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Light, Paper and A Vision

3-13-19 calvin nicholls b7591623-2112-4f88-abf0-288f30c89899Occasionally the desire to share someone’s talent compels me to post about it. This is one such occasion. In my opinion, the next best thing to seeing a live bird or animal is seeing one through the eyes of Calvin Nicholls, a Canadian artist who makes paper sculpture images of birds and animals that are so realistic and appear so three dimensional they draw you in instantly. The illusion of depth through Nicholls’ use of light heightens the finest details in each of his subjects. To think that he accomplishes these realistic likenesses with nothing but finely carved pieces of paper boggles the mind. To read more about Nicholls and his paper sculpture process, go to Cornell’s site Of particular interest is the video illustrating how Nicholls creates his pieces.

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13 responses

  1. Ashley Pakenham

    WOW, what an artist ! My favorite animal,too! I will most certainly go to the sites you mentioned to learn about this artist. Thank you !

    March 13, 2019 at 8:25 am

  2. Incredible work! Thank you for sharing!

    March 13, 2019 at 8:29 am

  3. The creativity of this man is awesome. So unique! Thanks for sharing this other way of viewing creatures.

    March 13, 2019 at 8:36 am

  4. Marilyn

    Imagination, curiosity, patience, a steady hand – what remarkable creations!

    March 13, 2019 at 8:54 am

  5. Alice Pratt

    Beyond amazing! I love it when humans make the world a better place. So creative. Thank you, Mary!

    March 13, 2019 at 9:17 am

  6. Susan Whitaker Capparelle

    Mary, this is brilliant. What an amazing artist. My mom would’ve loved this, I wish she could’ve seen it.

    March 13, 2019 at 9:49 am

  7. Sue Wetmore

    What an incredible talent! Thanks for making us aware of it.

    March 13, 2019 at 9:55 am

  8. Joan Feierabend

    Thanks, I especially enjoyed watching him work on the video provided. Work is always slower than I expect, but it is going fine. I had a few days more feeling dizzy so I rested for a couple of days. I feel a little behind as a result. I did see Becky who felt I was having mild attacks of vertigo, which is fairly common at my age. She gave me some medication which really made me sleepy for 2 days. I’m not going to take that again unless I really feel dizzy! I’m talking to Cathy Green on the phone tomorrow at 9:00. Beyond that there is not much new. The light is changing so much. The snow should be melting soon. I think Mrs. Gray is pregnant again. Life charges on. Hugs, JF


    March 13, 2019 at 10:07 am

    • Please excuse me for commenting off theme here to make a note on vertigo. It can be so serious a trouble it seems to warrant it. I’m approaching 70 and got vertigo recently too. I foung that no medicine helped in my case, but rather that better stretching of all the muscles and fascia which might be compressing the head and upper spine does help, along with keeping my head more level (instead of tilted down in reading, watching a phone screen or even the icey ground!) so that the blood supply that needs to travel up by the spine into the back of the head and its cerebellum (balance organ), is not pinched by too much forward tilt and compression!

      March 13, 2019 at 2:15 pm

  9. Such love in that artwork! I am sure he draws near to the spirit of any animal which he works on like that. I feel it is a shamanic thing to do, and will have its reward on that plane as well as on the physicial one where we can share this image.

    March 13, 2019 at 2:05 pm

  10. Char Delabar

    Thank you, Mary, for this vision of absolutely amazing art work. Char


    March 13, 2019 at 8:51 pm

  11. Dianne Rochford

    THANK YOU….THANK YOU……….This post is a TREASURE!!!

    :-), Dianne >

    March 14, 2019 at 8:51 am

  12. Gail Platz

    What ab amazing artist. His creations are fantastic! Thank you for sharing this.

    March 15, 2019 at 11:30 am

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