Stamford Residence Basement Project

Oak Stairs by Nicolas Ray Stamford Residence Basement Project

The Stamford Residence basement project has been in the works for a few months now. The entire house has been updated and worked on including new lighting, removal of walls, new bathroom spaces, crown molding and new paneled doors now fill the house with elegance. The basement which is used a great deal did not … Read more

Pebble Time Watch Faces

One of my favorite new pastimes is spending time creating the Pebble Time watch faces and the popular Pebble Classic watch faces. There is a certain amount of gratification when creating the watch faces, personal enjoyment building them, hundreds of downloads, and exposure. All the Pebble Time watch faces that are created are crafted and thought … Read more

Before and After of Small Deck

Nicolas Ray Pigments Painting Deck Project

The idea was to mask the unsightly tiny poorly constructed slate exterior steps that never had a real purpose. Besides the steps, the client was also accosted with a primitive half oval basement window that besides being an eyesore, could have been a risk with small children. I was asked to design and build a small … Read more

Smash Tee Domains Purchased

Smash Tee Shirts by Nicolas Ray

Very pleased with my latest domain purchase of smashtee.com and smashtee.net with an appraised value of over $3000 at this very moment. This now makes my current domain holdings 142 which is a bit shy from last years number because sold off a few. Have decided to actually develop Smash Tee and make it a … Read more

Board Emporium Review

Board Emporium Review by Nicolas Ray

Board Emporium Review Being a longboard enthusiast, always scouring the internet for the latest decks and equipment, it’s easy to forget that we all started off as beginners. This leads me to The Board Emporium, a relatively new website, which doesn’t diminish the amount of useful information that they publish on a very frequent basis, … Read more

Image Edits Favorites

Image edits by artist Nicolas Ray Image edits by artist Nicolas Ray Image edits by artist Nicolas RayOne of my favorite pastimes during down time is working on image edits on my smartphone.  In my opinion, PicsArt ( Pics Art Photo Studio )which is a robust Android photo edit and creation software package that is easily downloaded on the Playstore, is by far the best solution.

These simple images were created then resized also using a smartphone Android app. When working on images, I tend to let the image itself dictate where it will take the manipulation. Turning simple and somewhat ordinary images into something a bit more unusual is just a perfect way to kill time. The images above are just some of the image edits favorites that I just completed.

More Image Edits

Sketch22294753 (2)This particular image on the left was an experiment that was completed by only using the pencil stylist on my phone Worked on the shadowing and lighting with the eraser and playing around with some different textures. Photography and the edit of images has now become a daily joy. Please enjoy some more edits utilizing Android apps plus the more traditional Photoshop images.

Winter Storm Image Edits

Image Edit by Artist Nicolas RayThe storm that hit the East Coast is still piling the snow at a rapid rate, this simple edit was taken out of my window while about 14 inches of white powder is resting on the ground.

 

Front Door Restoration Stamford

The goal of this project is to create a more impressive front door entrance and more importantly preserve and protect the area from the harsh New England seasons. The interior of the Stamford, Ct house has been restored and upgraded to reflect the personality of the new owners. The process now continues to the exterior … Read more

PixAds Now On Etsy

Nicolas Ray designs Pixads Logo for Etsy

Pixads is now available on Etsy and has already demonstrated interest in the community. I personally love Etsy’s Marketplace which is flooded with talent and great taste. The photography and artwork is the perfect venue to show off Pixads images, products, photography, and bits of history that it comes across every once in  a while. … Read more

Perfect Tool Tips

Tool Tips by Artist Nicolas Ray

Welcome to the perfect tool tips section, an accumulation of my own personal experience, plus tools, and techniques that I find online or think are just ingenious. As always, please feel free to leave comments, idea’s, and your own tool tips.

Clever Drill Tool Tips

The video demonstrates what drill manufacturers are missing…instead of making my cordless drills sleek and curvy, they should consider building an actual useful drill with square edges especially the top. This carpenter is one of the top, very skilled and packed with useful tips and tricks.

Pigments Painting Refresh Special Promotion

Refresh Special Promo from Pigments Painting

The Pigments Refresh Special is easily the most popular makeover and yields great results. Rooms over time can show signs of age and tend not to look as well as they could. Your room matters, so with this in mind only the best materials are used, “Benjamin Moore Regal Select” premium paint which yields a rich flat finish. The result is … Read more

Pigments Painting Receives 2015 Best of Award

Pigments Painting Award by Nicolas Ray

Pigments Painting Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pigments Professional Painting Receives 2015 Best of Norwalk Award Norwalk Award Program Honors the Achievement NORWALK March 11, 2015 — Pigments Professional Painting has been selected for the 2015 Best of Norwalk Award in the Painting Contractors category by the Norwalk Award Program. Each year, the Norwalk Award … Read more

Chandelier Ceiling Repair and Patch

Simple solution to close a 1/4 gap that was around the top of a chandelier and ceiling. The issue was, the gap came to existence after a new electrical box and hanger was installed. This left a gap that was visible when entering the room and while sitting around the dinning room table. The eye immediately was drawn to the only … Read more

Pigments Painting Preliminary Room Setup Procedure

Punch List by Nicolas Ray showing sequence before painting.

Pigments Painting Preliminary Room Setup Procedure Photograph room in current condition and as a reference to furniture and wall decorations placement upon completion of project. Remove or organize furniture for easy access to walls, ceiling, and trim. Cover all furniture and floors with clean drops and plastic. Seal off room Remove all cover plates, window … Read more

Updating YouTube Thumbnails To Brand Your Video

Artist Nicolas Ray's Article on Branding Yourself on YouTube

Being a strong advocate of branding at every opportunity and keeping your logo, theme, and banner consistent across all your web pages, blogs, and social media. Gone are the days of just having a website with your message, your product, or your service. With the advent of social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google … Read more

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Feedback and Testimonials

Pigments Painting Client Recommendation Letter

FeedbackFromWhenHope to deal with you again. Thank you.Seller: online_shop08 ( 3516) During past 6 months —-PrivateExcellent transaction! very fast shipping, first class communication, A+Buyer: rywd ( 45) During past 6 months 2014 Foundation PRO Skateboard Dakota Servold Complete Mint Never Use WOW Custom (#251689163657)US $80.00View ItemA+++Buyer: rowleyap ( 17) During past 6 months RAD RELEASE 72MM 80A RED … Read more