Re-release of halfmoon's Colortest. by Nico Lund

Please help us Welcome Halfmoon to the internet

Under the Music Project Tab here on my website are a few music projects I've done over the years with Justin and some solo work. It's fun to put these up here. halfmoon's first record that Justin and I recorded back in 2006, is now available through CDBaby and soon to be available on streaming sites such as Spotify! We are excited to join modernity and release our music online! Take a listen, purchase the album or a song or two!. I hope you enjoy them as much as we've enjoyed making them! Justin and I have new songs in the works and we hope to release a new set of music soon! 

Valentines Day Art Special:10% of all Sales through 2/14 to Planned Parenthood by Nico Lund

Give the Gift of Love and Hope and help support Planned Parenthood!

I will be selling these original Monoprint/Collage pieces and other artworks this Friday Feb. 10 from 5-7pm at Caffe Vita on Greenwood Avenue - part of the Greenwood/Phinney Neighborhood Artwalk. 

These pieces will be framed and ready to give as a gift to your special someone! Or, maybe that special someone is you, go ahead, give yourself some love...you deserve it! 

$54 / $10 shipping available in the US.

If you are interested in one of these and cannot make ArtWalk, just contact me directly and I can make arrangements directly with you.

TONIGHT! DEC 8 Ghost Gallery Mini Art Holiday Sale! by Nico Lund

Ghost Gallery is celebrating it's 10th year of hosting the Miniature Art Holiday Show!

The Trouble with Distractions Oil Painting

The Trouble with Distractions Oil Painting

There are over 80 artists are part of this exhibit, including myself.

I have about 10 pieces that will be on display including, Oil Paintings, Monoprints, Linocuts and Linocut Collage pieces.

This happens during the Capitol Hill Art Walk Tonight Dec. 8 from 6-9. I would love to see you there! Say Hi, grab some holiday gifts.

All the Art is under 10" x 10" and $250 and under.

Ghost Gallery is located on 504 E DENNY WAY at OLIVE WAY (enter through the courtyard next to Hillcrest Market)

Tidal Breath Monoprint

Tidal Breath Monoprint

The Discipline of Discovery Scene II Linocut collage

The Discipline of Discovery Scene II Linocut collage

Autumn Storms Make the Best Art by Nico Lund

As the weather cools down, I am regrouping in the basement studio with the paintings I started in the Garden Shed over the summer. NOw the leaves are changing color, so I am digging deep to pull out colors of my own. 

Moved back into the basement workshop for winter.

Moved back into the basement workshop for winter.

Sometimes I need to shake the trees to get my thoughts in order to make new work. This time my tree shaking came in the form of signing myself up for an Art Class at the local college. My friend has been talking up a printmaking class she'd been really enjoying, so I decided to sign up for it.

I had taken an intro to printmaking class several years ago at the now closed Sev Shoon in Ballard. I remembered how much I enjoyed it, but I just didn't have the mental time and space to put into in. Printmaking requires a lot of dedicated time. There is a lot of set up before the art happens. 

So I signed up with Kelda Martensen for the 121 Printmaking class at North Seattle College. 

So far it's been such a whirlwind of creativity for me. It is also the kind of creativity that spills over into getting me into my own studio plotting and painting in addition to trekking to the print studio to put my 12-14 hours in a week.

a selection of some monotypes

a selection of some monotypes

Currently my assignments have led me from Monoprints to Linocut Printing. I am loving these processes. Unlike lino-blocks I made in the past, these are actually done on thin lino and it runs through the press. I post regularly on my Instagram page, so if you use IG then definitely follow me to see imagery as I work through this new series of paintings and my printmaking adventure.

beginnings of a linocut

beginnings of a linocut

Shadows Beneath the Surface of My Process by Nico Lund

There are people in life that seem to easily take things for face value and not feel bothered by deeper questions. Then there are those of us that can't help but see past the veil of surface-observation through to the less clear waters of hyper-observation. 

Not wanting to be left behind in the current, always looking for and trying to locate and connect with a source; it's here I find myself so often.

It's ironic. You would think that hyper-observation would reveal more truth, more clarity, more understanding, but it often seems like the complete opposite. Questionings, wonderings and thoughts are murky waters that are too easy to get lost in. Too easy to loose your way to the surface to get air. I have gotten lost in these waters often in my life. but the reward is when I find a crystal clear stretch of water that I can see through, see my reflection and see the light. Would I have recognized that crystal clear patch if I hadn't delved into the dark water?

But if only I could stay in the lucid place,s what then? I suppose that is why I paint, write music and continually bring myself back to meditating. I have come to realize that my creative process isn't about going deep into all the layers after all. It's quite possible that the process is about my re-emergence from them.

Is it better to question or not question?

There seems to be a major difference between those that can keep their distance from the pitfalls of existential questioning and the complex interplay of human-connection and those of us that sometimes seem to dissolve through the filters to only loose ourselves in the chaos of our endless what-ifs, why's, future, pasts and inside-outs. 

Is there a better way? Is it better to question or not question? And do some of us even have a choice?

There are those dedicated masters in the middle that seem to skillfully walk through the windy lands of thought in pure observation while still being able to clearly see their refection in a drop of dew. Just thinking of those individuals brings me a temporary inner calm...

I want to show the past and the future in the present, but it won’t stay still.

...Yet, I digress and look back at the myriad of selves that I have been over the years. As each self has eclipse into a new self, I can still feel an essence of what is supposedly 'Me' that doesn't seem to fade. That self that is always trying to see past what is in front to see if some better understanding can be revealed.

It's a painful way to walk about. It's like a non-stop recipe for disappointment. Perfectly revealing my inability ever trust whatever or whoever is in front of me. 

I have been thinking of the subjects of my paintings. How I try to capture time and movement in these stationary forms. I want to show the past and the future in the present, but it won't stay still, time moves and when I think I've caught up I realize I have already been left behind. And that is what I fear the most.

I am reminded of a poem I wrote from January of 2015:

Are you still wondering about the shadows beneath the surface?

When you close your eyes in quiet, 

just before the chattering stops, before the drifting, 

past the sifting,

Is it here you wonder?

"What is that slipping towards me?

Should I be afraid?"

What is that slipping towards me?