nos novo album cover

 |  September 8, 2009

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. by smith kaich jones on September 8, 2009  5:55 pm Reply

    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. by Tara Finlay on September 8, 2009  5:56 pm Reply

    That is so exciting. I always wanted to do an album cover or a book cover. I'll have to buy the album!

  3. by Michelle on September 8, 2009  6:37 pm Reply

    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!)

  4. by Binky on September 8, 2009  6:50 pm Reply

    Congratulations Bridgette! It's beautiful.

  5. by Judy Wise on September 8, 2009  7:30 pm Reply

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Exciting, thrilling, congratulations. It turned out to be perfect, I'm so happy for you.

  6. by Lost Aussie on September 8, 2009  7:58 pm Reply

    How wonderful! The artwork looks amazing and I am sure will complement the music just beautifully! Congratulations.

  7. by Kim Hambric on September 8, 2009  8:16 pm Reply

    What a fantastic project! The CD and cover look perfect.

  8. by Mary on September 8, 2009  8:31 pm Reply

    Oh it is so beautiful!! And I will have to purchase the CD too! :)

  9. by layers on September 8, 2009  8:33 pm Reply

    Congratulations on being published in such a unique way. It looks great and I will check out the music as well.

  10. by Leslie Avon Miller on September 8, 2009  9:12 pm Reply

    This is just fabulous news Bridgette. Your painting really pulls the viewer in, and looks like the perfect album cover! Congratulations on your well deserved success!

  11. by Poetic Artist on September 8, 2009  9:20 pm Reply

    Wow it looks great...How exciting.
    I will have to find this cd and check it out..

  12. by tangled sky studio on September 8, 2009  11:12 pm Reply

    how cool is that??? way to begin your hiatus on a high's beautiful bridgette and best of luck in the coming months (say hi to the lake for me...)


  13. by The Adventurous Art Teacher on September 9, 2009  5:44 am Reply

    How exciting! Your works looks wonderful on the CD. I'm definitly
    going to check out James Shipps work.

  14. by 4ravens on September 9, 2009  7:51 am Reply

    Congratulations - the music sounds intriguing and the art is fabulous!

  15. by fritzliess on September 9, 2009  7:59 am Reply

    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.)

  16. by MizKatie on September 9, 2009  1:34 pm Reply

    Stunningly beautiful, Bridgette. Congratulations!!

  17. by bridgette on September 9, 2009  3:14 pm Reply

    Thanks everyone for your congrats! When the cd becomes available I will post a link on my blog- it should be fairly soon.

  18. by Kathleen on September 9, 2009  4:25 pm Reply

    Love your painting, and seeing the transformation from a painting to packaging. Congratulations...

  19. by Seth on September 9, 2009  11:35 pm Reply

    Such a gorgeous painting, and so meaningful as it was your last encaustic before the pregnancy. Congratulations on this project!

  20. by Lumilyon on September 10, 2009  12:24 pm Reply

    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.

  21. by rivergardenstudio on September 10, 2009  8:27 pm Reply

    How beautiful your art looks I just need to hear this music... congratulations to you... roxanne

  22. by Kelly Jeanette on September 10, 2009  9:16 pm Reply

    Congrats on everything! The album cover looks great. Perhaps the beginning of an all new avenue for your art?

    I must find this cd.
    Again congrats.

  23. by Carmen on September 11, 2009  9:07 am Reply

    Bridgette, this is so cool!!! Love version 2 of the painting too.

    So excited for you!

  24. by tina on September 12, 2009  10:47 am Reply

    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.

  25. by Tricia on September 12, 2009  4:30 pm Reply

    So beautiful bridgette!!!

  26. by Karin Bartimole on September 13, 2009  12:09 am Reply

    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

  27. by jennifer lorton on September 13, 2009  6:44 pm Reply

    Congratulations, that is really exciting. The painting, and the finished layout look wonderful, you must be thrilled. Great job!

  28. by Paula Scott on September 13, 2009  10:49 pm Reply

    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...


  29. by Studio Sylvia on September 15, 2009  8:42 am Reply

    Congratulations Brigitte. What a wonderful challenge which you met admirably.

  30. by katie on September 19, 2009  10:31 am Reply

    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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