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Life can be so hard, but sometimes it’s right to focus on what’s good, too. I always enjoy painting a wedding or anniversary portrait, the commemoration and celebration of loving commitment is a beautiful reality to keep in mind. #loveissweet #weddingportrait #anniversarygift #lifelonglove #customportrait #nicolesimoneoshea
Bunnies are the funniest. They watch, they wait,  they hope you've got strawberries for them. #nicolesimoneoshea #watercolorbunny #rabbitart #watercolorpainting #givemethestrawberries
Portrait of one of my favorite vegetables, the artichoke flower. Isn't it funny how some of the 'vegetables' we eat are really flowers? I'm looking at you, broccoli. #nicolesimoneoshea #watercolorpainting #artichokelove #veganfoodporn #veggiesofig #paintinglife
Drew this adorable one a few years back. She must be so much bigger now! #nicolesimoneoshea #customportraits #graphiteportrait #portraitart
I declare Thursdays to be Teacup Poodle Days! At least this week. A watercolor portrait from a couple of years ago. #nicolesimoneoshea #poodlepup #teacuppoodle #watercolorpainting #petportraitartist
Apparently, 'Miss Piggy' is also an avid sports fan. Painted this portrait a few years back, one of my favorites. #nicolesimoneoshea #frenchbulldogsofinstagram #watercolorpainting #petportraitartist
Eagerly waiting to see who will be selected the winner of the coveted 'a good dog' prize. 😊💕 #custompetportrait #blacklabs #labradorable #labradorsofig #retrievergram #nicolesimoneoshea
Every time I paint any kind of terrier, I think of the movie Best in Show, where  two of the characters sing a song about terriers before they take a road trip to take their little terrier to a dog show. Boston terriers are a very different kind of dog than the one they have, but the mind does what it does. #nicolesimoneoshea #watercolorpetportrait #dogportraits #bostonterrierlove
Every time I paint any kind of terrier, I think of the movie Best in Show, where two of the characters sing a song about terriers before they take a road trip to take their little terrier to a dog show. Boston terriers are a very different kind of dog than the one they have, but the mind does what it does. #nicolesimoneoshea  #watercolorpetportrait  #dogportraits  #bostonterrierlove 
Nothing like a happy dog in the sunshine. Painted this happy dog back in 2014/15. #nicolesimoneoshea #happydoggy #dogsinthesun #watercolorportrait #petportraitartist #ilovepuppies
Detail of another California landscape painting from a couple years ago. Anybody recognize this National Park? #nicolesimoneoshea #gouachepainting #landscapepaintings #californiaart #nationalparksusa
One of my very first commissions from 2009. A tiny little 5x7 inch graphite sketch commissioned as a gift for the child's grandparents. #nicolesimoneoshea #pencilportrait #portraitsketch #customportrait #graphitepencil
Nothing exceeds the extreme patience of a dog with its person. A love so pure we could all learn from it. #nicolesimoneoshea #cavalierofinstagram #cavalierlover #cavalierspaniel #petportraitartist #watercolorartist
Plein aire quick beach sunset sketch in acrylics. If I could live at the beach, I would. #nicolesimoneoshea #pleinair #beachsunset #acrylicpainting #ilovethebeach
Really enjoyed drawing this little happy guy a couple of years ago. He had such an infectiously joyous expression that put a smile on my face without fail. #nicolesimoneoshea #portraitdrawing #babysmiles #happybabyboy
I painted this watercolor landscape of the Malibu coastline a few years ago for my cousin as a Christmas present, his request. Love the wild and rocky chaotic beaut that is the Pacific. #nicolesimoneoshea #watercolorlandscape #pacificocean🌊 #pacificcoast #landscapepainting
Sometimes I paint portraits in oil, an entirely different medium than watercolor and pencils. Truth be told, I absolutely love oils, they take forever to dry but are incredibly rewarding. #nicolesimoneoshea #oilportrait #oilpainting #tonalpainting #portraitpainting #traditionalportrait
