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Ace of Pentacles [Feb. 6th, 2011|09:38 pm]
Nik
The Vince Lombardi Trophy has finally been returned to its rightful home. The balance has been restored.

On that note, I'm too distracted to write about all the other awesome things on my mind and in my heart. I'm just going to list a bunch of things that I think are awesome, share a painting, and go home and sleep like a wee bebeh.


THIS STUFF ROCKS MY LIFE RIGHT NOW:


  • My new laptop. It's a black ASUS and its name is Richard. Dick for short.


  • Depeche Mode. Neil Diamond. The Ramones. And Interpol. My heart has had an eclectic soundtrack right now.


  • Gary Busey in "Silver Bullet". "Taaaaaa-daaAAH!"


  • Misfits, the television series. Watched season 1 in a week and I'm not a guy with a lot of free time. That says a lot. AMAZING soundtrack, awesome shooting, and the characters are so intriguing...



  • The Brothers Nielsen.... This graphic novel I've been illustrating is starting to come true! Holy shit!





And a painting... commission for Marcelo!


La Fee Verte





The cards have good things in store. Life is SO good.



On a related note, have you ever had somebody remind you of something you said, and been SO flattered that the person remembered it?
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Weekly Schedule [Jan. 21st, 2011|03:33 pm]
Nik
Here's a normal week in the life of Nik Arnoldi.

Monday through Friday, 6:30am - 3:30pm:

Wake up... or attempt to do so. At least APPEAR awake... coffee will come soon. Get on that bicycle at 7am and ride to work. Work in the morning until noon with ages 3 through 6 in my primary classroom. Take a brief break (if available) and then help for an hour in a different primary classroom. From 2pm until 3:30, fix, update, and maintain the computers around campus.


Monday through Friday, 3:30 - 11pm:

Bike home. Find food (or make dinner plans with pleasant company). Gather canvases that need to be packaged and shipped and bike (halfway back to work) to FedEx. 9pm-ish... change into paint-stained clothing and enter the studio. Paint until sleep hits. Ignore sleep and try to work longer. Allow sleep to finally win and saunter reluctantly to bed.



Friday Evening:

Find something AWESOME to do.



Saturday, noon until 4pm:

Intense work session on graphic novel, "Brothers Nielsen" with Nathan LeMasters. Beers are often included.



Saturday evening:

Work on commissions and/or pieces for upcoming shows. Maybe take a break to watch a movie. POSSIBLY spend time with good company. Get to bed by 1am for the next morning when...



SUNDAY:

I get up bright and early to catch a ride up to Lookout Mountain church, where I'm working on the biggest mural commission I've ever touched with my brush. This lasts from 8am (ish) til 7pm. Go home and COLLAPSE.


Commence cycle all over again.


As crazy as it sounds, I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Page of Wands, Knight of Pentacles [Jan. 18th, 2011|12:11 pm]
Nik
2011 is turning out to already be a pretty awesome year for me.

Not only have my brushes been steadily working away, I have also been truly experiencing Denver at its best. This week alone I truly realized how fun Denver can be by getting out for karaoke, seeing a band play, and ending the week with a couple hours at the ice skating rink. Blessed, to say the least that I'm in a city that offers all that in short biking distance. :)

I'm looking forward to seeing Devotchka for their Valentine's Day show. I'm expecting it will at least be warmer than the last show I saw them, since that was in a snowy field of Keystone Ski Resort.

Even randomly, when I was at the airport on a layover on my way back to Denver, I was able to take a stranger out to dinner, and we had some great conversation.

I guess I have just finally put trust in putting my ass on the line to keep things positive... and for that it has rewarded me.



Life is most good.


Also I have all my pieces ready for the Holland House show in Green Bay! Here's a sneak peek.




Blizzard's Edge
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BRRRR! [Jan. 4th, 2011|05:19 pm]
Nik
[Music |The Shins]

Hot dang it's friggin' cold!

I've grown a bit less able to mentally block out the effects of cold weather.... I think it comes from my concentration on being able to break the effects of seasonal affective disorder. Lately, I've been rocking that skill to the max.


