By Maria Nicklin | May 22, 2020

This week, I am going to use a process that is part of a project at our Quaker Meeting – the Every Problem Has a Solution Quilt Project – developed by Friends Cameron Hughes and Barbara Lake. In a nutshell,…

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A Sprout

By Maria Nicklin | May 14, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I put some queries out to the universe: how can I best use my skills as an illustrator and graphic designer to be useful in the time of the pandemic and climate change? Is there…

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Sowing Seeds

By Maria Nicklin | May 1, 2020

A Friend from Quaker Meeting recently shared with me, The Soil Story. It’s a short, well-crafted, and engaging video produced by Kiss the Ground – a 501(c)3 increasing societal awareness about the extraordinary benefits of healthy soil. Watch The Soil…

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The Slump Series: No. 3 of 3

By Maria Nicklin | April 24, 2020

Saying Good-bye & Transformation Welcome to the third and final episode (for now) of The Slump Series. Saying good-bye is never easy, but if we can consider it a time of transformation, it makes it a little easier. Now there’s…

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The Slump Series, Episode No. 2 of 3

By Maria Nicklin | April 17, 2020

You Can Learn From the Slump Is it weird to have “conversations” with a drawing? Well, it may, depending on your background. Please let go of this classification … just for a little bit! For certain, the exercise of “talking”…

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The Slump Series, Episode No. 1 of 3

By Maria Nicklin | April 10, 2020

How to Embrace & Love The Slump There are days when you’d really like to be working – in the same room – with your best design-colleague-friend. Alas, as a freelancer, we work from our home offices; our colleague-friends do…

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New Nature Writers

By Maria Nicklin | February 12, 2020

We are pleased to share a new logo we designed for New Nature Writers this past December. New Nature Writers is an organization that establishes an ecosystem of places where people gather to write about the land and waters they…

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Vintage 1969 Card Artwork

Vintage 1969 Card Art

By Maria Nicklin | April 26, 2019

We are very happy to share this new illustration created for my husband, Cris Collins. It was created in pencil first, then inked, scanned and colorized in Photoshop over a kraft paper background. Cris was my art director, choosing the…

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New Logos & Happy New Year

By Maria Nicklin | December 27, 2018

This past fall we completed a few new logos for some awesome folks in Loudoun and beyond: Sylvanside Farm in Purcellville, Summergreen Farm in Middleburg, Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains’ Sleeter Lake project in Round Hill, and Mad Wolf…

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Bluemont Wedding Party

By Maria Nicklin | May 9, 2018

Above is a detail from an illustration created for an after-wedding party postcard. I referenced an entry from one of my old sketchbooks (below). Given that it was a lovely summer wedding, I lightened up the costume and made it…

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