Been just over a year since I had the pleasure of drawing this little love's portrait. Can anything match the sheer joy of a happy baby? #nicolesimoneoshea #pencilportrait #happybabies #babysmiles #customportrait
About a year ago I finished this memorial portrait of Helen the Cat, a lovely gift from @baaaaadjuju to @bitchesgottaeat . Like all cats, she had some quirks. Yet she was loved dearly all the same. Her person wrote a memorial and I recommend reading it and reading everything else Samantha Irby writes and will write because we all need some good laughs in our lives. #nicolesimoneoshea #memorialportrait #watercolorcat #petportrait
About a year ago I finished this memorial portrait of Helen the Cat, a lovely gift from @baaaaadjuju to @bitchesgottaeat . Like all cats, she had some quirks. Yet she was loved dearly all the same. Her person wrote a memorial and I recommend reading it and reading everything else Samantha Irby writes and will write because we all need some good laughs in our lives. #nicolesimoneoshea  #memorialportrait  #watercolorcat  #petportrait 
Close up of a colored pencil sketch of a heron I started working on awhile back, when I had a bit more spare time. #nicolesimoneoshea #coloredpencilart #heron #wildlifeart
The finished version of this tiny detailed 5"x7" house portrait. This one was a housewarming gift on a new home purchase, given by the lovely realtor. 😊 #nicolesimoneoshea #housewarminggift #newhouse🏡 #houseportrait #watercolorpainting
I used to have a cat named Molly who looked very much like the cat in the pastel portrait I painted back in 2014. She was fierce and loyal and I miss her to this day. #nicolesimoneoshea #pastelportrait #tabbycatlove #petportraits #catart
A little acrylic pet portrait painting from olden times back in 2009...was I even alive then?? 🤣 I most post work in watercolor and pencil on Instagram, but I actually love acrylic, oils and pastels, too. So much to paint, such little time! #nicolesimoneoshea #acrylicportrait #chihuahualongcoat #petportraitartist
It's been a tiny detailed sort of day today. #nicolesimoneoshea #workinprocess #wip #watercolorart #brickwork
This cute little maltipoo is telling me gently to 'Get back to work, it's Monday! 🤣 Working on a few commissions that are surprise gifts so am posting an old favorite from 2013. #nicolesimoneoshea #maltipoosofig #mondaymotivation
I loved painting the late fall landscape surrounding this house.  A very lovely woman commissioned this to give to some friends after they sold their house, as a memory of their years there. Knowing the story behind the portraits I paint for my clients is such a joy for me. It brings so much meaning to the work I do. 💕 #nicolesimoneoshea #homeiswheretheheartis #houseportrait
I loved painting the late fall landscape surrounding this house. A very lovely woman commissioned this to give to some friends after they sold their house, as a memory of their years there. Knowing the story behind the portraits I paint for my clients is such a joy for me. It brings so much meaning to the work I do. 💕 #nicolesimoneoshea  #homeiswheretheheartis  #houseportrait 
Just finished this portrait of a dearly beloved dog. Sadly, she is no longer with us, but her people's love for her continues. #memorialportrait #bassetthound #petportraitartist #nicolesimoneoshea
Wedding anniversary portrait is complete! I very much enjoyed painting this portrait, there were many challenges, which I love! #nicolesimoneoshea #weddingportrait #anniversarygift #watercolorist #customportraits
I love graphite and watercolor as art mediums because of their simplicity. With very little, one can portray a person, a place, a feeling, a mood. I have always deeply respected economy of expression. #nicolesimoneoshea #graphiteportrait #pencilportrait #childrensportraits
Typical for living in my own world, here I am a pet portrait artist, and I only just realized now it's national dog day! In celebration, here is one of my favorite portraits I've done so far, in colored pencil rather than my typical watercolor. #nicolesimoneoshea #nationaldogday #coloredpencildrawing
