Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Haunted Depths - New Print at Tiny Showcase

Just released yesterday is a new print "Haunted Depths" now available at Tiny Showcase. I've done several prints with Tiny Showcase over the years and it's always a pleasure to work with them!

Tiny Showcase also donates a portion of the sales to the artists charity of choice. I chose Mission Blue and $250 of the sale of this print will be donated to the organization. Mission Blue is an alliance created by Sylvia Earle, works to raise public awareness and ignite global support for marine protected area's and creation of Hope Spots to help restore our oceans.

Haunted Depths
By Nicole Gustafsson
11 x 11 inches
Limited edition of 100
$30 unframed

Here is additional information about the print:

"Haunted Depths" is an edition of 100 prints by Nicole Gustafsson. With a small border for framing, the print measures 11" wide by 11" tall. The archival print was created by Tiny Showcase and ships with a corresponding certificate of authenticity. The archival artwork has been printed on a heavy 290gsm natural white print making paper made from 90% bamboo fibres and 10% cotton.

Nicole has chosen Mission Blue as her artwork's charity. The organization is an ocean community hub that seeks to make good on Sylvia Earle's wish to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas by elevating public awareness about critical ocean issues and inspiring support for organizations, projects and scientific expeditions that make a positive difference for the ocean. $250 dollars from the sale of Nicole's artwork will be donated to the organization.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Crafty Wonderland Recap

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who made it out to Crafty Wonderland Colossal Spring sale on Saturday. It was great to chat with new and familiar faces again.

Here is my setup for the show. The wood display on the left was made be a friend and my card display on the left I found on Etsy (made by Wudls Woodshop). I'm always working on new ways to show my wares (and talking to the other vendors, it seems like everyone's displays are always a work in progress).

I haven't had greeting cards in my Etsy shop in a while, but I will be rephotographing and listing them all soon. Also I have added a few new mini prints, stickers, and other goodies to my shop.

Shiba 3 piece set - postcard, bookmark and stickers

4 piece postcard set featuring crystal worlds

Badger Picking Berries, Mini print - 5x5 inches

My Etsy shop online is 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Crafty Wonderland Colossial Spring Sale this May 9th

This Saturday, May 9th is the one-day event - Crafty Wonderland Colossal Spring Sale in Portland, Oregon! Crafty events have quickly become one of my favorite events of the year and I'll be there with a booth (#39) with lots of new prints, paintings, and other goodies in tow. The event features over 200 local makers selling everything from homemade cheese kits, jewelry, clothing, artwork, prints and more.

Visit Crafty's event page on facebook for more info:

You can find me a booth # 39. As you can see here on the map that there's going to be cat adoption teams, a DIY area to make your own crafts and also a plant sale. So much awesome in one spot!

Here's a bit of the selection that I will have on Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol 3, #2

Last Wednesday was the release of Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol3, #2 published by Archaia. I have followed the Mouse Guard series by creator David Petersen for many years and was incredibly touched to be asked to illustrate a story for his Legends series! This is the third volume of "Legends" where select guest artists get to play in David's world of mice, battles and storytellers. Mouse Guard is also celebrating it's 10 year anniversary, congrats David!

My husband, C.M. Galdre (Matt) and I teamed up for our short story contribution, where he wrote the storyline and I did the illustrations to match. We've always played around with collaborations but this is the first time we've had a published project of this type. It was really nice to sit down on a focused project and flush out this story together for Mouse Guard.

Here are some process photos of our story "Fall of Brierwall". It was really wonderful to have David (creator) and Rebecca (editor) walk us through the process and give their insights as the work progressed.

After receiving the outlined script from Matt I roughed out thumbnails to get a better idea of movement from panel to panel and here I started to develop the looks of the main characters "Ivytha" and her father "Rond". Something that I always loved about David's Mouse Guard pieces is how he developed kingdoms of mice with their own heraldry, clothing, and type of weapons that would be local to their area.

If you look closely at our finished piece you can see elements of Brierwall in their clothing--from a briar crown, to a Brier celtic knot on King Ronds shield.

At this stage we had a good idea from the thumbnails on each panel, so this is a rough pencil of the first page of our tale at full size. Giant brier branches work their way though the city, and mice go about their daily lives.

Here is a cleaned up pencil drawing on my good paper that I will use for the final painting (I prefer to use Rives BFK printmaking paper for painting on these days. It's super soft and absorbs the paint in a way I really like).

From the pencil drawing I paint in the color using Holbein Acryla Gouache. I try to use the paint lightly like watercolor and build the layers to create shadows and light. One of the main reasons why I like this specific paint is how well it layers and can be used transparent or opaque.

A look at a page completely colored and inked. I then scan this and insert the type digitally in Photoshop.

Finished page how it appears in Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol 3, #2. 

Animated gif of the process from start to finish!

Cover artwork by David Petersen
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume Three: Issue Two features work by David Petersen, Nicole Gustafsson, C.M. Galdre, Dustin Nguyen, and Kyla Vanderklugt. Issues 3 will be out later this summer and all the issues put together in a hardcover volume! Huge thanks to David, Rebecca, Archaia and everyone involved for this wonderful opportunity.

A little look at the final publication. Visit your local comics shop or purchase online to read our whole story!

Visit: for more information about Mouse Guard, Legends of the Guard, and other projects by David Petersen.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Prints for Spring/Summer.

