Friday, June 26, 2020

Coming Up For Air

Who knew that 2020 was going to be full of chaos, mayhem, worry, enforced solitude, frustration, worry, anger, helplessness, intense faith, worry, renewed focus, and a partially overhauled studio?
So many emotions exist in limbo.  I speak my emotions through my art when I'm overwhelmed. I also tend to head further into the whimsy spectrum as a brief getaway. 

In between searching for toilet paper and Clorox wipes, I've spent about 75% of my time in the studio, sometimes working and sometimes decluttering and reorganizing.  I also had some deadlines and commissions to keep me fairly focused.  Some of you may have noticed my return to watercolor.  I've become obsessed with improving my technique and upgrading my paint stock. Some of my recent adventures can be found on the StencilGirl blog today.  I won't spoil the surprise, but here are a couple of my recent meaderings. 

  Who are these masked marvels?

Matchy Matchy

While on the subject of masks, here's a scoop for you.  I have a couple of art friends who are putting your art on masks.  I just ordered three tonight and can't wait to get them.  Message me if you're interested in wearing your art and I'll send you the deets. 

In the midst of all of this world chaos, I had my six month oncology visit with Giancarlo in May (yes, that really is his name) and yearly cancer check this month.  I am happy to say that I was cancer free and we're all working together to help me with the drug side effects.  While I was waiting to hear, I headed back into alcohol inks with a trial of a relatively new manufacturer, T-Rex inks. I was really pleased with the movement, saturation, and price point.  It was a nice distraction for me and I can't wait to play with them some more. 

I also have taken a lot of time during the pandemic to work on my Citra art for an art show later this year.  I postponed and then taught two classes (social distanced w masks) this month and it was so much fun watching them discover how interesting it is to work with the random backgrounds.  All went home with extra papers to play with, too!  I hope to teach the follow up collage class later this year at Checkered Cottage here in Kirkwood, MO.  A reminder to those in my classes (online or in person, contact me to be added to the Citra art facebook group.  More shameless plugging:
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Stencil by Cecilia Swatton
Art Foamies stamp By Nathalie Kalbach

I plan to teach at Stampaway this year again unless something changes in the newly open Ohio.  Class size will be limited to allow for social distancing. As always, for daily art, follow me on Instagram.  I also put art on my facebook personal and business page as well or go to my website for all my links. I plan to continue with the last 20 days of #the100dayproject and flow into World Watercolor Month on July 1.  Lots of art coming your way.  Stay safe this summer everyone. 

Monday, December 02, 2019

Up Up and AWAY..... Creative Jumpstart 2020

I'm pleased as punch to announce that I'll be a "Jumpstarter" in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2020, run for the 9th year by Nathalie Kalbach.  If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2020.  It's a great time to learn technique, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters world wide.  For years I have enjoyed the snipped tutorials, behind the scenes videos, and artist musings, and now am excited to present myself and my creative point of view.  Buckle your seatbelts for that. 

Jumpstarters choose something important to convey whether it is technique, practice, studio tips, or all of the above.  I always reserve January to work on something totally different than my usual deadlines so these 31 days allow me to try as many new things as there are days.  I'm not a fan of January or the holiday letdown, so this newness helps me cope with winter and it's inconveniences as a bonus.   Imagine what you can do with 31 downloadable videos from 31 different artists with 31 different points of view and personality.  The possibilities are endless and so intoxicating.
                                                            Shameless Teaser Video

Watch the official promo below and then head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and for more details:

You get 31 videos - over 5 hours worth of video content -  for just $40 USD if you sign up by December 2nd, 2019 11:59 pm ESTAfterwards it will be $45 USD until December 6th, 2019, and $50 USD until December 31st 2019, before it goes to its normal sale price of $60 USD on January 1st 2020. 

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here at:

I'll be waiting for you.  

