Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fangamer ♥ Attack Mode at PAX Prime in Seattle

This Saturday is the one night extravaganza Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode show in Seattle, WA. I participated last year (theme was "x" and I did a Animal Crossing print), and this year the theme is love. So I decided to do a piece based on my current video game love - Minecraft. Minecraft has been around for quite a while, and it was only when my guy put the game on my computer that I found out just how wonderful the game is. I can build to my hearts desire, I can dig for those lovely ore blocks and explore underground mines, create portals to other dimensions. It's wonderful and I can't say enough kind words about the game. 

Forever Mining
12x18 inch print

Prints available for purchase at the show in Seattle
1927 3rd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101

(Available online in late November via Fangamer)

So I created a piece based on the various aspects of the game The End, The Nether, Overworld, and some of my favorite biomes and creatures in the game. When I set out to do a painting of this, I told myself that I wasn't going to do a piece with all the "blocks", but sure enough that's what I ended up doing. The square blocks are so iconic and part of the game, I felt like I needed to do it that way.

There are a lot of events going on this Saturday.  Games, music, live performers, food, drink, prints. If you want to see the complete lineup visit their website for tickets (It was very busy last year, and a packed house) and information: http://www.fangamer.com/products/fangamer-attract-mode

Here is a list of the other artists that plan on contributing prints: Scott Balmer, Mariel Cartwright, Georgina Chac√≥n, Helen Mingjue Chen, Jason Cryer, Ashley Davis, Daniel Dussault, Jacob Ferguson, Kyle Fewell, Kari Fry, Zac Gorman, Nicole Gustafsson, Heart Machine, Tyson Hesse, Sean Husbands, Matthew Kenyon, Corey Lewis, Melissa King, Jon Magram, Mikey Mann, Nina Matsumoto, Minusbaby, Momo & Sprits, Asif Siddiky, Jacob Smiley, Kelly Smith, Kevin Jay Stanton, Wes Talbott, Babs Tarr, Elise Tiffin, Jesse Tise, Jovo Ve, Ian Wilding, Laura Wilson, and Drew Wise

I plan on stopping in later in the evening after 10:00pm when I get out of a panel (Acquisitions Inc is my favorite PAX Prime event and is in the evening this year). See ya in Seattle!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Steven Universe / Adventure Time show at Gallery Nucleus

Last Saturday was the opening to the Steven Universe / Adventure Time show at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California. The gallery teamed up with Cartoon Network for this exhibit and had signing, and other fun events with creator Rebecca Sugar that night! I love the spirit of these two shows, so they were wonderful to draw inspiration from, and I ended up doing a piece based on Steven Universe. The gems in the tv show are awesome and remind me so much of my D&D party. Nel (my character) would be a mix of Amthyst and Steven, and Garnet is so much like our heavy hitter Stonesunder (can you tell that my mind is in D&D land a lot these days?).

Anyway! Back to the exhibit...the show was super packed from the photos I saw and looked like a grand ole time. The show is up for the rest of the month and can be viewed online. My original painting is sold, but the gallery is doing a licensed print of my piece!


Gems Stick Together
8x13 inches (image size)
Gouache, ink on paper
©Nicole Gustafsson
SOLD



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Work in progress of the piece. I get quite a few questions about the materials I use, and this painting was done using Holbein Acryla Gouache on Rives BFK paper. If you are interested in seeing a bit of my process and sneak peeks I post to my instagram account quite a bit.


I also really liked "cookie cats" in the show so had to sneak some of those in the piece. This painting is based on my favorite episode of Steven Universe "Serious Steven", featuring an ancient battlefield being overgrown with strawberries. If you haven't watched the tv show, check it out online at Cartoon Network (they have a few full episodes there). The backgrounds are gorgeous and the characters are super awesome.



Super packed house. Wish I would have flown down for this show, but gearing up for a 2-person show at iam8bit Gallery this September and to say I'm behind is a bit of an understatement. Kicking it in high gear!  (And thanks Eric for the photo! )

Friday, July 25, 2014

Archimedes Gallery at Cannon Beach, Oregon

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Archimedes Gallery at Cannon Beach, Oregon. I started showing at Archimedes a year ago and ever since moving to Washington it was my goal to go see the gallery in person! The area was full of galleries and cute shops, and Archimedes is located on the 2nd story and has a great view of the ocean and area.

 Blaine Fontana created the "Open" and "Shut" signs for the gallery


Prints by Jeremy Fish in the windows. I was so excited about seeing everyone's artwork there that I forgot to take pictures of my own work there at the gallery.

Artwork by Roland Tomayo (left), and paintings by Martin Hsu (right).

This shelf was full of wondrous creatures by Leslie Levings and Shing Yin Khor's recent show "Dubious Beasts". They were so brightly colored and awesome, I wanted to take them all home with me.

This mixed media piece "Musalliendo" by Leslie Levings particularly stole my heart.

Prints on wood by Kristin Tercek aka Cuddly Rigor Mortis. That pup in the corner with a t-bone steak makes me smile every time.

