Hello Hello! Welcome to my blog!

My name is Nicole Docimo, and I am a wild maker and creative adventurer living in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Two of my favorite media are drawing and words, but on any given day I can be found printmaking, baking, gardening, sewing, photographing, collaging, doing food sciency experiments (yay for cheese and chocolate making!), and in general playing around.

I love creating––it feels like riding my blue bicicletta down hills -fast- wind blowing my hair back. Hence the name of this blog and my art shop. {Also, I am part Italian, and in case you didn’t know, “bicicletta” (beach-ee-clet-ta) is the Italian word for bicycle.}

This blog started out as a way for me to encourage myself to start making art again, but over the years it has grown into a wider place for me to talk about this wild adventure we’re all on called life.

A short history of me:

The first thing I ever wanted to be in life was an artist; when I was just a little girl I would make prolific drawings and hand them out to patrons at my parents’ restaurant. Up through middle and high school, art was my sport—you may never have found me on any sports field, but you would surely find me in the art room or at home with a large piece of drawing paper sprawled across the kitchen table. Around 12 or 13 two new creative media became a huge part of my life: creative writing and photography. Those followed me to college where I majored in English and creative writing (with a special emphasis in poetry) and studied black and white photography on the side.

After college I found myself in the place that many creative people find themselves at some point: needing to make a living with no idea how to integrate creativity into my work-life. I wandered for quite a few years, stepping away from my creative nature, and got very frustrated after trying several jobs that didn’t fulfill any creative part of me. Then in complete desperation I turned back to art. I started drawing every evening after work and felt the goodness of being creative again. Soon after, I started this blog and not long after that I opened my online art shop and started selling art at craft shows.

That was over four years ago now, and here I am still making art! It has been a wild ride, and I’m always excited to see what’s next around the corner. I believe in creativity and play as a way of life, and that’s what I hope to share with you on this blog.

If you’d like to find out more about me and my art, check out these interviews that some wonderful people have done with me: Etsy Stalker Solo Exhibit, Papernstitch Interview, ZAPOLDesigns Interview

Lastly, I’d like to give a nod to some of my favorite poets in case you’re looking for inspiration. Their words have slit through me, giving me gasps of realization, moments when I have connected with something that so truly expresses how I want to live that I have been stopped in my tracks. These creators have showed me what art can do and continue to inspire me to make. My deepest love and gratitude to the great E.E. Cummings, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, and Anne Sexton.

I hope you enjoy your visit here at Blue Bicicletta! Just in case you were wondering—I have decided to close comments on my blog, not to discourage discussion, but more to allow folks to visit my blog without the pressure of saying anything and to save myself the mental craze that has sometimes come for me from valuing the worth of a post based on number of comments. If you would like to get in touch, you can email me directly at nkdocimo [AT] gmail [dot] com.

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32 Responses to “About Me”


  1. 1 sherpeace March 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Nicole,

    I would love to see some of your work. Are you a college grad or are you self-taught? Were you born in Davis?

    Sherrie

  2. 2 sherpeace March 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Oh! I guess I found some of your work. Thank you for taking the time to share. Do you make a living as an artist or do you still have a day job?

  3. 3 bluebicicletta March 31, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for coming to see my blog! How did you find it? I have a BA in English and Creative Writing. I have always studied art on my own, but I mainly focused on photography in college. I have been getting back into drawing and painting in the last two years. I am originally from Connecticut, grew up largely in Colorado, and moved to California about 8 years ago (to Davis about 2 years ago). To answer that last question, I would like to be living as an artist and am hoping to make that transition some day. For now, I am studying graphic design part time at the community college and will hopefully be getting a part time job soon.

    What about you? Are you an artist? Do you live in the area?

  4. 4 Maria Valentina May 5, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    you made a heartseed, I made a brainseed. perhaps this man and this woman have to meet someday.

  5. 5 petescully June 14, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Davis! Me too. I do drawings of davis. even in the heat.
    your stuff’s really good, i like the clean linework.

