Steamy Hot Coffee with Ginger by Nip Rogers

I’ve painted and carved this image, to finish, in a smaller scale, but sometimes I like working large, carving wood in bigger curves, painting, erasing, painting over, carving into the paint, building layers and textures as I go, and just spending some alone-time with my piece as I work at it and again when I’m done.  That’s my form of meditation.

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Lake Placid Mugs by Nip Rogers

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts has asked me to display and sell my Lake Placid art mugs in their main street gallery and ticket (moment of glory). Seemed appropriate, so I said ‘Yes’.  If you haven’t been to Lake Placid Center for the Arts’ box office, head down there. Find them at 2608 Main Street. They’ve got great pieces in there. They carry some of my artwork as well.

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Keep on keeping by Nip Rogers

It was tricky to come up with visual concepts while my mind was occupied with passports, transits, visas and luggage, but hearing back from the art director with those magic words: ‘Hey, everyone in the boardroom loved your concepts. We’ve picked our favorite one out of the options you’ve sent us!’ that was a breath of fresh air in the midst of those raw and dusty roads of Gigiri, Nairobi! So, Vanessa, thank you!

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Celebrating 25 + years with Education Week by Nip Rogers

Part of making a living as a freelance artist is that things aren’t always consistent. Life doesn’t run on the usual nine-to-five-fixed-income-y schedule like it does for most sane people. And that means that some days I am richer and happier than others. I’ve been at this for over 25 years now and I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes along with choosing Illustration as a career...I’m celebrating 25 years of a stable relationship with one of my all time favorite clients: Education Week.

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Memories Of Lake Placid by Nip Rogers

I drew all parts of this map mostly from memory, starting with where the Ski-jumps are, then revisiting the home I grew up in (still my home to this day), and ending with the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (being an artist, that center means a lot to me). 

Though Lake Placid is often remembered for its winters, I hold warm feelings for it. And so this is a summer map - to share with you that warmth I feel when I think of this snowy place – marking some of the many things to look forward to every summer.

 

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Mapping My Way Back Home by Nip Rogers

I remember reading about 'good omens' in one of Paulo Coelho's book, The Alchemist. "Omens are a language, it’s the alphabet we develop to speak to the world’s soul, or the universe’s, or God’s, whatever name you want to give it.  Like an alphabet, it is individual, you only learn it by making mistakes, and that keeps you from globalizing the spiritual quest." It's coming close to November again - the day I left home with a map job in hand - I am preparing myself to go back home and the job I have in hand now is a map of Lake Placid. This feels like a 'good omen' to me. It makes me feel like I'm coming full circle and that everything will turn out fine.

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Old Boxes New Lives by Nip Rogers

One day my sister and I were scavenging our grandfather's attic and we stumbled upon these intricate little boxes with slide covers and carved handles. We stuck them with glue against the walls that were inside our closets and those boxes became our secret treasure compartments where we'd collect and hide our findings, like comic book clippings and little mice figures that my sister made out of cloth material. 

Then I grew up and boxes just stayed with me. Now I go to antique shops and buy old cigar boxes. I try to look for the old wooden ones that are dark and deeply stained so when I carve into the wood, the lighter colored or the unstained wood shows through and creates a good contrast to the carved images.

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The Portrait of Mr. Octave by Nip Rogers

He came to me the day after with a pile of bananas he had collected for me from his property, as a gift in return. With the little English words he could think of, he told me how much his wife and kids loved the portrait I did. I spent the next 4 days enjoying those bananas with a very full stomach. When someone gives back from the heart like that…some of the perks of being an artist. Unfortunately I went through those deliciously organic bananas (he planted and harvested them himself) faster than I could take a picture of them so I could share with you. But try to image a bunch of bananas given to you as a precious gift. They taste better than ones you can get from any market.

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I am a #HeForShe by Nip Rogers

Sometimes I like watching viral videos because I use them as my gauge for where humanity as a whole is at. Yesterday I saw that the latest viral video was of the amazing "Harry Potter girl", Emma Watson, giving a speech on how the word ‪#‎feminism‬ should be used and remembered as a positive one, worn proudly for a badge by men and women alike! My sentiments exactly. Our humanity levels have been restored!

The reason I get so fired up over feminist issues is because I know, first hand, how impeding gender inequality can be.

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