THIS GUY (why which of course I mean myself) has been painting his face clean off. Things have just been so good for the arts that I rarely have a moment to sit down unless it's with good company. I just feel like all of my displaced energy has now been put into the things I truly love, and now it's giving back to me in big ways.


Upon my revisit to Cleopatra's Hookah Lounge (which used to look like THIS....) I noticed that not only did the place look like it received a TOTAL makeover, but it was under new management as well. Upon speaking to the manager and realizing he is a pretty cool dude, I immediately struck him a deal to get my murals BACK up on the wall. Hence, the process of re-painting begins... in my humble opinion better than it was originally.



















Progress at this rate means I need to update my website soon. SRLSLY. I'm not quite sure if I want to go for a full overhaul and hire somebody to do it, or if I should just put more into the current design. Votes? www.nikarnoldi.com Please do let me know! I don't want to put my effort into something unless I know what in the world I'm about to do with it.


And OH MY GOODNESS. I was lucky enough to create a large post-apocalyptic piece in the dungeon level of "Doomsday Manor". Residential murals are my favorites, but this tops the list. Not only were my dear friends abmann and lady_fox kind enough to put me up for the time I was working at their house, but they treated me like supreme royalty the whole time. Will was kind enough to keep my under-caffeinated growls at bay with delicious lattes, and I had my own room to manufacture some z's. And when the mural was finally finished, they took me out to Magnus in Madison for the MOST DELICIOUS MEAL (holy crap, three courses!!) I have EVER had. Undoubtedly, I enjoyed it full-heartedly.




I did manage to spend lots of time with family over my break as well, which was a nice change of pace. My little sister (who is 5, by the way) suggested the brilliant idea that I should have thought of myself.... for my upcoming display at the Holland House in February, I will be painting a series of small panda portraits! Last night I took the idea for a test drive and painted one up. My sister and I also went to the movies a few times, which was nice. I think I spoiled her to death with how many presents I gave her for this holiday season.

Speaking of this holiday season, one commission in particular stood out from the crowd in size and subject matter... This quite possibly was my favorite effort the whole holiday commission term.



During the course of painting this commission, I made an effort to finish one canvas per evening of work. I don't know how I manage to do all this work with another full-time job that takes up my days, but the time must be coming from somewhere. I swear, I do have a life.


And on the topic of my "life", a good friend of mine went with me last night to see Black Swan.... WOW. Director Darren Arnofsky definitely brought it to the next level. This movie is arguably his best work, and Natalie Portman made it perfect. I admire her for putting so much effort into not only training an insane amount to do the ballet scenes, but also for bringing her dark psyche out to truly blow away the audience. I was stunned. I think I need to see it again.




2011 is already proving to be SO much better than the year that preceded it. I love my life.
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Happiness [Dec. 22nd, 2010|12:39 am]
Nik
I feel like I've been cashing in on all the good karma lately.

Life is just purely good. I feel relieved and pleased to be back home in Green Bay for the holiday break, and every encounter I've had since the moment I woke up for my flight to Green Bay has been a pleasant, if not extremely positive one.

Sure, there's a lot of clarification going on and catching people up on the news (many of my close friends and family don't have nearly as much time as I do for the internet), but none of it has put me down at all.

I'll update soon with some pictures of the Christmas commissions, but I don't want to spoil it for anybody who wanted these pictures to be a surprise. This year's commissions were a fun bunch, and they really pushed my skills.


And today, I had the chance to feel like an awesome big brother. Taking my little sister to see Tangled, I was able to not only hang out with her on my own, but also make her feel a little more grown up too by allowing her to make her own choices of what she wanted to order, and find which theatre our movie was showing. And she was lucky enough to stay out late, getting home at the ungodly hour of 8pm. :)

I'm glad this year will be ending with good intentions. It wasn't an easy year by any means, but there were lots of excitement, travels, heartbreaks and aches, and healing. At the end of the day, I feel like I've learned so much from this all that it'll probably all be written in my autobiography some day.



