nos novo album cover

I am so excited to share here the finished project that began back in late May. A New York musician, James Shipp, contacted me about using one of my paintings for the cover art of his album. I had never done anything like this before and was thrilled to work out the details with him. We discussed the parallels between the feeling of the music for this album and the feeling of this painting and how he felt that it was just the right fit. He sent me samples of the music and I immediately felt a connection. The voice of the singer was haunting and beautiful, the music itself had a hint of melancholy, but at the same time an underlying earthy passion. The album is an interesting synthesis of Irish folk music played by NY jazz musicians. Intriguing, huh?

I ended up creating a different version of that painting for him. And this painting was the last encaustic painting I completed before I hung up my encaustic brushes for the rest of my pregnancy. I had started it before I knew I was pregnant, and then finished it up soon thereafter.

encaustic, 14×14 inches

James just sent me the final layout for the album and I was just so thrilled to see my tree on the cd!

the Nos Novo cover

the Nos Novo CD

Inside the the Nos Novo cover

I think they did a great job with the layout and am wishing JAmes and his band all the best in the release of their album. It was a pleasure to do this kind of collaboration with another artist, but in a totally different medium. I can’t wait to get my hands on the album!


  1. Okay, now I will have to buy this CD – it looks so fabulous!! Plus your description of his music sounds like something I would like, so I am in. How exciting!!!

    But it was just a matter of time.

    Congratulations yet again!
    🙂 Debi

  2. Bridgette, it is beautiful! best of luck with ALL your new things (and by things I mean all your bablie, the album, other art..and well, the actual BABY!)

  3. Wow! I have a blog about album art at

    I would like to feature this cover on my blog. It is a great example of how a recording artist can collaborate with a fine artist to come up with a wonderful product.

    Excellent job. (And if you visit my blog you’ll see that I don’t dole out praise too liberally.)

  4. Congratulations on a wonderful commission. If the music is anywhere near as beautiful and haunting as your image, I can’t wait to hear it. do please let us know when it is released.

  5. Congratulations Bridgette! What a thrilling opportunity! I can’t wait to see the cd in person now. I sometimes check out music because of the cover art and this is one I’d have picked up. It’s lovely.

  6. What a fantastic honor Bridgette! It looks beautiful – how wonderful to have been inspired and instantly connected. The words you used to describe the music are definitely ones I’d use for your art! Congratulations to both you and James!!
    xox Karin

  7. WOOOHOOO!!!!!
    Is that not awesome?
    Yes, I may have to buy this album even though I don’t know if it’s the kind of music I listen to. But, that doesn’t matter because I think I would like it if the artist picked your work for the cover.
    That speaks volumes…


  8. wow – a HUGE congratulations Bri!!!! both on being pregnant (your kids really are timed with my grandkids 🙂 and the gorgeous CD cover – how exciting is this?!!!


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