Category Archives: Gardening & Animals & Inspirations

M. Nicole van Dam’s joyous Impressionist artworks, children’s books and writings are inspired by her family, pets and garden, all shared here.

Peony Parade

                      Peony Parade is inspired by what is perhaps my favorite flowers – peonies – with their plump, overstuffed with petals, blossoms.   Here in California peonies are difficult to grow more »

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Rodeo Rose

Rodeo Rose is a feminine twist on the Western Rodeo, and features a female rider on her bucking bronco, surrounded by softly hued, almost suede like colors, roses, and lucky horse shoes.  Some of the horse shoes are interlinked to more »

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Lovely “Papillons de Paisley” Rain & Garden Boot Just Released!

FUN NEWS! “Papillons de Paisley” has just been introduced as a rain and garden boot. It’s so pretty, I can’t wait to wear these boots! I can imagine them cheering up any grey day paired up with trench coats or more »

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Autumn Butterfly

                      Autumn Butterfly is a richly colored artwork featuring butterflies in velvety fall tones, using a new art technique I’ve been developing.   The more you look, the more rich colors more »

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Autumn Uninterrupted

Autumn Uninterrupted is my homage to M.C. Escher’s technique, because each outline of a leaf helps to form an outline of another leaf.  I also wanted to create the tumbling chaos and beautiful color of fall leaves, inspired by my more »

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Lady of the Leaves

Lady of the Leaves Lady of the Leaves, created in 2015, was inspired by my lovely childhood daydreams and imaginings (which I admit I still enjoy when working in my garden).  It was so fun to imagine flower fairies and magical beings more »

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Raining Cats & Dogs Boot is Adorable & it’s available now!

The super fun Raining Cats & Dogs boot just became available on Amazon at this link: It is SO SO SO CUTE! -and if you look closely, you’ll see one of my dogs (with his tennis ball) and one of more »

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Snowflake Sonata

Snowflake Sonata was almost entitled “We are all Snowflakes” – each snowflake in the artwork is unique as each of us are, and yet the snowflakes also share many common things and interact. Snowflake Sonata was a very interesting artwork more »

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