I am so pumped to be part of the gallery since it opened last year, and look forward to their next big event for Stormy Weather Arts Festival this November. I plan on being there for part of it and will let everyone know the details on that when it's available.

You can also visit Archimedes Gallery online at www.archimedesgallery.com

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You can't visit Cannon Beach without checking out the beach! It started out quite a rainy/misty morning, but by the afternoon the sun was shining. Love watching people out and about, having a good time.

 Same exact area in these two photos above! Just different weather in a matter of hours.

Cannon Beach, Oregon - Haystack Rock (and basketball hoop to the left too!)


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Last Breath of Summer - PRISMA Collective Group Show at Subtext Gallery

This Saturday, July 19th is the opening to "Last Breath Of Summer" at Subtext Gallery in San Diego, California. This is a group show of select PRISMA Collective members. Love showing with my fellow PRISMA art friends! The show is curated by PRISMA group founder and fellow artist Kaspian Shore.


Here is a little bit about our group and info via Subtext Gallery.
"PRISMA is an international artist collective of thirty creatives, founded by Kaspian Shore in November 2011. In their second group show at Subtext, a selection of artists from the PRISMA Collective have come together to bring a touch of sentimentality to their latest exhibition, Last Breath of Summer. Think of the last few rays of sunshine before the arrival of autumn, a touch of gold and fading warmth, a memory of long nights by the sea, of playing hide and seek in yellow wheat fields. Last Breath of Summer is a melancholy goodbye to the high of the year, celebrated by artists Tom BagshawJ.A.W. CooperNicole GustafssonMartine JohannaEdith LebeauKelly McKernanLilly PiriAudrey PongraczKaspian ShoreKelly VivancoCasey Weldon, and N.C. Winters."
To learn more about our artist collective, visit prismacollective.com
To See the entire "Last Breath Of Summer", visit here
The exhibit is showing July 19th - August 23rd at Subtext Gallery.

Summertide
9.5 x 9.5 inches (image size)
Gouache, ink on paper
©Nicole Gustafsson
"Summertide" is my contribution for the show. I love those warm summer nights with fireflies dancing in the night, and unnatural colors seem to make their way in the shadows and world. This is one of my favorite reasons why I love camping in the summers. I haven't made it out this year, but look forward to those last days of summer. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Newly branded Gelaskins is now Nuvango!

Just a quick update that Gelaskins who produces hardcases and skins for digital devices like laptops, ipods, kindle, has updated and rebranded their company. They now go by Nuvango and offer the same high quality products!


Check out the newly branded Nuvango and see my artists's page with all 6 designs to pick from!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Out and about - Vancouver/Portland

My parents roadtripped from Nebraska to visit us here in Vancouver, Washington and it was the perfect chance to go sight seeing in the area! We had a grand time and here are a few photos of places we visited.

The International Rose Test Garden in Portland was in full bloom and completely blew us away. The beautiful huge rose clusters in the most amazing colors. It was such a nice relaxing stroll in the garden and great to see people out and about just enjoying the flowers.



While we were in the area we had to go to the Portland Japanese Garden, another one of my favorite places to check out. Last time I had been there was in January, so it was great to see the garden so green with spring and summer colors.


I'd been wanting to check out the Multnomah Falls out east of the city, so we head on over there and had lunch at the Multnomah Falls Lodge. I had been distracted by the thought of food as we pulled in and didn't notice the falls were located right behind the lodge. I had to ask for directions at the museum and they gave me a funny look and told me to walk about 10 feet outside and I'd see it! So silly! Needless to say we saw the falls then and got a good look from up on the bridge.





Heros in a Half Shell - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show at Gallery Nucleus

If I think of one of all my favorite tv shows growing up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles definitely comes to mind. Donatello was my favorite, I'm not sure if that was a conscious choice or it just happened because be the only TMNT action figure I had, but I sure had the pillow case and shoe lace ties to match!

This Saturday is the opening to "Hero's in a Half Shell: TMNT Art Tribute Exhibition" at Gallery Nucleus. In conjunction with Nickelodeon Studios, there will be official storyboards, and memorabilia on display and the turtles themselves will even make an appearance! Lots of events going on for the opening and if you dress up as your favorite character, you get in FREE! (Otherwise there is a $5 admission fee to the exhibition)

Visit Gallery Nucleus for artist lineup, and details on the opening this Saturday! 



Pizza Party
9.5 x 9.5 inches (image size)
Gouache and ink on paper
©Nicole Gustafsson
SOLD


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon: 2 show at Gallery Nucleus

I'm a bit behind on my blog posts and show announcements. but last month was the opening to the official How To Train Your Dragon: 2 Art Show at Gallery Nucleus.


There were Dreamworks artists with panels and book signings, and tribute artists paying homage to the series too. I contributed a painting featuring one of my favorite locations in the first movie--The Dragons Nest featuring the Red Death dragon.


The Dragons Nest
12 x 12 inches
Gouache and ink
©Nicole Gustafsson 2014