Kelsey Nolan

Illustrator. Roanoker. Finding my voice through pen and paint.

http://www.kelseynolan.com/

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I found myself reaching for the gouache again, and while the thickness of it is throwing me off and making my lines shaky, the creaminess of this red kind of gave me the sense of painting with expensive lipstick. And now I think I need to use it to paint a tube of lipstick πŸ’„ Bless y'all for bearing with my experimentation here. ...
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My first painting done entirely with gouache. This felt so weird. Major learning curve. I don't anticipate straying from primarily using watercolors, but this was fun, and I can see new ways I could use the two together. My daughter said, "Oh! Cute strawberry!" So that's good enough for me. ...
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Week Two: Diving in

I knew this week would be harder, because it was the first spent focused on one topic, and digging under the surface to root out the real issue.
I expected her to guide the conversation, but she asked me if anything had been on my mind, and something sure was, more than I realized.
It was uncomfortable. She very quickly saw, and called out, that the reason I brought up the topic was not the larger reason it was troubling me. Even when I explored the larger reason, she could see the holes I was leaving. It isΒ uncanny to be read so clearly by a stranger. I think she is very good at her job, but I think I also am not as self-contained or (harder to accept) self-aware as I thought I was.
She was gentle, but frank. She also helped me forgive myself for a few things, or at least showed me how I might start that process. It's strange and wonderful to me that just a few words from someone objective can make you see your own life in a starkly different light.
I left feeling exhausted and unsettled. But it absolutely helped. I could see that right away. We'll see what happens next week. This was the right choice.
For (a tiny bit of) context, I was talking about the frustrating tendency of people to sexualize every little thing, including things that are just a practical element of a person's day.
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Funfetti cake, just because. The colors got away from me a bit with this one. I wasn't really sure what I was going for here, so I decided to just let it be and not get too carried away with detail. It's okay not to love everything you paint! Sometimes just the act of doing it is enough, regardless of the result. ...
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February art challenge day 6, rocks. This is one of the stones @laurylanne gave me for Christmas. I'm not sure what it is, but it's so clear it almost looks like amber colored glass. Maybe it's actual amber? I have no idea! Gouache is definitely going to be a huge game changer for painting all these lovely minerals I have. This came out way better than I expected!
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The other day I mentioned wanting to try gouache and masking fluid as highlighting techniques, and to my enormous surprise, they both showed up in my mailbox this afternoon! Many thanks to my aunt for the unexpected gift! This was my first dabble with gouache, to do the base coat for the sprinkles after I painted the donut. It's going to take some practice; I could tell pretty quickly I was being a bit hesitant with it and watering it down too much. But I'm excited about the possibilities here! ...
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Week two: Session cancelled.

My therapist was ill this weekend and had to cancel our second session. Life happens. No big deal. So instead of painting something I said in therapy this week, I made a list of little things I do to keep myself grounded when I'm feeling anxious. Some of these are just part of my daily routine, some are more for soothing my nerves when I need to. Focusing on the small, physical things around me and engaging my senses helps me get out of my head for a while when I can't seem to make my mind slow down. Things like painting give me a sense of control when I feel like I have none. And cheese, well, of course that helps. ...
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