XOXO  Nancy

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Catch up: Cyber Sale on Nancy Curry Art and StencilGirl

I really hadn't intended to wait almost another a year before writing, but the year slipped by with a couple of twists and turns that slowed down my well oiled machine.  The year started off great with the debut of my Merry Everything class at Checkered Cottage in February, an online alcohol ink project class for the Alcohol Ink Society Facebook group,  and the acceptance of three classes at Stampaway in May.  Oh, and I completed my second #100dayproject and this year the topic was achieving negative space in acrylic pours.  Yes, a targeted dalliance for sure, but I had great fun doing it on Yupo and other flat surfaces. 

Many of you know that I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in May.  That will stop anyone in their tracks, including me.  I am happy to say that my "Bird Brain" series of Citra collages came out of that dark time.  They were highly addictive and very distracting so while I was waiting for news, I had my birds to keep me calm.  I worked on them for about 10 weeks, almost all the way through radiation.  I treasure each one and the story it tells.  I am happy to say they go on sale on my Nancy Curry Art Fbk Page at 7pm tomorrow night, along with much other art. Instructions will be on the album as they were last year.  Prices will be 20% off of $35.00 for originals and $28.00 for prints. 

    Two    of    my   favorites          
In the midst of the summer, my daughter graduated with the highest GPA in her doctoral class.  It was a long journey for us to get there, but the doctors cooperated and let me skip a day of radiation.  Proud mama moment for sure.  She has relocated back here with her significant other and both are gainfully employed here in St. Louis as PTs.  Oh, and both are named Sam.  It's quite something when there heads both turn.  We celebrated by taking her to Australia after my radiation was over.  It was a lovely 12 days down under.  

The fall brought a little renewed vigor although I am still not entirely myself.  I was able to attend a fantastic weekend class at Ephemera Paducah given by Jacqueline Sullivan on Eco Printing.  I'd been wanting to do it for quite sometime.  EP's hospitality is second to none so it was a fantastic weekend all around.  It was nice to see old friends and make new ones as we all watched our botanicals arrive.  I made over 40 pieces that weekend and have sold a few here locally.  There will be some in the sale tomorrow night as well. This month I taught three ornaments classes, a class for my local club and made over 200 ornaments myself. After my last class of the year on Monday night, I can rest, relax and renew throughout the Christmas season.  I am looking forward to it.  

Before I go, here's a little teaser for the biggest sale StencilGirl has all year.  Not only are my stencils on sale, they all are.  There are bonuses along the way for you, too.  Don't forget it.  It starts at midnight tonight. 

I so appreciate those of you who have done so much to boost my spirits throughout the difficulties the last couple of years.  Art heals as do friendships. Merry Everything!!!!!!



Monday, December 10, 2018

Merry Everything!

I spent last night reworking and updating my website a bit so thought I would take the three hour late night drive to update my blog and fill in the blanks since I last wrote. Healthwise, it’s been a long road back, but at least I’m on a straight stretch of road and not taking detours. I feel mostly good but every now and again I hit a wall and need to take a breather. Creatively speaking, I’ve been in a burst most of the year. But even that has worn me out at times. The first half of the year was almost exclusively Citra artwork as mentioned in the last blog post. The cherry on top was the filming of my first online class in March for StencilGirl’s new class platform. Citra Solv Art debuted in August and has been well received. I am posting bonus material for those taking the online class and for those who have taken my in person class, Transformations. Message me if you are interested in knowing more about it.



October also saw the release of my first club stencil kit for StencilGirl. For those that don’t know, StencilGirl has a monthly subscription service that I’ve participated in since its inception. It was fun to design for it and then even more fun to see them in use by others.  The best part is that if you join you can always order past month's stencils. 

Into the Woods

Alcohol ink work has dominated the second half of my year. It started with my incarceration at St Luke’s. I had no idea said incarceration would occur so I was unprepared and my anxiety went through the roof. It didn’t help that we were all wheeled into the hallway for a tornado warning during my first few hours there. My husband saved the day and brought the only art supplies I had packed. A new series was born that week. I’ve had two small batch sales and I am so grateful for all the support for this new direction. I was even more grateful that my work caught the eye of Dick Blick and I had a featured demo there in November.  Into the Woods and Umbrella are fall additions to the series. The rest are not up in my gallery (updating over the Christmas holiday) nor Etsy yet but if you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you’ve probably kept up. The next pop up sale will be the first week in February. Newsletter recipients will get sneak peeks and other perks. Sign up here.

