Tulips, Licensing, and Creative Spaces

Tonight I’ve had a bit of a play in Procreate.

I’ve been away from painting for a while – both traditionally and digitally – that I wondered if I could still make it work for me. The tulip above has given me confidence and motivation to keep going.

Life changes and takes turns you don’t expect or necessarily want but you find yourself stuck with them none-the-less. I know you know what I mean…no one has been immune to the happenings over the last 17 months…..

BUT…we each have the opportunity to take some charge over many of our own activities and for me, one of them is getting back into a routine for creating – specifically in the licensing area.

Licensing Update

I am in the process of building a beautiful new portfolio for showing my latest artwork to potential and current clients. Sets and collections for each of the seasons in saturated colors with a pinch of whimsy tossed in.

In the menu under the website title you will see the Portfolio tab. I will be adding new artwork samples to that page very soon.

I’m excited about jumping back into these waters as I’ve missed them dearly. 

watercolor painting of a garden shed scene from Jennifer Nilsson Art

UPDATE: I will once again be available for puzzle design through HVC Licensing. Please contact Hong with all of your puzzle requests.

Newly Organized Creative Spaces

We are in a multiple years’ long renovation as we do all the work ourselves around my husband’s demanding job and the crazy fluctuating lumber prices. 

As my official studio space will not be finished for at least another year’s time, I work out of several different spaces in my home.

One is in the spare bedroom on the second floor where the watercolor fun takes place:

The other is the utility porch, where I am kept company by two freezers, a washer and dryer, an old overstuffed china cabinet, boxes of holiday decorations, and my beekeeping equipment.

This is where the scanning and photoshop work takes place along with all mixed media work…oh, and YouTube video recording.

Ideal? No…BUT it works and as long as it suits my needs it will do.

Advice: Do NOT allow your circumstances or space determine your work flow, friends ♥

Do you have dreams and hopes of creating? Then DO it, anywhere and in any way you can. 

You know that saying that your dreams don’t work unless you do? Yup…that is TRUE. And making a career is HARD work, so be sure that you have the drive to get done what needs done and keep learning as you move along. This licensing business is not for the faint of heart, easily discouraged, or those who get bored quickly, lol. You have to love creating, truly love it…have a passion for it….because it can be a wild rollercoaster ride of ups and downs and fast times and slow and it needs to be something you can stick with for the long-haul. Ask me how I learned that bit of wisdom 😉

Are you interested in learning more about licensing? 
Let me know in the comments below any questions you might have and I will answer them in a future blog post!

Well…that’s all I have to share today….thanks for reading and following along.

Wishing you a creative day filled with joy.



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