Painting an Artful Life

  Classes for your creative life!

Explore Nature through Art at River bend Park 

Tuesday ages k-5th grade

Thursday ages 2-5 with a parent

Hands on art activities to make
a heart to heart connection to nature.

-$75 for 4wks 
-$120 for 8wks
-$195 for 16wks 

We will be using a variety of mixed media and mediums to add to your ArtFul experience

Customize a group just for you!
Interested in getting your group of friends together for an artful time? all ages welcome.
We can personalize a class just for you and friends.
Girl scout, Boy Scout badges,
Home school groups
Ladies night out - paint wine glasses,etc..
Brenda Nickolaus

Fairy House Painting Party


 A beautiful day and no school!  Well what to do? My friend Rosa called me and asked me to do a fairy house painting party for her daughter as a surprise with all her friends!  We had a great time!

I had every thing set up for them when they arrived!

they were so excited when they drove up to see it all ready for them.  they all picked a house and when we got the paint out lots of discussion on the right color : ) and I think, picking the colors was the hardest part, they had so much fun creating the perfect house.
The parents helped the girls and got into their own creation mode. a great bonding experience for the girls.

adding flowers was the next touch.  I used Aileen tacky glue to help them hold on with out burned fingers from using the hot glue gun.  worked out great.

A Walk

It's the middle of November! Thanksgiving next week???!!! Where did the summer go???  Someone told me only 5 more Tuesday's till Christmas!  I'm just not ready....

I'm sorry I have not shared much with you lately but this grief journey is one that is lonely and a must do for all of us one day unfortunately, Since my husband of 26 yrs passed away in April of this year from complications with cancer, it seems like I have been living in "just keep going mode"!

But taking time to heal and believe in the future with out him by my side is very difficult at times. I'm so grateful and happy for my children, family and friends that are keeping me focused on the here and now and the beauty all around us everyday. I have been keeping up with my photo journal and art work and will be posting more on my site.

thank you to my followers to on here and on facebook.

When I have camera in hand out on a walk I'm drawn to the Art in nature and it has always been a great stress reliever for me.  I can chase butterflies and focus on the here and now, its a active meditation, everything else falls away and I just let go of the worries... So a walk at the beach, or just around the corner is really good for me!

Walking is good and with the weather here in South Florida it's perfect time of the year, even in the rain its an adventure! I have felt a few little breaths of cool breezes!

I went for a walk at a local park here called Riverbend, down the winding paths, I thought about how Frank and I would take a walk in the evening over here; it is so peaceful, we would walk hand in hand as we often did and talk about the days ahead.  I really miss him on days like today... a little cloudy and wanting to share the day with him. 

With camera in hand I walked among huge beautiful and slightly haunting Cypress trees along the board walk.  I spotted a few leaves starting to change color and loved the look of this one curled and the light hitting it just right...  They just get me in the mood for the winter in the coming months and the Holidays... I use to look forward to them but this year will be so sad and weird and different but a necessary journey to take. 

the earth rests in the winter and I think I will take it's cue and settle in too. 

Art always helps me stay connected to my feelings and I know Frank would want me to keep it up.  He loved to look at my drawings and moon collages when I was creating beside him in the hospital.  I've been keeping notebooks full of ideas for some art classes, so I'll be curling up this winter, going into my den and awaken a new life in the spring!

Manifesting Moon Magic!
I hope you awaken your life naturally and Live your passion Artfully!

blessings to you and yours
Brenda Nickolaus

A Little Butterfly Told Me...Be a kid make a daisy crown.

Art in Nature classes!
How I love spring, and yes, little wild Daises as well.

For me they are a symbol of kids and my childhood.

Kids need to be able to pick, smell, and gather it up to feel it in their bones/  A real connection with nature happens from touching, feeling and getting your hands dirty in nature. 

when Nature is something you are not able to touch and smell and yes, play in, it becomes nature in a box. Just another form of television.

Well I hope nobody is going tell you, “Please don't pick the daisies”.

So go out there pick some daisies and make Daisy crowns.

A Guide to becoming Creativly Fit!

I am very excited!!!

I am finished with another creative learning journey. I have been participating in the Creatively Fit coaching experience with Whitney Ferre teacher and author of "the artist within".

The class started in January with an array of artistic asignments, Jounaling and assignments in workbook with her book the artist with in.   I am very grateful to meet all the amazing artists in my class on facebook and look forward to traveling and offering workshops all over the world. (passport in the works)  Hey a girl can dream right???
I am teaching classes now and have been adding in a little here and there what I have been learning and I can not wait to add all that I have learned to my Creative classes and book club online class and in studio!

I really loved the New experiences, the New friends and the New opportunities for growth and change! ♥

Next Painting Marathon starts March 25th.
Click here to sign up and get started.

I want to introduce you to an exciting new way that I have found to live a more inspired, fulfilled and creative life. You may know that I have just become a certified Creatively Fit Coach. The training I received has created an entirely new awareness within me of my ability to CREATE the life I truly want to live. The secret to this shift that I have experienced is that I have literally strengthened my right brain muscle with the Creatively Fit Workouts and opened up a brand new connection to my creative, spiritual, authentic side of ME!

Here is an example of how I, and many of the women I trained with, might have thought before and after our Creatively Fit Program.

Voices in your head before the Creatively Fit Program:

~I’m not creative…

~I can’t paint or draw…
~I could never do that….

~That is just the way I am….

~I wish I could…, but I could never….”

~I am not…enough.

~Why does … always make things happen…?

~I know there has got to be something more….

It is NOT that you are anything less than a powerful, inspired, intuitive, wise, bold, and creative woman, it is just that NO ONE has ever taught you HOW to think this way…until NOW!

