America the Beautiful T-Shirts

 

Good morning!  Bonfire, the t-shirt printing company, has begun to deliver the America the Beautiful T-shirts.

I was delighted to get a photo of one of the first recipients donning his T-shirt. 

If you would like your own photo to be included in a future blog/newsletter, please share photos of you wearing  your America the Beautiful t-shirt! Send to: inqueries@nicolemone.com  

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Bonfire was running a bit behind schedule, so to thank you all for your patience, once all the shirts have been received, everyone who purchased t-shirts will be entered in a drawing (one entry for each shirt ordered) for an America the Beautiful Limited Edition fine art print!  

If you ordered a shirt(s) you needn’t do anything more – you will be automatically entered for the drawing. The winner will be announced in late March/early April. 

Thank you!

America the Beautiful Drawing – Women’s March T-shirts.

Edit*: T-shirts ordered should be received approximately 7-14 business days after the February 21st sales campaign end date – shirts printed by and shipped from Bonfire. You will receive emails from Bonfire with status updates and when your order has shipped.  Thank you so much! We hope you love your shirt! 

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We are happy to report that t-shirts are available to order once again!  Click here to get your t-shirt!

The image America the Beautiful commemorates the Women’s March which took place on January 12, 2017. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to charity, divided between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Planned Parenthood.

Thank you all for your continued support and interest!BLOGt-shirt-orders-being-taken

For those of you getting both the limited edition fine art print and the t-shirt, please note: Fine art prints will match the colors of the original artwork. T-shirts will be more vibrant.

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Limited Edition Prints Now Available

The America the Beautiful drawing is now available in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints created with archival quality materials. The prints are signed, titled, and numbered by the artist, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. 

Edition of 195 + Artist & Printer Proofs – Paper size: 8 x 10 – $85 + s&h

(5 Large format prints – Paper size: 16 x 20″ – $160 + s&h) 

For more information and to purchase a print, please click here to visit the store

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Printed on 100% cotton rag fine art paper and printed with acid-free archival inks.

 

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Framing suggestion*

*Prints are sold unframed. Professional framing is recommended. 

For our studio AP (Artist Proof) print, we chose a black wooden frame with a subtle rope design in a satin finish, and an ivory mat with a black fillet to complement the ivory color of the print. Another option is having a custom mat cut to the exact size of the image. Though, the paper size is 8 x 10″ and will fit a standard pre-made frame.

(T-shirts are also available. For those of you getting both the limited edition fine art print and the t-shirt, please note: Fine art prints will match the colors of the original artwork. T-shirts will be more vibrant.)

Posters will also be available on the website store soon. 

What is the difference between a fine art print and a poster?

Fine Art Prints are created with top quality, archival materials and a small quantity will be made (a limited edition) and assigned numbers. Once the edition is sold, no more prints will be made. Fine art prints are professionally corrected to reflect the original artwork and they are inspected, signed, titled, and numbered by the artist. 

Posters will be printed on a thinner card stock paper and will include the title, and other text printed under the image, like an art poster  you would buy in a museum gift shop. It will be nicely printed and  suitable for framing, but a poster is not a piece of fine art and can be reprinted.

50% of the proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts and posters, and 30% of the proceeds from the sales of the limited edition fine art prints, will be donated to charity, divided equally between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Planned Parenthood.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Wishing you all good things…

Larissa, Looking Forward

Last night at dinner, I sat next to my niece, Larissa. All of nine years old, she is very smart, strong, talented, opinionated, and lovely. She was full of questions about art and politics. I had answers for the art questions. I had fewer definitive answers about politics – I’ve been asking many of the same ones myself.

I marveled at her thoughtful questions, her desire to brainstorm solutions, and her willingness to accept uncertain answers.

The previous night, I’d encountered very poor behavior from a 48 year old who, when I asked that he be respectful said, “get off your soapbox already.” (I’ll never know if it was my drawings of spunky animals in pink hats, or my request that he be respectful that was objectionable to him.) Recalling his childish behavior, I chuckled at the stark contrast to Larissa’s mature questions.

Contemplating this bright little girl’s future, I felt a renewed sense of obligation to do what I can to help protect the rights and freedoms she deserves. She should get to live a life of equality and respect, in which she controls the choices that will steer her destiny. I guess I’m saying that I would like to help “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” – It seems to me someone wrote that down once.

Get off my soapbox? No. No, I think I’ll stay up here awhile.

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Larissa, Looking Forward – 8″ x 10.5″ – Graphite on Moleskine Paper

 

Solace for a Season of Sleeplessness

 

Disconcerting and surreal – these are the words that keep coming to mind to describe the atmosphere in the United States today. Sleep isn’t coming as easily for so many, and for those of us who were already insomniacs, the waking hours can seem longer and contorted.

It is in these times that I try to focus on what I love. Just taking a moment to catalog things for which I am grateful can be tremendously helpful. I’m not going to burst into a chorus of “My Favorite Things” but it’s a similar idea. Always at the top of the list: my home and everyone in it (“everyone” includes our two cats who are “senior partners” in our small company of awesome), the good health of my loved ones and myself, humor, getting to be an artist, etc. And, I have found, reading about the cosmos helps me to adjust my thinking to “this is temporary” and gives me a great feeling of calm. And, of course, my work. These things help to clear my head and better allow me to look past the chaos and confusion and really think about what actions I can take right now. I ask myself how I can help to make things better – anything from trying to raise some money for a worthy cause, to calling elected representatives to voice opposition to injustice, to performing a random act of kindness.

I have found that there is more solace and peace to be derived from taking a few proactive measures than in connecting to a constant stream of panic-inducing media. Panic does no good – it feeds confusion and it incapacitates. The calm mind can be far more productive and useful – and it feels an awful lot better. I’m not saying this is easy, especially in the current political climate, but it becomes easier with practice.

What we focus on expands – in our daily lives and on a grander scale. Let us try to live in a balance of gratitude and vigilance.

When faced with an unpalatable situation, I look ahead to the end of it and think, “I can have wasted that time, or I can come out of the dark tunnel with some accomplishments.” Just picture the end game – it might help.

Those of you who are friends on social media may have seen my recent daily drawing posts. As I paint and work on other projects, these ink drawings allow me to have an outlet and stay connected daily. The drawings allow me to communicate my views without adding to the panic. I am going to resist,  I am going to keep doing what I can from where I am, I am going to keep fighting – hopefully, with focus and thoughtfulness. Creating these drawings lifts my spirits and I hope they do the same for you.

I am sharing here the first four drawings in The Pugilist Series and a new image for the ongoing The Skeleton Project. Last week’s America the Beautiful drawing is in production and I have already completed a self-portrait which I will be sharing shortly. New drawings and paintings are underway. There is comfort in the work. I hope you can find what comforts you.

Be grateful, be vigilant, and know you are not alone.

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Fisticuffs – #1 in The Pugilist Series – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 7″x6″

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Sting Like a B— #2 in The Pugilist Series – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 10” x 7.5”

bring-it-on

Bring It On – #3 in The Pugilist Series – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 9.25” x 6”

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Southpaw – #4 in The Pugilist Series – – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 10” x 8”

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‘Til the End – Micron Ink Pen, graphite, & colored pencil on Moleskine Paper 8.75″ x 6.25″ (New for The Skeleton Project)