Typical for living in my own world, here I am a pet portrait artist, and I only just realized now it's national dog day! In celebration, here is one of my favorite portraits I've done so far, in colored pencil rather than my typical watercolor. #nicolesimoneoshea  #nationaldogday  #coloredpencildrawing 
More work today on the leafy light background. #wip #workinprocess #nicolesimoneoshea #watercolorartist
Getting started on the next one! This one will be an anniversary present- a painting of the wedding day. #nicolesimoneoshea #watercolorpainting #workinprocess
This little portrait is so small-5"x7"-that I finished it before I could even take a progress photo! When I paint, I listen to music or audiobooks and the combination just transports me away from time perception. #nicolesimoneoshea #englishbulldogsofinstagram #bulldogram #petportrait
Really had fun on this city-house portrait. Actually looks a lot like my childhood neighborhood, except for the cars. #nicolesimoneoshea #watercolorportrait #houseportrait
Looking back at this little dude I painted in 2013 or 2014. It was my first Boston Terrier, but not my last. #nicolesimoneoshea #americangentleman #bostonterriergram
Small, domestic cats act very similarly to big cats like lions, which is both useful and dangerous if you're used to house cats and happen upon a lion on the street. #nicolesimoneoshea #catposing #kittykat
Small, domestic cats act very similarly to big cats like lions, which is both useful and dangerous if you're used to house cats and happen upon a lion on the street. #nicolesimoneoshea  #catposing  #kittykat 
Dogs freely offer us friendship, comfort and what protection the can give. It's practically impossible not to love them back. #shepherdlove #shepherdmix #dogportrait #puppiesofig #nicolesimoneoshea
Every golden retriever I've ever met has had the gentlest patience and kindness. They are such sweet dogs. #nicolesimoneoshea #goldenretrieverlove #goldenretrieverdog
Good morning, from this all-up-in-your-face cutie. #notcamerashy #imreadyformycloseup #maltipoosofig #nicolesimoneoshea
All cats are self-styled desperados. #nicolesimoneoshea #watercolorart #catsarecool #badasstabby
Dogs become such an important part of any family, it's always so sad when they depart. Maybe some people don't understand, but if you've ever loved a dog, you know. It's always a bit bittersweet to paint a memorial portrait: I'm sad for the loss as I 'get to know' the dog through painting, but glad to be able to provide the comforting commemorative for the family or pet owner. #memorialportrait #doglove #beardedcollie #nicolesimoneoshea
Dogs become such an important part of any family, it's always so sad when they depart. Maybe some people don't understand, but if you've ever loved a dog, you know. It's always a bit bittersweet to paint a memorial portrait: I'm sad for the loss as I 'get to know' the dog through painting, but glad to be able to provide the comforting commemorative for the family or pet owner. #memorialportrait  #doglove  #beardedcollie  #nicolesimoneoshea 
Watched a video of two hikers encountering a mountain lion yesterday, and that lion acted just like an annoyed house cat! (No hikers or cats were harmed). Painted this little lion way back in 2013/14. Wish my days were this relaxed, don't you? 😜 #catsofinstagram #tinypredator #petportrait #nicolesimoneoshea #catslovers
I drew this back in 2011. It was a hard year for lots of reasons, but art has always been my haven and my solace. #nicolesimoneoshea #pencilportrait #familypictures
Kids and summer days...really the best combination. #nicolesimoneoshea #watercolourartist #childportrait
Great weekend with family, including this couple of lovelies, who now have an adorably fierce lovely of their own. In the end, love, family and friends are the most important things, and family really includes dearest friends.
Great weekend with family, including this couple of lovelies, who now have an adorably fierce lovely of their own. In the end, love, family and friends are the most important things, and family really includes dearest friends.