Two mural commissions this week and next... one at Cleopatra's Hookah Lounge and one in Madison with my good friends abmann and lady_fox! I'm excited!

Also, I'm brewing up ideas for a set of pieces for this year's Holland House.... My wheels are turning!!
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A normal day. [Nov. 14th, 2010|11:06 am]
Nik
[Music |Squares - The Beta Band]

Fortunately, my trip back to America was a lot smoother than this.











I think yesterday was a pretty good day, all things considering.

After working loads on Leah Lemasters' commission, I decided to take a stop by Goodwill because I needed some warmer shirts.

After hopping off my bike, a strangely peaceful older lady stopped me and wanted to know if she could ask me some questions.

As per the usual, that means, "Let's talk about God."


Mentally prepared, she asked what I believe in. I said, "humanity". She asked what I am. I said, "human". She asked if I follow any religion. I said, "All religions have some essential truths to them."

She stopped to think for a moment, then said, "Well I get really good vibes from you. I hope you have a blessed day." I thanked her and wished her the same.

Walked inside Goodwill to find A HALF OFF EVERYTHING sale. Talk about good vibes!




Then returned home with some new clothes and a six pack of Pipeline Porter... only to realize I locked myself out.

Next door however, the neighbors were cleaning out their gutters with the help of a really tall ladder. I offered them a couple beers in exchange for some ladder rescue, and enjoyed the rest of my evening and my dumb luck. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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Coffeestain Comicks Issue 7 [Nov. 8th, 2010|02:57 pm]
Nik
It's ready and waiting to be put to print.


Coffeestain Comicks, Issue Seven.










I'm so excited for this one!!!!

I'll post little teasers here and there, if I remember. :)
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(no subject) [Nov. 6th, 2010|02:12 pm]
Nik
So much has happened in the past few weeks and I've been ridiculously horrible at keeping up with updating it.


Before even starting this room, my friend Kira decided to get a good picture of the work in front of me.

Needless to say, it's a daunting task that I am ALWAYS up for.






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Dressing like a man, feeling like a leopard... [Sep. 16th, 2010|01:58 pm]
Nik
I'm still working on getting those pieces out from the last big art sale from the last post, so if you're reading this and waiting on a painting, it's on its way as of tonight! My bicycle is fixed and I'll be porting those pieces, big and small, over where I have them mailed off.

This week I had an awesome argument with Wells Fargo about some "missing deposits", which were a series of checks that I deposited totalling over $1000. It was fun really putting my foot down and getting my money back, which they eventually found and will end up funding my trip to LONDON! So one of the things that you will NOT find on the list below is my bank, Wells Fargo.


I've just finished a giant watercolor piece as a relaxing break from the mural that I've been working on. Though my backup camera isn't the best way to take photos of this piece, this will have to do for now.


Holy goodness. 30 hours in on the mural job already and I'm absolutely knackered. The project itself is four rooms, floor to ceiling, entirely based on mountain scenes in the Rockies. All the animals are accurate to the climes of the different regions in the Rockies, and I've even painted a few local landmarks so far: most notably the Red Rocks amphitheatre.









Things I Like, Lately


  • Guido's Pizza

  • Pretty Lights... a Colorado-based DJ duo who ROCK big time

  • Watercolors

  • Peace Tea

  • wearing animal tails

  • cooler weather... I wish it would come sooner! Still too hot here in Denver...

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LG [May. 25th, 2010|09:41 pm]
Nik
[Music |Yeasayer - Love Me Girl]

I must so blatantly say, life is really good.

At 1 in the afternoon today, I sent out an email to the parents of my kindergarten classroom announcing that we're going to print paperback copies of the children's book I wrote and illustrated for our class auction project...

By 6:30 PM, over half of the parents have responded with interest in a copy of the book. In fact, in one of the parents requested to order FIVE.

I know that a big part of it is that their child appears in the book, as well as a full color illustration of him/her, but I'm just pleased that I could create a project that would be so dear to these families.


I love working with this school.




This commission was completed on Sunday. I am pretty darned happy about it. :)


On A Westbound Wind
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