfish that were the inspiration to every craft show as a reminder and good luck charms.

Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating?  
What would it be?   
A book! I absolutely love books and collect them by the droves. One of my many dream jobs would be to be a book cover designer—I'm always flipping to the inside flaps in the book store to see who designed the covers. I would love to put together an uber-design-y book filled with my drawings.

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Be sure to visit Nicole's 
to view more of her wonderful work.
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Thank you so much Nicole. I ♥ your art!