I've always loved how something as simple as pencil can be used to create worlds, people, life, fantasy. #nicolesimoneoshea #pencildrawing #pencilportrait
Apparently this little shih tzu loved her carrot toy so much that it had to be in the portrait...Might be the funniest portrait I ever did, from back in 2013. #shihtzubaby #pastelportrait #nicolesimoneoshea
Painted this curious little tortie way back in 2014. She looked like she'd been ready for her close up since kittenhood. #tortoiseshellcat #tortietude #catportrait #nicolesimoneoshea
Nobody has a pet crane, as far as I know, I just painted this for my own self for fun. 😊 #nicolesimoneoshea #prettybirds #wildlifeart
I love walking around LA and seeing all the varieties of flowers and growing things that are such novelties to my East Coast eyes. Close up of a watercolor floral painted back in 2015
I love walking around LA and seeing all the varieties of flowers and growing things that are such novelties to my East Coast eyes. Close up of a watercolor floral painted back in 2015
Good morning! I kind of feel like this guy this a.m. Or maybe I wish I was him? #sourmug #englishbulldogs #calledtobecreative #watercolorportrait #nicolesimoneoshea #abmlittlethings
An old favorite of mine, an English Bulldog in watercolor from at least two years back. I painted two portraits of this sweet Sourmug, and I loved every second of each. #englishbulldog #sourmug
An old favorite of mine, an English Bulldog in watercolor from at least two years back. I painted two portraits of this sweet Sourmug, and I loved every second of each. #englishbulldog  #sourmug 
And complete! Finished the two kitties, both so full of their own personality it's made me laugh several times as I worked. Now I just need to learn how to work my new camera so I can take a better photo...#catportrait #catstagram #watercolorportrait #petportrait #twokitties #nicolesimoneoshea #watercolorart
A little dog, a lot of love. One of my most recent watercolor portrait commissions, completed and sent and in the hands of the recipient, so finally safe to share. I had a lot of fun with this pooches fur in watercolor-seems my colored pencil precision is influencing my painting too! #watercolor #dogportrait #watercolorartist #doitfortheprocess #customportrait #nicolesimoneoshea #maltipoo
Just getting started on @sarafranklindesign 's second cat. I am a great fan of black cats! It's been a busy couple of weeks but I am happy to be able to get some drawing in. #nicolesimoneoshea #catportrait #pencilportrait  #petportrait
I think @sarafranklindesign 's first cat is complete! I've had to squeeze working on this portrait in 10-30 minute sessions between working on three other portraits, but I enjoyed every minute of it. 😊 #pet🐱#petportrait #catportrait #catdrawing #goodkitty #coloredpencildrawing #prismacolorpencil #carandache #doitfortheprocess #nicolesimoneoshea #catstagram
One of my first pet portraits, back in 2009 or 2010. Pastel on toned paper. #nicolesimoneoshea #customportrait #portraitartist #catportrait #catart #catstagram #pastelpainting #pastelportrait #petportraits
Process sequence all in one of Charlotte the dog! Delivered to her people yesterday. I hope she likes it! 😉😊 #petportrait #dogportrait #coloredpencils #coloredpencildrawing #colouredpencil #colouredpencildrawing #wip #bestfriend #gooddog #customportrait #portraitartist #nicolesimoneoshea #pitbullmix
I do believe Charlotte is complete! Though if I know myself, I might do a little more work on her tomorrow... #nicolesimoneoshea #portraitartist #petportrait #colouredpencils #colouredpencildrawing #coloredpencilart #dogportrait #dogdrawing #pitbullmix #pitbullsofinstagram #heylottimae #coloredpencil_art
Close up of an oil portrait I completed sometime in 2006. This one was from life, over about 4-5 days. Subjects for portraits from life require extreme patience! So much sitting still in precisely the same position. Hopefully, I can get back to my oil painting soon once things are better set up. #nicolesimoneoshea #oilportrait #oilpainting #customportrait #traditionalportrait #portraitpainting
Detail of a watercolor family portrait I completed earlier in the fall. #customportrait #watercolorportrait #familyportrait #weddinggift #portraitartist #nicolesimoneoshea