In between paintings, I’ve become obsessed with making ornaments so much so that I’m adding them as a class opportunity next year. I’ve got some special tips, tricks, and tools to share with everyone. I’ve had a blast and there are several time lapses and lots of photos sprinkled on my social media to show my enthusiasm. This is my new favorite done on a navy glass ornament. True confession:  my favorites come in and out of focus because they all have different vibes.

I’m sure there will be many more to come as I explore the possibilities. I’ve been very blessed to have sold quite a few from Instagram and local queries and I love sending them out into the world. The most interesting commission so far has been the order of a blue and a pink to become baby reveals for  the grandparents on Christmas Day. 

For those interested in non-art sightings, here are the boys dressed to the nines for the holiday season.  Angus is on agility hiatus until January 5th.  I've been told they're crowd pleasers when they run.  

and the best for last..... DPT White Coated daughter.  I also call my dear husband and her #myeverything. She's about to finish her first of three clinicals in Knoxville.  Next up in January she heads to Virginia Beach and finally to Annapolis for the summer.  Then it's time to graduate and take her boards.  She's my inspiration. 

If you've stuck around this long, I'll let you know I've already picked my word of the year for 2019.  It's actually two words and it's very important to have both.  "Live inspired" will be the focus next year.  It's one thing to inspire.  It's another to model living inspired.  The components are mind, body and soul.  Stay tuned.  My teaching schedule will be evolving so stay tuned for that as well. 

I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and to look upon the new year with expectation. 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

MIA: 2018

 Well, my word for the year is perspective, chosen just before the year went haywire.  The first seven months have all been a struggle to keep some sort of perspective while many things have been spiraling out of control.  It was supposed to be the year of opportunity.  A chance to take some chances in my art and go farther in depth with what I already do.  That was the plan.  I had a plan for new stores to visit, new mediums to play with, more process videos.... you get the picture.  Well, as we all know, plans go awry. In a nutshell, I've ended up with two surgeries, March and May,  and then the cherry on top was an unexpected hospital stay in early July.  It's been a roller coaster of miscommunication, delay, bodily rebellion, and then unexpected medical consequences. 

So here I sit in mid-July wondering what happened to the first almost seven months of the year.  I'm still on medication, but I am starting to feel like my old self again and am regaining energy.  Just in time to go on my first teaching trip of the year to Stampaway. I've been going to Stampaway since 1996 and have been teaching since the late 90s.  It's always a good time and I love seeing all the familiar faces.  I have three classes this year.  Flow has been sold out since early June. 

FLOW-Stampaway 2018
BIRDS OF  FEATHER-Stampaway 2018

WITH ONE WORD Stampaway 2018

I did manage to keep my hands busy during my recuperations this spring.  I joined #the100dayproject on Instagram for the first time and did 100 days of Citrasolv projects.  You can find them with some description on my hashtag here:

 Here are some favs:

We fit in some agility trials with Angus, a trip to the Caribbean with Jim and Sam on her break, and a baseball game right before I had to go in for the second surgery.  Just two weeks after that surgery in ate May, we attended Sam's White Coat Ceremony in Marion, VA.  Then the wheels came off again. 


Once I knew that it was going to be an extended hospital stay as opposed to the overnight visit that was advertised by the surgical nurse, my dear husband risked life and limb and headed into my studio to cut Yupo and pack my paints and additives. The risk was great as I've not been up to cleaning or organizing in there for months.  He's a keeper. 

I had quite a few days of unadulterated painting time.  I was infused with a new creative energy and had to make the most of the few supplies I had.  Many of the paintings below were done on my hospital tray while IV antibiotics were being infused.  The nurses were in and out and wanted to know all about the inks I was using.  I think I was a novelty. 


