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Coronavirus Blues!

17 Mar 2020  in Photography

If you’re having to self -isolate and as we have all been advised to stay away from all things fun (!) like eating out, bars, pubs, theatres and large gatherings, you may begin to go slightly doolally.

If you’re in need of something relaxing to do at home apart from the usual suspects of TV and reading books then here’s a suggestion. Get a sheet of paper and a pencil and SKETCH SOMETHING. Something from your fruit bowl, the view from your window, an image from a book or draw your pet or your partner. It is SO relaxing, it’s cheap (just paper and pencil that’s it) it’s easy to find an image to draw and it’s a brilliant distraction from all the shite that’s going on in the world with Covid-19.

I believed that I was so poor at drawing when I was at school I just gave up on it. I imagine many other kids and young people do the same and then it feels so alien later in life that we never pick up a crayon, pencil or paintbrush again. But it’s not about recreating an exact replica of something; it’s about having fun and it’s about your interpretation. It doesn’t matter what the result is, it’s probably not going to end up in Tate Modern. One thing I found really useful was flipping an image of something you want to draw upside down (!) and it’s remarkable how much less daunting it then seems to draw a face or a body.

Below is the original drawing of Raphael’s David, underneath it is the one I tried to draw. Ok it’s not great at all, but I had such fun giving it a go. What have you got to lose! Enjoy and stay safe. Love Nicole

Original of Raphael’s David
My drawing

OctoberBEST

Although my main focus on these pages is my art photography I’m also a massive foodie and a big fan of the Brighton and Hove food scene, so I’ve decided to share with you the phenomenon that is OctoberBEST.

Throughout October loads of our local restaurants offer fabulous menus at fabulous prices. Many will offer a 2 or 3-course meal for just £20. Lucky us! One such deal is at the wonderful Riddle & Finns on Brighton Beach and this was what the menu we chose consisted of:

MONKFISH MENU
Carpaccio of monkfish tail – Spicy Thai dressing, redcurrants, coriander
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Tempura monkfish cheeks – Jalapeño dipping sauce
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Pan-roasted monkfish on the bone – New potatoes, spiced mussel and monkfish velouté, crispy mussel

Monkfish Carpaccio
Pan-roasted Monkfish

Overkill on monkfish I hear you say? Nope! This was an exquisite head to tail set of dishes with a rich variety of flavours. The carpaccio was as fresh as the sea itself, delicate yet satisfying with a perfect balance of spices. The toasted almonds sprinkled on top were a delightful addition.

The tempura cheeks were as light as a feather and the sauce totally delicious with real zing. We were all so busy dipping and gobbling it up we forgot to take any pictures of this dish!

The finale – the pan roasted monkfish, was perfectly cooked, tender, firm and juicy; the new potatoes had been formed into a crispy layer beneath, with some lightly coated spicy mussels on top. The velouté was to die for. The chefs at Riddle & Finns really know what they’re doing, I honestly couldn’t fault any of these dishes and I highly recommend heading over to http://www.riddleandfinns.co.uk asap. For the special offers available this month you’ll need to go to: https://www.brightonsbestrestaurants.com where a ton of other wonderful Brighton restaurants have created some superb menus to tempt you.

This evening I’ll be trying out the OctoberBEST menu with some friends at the delightful restaurant Chard in Hove. I ate there with my husband in the summer and we were blown away by the quality of the food and the lovely staff. The venue itself is gorgeous and quite quirky as it sits within the very chic shop iGigi. I can’t wait!

Happy eating everyone. Nicole x

Passacaglia and West Pier Brighton Murmuration

09 Oct 2019  in Drawing, Photography
Passacaglia sculpture and West Pier on Brighton Beach

New Art Autumn 2019

02 Sep 2019  in Drawing, Photography

Big Wheel and Palace Pier Brighton

I’m so excited about my brand new set of prints. I’ve been building on my photographic skills and have begun to create my own illustrations and screen printing techniques. I love the texture of this and the layers of colour. If you would like to buy a Brighton print or canvas then head over to BUY PRINTS.

Spring is in the Air!

21 Jun 2019  in Photography

Here are some photographs which are now available to buy from my studio in Hove or online via my new website: Brighton and Hove Photos

Please call me if you’d like to come for a visit or get some advice.

Apocalyptic Pier, Brighton

Apocalyptic Pier, Brighton

Brighton Deckchairs Relaxing

Brighton Deckchairs Relaxing

Emerald Pier, Brighton

Emerald Pier, Brighton

Nicole Carman Photography is now listed on Google Maps

15 Feb 2014  in Photography

I received a letter from the peeps at Google today to confirm that my Nicole Carman Photography Business is now listed under local Brighton photographers on Google Maps. I am on Brunswick Place in central Hove.

Here are some photographs which are now available to buy from my studio in Hove or online via my new website: Brighton and Hove Photos

Please call me if you’d like to come for a visit or get some advice.

Life is Sweet in Brighton by Nicole Carman

Life is Sweet in Brighton by Nicole Carman

Brighton Seagulls! by Nicole Carman

Brighton Seagulls! by Nicole Carman

Ferris Wheel, Nice, France

Ferris Wheel, Nice, France

Brighton Beach Huts

Brighton Beach Huts

Chunk of West Pier Brighton fell into the sea yesterday

07 Feb 2014  in Galleries, Photography

The lovely old West Pier structure is in its final stages of disintegration and a large chunk has now fallen into the sea. I have always had a soft spot for the West Pier and although it has been in disrepair for many years, it remains one of the most beautiful and haunting structures in Brighton. I can’t quite believe that one day we will wake up and no longer have that quintessentially familiar structure on our horizon. That will be a very very sad day.

Here are some of my favourite photographs of the West Pier, which are now available to buy from my studio in Hove or online via my new website: Brighton and Hove Photos

West Pier in Silver Clouds by Nicole Carman

West Pier in Silver Clouds by Nicole Carman

West Pier through Tunnel by Nicole Carman

West Pier through Tunnel by Nicole Carman

West Pier through Sweetshop by Nicole Carman

West Pier through Sweetshop by Nicole Carman

Nicole Carman Photography on Twitter

04 Feb 2014  in Photography

Follow me on Twitter

You can now buy the photos that I tweet about on my new website Brighton and Hove Photos

Here are some examples of my photographs:

Life is Sweet in Brighton by Nicole Carman

Life is Sweet in Brighton by Nicole Carman

Brighton Beach Huts in Snow by Nicole Carman

Brighton Beach Huts in Snow by Nicole Carman

Brighton Seagulls! by Nicole Carman

Brighton Seagulls! by Nicole Carman

Peace Statue in Winter, Brighton by Nicole Carman

Peace Statue in Winter, Brighton by Nicole Carman

London Urban Photography

01 Feb 2014  in Photography

My London Collection of Photographs is now on Facebook

You can buy my urban London photos on my new website Brighton and Hove Photos

Here are some London photographs:

London Cyclist by Nicole Carman

London Cyclist by Nicole Carman

Blue Fire Escape, London

Blue Fire Escape, London by Nicole Carman

London Zombies

London Zombies by Nicole Carman

Hove Bandstand in Winter on Pinterest

31 Jan 2014  in Photography

My photograph “Hove Bandstand in Winter” is on Pinterest in a post by Beach Daisy

You can buy Hove Bandstand in Winter limited edition prints or canvases on my brand new website Brighton and Hove Photos

Hove Bandstand in Winter by Nicole Carman

Hove Bandstand in Winter by Nicole Carman