Sunday, September 29, 2013


for this man! who DOESN'T know that about me?! i swear little kids that i taught 6 years ago or so will tell you "ms. nicole loves peyton manning!". no kidding...

i loved him well before we ever had those horrific neck surgeries/fusions in common. and, i'll love him even after he retires. he's a total CLASS ACT and deserves EVERYTHING good to come his way. you would think after all those surgeries (and they are PURE HELL to live through and recover from- since you're dealing with a bunch of nerves in the cervical spine) that he would have just given up and retired. but no, he comes back ten times stronger and more determined than ever.

the amount of respect and admiration i have for him goes well beyond any words that i could ever convey except to say...this man is EVERYTHING.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

what's better than a hug...?

why an OCTOPUS hug, of course ;)

meet little Viola and her octopus bestest buddy, Ollie. she is February's amethyst haired mermaid. and, what's at the easel this week.

let it be known, i'm not a purple fan...BUT they are kinda cute ;)

©the enchanted easel 2013
©the enchanted easel 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

illustration friday~together

pippa (a.k.a. ME) and her little elephant maggie...always together!

read more about these two on the bio page of my website here:

p.s. maggie is real...sleep with her every night :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

a little peek

©the enchanted easel 2013

©the enchanted easel 2013
at February's amethyst haired mermaid, Viola and her little octopus friend, Ollie.

octopus hugs RULE! ;)

Friday, September 20, 2013

sketching the day away...

you know when i first started brainstorming for a series of these 12 mermaid paintings back in january, i had no idea it would take me almost 12 months to complete them. i also had no idea i had neck surgery #3 waiting around the corner this past april. people of ten ask me what does that have to do with my right hand. well, they are clearly ignorant as it has EVERYTHING to do with my hand. EVERYTHING. the cervical spine controls more than we think/know.

it is today that i will finish the last 2 sketches and use the next few months of 2013 to finish the series of paintings (amongst some other things). pain free? not quite. but that never stopped me before and it sure as hell won't stop me now! :)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

anytime is a good time for a pumpkin smoothie!!!

big thanks to nate and salli over at TDAC for featuring my kid-friendly, fall theme recipe on their home page jumbotron for this week! hard to believe it's been two years since this was created. and, pippa has evolved quite a bit since then....

truly a privilege to be amongst such great talent over there! take a minute and have a peek at their wonderful site...and maybe pick up a few family friendly recipes to try with your kids! :)


Monday, September 16, 2013

pippa and maggie...

a package deal! :)

finally got around to making some changes to the sketches on my website over the weekend. i re-drew them all because i prefer my mechanical pencil to a stylus ANYDAY!
please, it took me almost 14 hours straight just to re-configure everything and "clean up" the sketches a bit in photoshop...and add the pink.

14 hours on a Mac in thanks! i much prefer my pencil and paintbrush!
so happy it's done though....:)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

a bit of sweetness....

eli's slumberland
©the enchanted easel 2013
on this otherwise sad day.

well, for all of you who follow me on facebook (or on here), you know i have been working on this cute little elephant over the last 4 days. it was a surprise gift for the wonderful secretary in my neurosurgeon's office, jackie, who is about to pop soon! these people have been so amazing to me through 3 neck surgeries/cervical spine/fusions that there was just NO way i could let it go without doing something. jackie has always been so lovely to me over the years that it was a no-brainer for me to want to paint her something super cute for the impending arrival of her little one. 

since she's waiting until the baby is born to know whether it will be a little girl or boy, i wanted to make sure that i created/designed something gender friendly. also, it turns out, jackie LOVES elephants (like me). so, it couldn't have turned out any better. 

i delivered it to her personally today and she was so surprised. her reaction made the rest of my 2013 for sure. granted, i'm a bit sore from painting so much for so many days in a row (as i'm still trying to recover fully here from my 3rd surgery) but i have to say, her reaction made the soreness worthwhile.

i have decided to sell PRINTS of this in my etsy shop found here:
it is available in sizes 6x6 or 8x8. a perfect addition for any baby boy/girl's nursery. besides, who could resist a cute little baby a diaper? ;)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

a sweet little elephant named eli....

eli in slumberland
©the enchanted easel 2013
is what is on the table this week. actually, i started him over the weekend and am about half way done. this cutie is a SURPRISE gift for a wonderful part of my neurosurgeon's staff...who's expecting her first baby next month. (let's hope she doesn't follow my blog, or i've just ruined the surprise...). 

since the baby's gender isn't known, i decided to go with a neutral gender friendly color palette of soft yellows and a multitude of pastels. and because i'm like a child, i have to name EVERYTHING so...i named the elephant eli. could be short for elijah, if it's a boy or elison, if it's a girl. 

either way, i'm super excited to deliver this to jackie. hopefully by the end of this week! these people have taken such amazing care of me in the last three years after three neck surgeries, that NOT doing something for her would just feel so wrong.

oh, and i will be selling this piece as a PRINT as soon as i get it scanned. below are some peeks at the process of little eli in slumberland. i "heart" this elephant :)

©the enchanted easel 2013
©the enchanted easel 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

illustration friday~lush

an older illustration done for stories for children magazine, but i thought it was fitting for this week's IF prompt, *lush*.

the oranges looked so juicy and lush that tanner just couldn't resist giving one a grab. oops...;)


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

meet mysterious little Opal....

October's mermaid. 
loving the way her hair turned out...and the cute little jellyfish, of course ;)

she is listed FOR SALE HERE:

go have a peek at the other mermaids in the series also listed for sale in my shop.

next up...little Esmerelda, May's mermaid, based on the gorgeous gemstone emerald. i'll be posting the sketch soon...:)

Sunday, September 1, 2013


and September's sapphire haired beauty, Iris. she is available FOR SALE here:

i'll be posting little Opal (October's mermaid) in the next day or two. just have to scan her, as she's been done for a few days now.

September means FALL and wow, it can not come quick enough for me! this rain forest-like climate is a bit much. never liked summer. never will.

looking forward to all the smells of autumn (like pumpkins, apples, cinnamon...). speaking of pumpkins, i am already drooling at the anticipation of my first cup of pumpkin spice coffee from dunkin' donuts. OMG....SO YUMMY!!! and if that wasn't enough to excite me....