July 2012: Current Palette Set-Up and exciting News

This is my current palette. It's a special edition Schmincke set purchased on a BIG sale from WetPaint. I took out metal insert which had rails for holding pans and attached my own (extended) collection of pans using Sugru.
I still have enough space to:
a) add more colors or
b) store paper towel (paper towel I - paper towel II is waiting in the water container)
c) store brush (this is a squirrel brush with shortened handle and Zebra pen cover - for protecting my squirrel and to extend brush when painting).

And, using same sugru hacking method I attached a piece of Lego to the mixing area and corresponding piece to my little water container - this was my water does not go flying around :)

You can read more details about colors when you click on the image but basically these are Schminke factory made pans and some Neva/Yarka watercolors I enjoy form a much larger and older set.

Now - one of the reasons for this new - experimental set-up is MY EXCITING NEWS!
I will be participating in 2012 Voices of the Wilderness Artist in Residence Program with Chugach  and Tongass National Forests, Western Arctic National Parklands.

It means that I will be going to Alaska this August - to look, draw, paint and share my drawn reportage about an amazing wilderness as it exists today.

For this trip and preparation for it I am going to make a set on Flickr and tag here - in my blog.

Stay tuned for more news :)


  1. I am SO excited for you, Miss Nina! Wow...

    And the Lego idea is brilliant!

  2. Congratulations... what a fabulous trip... can't wait to see Alaska thru your eyes :-)

  3. Super excited for you. Can't wait +1. Which site are you going to?

  4. Anonymous6:17 PM

    Loving the LEGO idea...have to raid one of the childrens toyboxes...

  5. Bravo, Nina!! Oh so wonderful!

  6. thank you, thank you, dear friends!
    I am very very excited and will try my best to stop skipping while walking soon!

  7. You go right ahead and skip, you deserve it! You will do a wonderful job, and can't wait to see your sketches!

    And BOY are those new security words difficult to read!!

  8. Awesome news - how I am envious! Always wanted to visit Alaska - I'll enjoy t vicariously through your sketches to come!

  9. Congratulations! Alaska is luck to have you!

    I've booked a June '13 trip to Alaska... I'm nervous about sketching and painting snow. Can't wait to see how you handle that and the vast landscapes.

    Now I have to figure out the lego thing... no kids at my house... I may have to ask a co-worker.