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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

BBC Radio 4 - The Imposters' Survival Guide

I’m a Fraud! (and so are you)

BBC Radio 4 - The Imposters' Survival Guide

I’ve always felt that, as an artist, I am a bit of an imposter… That at some point soon someone was going to find out that, although I put up a good front, I am actually not a very good artist… That I am (fairly gracefully) winging it,  and that at some point I would […]

Amazing Things I Found on Ebay…

When you’re feeling a bit poorly there’s nothing like a mega-trawl of Ebay looking for all weird and wonderful things for sale… Here’s today’s round-up of the crazy, beautiful and unexpected!   These props from the 1997 film, ‘The Borrowers’ Those who’ve seen the film (or remember the story) will know it centres around tiny-sized […]

Where’s The Art Gone?

Where has the art gone? For an art blog and website there’s not a lot of art happening here… So what’s gong on? With a lead-in like that that, it’s evidently going to be a somewhat rambling and introspective post – but I don’t want it to become a downbeat one! Mainly what’s going on […]

Reverse Advent Calendar

A couple of days ago I saw a great idea doing the rounds on Facebook… a Reverse Advent Calendar. Unlike a normal advent calendar, which is all about receiving a small treat every day until Christmas Day, a Reverse Advent Calendar is about giving a small item every day until you have a box of […]

Where My Head Is At…

Ack, it’s a hard one? How personal is too much? To share health-related stuff or not? Nobody want’s to read a depressing blog post, but also health-stuff is a big part of whats going on in my life – creative and otherwise – just now… I’m just back from a couple of hospital visits – […]

Red-and-Blue / Blue-and-Red

I love these colours together! They are bold and bolshy, but they thoroughly excite me… so much so I have created a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them. If you follow my work then you’ll recognise them finding their way into many projects (most recently the abstract piece ‘A Ballad of Red and Blue’, below). Follow me on Pinterest for more […]