Amethyst iPhone Macro Lens Photo || Nicki MacRae Art BLOG

Mobile Macro Images

Amethyst iPhone Macro Lens Photo || Nicki MacRae Art BLOG

I took these macro photos at the National Museum of Scotland a few weeks ago… on my mobile phone! I shared them on Instagram, but forgot to share them here. Amazingly they were taken with a cheap piece of kit from Amazon (since discovering it’s usefulness  and the quality of images it can help produce, […]

The Clootie Well

The Clootie Well

The Clootie Well

Ever visited a clootie well? Even if you don’t believe in magic – they are pure visual magic! Clootie Wells are spots where ancient customs prevail. They are found in the Celtic corners of the UK and centre on a natural spring, usually surrounded by trees. Through history people have visited these special wells in […]

Mark Making - Nicki MacRae, Artist Nicki MacRae's Art Studio in the January Snow New Art Studio in Progress - Nicki MacRae Art

Building a new Art Studio

New Art Studio in Progress - Nicki MacRae Art

Whilst I’m currently taking a health-related break from making art commercially, I’ve been creative in another way with an exciting project – designing a new art studio space, which my talented, handy-with-a-saw husband has been patiently building for me in our garden. My old studio was tucked into the eves of our home. A cramped, […]

Drugs and Lipbalm - being an Expert Patient

Becoming an Expert Patient

Drugs and Lipbalm - being an Expert Patient

When I was diagnosed with Syringomyelia (a neurological disorder of the spine) in early 2015, I felt life had spun me on a heel. A growing ‘molehill’ of assorted health niggles had suddenly turned into what felt like a ‘Chronic Illness mountain’. Following the news I went through a period of re-adjustment, as I sought […]

Sky Art Landscape Artist of the Year 2016

Tears and TV

Sky Art Landscape Artist of the Year 2016

I’m just posting this to say I’m sorry folks, I’m having to shut-up shop for a while (you might have noticed the little grey messages at the top of all the pages). Alas, things are still not good on the health front… After getting my inter-cranial pressures back to normal, after a year of saggy-brain-shinanigens (it’s […]

NAPA National Association of Acrylic Painters Logo

National Association of Acrylic Painters Membership (NAPA)

NAPA National Association of Acrylic Painters Logo

Earlier this year I was delighted to be accepted as a Member of the National Association of Acrylic Painters. The organisation was set up in 1985 to promote the promote the excellence in painting with Acrylics,  to encourage innovation and to recognise it as a serious medium on par with Watercolours and Oils (just as […]

Nicki MacRae, Artist at work in her studio working on 'Dots' abstract painting Putting make-up on to cover up pain.

Putting on a Brave Face: the Power of Fashion & Make-up for a Chronic Illness Sufferer

Putting make-up on to cover up pain.

I’ll hold my hands up that there was a time in my life when I thought the only reason a person would feel compelled to wear make-up was either the requirements of a job in show business – or a serious lack of confidence. I loved old school hollywood glamour, and I aspired to a groomed […]