  6. 6 Bit o' Honey June 18, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I just began my own blog. I’d like to put a link to your blog on mine. I really appreciate the simplicity and playfulness of your artwork. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. It seems we have a lot in common. I’m also on Goodreads.
    My name is Jane Newkirk (Janie). Nice to learn about your life on the other side of the country.

  7. 7 Charles Ott December 13, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Nello Nicole,

    Like welcome you to my new website!!

    Merry Christmas!!

  8. 8 Janna January 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Nicole,
    You were at the Indie Sacramento craft fair this past December, which is where I picked up one of your business cards. I live in Midtown Sacramento, so it’s nice to know that you’re not too far. I’m trying to make changes toward supporting more local business in general, but more specifically local artists. Anyway…I was about to buy some of your cards from your Etsy store — but I’d really like more than 4, so I wondered if you would be willing to negotiate a price for a larger purchase? Please email me, thanks!

  9. 9 LIMEzine March 24, 2009 at 2:10 am

    hello,

    LIME is a Brighton based Art/Music zine which was released on the first of march 2009.

    we are looking to relase our second issue by the beginning of may.

    i was wondering if you would be interested in submitting some work for the zine as your art is perfect for what we are doing.

    Please get back to me as soon as possible.
    LIMEzine@hotmail.com

    Thanks
    LIME

    x

  10. 10 Antonino Meduri May 30, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Buongiorno.
    Premetto che sono italiano e, purtroppo, non conosco la lingua inglese.
    Ho casualmente avuto modo di dare un’occhiata alle Sue opere.
    Nel poco tempo libero a disposizione, ho realizzato qualcosa anch’io.
    Sarebbe interessante poterLe mostrare qualcosa e, eventualmente, avere qualche suggerimento da Lei, per poter approfondire questa passione ed, eventualmente, sfruttarla al meglio.
    Grazie.
    Antonino Meduri.

  11. 11 Daniel Chong June 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Nicole,

    Can u tell me what the idiomatic expression “all elbows and knees” means? I just heard of it while watching benjamin button and I’d like to know what it means.

    Thank you!!

    Daniel

  12. 12 chris f m June 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Nicole!

    I sell on Etsy, and I live in Davis, and I’m a writer and . . . I’m half Italian . . . and — okay, that’s creepy enough right there so I’ll stop. But it’s all actually true. Fortunately I make jewelry rather than fine art, so we don’t have that in common. :)

    I found your link on Indie Sacramento when someone recommended it to me and I thought I’d say hi.

    You sound totally awesome . . lol. Seriously though, I love your work and I made sure I hearted your shop for future reference.

    Chris

  13. 13 norarose June 27, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Nicole,

    I had the pleasure of being your neighbor at the Sac News and Review event today. Your blog is quite impressive. You have a real gift for both art and writing. Don’t be disheartened by an event that was more about the MUSIC (and beer) than the craft/art vendors.

    “Believe, and it will be”

    Let’s keep in touch; we have a great deal in common!

    Namaste,
    Nora

  14. 14 Internet Savvy? April 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    umm yes hello nicole- my name is Lydia. I’m 15 yr old highschooler. just wondering; is this the only style of art you draw? Just these drawings? Like, have you ever tried to draw more realistic things? Or are you more of a moderny kind
    of person, then…?

    I like your drawings, though and i think its great you get to make your living off of such a wonderful mix of talents. I wish I will be able to, but today it seems any kid my age or in my generation would be unintelligent to be thinking that he or she can make a living when they grow up on just merely counting themselves as artists alone. Ya’ know? But hey i want to take it to a different lvl.; one where i could actually make a living doing what i love (hopefully). i HOPE that the economy will stay as it is right now if not get better or anything, and I hope to become some kind of artist/ illustrator in the Media Arts. Many call it by different names. I’ve researched all about it, and i guess you could say it would be called an Advertising Artist, a Media illustrator, product designer, art advertisement director, media designs artist, or Art Director. Yup. that or a mother. hah-hah! i love drawing, too. thanks for following your interests. it inspired, at the least, me—-just a lil’ highschooler whose madly fond of drawing.

