ella nilsson

you found my artwork!

Day Eleven – Lucky Acorns

In my continuing adult education about good luck charms, I learned the tale of the humble acorn.  Apparently during the Norman Conquest, the English carried around dried acorns to protect themselves against the harshness and brutalities of the day.

Day Ten – Senior Elefante

For Day 10, I decided to continue with the animal theme of yesterday, as elephants are lucky in India.  In the interest of continuity, this elephant also happens to be dressed like a dapper gentleman.

Day Nine – Lucky Piggies

Working on this series required a little bit of research.  I looked into all different kinds of good luck charms from all over the world, and I even kept a list going in my phone to keep it all organized…. Continue Reading →

Day Eight – Knock on Wood!

I’m totally guilty of this superstition…I even knock on my own head in the absence of wood.  This is exactly why I chose to use my wooden artist’s figure to illustrate my goofiness.  In addition, I figured the use of… Continue Reading →

Day Seven – Lucky Break

Today’s drawing for the Buena Suerte mini-series is of a wishbone. As the tradition goes, the wish gets granted to whomever gets the larger half in the break.  Also, this is where we get the expression, “lucky break!”  However, when… Continue Reading →

Day Six: Paper Crane

It is said that folding 1,000 origami paper cranes will grant you a wish.  I wish for that patience to be able to make a wish!

Day Five: Scarab Beetle

Official genus and species of the sacred Egyptian beetle is Scarabaeus sacer, and it is the latest drawing in my Buena Suerte series.  The scarab beetle managed to do two things that mirrored or coordinated with what two of the… Continue Reading →

Day Four: Lucky Rabbit’s Foot

Two things I’m quite fond of are the movie “In the Line of Fire” and animals.  When I was thinking of lucky charms,  of course the rabbit’s foot came to mind, even though i’m not sure it was at all… Continue Reading →

Day Three: Dream Catcher

The Dream Catcher originated with the Ojibwa people.  According to their legend, the dream catcher was made to  collect any harm that might be in the air.  This was the reason for the spiderweb-like netting within the hoop, as spiderwebs… Continue Reading →

Day Two: Lucky Horseshoe (Crab)

I’ve heard you have to keep a horseshoe upright, otherwise if you turn it upside down all the luck will fall out.  Just in case, I’ve added a horseshoe crab to keep an eye out…and also for the pun factor… Continue Reading →

Buena Suerte! A drawing a day challenge for January 2017

There’s something auspicious about a new year, whether it be positive changes, breaking of bad habits, or just plain superstition.  I’ve chosen to explore the latter for the month of January and create daily drawings of good luck symbols, icons… Continue Reading →

She Shattered

For this piece, I liked the contrast of the woman really happy, with shards of glass in her mind.  When things deconstruct in life, it is seldom pleasant.  However, the good thing is that you can rebuild on your own terms,… Continue Reading →

She Timed

A girl so nice, I painted her twice.  Both my parents are artists and I’ve been encouraged to draw and create from a really young age.  While I was always a patient kid (a hobby of mine was building card… Continue Reading →

She Burned

Oh, she burned.  Expressions stick around because generally they offer some sound advice.  One of my favorites, and a reoccurring theme of late is “Don’t burn bridges.”  This phrase loosely means when relationship ends, it is wise to not end… Continue Reading →

She Crazy

This piece is dedicated to all the women out there who seem like they have it all together on the outside, but internally feel very, very different.  Also, I dedicate this artwork to women who love fine jewelry and cuckoo… Continue Reading →

She Snapped

Ever have a memory so vivid you could recall it in your mind, the same way you look at a photograph?  That’s what this piece is about.   My mom and I joke with one another about the things “your brain… Continue Reading →

She Overhead

I happen to be a big fan of antiquated things.  I like looking at things that used to be the latest and greatest, but are now basically reduced to objects, no longer serving their original function.  Case in point, the… Continue Reading →

She Dig

Ever hear Peter Gabriel’s “Digging in the Dirt?”  That is the same concept I explored in this piece, and is a reoccurring theme in this series.  We all have things locked away in our minds; memories, experiences, things we want… Continue Reading →

She sunk.

When I started this painting, I said to my husband,”Is there something wrong with me?  Lots of people paint happy things, like landscapes or a still life.”  He assured me that there wasn’t.  I suppose there are lot of different… Continue Reading →

She twisted.

The latest in my “Perspectives” Series, this little 6″x12″ painting is entitled “She twisted.”  Suffering from either an intentional or unintentional blindness, this little lady shows us what’s going on inside her stomach. I heard a story on the radio… Continue Reading →

She upstairs.

Here is the latest painting from my “Perspectives” series.  This one is entitled “She upstairs.”  A solemn, poised girl shows the viewer that she is opening up the attic in her mind. The idea for this painting came when I… Continue Reading →

She sinks…

  I finished up this painting about a month ago, but I forgot to post it.  Usually I finish a piece before moving on to the next one, however this one took well over a year to finish.  Between start… Continue Reading →

Hey thanks, Skyline!

Just wanted to give a huge thanks to the fine folks at SkylineArtEditions.com for featuring me as their “Artist of the Month” for June!  Pictures are up on their site of my studio & home and they interviewed me as well. In… Continue Reading →

I do!

