My new illustration/photograph is an original collage of Brighton’s stunning Golden Spiral which stands next to the i360 on the seafront. It is a stunning circular sculpture created with the remains of the West Pier. The Victorian Pier tragically burned down in a fire over 30 years ago.
This is part of my landmark series available to buy via my online Brighton Gallery.
Buy a print or canvas here
Brighton Bandstand and Full Moon by Nicole Carman Online Art Gallery
I just finished my brand new print “Brighton Bandstand and Full Moon” with the ethereal West Pier hovering in the corner. I created this image using my original photograph, mixed media, collage and drawing. This is now available to buy as a limited edition Gicleé Print or Canvas via my online Brighton art gallery. I use the highest quality inks and sign all my artworks. You can buy it HERE as well as other original art for sale.
Potted History. The beautiful and unique bandstand is located on Brighton’s vibrant seafront. It was first opened in 1884 but was restored to its original condition and reopened in 2009. It was designed by Phillip Lockwood, a Brighton Borough Surveyor. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of a Victorian bandstand still surviving in England today.
It is also available to hire and has hosted hundreds of Brighton weddings. I’ve been lucky enough to sell many of my pictures as wedding presents.
The original design featured a bridge linking the upper promenade with the Bandstand. This was removed in the late 1970s but the ground floor is still in use as a café.
Brighton Bandstand and Full Moon is part of my series ‘Landmarks and Iconic Buildings’. Below are 2 more in the collection: Royal Pavilion Brighton and Passaglia and West Pier Murmuration.
Big Wheel and Pier Brighton
I’m very excited to be launching a brand new set of Brighton prints available to buy now. In addition to my photography, I have begun to create my own illustrations and screen printing techniques. I really love the texture of these images and the subtle layers of colour that build up.
The first in my Brighton Art series is called ‘Big Wheel and Pier Brighton‘. Sadly the big wheel was only in Brighton for 5 years but it was a great addition to the city. In my print I have kept the Palace Pier in monochrome from my original photograph and played around with the colour orange and used some large paintbrush styles.
You can buy this print framed/unframed or as a canvas. All my works are printed with the best quality inks and signed. Please visit my online shop for full price and size details.
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
My tribute to all those that gave their lives for us in the Great War of 1914-1918. Armistice 100 years 11th November 2018.
The Royal Pavilion is my favourite building in Brighton. I love the shape, based on the Taj Mahal in India and the intricate detail. This artwork is my pencil drawing which I then washed over in blues and added some pink and purple hues as well as some seagulls!
The Brighton Royal Pavilion is available to buy in my online shop framed/unframed or canvas. All my works are created using the best quality inks and are signed.
Passacaglia and West Pier Brighton Murmuration
The Brighton Passacaglia is a huge curved abstract sculpture that sits on Brighton seafront and I love seeing the old West Pier behind it. I created this piece mixing up 2 of my photographs and collages with some drawing. It’s available as a Gicleé Print or a Canvas using the highest quality inks. For prices and available sizes please visit my Brighton and Hove Photos shop where you can buy it online.
Created by Charles Hadcock, the Passacaglia is constructed from recycled cast iron, weighs 20 tonnes and is five meters high. This lovely sculpture is made from tiles in the form of a tile tessellation, inspired by the limestone terraces at Black Head, County Clare in Ireland.
Some tiles are flat, others curved and all have textured surfaces that resemble Yorkstone paving. The reverse side of each tile reveals the nuts and bolts of the construction. The title of the sculpture comes from an Italian musical description. Hadcock wanted to describe the physicality of the sea and the expanse of the horizon.
My thanks to Public Sculptures of Sussex website.
Just finished my image of our lovely Brighton Big Wheel that sadly was taken down. Hope you like it!
It’s a mixture of two photographs – one is the big wheel itself which sat on the edge of the beach; the other is the wheel seen in the reflection of a shop on the pier that sells Brighton Rock, candy floss, flying saucers and other sugary delights including the big striped lollipop!
You can now find Nicole Carman Photography on Google Maps in Hove, East Sussex. I am now listed under ‘Local Brighton Photographers’ on Brunswick Place in central Hove.
Take a look below at just a small sample of my work available to buy from my studio in Hove or online via my new website: Brighton and Hove Photos
Don’t hesitate to call me if you’d like some advice or you’d like to pop by and browse my work.
Having an app on a tablet is a fantastic way for photographers to showcase their work – without having to carry a big portfolio around with them. The only app I love and use is called PORTFOLIO PRO and is available to download in the App Store. Check it out at PORTFOLIO PRO