    BTW i NEVER check my e-mail—- u shud probably put your reply just as it should be, right under mine. or something. you know, the way you reply? put it as a replying ‘comment’??? (if not—email is fine… guess.if u want 2b formal & / or whatnot.)

    • 15 bluebicicletta April 22, 2010 at 9:42 am

      Hi Lydia!

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’m so happy to hear that you love to draw and are thinking about pursuing art in the future as a career! To answer your first question, I have done more realistic drawing, (and photography too, actually), but I get really excited about more abstract or graphic-style drawing! It’s what I love most, and what keeps me going! Back to art as a career—I know there are so many people out there that will tell you that art is not a possible career, and I will admit that it is not as straightforward to figure out how you will make money as an artist, as say, being an accountant. But the question I really like to ask is—what is the trade-off? If you are not doing what you love and feel passionate about, how will you enjoy your life and grow into your best self?

      I really believe that if you choose to make art a priority, you will find your way. You are in a wonderful place in your life right now because you have some years of experimenting just ahead of you, before you have to figure out exactly how you will support yourself financially. I say, try as many things that interest you as possible—follow your interest where it takes you. Don’t worry about the economy or money just yet (or ever). Trust me, I’ve done enough worrying for both of us! I know it’s hard not to try to start thinking of specifics, but I believe it’s always best to be led by your heart first, and then find a way to make it work. If you can make room in your life for possibilities and doing what you love, you will find your way. When you do need to start getting into specifics, start looking to artists you admire and see how they have found ways to support myself. I personally, have had some different part-time jobs that help me support myself, and to be honest, with the great technology, more and more opportunities are opening up to share your art with a worldwide audience.

      So many creative wishes to you! keep making! Follow your heart. Let your heart sing!

      Nicole

  15. 16 Cary Arnold June 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Nicole,

    How are you! I love your blog… We’re looking for more local bloggers to join the Davis Life Magazine team. Let me know if you’re interested!

    Cary

  16. 17 Cary Arnold June 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I thought it would show my contact info, but since it didn’t, here you go… http://www.davislifemagazine.com. cary@davislifemagazine.com.

  17. 19 kirsty September 28, 2010 at 11:57 am

    hey nicole i recently got one of your illustrations tattooed – the kite one which another girl also has.

    would love to send you a photo. could i have your email address? you can contact me at kirstymmckie@yahoo.co.uk if you don’t want to give it out publicly

    love your stuff!

    kirsty

  18. 20 Emelina Zeekrewards January 25, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Really clean site, regards for this post.

  19. 21 Fiona.q February 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    i love your posts about the “words”.
    a question, do you draw all those background?

    • 22 Nicole | Blue Bicicletta February 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Dear Fiona, I think you might be referring to my post series “A Dozen Thoughts on Living”? Yes I do draw those backgrounds—in good old crayola crayons! Such fun! Thanks for your interest in my work!

      • 23 Fiona.q February 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        yes, i especially love those crayons. and i’m a bit surprised that you made the words by ink too. i thought you might use some photoshops etc. to create the image. but if it’s done by hand, more funny and natural!
        p.s. im not an artist, just interested in artists and their works, lol.
        thanks for the mail and take care.

  20. 24 madisoncary February 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

    adorable site, and adorable work! keep creating!

  21. 25 kboehnlein February 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I love your blog and the words you’ve posted here about yourself. I will definitely be continuing to visit your posts!

  22. 26 TakeBusEleven February 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Congratulations on being freshly pressed! I love your art, your words, and above all as a bicycle lover your blog name and bicycle drawings! Keep on doing what you do, you’re amazing at it! :)

    http://www.takebuseleven.com

  23. 28 idaniamentana February 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Hi! So glad to run into a fellow Coloradian. I’m from Longmont, just moved from Connecticut. Congrats on being freshly pressed! Hope to reach your level someday. I JUST got a blog on WP, so I have nothing yet. I’ll be reading!

  24. 31 Jennifer Butler Basile May 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’ve always enjoyed your creative work and think it brings together art and a positive outlook on life. That’s why I’d like to nominate you for The Sunshine Award. For more info, please visit http://wp.me/p27R0K-cC

    Thank you and congratulations!


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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer living in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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