2012 – The Year of the Dragon

Happy New Year to you all! 2012 is going to be a great year for us all and it’s because it’s the year of the dragon! What does the dragon symbolize? In Chinese culture, the Dragon is to be a deliverer of good fortune and no one messes with this creature. Being a master of authority, the Dragon is a free spirit , colorful and flamboyant creature who commands big ideas, big dreams and big ambitions. This is to be a transformational life-changing year! 2012 will be a good year to improve oneself, take calculated risks and build wealth. The year 2012 holds a lot of great promise and may be a major transition in your life.

Every January most of us like to set goals and aspirations – whatever they may be, keep it simple.
Here are a few tips to keep focus and clear on your goals:

1. Tap into your hearts desire – what do you really want to accomplish this year?
2. Ask yourself what baby steps you can begin with towards that one goal? Make a list of 3 small steps.
3. Surround yourself with positive people who can cheer you on bit by bit and ask them to hold
    you accountable via Twitter, Facebook, email or a phone call.
4. Check in with yourself once a week to see what step(s) you were able to acheive. Reward yourself!
5. If you weren’t able to achieve it, ask yourself why and regroup and reassess – but don’t be so hard
    on yourself-Rome was not built in a day!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful year full of abundance and success! Cathy xo

Happy Birthday Lady Liberty!

Today I had no clue that Lady Liberty is 125 years old today! A few years ago I did this Christmas card and thought it would be fitting to post in honor of her. There is nothing like taking the Staten Island Ferry in NYC to Staten Island and seeing her up close as you pass her by.

Cathy Nolan – 3rd Ward Open Call

I know it’s been a while since I have blogged but had A LOT going on! In any case, I am asking all of you to please vote for me. It’s been a while since I have entered a contest but what does one have to lose by trying? I’m submitting some of my favourite pieces so please click the pink url below and vote! Thanks so much and more to come!
Cathy Nolan – 3rd Ward Open Call

Row, Row Row da Boat!

So today my friends Alia and Richard are getting married on a boat! As a present, I wanted all of their guests to sign the caricature to wish them well. Since they have some crazy friends, I was worried about them scribblin’ on the artwork after much alcohol intake so I placed celephane on the artwork to protect it. I think this is a great idea and makes a wonderful keepsake for years to come! Now… how to keep a pen steady to write on it while the boat is rockin’ should be interesting! ESPECIALLY after a few cocktails! 🙂

Tossing Corn on the Bride and Groom

A client of mine down South asked me to created two caricatures of her which they will upload onto a wooden box, have a hole in the middle and use it at their wedding for a corn toss game. Yup. Throwing ears of corn at my caricature of the bride and groom! Should be a fun game!
Here are the two caricatures I did of them recently.


It’s been almost a month since I have blogged – been having a lot going on! Moved from Queens to Brooklyn, still unpacking, meeting client deadlines, dealt with a hacker who got into my websites (fixed now) and soon to be hosting out of town guests from France! Yes, it has been THAT BUSY!

In any case, my client finally decided to go on a NYC / LONDON themed caricature. Her finance is from London and she’s from NYC and their relationship has always been about traveling on the trains to see one another. Her son is a huge enthusiastic caricature lover! She loved it!

Wedding Caricature Sketches

Hi everyone!
Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend – I’ve been busy moving into my new home and have been busy packing, celebrating and working for a client of mine. She’s getting married to a British guy so I’m enclosing some of my ideas for them. They love to travel and spend most of their time on the train and meet up frequently at Grand Central Station. Of course, what matters is making the client happy. I usually like to meet and interview clients, find out what they are interested in and then capture their personality and things they like to do in the artwork. These are just concept sketches to put the idea onto paper. I’ve done six sketches and would love to know which one do you like? Looking forward to hearing your input


Indiana Jones – My hero

I love Harrison Ford – he’s one of my favorite actors and I really enjoyed watching most of the Indiana Jones movies. Except for the Temple of Doom – Kate Capshaw’s character screaming the whole time just irritated me. No offense, Mr. Speilberg! So now they are in talks of doing an Indiana Jones 5 movie which is pretty amazing since Mr. Ford is practically 70 years old. I think I’ll have to redo this portrait I did of him and start adding grey hair and do some botox on him. What I love about this character is his love for history, sense of humor, adventure and traveling the world. If there are any Indy fans out there, I plan to sell this so send me a tweet if you are interested. Gotta make some wall room for my new art studio!

Teaching English with a Caricature

As some of you know, I just got back from a three week trip to Asia. I was in Singapore to do some chalkboard design work and then in Bali for my friend’s wedding. Bali is an AMAZING, magical place! People there are so friendly, want to know all about you and are willing to barter with you to give you a good price. Bali folks are amazing and talented! It’s an arts and crafts haven. If you want to buy some cool wood sculptures, you go to this town called MAS. Further down you go to CELUK to buy silver from the silversmiths and then for soap stone sculpture, a town called Batabulan. My friend Theresa and I went to this family’s house (yup – you just walk right on in!) and started bartering for some nice pieces of silver jewelery. The man’s son was very cute and I noticed on their drawing board that he was trying to learn English. So, I offered to draw him in his own home and teach him English! I have to say, making him happy was one of the highlights of my trip!


My dear friend from high school got married a few weeks ago- as a gift I did this caricature of her and her fiance for their beach wedding. The wedding was at the Villa Sahita in Bali and I did the reading. Using photos, I did the sketch first, then filled out the background with pastels, used aqua colored pencils. To do the faces I overlap in different colors for the skin tones using yellow, pinks, then the flesh tones. A bit of bold marker to make it look brighter and finishing with black ink. This took me about two and a half days to do because it helps to step away from the art to really see it clearly. Of course, it’s a caricature so it is to resemble them but be a bit cartoony. However in my opinion the most important feature when drawing someone’s face is to capture the eyes – “the windows of the soul.” Of course, the bride and groom loved it!