I have to admit I’m a terrible graphic designer.  I’m slow and I don’t know illustrator, so I have to do everything by hand and then in Photoshop.  With that being said, I’m also stubborn and know what I want,… Continue Reading →

She wish.

She certainly wish.  Stars in her eyes, crystal ball in hand, wishing of things to come.  It’s poetic to think that the stars’ position in the sky, on the exact date and time you were born, has some significance on… Continue Reading →

She wrecked.

I’ve completed a new painting for your viewing pleasure.  Here we have a seemingly sweet girl with a soft smile, with something far less innocuous going on.  I really appreciate how different people can look at art and think/feel different… Continue Reading →

She cold.

The series continues!  In “She cold” we’re looking at a poised and cool (pun intended) lady.  Since we’re allowed to see inside her noggin, we see an old-time ice block which is causing her frigid exhale. For my fellow ladies… Continue Reading →

She away.

“She away” is the latest in my current unnamed series. While she may be present, it appears as if she’s mentally elsewhere.

She fancy.

I’ve been working on new artwork, picking up where I left off on a series I started last summer. Here’s the latest in the series, entitled, “She fancy.”  Blinded by her crown eyes, she wears the albatross around her neck… Continue Reading →

kitty (and pup) pals

I’ve known Shelby, my friend and neighbor, for almost 7 years.  We’ve watched each others’ pets while the other is on vacation.  That’s trust right there.  She has been such a good friend to me, and helped me with the… Continue Reading →

only child valid until…

My friend & co-worker Pamela asked me to help out with her pregnancy announcement.  She and her husband already have a son, so they figured he should have an active role in delivering the good news!  Great idea! Pamela asked me… Continue Reading →

Just the three of us (for now…)

My buddy Seth from high school reached out to me to help him with a birthday surprise for his wife.  He asked me to draw a portrait of him, with his wife and kiddo.  Getting three people just right in… Continue Reading →

Now with kung-fu grip!

It’s not all that often that I work in color.  I was a little intimidated when I was asked by a fellow skee-ball player to draw portraits of his team members, the Skee-I Joes, in color.  The illustrations would be… Continue Reading →

For the love of the lane!

My beloved brewskee-ball league, asked me to do some paintings/murals in the new home of the league!  I was honored! The bar is called Full Circle Bar, named after a full circle in skee-ball, which is all 40s in one roll.  Some… Continue Reading →

Shopping Updates

I’m excited to share my new webpage at Skyline Art Editions! While the site has a new look, Skyline still specializes in limited edition printing, producing a run of only 75 pieces of each work.  Recently, they have increased their… Continue Reading →

Back in Business!

I feel like a slacker, but with *kind of* the best reason.  I’ve been in a lull when it comes to creating artwork, but that is because I got engaged and married! My husband proposed on August 11th, 2014 and… Continue Reading →

it’s a pop-up prints shop!

Hello, residents of Austin!  This coming Saturday, April 26th, I will be having a pop-up prints shop at West Elm (on the corner of 5th & Lamar).  I’ll be there slanging some art from 1pm to 5pm.  Stop by and… Continue Reading →

tis the skeeson!

Fact: I play in a competitive skee-ball league.  I’m stoked that they are having the fifth annual national championships (BBNC Brew skee-Ball National Championships) again in Austin!  Not only was it fun attend, but also to compete!  I’m even more… Continue Reading →

busy busy!

Ahoy! It’s been a busy few weeks! I’ve moved from my 550 sq ft condo, which I lived in for 6 years, into a 950 sq ft condo!  I’m not sure I know what to do with all this extra… Continue Reading →

day 332…a lil cameo

Today’s drawing, and the very last of the twenty thirteen series, is a little masquerading cameo!

day 330…snap out of it!

Today’s drawing is inspired by one of my favorite bands, Arctic Monkeys! I adore their new album, AM, and am grateful for the inspiration 🙂

day 300…Simon Le Lichtenstein

Two people that have had a huge influence on me as an artist, share a birthday!  Simon Le Bon, with his amazing lyrics, and Roy Lichtenstein, my favorite artist of all time, are both born on October 27th!  So, for… Continue Reading →

this is happening…

See the best of this year’s drawings, live and in person! Reception February 8th from 7-9 pm, sponsored by Dripping Springs Vodka! The show will be up until March.

day 221…mt. molehill

We’ve all heard the expression, “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”  This phrase meaning making a big deal out of something trivial.  However, this illustration is wondering if this mountain WAS a molehill.  It’s also being claimed for… Continue Reading →

day 220…ace up your sleeve?

There’s all kinds of aces you can have up your sleeves!

day 218…welcome to Amsterdam!

Today’s drawing is inspired by my trip to Holland.  I saw so many amazing things, especially the vast number of things people do while riding bikes!  I saw people texting, holding umbrellas, and even eating sandwiches!

day 213…don’t…don’t believe the hype!

Today’s drawing is in honor of the great Chuck D!

day 211…play the f*cking bass, John!

Today’s drawing is in honor of my favorite bass player, John Taylor!

day 210…the showman!

Today’s drawing is in honor of one of my favorite showmen, Freddie Mercury!

day 208…no dogs in pool!

My HOA, as with a lot of HOAs, is a little particular.  Today, three signs appeared in the pool area; scrawled in crayon (no joke, crayon!) it read, “No dogs in pool.”  It just made me feel really bad for… Continue Reading →

« Older posts

© 2017 ella nilsson — Powered by WordPress

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