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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Papillons de Paisley

Papillons de Paisley is a fun play on paisley patterns, blending lively colors with my love of butterflies and gardens. The longer you look, the more butterflies you will see. Available in Limited Edition prints and more, available at Create.bz. more »

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Raining Cats and Dogs and …

  Raining Cats and Dogs is a fun artwork filled with hidden smiles. The more you look, the more you’ll see – from various breeds of cats and dogs to bunnies, hamster, cockatoo, parakeet, rooster, piglet and so much more. more »

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Gorgeous New Rain & Garden Boots !

I’m always thrilled to share new products made with my art, but this post has special sentimental meaning for me. First a little background: Some ten years ago I created an artwork for my Mom several years ago called “I more »

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Lotus Root Magic!

I am trying to bring art into my cooking, and always enjoy finding a new and beautiful food. Especially a healthy one. My husband and I ventured into a new restaurant, and the primary vegetarian choice there was something called more »

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Season’s Sparrow

So often the lovely sparrow is overlooked, but I love the sparrows in my garden. For one of my first licensing projects, I was asked to design a 3D jar, and I decided to create a jar honoring the sparrows more »

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Butterfly Fantasy

Butterfly Fantasy I have always been fascinated by butterflies, with all their colors and lovely shapes.  Butterfly Fantasy is my reaching beyond the bright colors to a more intoxicating palette, to create an exotically moody piece, full of movement.  In more »

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Rainbow Blossoms

Rainbow Blossoms  is a bright, cheery celebration of a gentle rainfall in a spring garden.  The more you look, the more little worlds you will see.  This artwork was inspired by my love of spring bulbs – like tulips and more »

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The Vegetable Garden is PLANTED!

Admittedly, I’m later in getting the veggie boxes done this year than ever before – in large part because my world of art has been unusually demanding – but I’m glad to say the veggie boxes are now fully planted. more »

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What Home Made Compost Looks Like When You’re Finished, and How to Use it!

I was invited to a lovely tea today and saw the sweetest garden, filled with creativity and whimsy. We came to the subject of composting and what finished compost should look like when it’s ready to use. It’s basically black more »

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Butterfly Magic!

We were taken to a magical butterfly adventure at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale – so worth seeing! Kudos to Butterfly Wonderland for making such a great, beautiful and educational butterfly sanctuary. There are many volunteers there that teach you things more »

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In time for Halloween! Something Scary Lurks on our Couch!

What on earth could this scary monster be that lies lurking beneath the blanket on our couch? These are the kinds of things that just make me smile! Thank goodness God invented dogs! Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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On Hounds, Crop Report and More

It’s been too long since my last post – we’ve had harvests of tomatoes, grapes, a few cherries, strawberries, apples, and Asian apple pears. Our doughnut peach tree has hundreds of green peaches, so looking forward to a luscious harvest, more »

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