Author Archives: beckynielsen

About beckynielsen

late blooming artist, grandmother to many little ones

TAD Chinese Brushpainting Cards

I haven’t posted since Valentine’s Day when I thought I’d accidentally deleted my account here as I tried to adjust the number of dailyemails I’d been getting.  I continued to create things daily, and to look at some of the

TAD Chinese Brushpainting Cards

I haven’t posted since Valentine’s Day when I thought I’d accidentally deleted my account here as I tried to adjust the number of dailyemails I’d been getting.  I continued to create things daily, and to look at some of the

TAD 14 Stone Pins

Have had a lovely Valentine’s Day – meditation and yoga in the morning, went to see Black Violin with my daughter and grandson this afternoon, and spent some time painting a few more stone pins.  There have been a few

TAD 14 Stone Pins

Have had a lovely Valentine’s Day – meditation and yoga in the morning, went to see Black Violin with my daughter and grandson this afternoon, and spent some time painting a few more stone pins.  There have been a few

TAD 13 Painted Stones

I need to get some new pieces ready for my etsy shop and some of the local shops that carry my work so will be spending some of my days doing that, instead of the brush painting.  Here are the three

TAD 13 Painted Stones

I need to get some new pieces ready for my etsy shop and some of the local shops that carry my work so will be spending some of my days doing that, instead of the brush painting.  Here are the three

TAD 12 Monk in Bamboo Forest

At the end of the day the value of TAD is perhaps the fact that at least I do put in some practice when I might otherwise have just gone off with a book to read and relax.  And sometimes

TAD 12 Monk in Bamboo Forest

At the end of the day the value of TAD is perhaps the fact that at least I do put in some practice when I might otherwise have just gone off with a book to read and relax.  And sometimes

TAD 11 Plum Blossoms

Today’s menu: plum blossoms.  Spent over an hour practicing branches this morning before I tried to make the blossoms and then attach them.  You have to make the blossoms first, then add the flower parts, the branches, and finally the

TAD 11 Plum Blossoms

Today’s menu: plum blossoms.  Spent over an hour practicing branches this morning before I tried to make the blossoms and then attach them.  You have to make the blossoms first, then add the flower parts, the branches, and finally the

TAD 10 doodles, continued

For some reason the image doesn’t seem to have stayed attached so I’ll try again.

TAD 10 doodles, continued

For some reason the image doesn’t seem to have stayed attached so I’ll try again.

TAD 10 Zen doodles

TAD 10 Doodles

I was sitting at an exhibit all day so knew I wouldn’t get any painting done.  I’d seen someone else post here about doing some unofficial “zentangles” and had looked them up to see what they were.  Pens and a

TAD 10 Zen doodles

TAD 10 Doodles

I was sitting at an exhibit all day so knew I wouldn’t get any painting done.  I’d seen someone else post here about doing some unofficial “zentangles” and had looked them up to see what they were.  Pens and a

TAD 9 Orchids, Rock, Bamboo

TAD 9 Orchid, Rock, Bamboo

Today I’ve been trying to combine various elements just for a change, though I really feel like I could focus on any one piece for a few weeks (years?) to good advantage.  My studio is covered with practice pages.  What to

TAD 9 Orchids, Rock, Bamboo

TAD 9 Orchid, Rock, Bamboo

Today I’ve been trying to combine various elements just for a change, though I really feel like I could focus on any one piece for a few weeks (years?) to good advantage.  My studio is covered with practice pages.  What to

TAD 8 Crow Flying Through Bamboo

Learning through practice and errors, I’m enjoying playing with different papers, strokes, and images.  I’m discovering for myself some things that work and some that don’t.  I was struggling with leaves, and then had some very rythmic music on one

TAD 8 Crow Flying Through Bamboo

Learning through practice and errors, I’m enjoying playing with different papers, strokes, and images.  I’m discovering for myself some things that work and some that don’t.  I was struggling with leaves, and then had some very rythmic music on one

TAD 7 Monk in Bamboo Forest

Continuing my work with the Chinese brush I learned yesterday how to do the bone stroke – so I can make these thinner bamboo; since they’re younger, they’re allowed to bend more, which makes for more interesting composition.  And I

TAD 7 Monk in Bamboo Forest

Continuing my work with the Chinese brush I learned yesterday how to do the bone stroke – so I can make these thinner bamboo; since they’re younger, they’re allowed to bend more, which makes for more interesting composition.  And I

We had our 18 m…

We had our 18 month old grandson visiting today and he loved being outdoors.  There’s a little tree down the street that has this tiny bird’s nest up in the branches and I’m thinking I have to take him there

We had our 18 m…

We had our 18 month old grandson visiting today and he loved being outdoors.  There’s a little tree down the street that has this tiny bird’s nest up in the branches and I’m thinking I have to take him there

TAD 5 B &B

TAD 5 B &B

Bamboo and butterfly Chinese brush painting

TAD 5 B &B

TAD 5 B &B

Bamboo and butterfly Chinese brush painting

TAD 4 Crow in Bamboo

I see that we all have these days where we are running and have little time to create anything.  I did have 15 minutes this morning to practice some of my brush strokes and wondered if I could make a

TAD 4 Crow in Bamboo

I see that we all have these days where we are running and have little time to create anything.  I did have 15 minutes this morning to practice some of my brush strokes and wondered if I could make a

TAD 3 Absalom Jones

I’m pressed for time today so I haven’t gotten to my Chinese brush painting.  Instead, I’ve been working on the last piece that I’m taking to a Black History exhibit that is opening tomorrow and will be up for a

TAD 3 Absalom Jones

I’m pressed for time today so I haven’t gotten to my Chinese brush painting.  Instead, I’ve been working on the last piece that I’m taking to a Black History exhibit that is opening tomorrow and will be up for a

TAD 2

Here’s what I learned today.  Using the “good” paper is even harder than the cheap newsprint.  You have to move faster and yet be very controlled, or else it bleeds  – a lot!  After an hour of practicing the movements

TAD 2

Here’s what I learned today.  Using the “good” paper is even harder than the cheap newsprint.  You have to move faster and yet be very controlled, or else it bleeds  – a lot!  After an hour of practicing the movements

Bamboo

thing a day 1

I’ve recently started studying Chinese brush painting. Such a simple thing is so difficult to do well, and yet it’s also very meditative and satisfying.  I decided that the daily discipline of creating during this month would be the perfect

Bamboo

thing a day 1

I’ve recently started studying Chinese brush painting. Such a simple thing is so difficult to do well, and yet it’s also very meditative and satisfying.  I decided that the daily discipline of creating during this month would be the perfect