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


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
To See the entire "Last Breath Of Summer", visit here
The exhibit is showing July 19th - August 23rd at Subtext Gallery.

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

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

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

A year in review - thank you!

This July marks a year of many "firsts" for me. One year ago I decided to commit to my painting full time. It was a goal I had been working towards, but always held picture framing, teaching or design work on the side. But when the frame shop that I had been working at closed, it was the little push I needed to decide to be full time freelancer. It's a scary plunge, paychecks from projects come at somewhat erratic schedules, but something that I had been preparing for. And it's something that I could not have done without YOU.

And who are YOU? You are the patrons who commission projects, the gallery owners who saw value in showing my artwork, the artists who I bounce idea's off of and call my friends, teachers who expanded my world view, the parents who saw a daughter who loved to draw, the sisters that have shown up for my shows and done my crazy taxes, the husband who has seen the good paintings in progress on my desk and the terrible ones torn up in the trashcan--and supported me through it all. Being an artist has connected me with people in a way that I never anticipated, and its awesome.

What else happened in the span of one year?
- Moved from Nebraska to Washington
- Bought our first house!
- Then moved again to settle into our house.
- Painted well over a hundred paintings (I didn't want to count the exact number)
- My online Etsy shop hit 500 sales since opening in 2008.
- Joined a weekly Dungeons and Dragons group started by my guy. (Best night of the week!)

It's a bit of a more personal blog post than I usually do, but creating artwork is personal. It's an exciting adventure, and adventures are best taken with others.


It's a small token, but to say thanks I'm running a shop sale this week. 
Use code "THANKYOU" for 20% OFF your order in my Etsy shop.

(Sale good until Monday, July 7th 2014. Must enter code to receive discount)

Monday, June 09, 2014

Future of Gaming at iam8bit

Tomorrow is the opening to "Future Of Gaming" exhibit at Iam8bit. Industry leaders give quotes on their thoughts on the future of gaming, and artists like myself illustrate the quote. I was teamed up with Kim Swift (co-creator of Portal) and illustrated her quote:
"The future of gaming is going to always be with us on mobile devices that are a part of our daily lives, and will infect and project onto the world around us. We're on the advent of some truly impressive mobile devices-- input systems that detect the acoustic variances on where you tap your palm, tiny microprojectors on glasses, cameras that detect where you're looking, virtual and augmented reality, not to mention increased processing speeds. Imagine games that can project onto any surface, anywhere to create an instant display and use voice, eye direction and touch controls for inputs. Then picture the game taking into account the environment it’s being projected on to determine things like level layouts, and those projections interacting with other people’s game projections. I imagine that games will be everywhere around us.”

Game Night, 8x8 inches, gouache and ink, ©Nicole Gustafsson 2014
This exhibit originally launched at DICE summit in Las Vegas last February, and now it's showing in LA during the E3 expo this week! Go see the exhibit in person at the opening Tuesday, June 10th from 7-11pm (show runs until June 22nd).