Recent Playfulness: Mighty ugly nihonga (black rain)

I recently took stock of, in a very simplistic way, how I’ve ended up exploring nihonga — a more or less completely new medium — when I don’t have sufficient time to develop my work in one medium (clay).

  • Ink-wash drawings on mylar in college
  • Interest in metal leaf/foil fostered by ceramics professor Eddie Dominguez and the idea of icons
  • A continued interest in the use of natural materials to create beautiful artworks (as opposed to more processed materials such as plastics and even steel)

Here’s an interesting article on color, suggesting that artists have given up artistic quality but using commercially available paints: Do natural pigments offer more to modern painters


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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