Spring is here, and summer just around the corner. It's on those hot summer days that I love strawberry lemonade, and that was the inspiration behind this piece. The original painting is sold, but I have open edition prints now available in my online shop.

Summer Strawberry Swim
Image Size: 6x8  |  Paper Size: 8x10
©Nicole Gustafsson


I also have gotten quite a few requests for a larger version of my Shiba pup adventurer piece (previously it was only available as a postcard), so it is now available as an 8x10 fine art print in my shop.

Shiba Inu - Pup Adventurer
Image Size: 6x8  |  Paper Size: 8x10
©Nicole Gustafsson


I also wanted to add that I will be at Crafty Wonderland Colossal Spring Sale in Portland, Oregon. I loved being part of their holiday sale last december, and can't wait to have new products for spring. There will be the prints above there, but also new goodies and originals too. If you are in the area, mark your calendars for May 9th! 

Visit Crafty Wonderland online for complete vendor list and details:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Postcard Correspondence opens at Gallery 1988 tonight!

Tonight is the opening to "Postcard Correspondence" at Gallery 1988 (West). Over 100 artists create postcard sized pieces to share their favorite pop culture locations and adventures. Just from the few sneak peeks I've seen online, I really love what artists have chosen to depict in their pieces.

I love making smaller sized artwork so this show is right up my alley. I had been wanting to paint the iconic dog cafe in the film "Rocketeer" for a long time, so that is what I choose for the subject of my piece.

 "Bull Dog Cafe"
5x7 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
©Nicole Gustafsson

Visit for more information on the show and items will be available online at after the reception. There's a grand lineup of art pals for this show so be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Snoopy Valentine - Official Print Release with Dark Hall Mansion

I am very excited to announce a new officially licensed print featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts gang! I worked with the folks at Dark Hall Mansion to create a Valentine themed piece for this upcoming holiday. I have fond memories of making (and waiting for those special) Valentines and had a blast working on this piece. The giclee print (and variant print) will be available this Friday, January 30th at Dark Hall Mansion.

Below is the print release from Dark Hall Mansion. Visit their Website for complete details:

Standard Edition "Snoopy Valentine" by Nicole Gustafsson

Variant Edition "Snoopy Valentine" by Nicole Gustafsson


Los Angeles, CA, January 27, 2015
PRNewswire/­Dark Hall Mansion,, is most pleased to welcome artist Nicole Gustafsson and her unique take on Peanuts, Valentine's Day, the charm of old school homemade valentines, oh, and love!
Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Peanuts Worldwide, will release Nicole Gustafsson's "Snoopy Valentine," a charming ode to Valentine's Day by way of Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang. Her lovely and subtle original piece is fully painted by hand and is at once all Peanuts and very much Nicole; from the quite impressive cutting skills of everyone's favorite beagle to the charm of old friends in a most unique setting, it's Nicole's touches such as Charlie's classic zigzag shirt pattern as backdrop or his relaxed and faithful pose awaiting his valentine on a mailbox-shaped handle that not only gently nods at classic Peanuts films like "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" but references one of Charles Schulz's most poignant and overarching of themes, love, and its endless complexity.
Nicole was delighted to work on an official Peanuts piece:
"Growing up it seems like there was always aspects of Peanuts
that were part of our lives. Watching Peanuts TV specials over the holidays and hanging little ornaments of Snoopy and characters
on our Christmas tree, or the time I got a really big valentine with Snoopy holding a heart. So when I was asked to create a piece based on Peanuts, I immediately thought of all these fun times
I had with my family and friends."
DHM is most pleased and fortunate to have Nicole and our
officially licensed Nicole Gustafsson "Snoopy Valentine" editions
will be available in a Standard, Variant, and extremely select
Canvas edition of just 10, with 5 canvases based on each
colorway. Please see Nicole Gustafsson's "Snoopy Valentine," images attached, or please view all on Dark Hall Mansion's Facebook page:…/Dark-Hall-Mansion/212394752134162 or on DHM's blog here:
All "Snoopy Valentine" pieces are strictly numbered giclee editions and go on sale THIS FRIDAY, January 30, on Dark Hall Mansion's dedicated store page here:
at 9:30 AM PST
"Snoopy Valentine" Standard Edition of 280 $65
"Snoopy Valentine" Variant Edition of 50 $100
"Snoopy Valentine" Canvas Edition of 5 $225
(based on Std colorway)
"Snoopy Valentine" Canvas Edition of 5 $225
(based on Variant colorway)
All editions measure 16" x 20" and YES they will be shipped to
arrive in time for Valentine's Day!
Thanks very much and we look forward to seeing you this Friday, January 30th, right here: when at 9:30 AM PST all "Snoopy Valentine" editions will appear (please remember to refresh the page right at 9:30 AM PST!) and you may then click on the edition of your choice and checkout.
We wish you all a most Happy Valentine's Day!!
*In fairness to all collectors purchasing our official Nicole Gustafsson "Snoopy Valentine" editions: ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
Dark Hall Mansion is a labor of love. We are passionate about art, about the work of print and poster artists present and past, here
and abroad, we are committed to bringing their skills to the forefront on projects both compelling and exciting, bridging their studios and creations directly with your walls and personal collections.
More information can be found on these and other editions
available from Dark Hall Mansion at
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Key sketch in pencil all ready to go before painting. 

I created this piece as a large scale painting to then produce the prints from. I haven't worked on piece the large in a while!