What our clients are saying to themselves AFTER they get Creatively Fit:

~I am so excited about….

~I see so many opportunities all around me….

~I am not stuck anymore….

~I can make a difference….

~I can’t wait to….

~Everything is working out perfectly….

~Obstacles are really opportunities….


I know you want to feel excited and inspired in every area of your life!  Register here for the Creatively Fit Program.

Now, since I am a certified,
I have an opportunity to “coach”
you through this incredibly
inspiring process.

There are 3 Steps to the Creatively Fit Program. You can sign up one at a time or, save money, and sign up for all three! Once you register, I will let you know how I can help you get the most out of this experience. Just like some people hire a personal trainer to help them get physically fit, I would love to help you get Creatively Fit by providing the accountability and the one-on-one attention so that you can fully realize how powerfully creative you are.

Whitney Ferré is the founder and creator of Creatively Fit and one thing we talked about recently is the big “F” word … FEAR. We realized that unless we are engaged in something in our lives that triggers a little fear that we are not really learning, growing, or realizing our full creative selves. This is why the Creatively Fit Program is such a miracle.

The ART MAKING is exactly what most people are afraid to do (“I can’t even draw a straight line,” etc.) and is EXACTLY why this program works. As you go through the program, learning to make your mark fearlessly on paper, then canvas, you will automatically learn how to do the same in the art that is your life!

In other words, the LESS CREATIVE you feel, the better. Love it!

You know how the time seems to be flying lately? It seems like it was JUST this time last year. We are all so busy and I know many of my friends and clients feel like they are still dreaming the same dreams and sitting on the same ideas as they were last year. Nothing much has changed, even though they have been so busy.

My Nature Photos Art in the Jupiter Art Center Show.
If you join me in the Creatively Fit Program, you will FOR SURE have created some MAJOR change by this time next year—even sooner!


Because the Creatively Fit Program will introduce DIFFERENT activity and DIFFERENT ways of thinking that HAVE TO produce DIFFERENT results! If YOU don’t change, nothing else will either.

I am so excited for you!

Here is another extra bonus result of the Creatively Fit Program. It literally CREATES an open line of communication between you and spirit. You will experience increased intuition, an increase in everyday miracles & “coincidences” and you will be able to ALLOW your true passion and calling in life to FIND YOU! Because this program balances your logical, fear-based mind with your intuitive, love-based mind you will be operating at a TOTALLY NEW LEVEL of CONSCIOUSNESS.

It is up to you.

At Creatively Fit we like to take it one step at a time. It is simpler that way. So, if you want to take the first step to aligning with your CREATIVE spirit, click here to get started  and to join the program. You can start the first 3 week online program for as little as $75. Like I mentioned, I will let you know how I can help you once you register.

Remember, I have gone through this entire program myself and believe in it so strongly that I am reaching out to you here. YOU WILL LOVE IT! Take that first step and register here.  You will be so excited that you did!

Creatively yours, Brenda Nickolaus

Eggshell Mosaic

Sping time-new growth, bunnies, babie animals, green!

Spring is in the air and that means warm weather is just around the corner.  To celebrate spring when my kids were little we would color eggs for the easter bunny!  I loved geeting them around the table and dipping the eggs in all the beautiful colors! 

Such beautiful colors and family memories!

We love hardboilded eggs and so we finished the insides pretty quick and then we used the colored shells to create a lovely eggshell mosaic picture! This is perfect as an Easter or spring craft and and I don't throw away the egg shells from other cookin projects because you can use them too!  

If you use eggs from a cooking project here is an easy way to use them creativily in a project anytime of the year!

You will need:
Egg shells, Food colouring, Paper, Glue, Pen

Easy Instructions:
Wash the egg shells really well and remove as much of the membrane as you can.

Soak the egg shells at least overnight in food colouring (the longer you leave them the deeper the colours).

Dry the egg shells on kitchen paper.

Draw your picture on a large sheet of paper.

Choose one colour of egg shells and paint all the areas that you want to be that colour with glue. Stick the broken shells on.

It's easier to repeat one colour at a time until your picture is finished

Becoming the Butterfly!

step one paint background

Whenever I feel over whelmed and stressed out with everyday worries
and just life in general right now,
or create something, collage, draw, etc...

I have always used Art to have fun and to escape and it helps me center.  My creativity coach, Whitney, author of the "The Artist Within" encourages us to art when we are feeling overwhelmed, stuck, etc. and connect with our Artist Within...

I love the way Art brings us back to whole-brain balanced mind frame and allows the ideas and creativity to accomplish what we need to accomplish in life

step two add a sketch
In the course of  Creativily Fit

I was given my personal symbol of the butterfly! surprise!  If you have been following me or know me at all you know I love Butterflies and they are one of my symbols!  I was told many years ago in a reading that I was here to BECOME THE BUTTERFLY. 

I forgot about it until I started Journeying and I realized after talking to Whitney Ferre last night that I am resisting becoming the butterfly!

fear, expectations, stress...

Especially even more now with my husband being sick with the C word and trying to keep it together for our family.  I took this course Creatively fit to help me focus on the future but also the right now! and to build a business to be able to offer more inspiration for others going through transitions and I'm looking for my ARTFUL TRIBE!

So the resistance is less now and after reading lesson 5 and jounaling and talking with friends, praying with friends and just being with friends!!!   I'm stepping into the symbol of the butterfly and I'm ready to fly! Next step is to add the colors...

so I will be adding my colors to finish up this part of my Creatively fit training and will post pics soon!

I hope you are able to realize your Creative life!  follow my blog to be one of the firsts to be included in my ARtful Tribe!

stay tuned for online classes coming soon! so excited!!!

sending Love and blessing Brenda