So, onward and upward is my mantra these days.  I hope to be a little more diligent with my blogging, but if you're on social media, I do keep that updated.  Follow me on FBK, Twitter and IG @ Nancy Curry Art if you don't already.  Always check stories on IG,  as I do a lot of process peeks there and hope to do some IGTV soon. There are some special announcements upcoming about my art, but if I told you now, I'd have to kill you. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I Was an Amuse-Bouche (aka a Weekend of Wild Creativity, Vulnerability, and Madcap Connectivity)

Mary Beth Shaw's class

So,  eleven months ago I committed on pure instinct to attending an inaugural event.  I didn't know the name, but I knew it would sell out well before I had time to ruminate on going or not.  Let me namedrop a few names to help you understand why I knew the clock was ticking:  Seth Apter, Traci Bautista, Pam Carriker, and Mary Beth Shaw. Yep, under one roof I thought, but actually it was two.  The participants took over not only our host store space, Ephemera Paducah, but also Paducah School of Art and Design for the  event.  Kristin Williams and her able staff worked with Mary Beth to create an amazing weekend.  Those EP gals must have hit the ground running because every i was dotted and t was crossed to make this a seamless weekend for all of us.  I cannot express how much that attention to detail means to a retreat participant.  Although it is a wonderful weekend full of wild creativity and human connectivity, it also can be draining as you leave your comfort zone for parts unknown.  Having the details handled is one less distraction and frustration. Kudos to all who made StencilGirl & Friends: An Art Journal Affair happen. 

To my delight I was also happy to make this a working event as I was one of four "amuse-bouche" class offerings (my term straight from my unadvertised  Food Network obsession) on Friday for those who were coming in early for the weekend.  Seth, Carolyn Dube, and Kristin also treated the participants to some early creative flow, while I taught my Citrasolv art class, Transformation.  My students quickly adapted to this unusual process and substrate and some fabulous pieces. My video compilation of student work is on Nancy Curry Art on fbk or Instagram. It's glorious.


An opening reception set the tone of abundance, commonality and camaraderie.  Introductions were made, aprons personalized, and oh.....the trades.  People put together the most beautiful packets of ephemera and/or handmade art.  Swag it was, all the way.  Add to that the swag we received from our hosts, and abundance was felt by all.  I am grateful to the companies that helped support this event.

I have only a couple of "out and about" pictures, but I'm so happy to say that the cohesion in this large group was amazing.  I loved being able to meet and socialize with  "virtual" friends.  They rocked my world and I hope we get to return and be together again and again. 


I don't have many working pictures from classes, but the media was in abundance, the demos were great, and I was in full focused art mode. Oh, and chatty mode as new "live" friends, Sherry Canino and Chris Wozniak would attest to. 

Pam Carriker's class

Traci Bautista's class

Seth Apter's class

The classes were challenging and perfect not only for art journaling but also for other destinations. The A squad brought their A game and we learned a lot of insider tips as well as how they approached pages.  That is info that is great to take back to our studios.  They were generous, patient, and so in the moment. Thank you all for choosing the perfect classes to represent who you are as an artist. 

But that's not all........ The dessert to the whole shebang were pop up demos thoughout the evening.  We were treated to demos by Sherry Canino, Glenda Miles, Mary Nasser, Debi Adams and Kiala Givehand.  All came with their unique point of view and personal "go to" techniques. If you haven't been to their sites, do that over some coffee....several cups.


I've never closed down a creative workspace before.
I've never had pepperoni chips before.
I've never botched so many one way streets before.
I never shopped for leggings in a hotel room before. (addendum: and bought)
I've never felt almost instant kinship before. 

I am ever grateful for the reminder that we don't have to give up our artistic voice while exploring new territory.  We all have our own brand of creativity and together our creative voice is so much clearer.  I celebrate all those who were able to make this trip. You left a mark on my heart and also left me wanting more. It is my hope everyone will have this opportunity at least once during his/her artistic journey. 

For more art and sometimes a spotted poodle, you can find links to all my social media here.