Thanks for visiting.

Can I give you a drawing and/or a prose poem or uplifting quote?

In my experience, seeing something from a different angle can help to put ones own thought battles into perspective.

Covid has changed everything – yet everything is in stasis. How to move forward?

Hopefully, this will inspire – and I need eyeballs!

Happy to send some (inspiration, not eyeballs!) once a week, into your inbox – no strings attached.


Message me at https://powysplays.com/contact/

Look forward to connecting,



I’m Nicola Powys. I’m a full time artist. I am based in a studio in a town on the Mediterranean Sea.

Thank you for visiting my scribble-site. This is where I try to make sense of it all – and attempt to document my search for “a good life” as an artist.

Here, I make my art, connect with people – friends and clients – and run my creative thinking workshops.

I look forward to meeting you in the flesh one day. Meanwhile – welcome!

Please head over to my Crevado site for more works. Many works are for sale and available to be sent anywhere in the world. They are all original and I know you will find something that you fall in love with!


Contact me from the Crevado site

I also have work on Saatchi Art. 


Reclining Nude 2. Acrylic on paper


I also run a drawing experience based on a tour of the Picasso Museum in Antibes through Get Your Guide – something you want to check out if you are ever in the south of France!


An entertaining and informative tour around the Picasso Museum in Antibes.

This two hour art class shows you how and why Picasso made the work that he gave to the Chateau Grimaldi in 1946 – and gives you the opportunity to create a piece of art in the style of Picasso to take home!

Nicola is a tour facilitator for www.getyourguide.com

Please see their website for all the details and to book. Search for: Picasso Art Tour, Antibes: link below


Red nude. 2021


Reviews from GetYourGuide:

https://www.getyourguide.co.uk/antibes-l5075/antibes-picasso-museum-drawing-tour-led-by-local-artist-t98001/ “Amazing”

12 July 2019 – 5 stars
It’s been a highlight of this week, so interesting and positive was the artist ! Children have loved it, and have learned from the workshop! Nicola has beautiful energy and so much knowledge about art! My autistic son enjoyed so much, he is asking when will we go again! Without a doubt a must fun activity for the family !   Reviewed by Ekatetina – United Kingdom —————————————————————- “Fabulous Experience”

28 June 20195 stars

Our family of 4, 2 adults and 2 boys 8 and 10, thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The artist explained the works Picasso painted in Antibes and their significance. Then she took us to a charming square for an art class we all enjoyed. It was an authentic personalized experience.   Reviewed by Andrea – France ———————————————- “A wonderful activity which brought Picasso to life”

26 June 20195 stars

The artist bought picassos work to life and enabled a greater understanding of his work giving a wonderful insight into the range of technique he used and the composition of his pieces. I now appreciate his work much more and see how innovative hisapproach was. The drawing exercise afterwards was very enjoyable and enabled one to try differing techniques to reflect the wonderful antibes environment. Would highly recommend this.  

Reviewed by Jane – United Kingdom ——————————————————–  “Fantastic, Memorable Experience!”

23 April 2019– 5 stars

This was a terrific way to see the museum, followed by a creative, fun art class on the ramparts outside the museum. We were traveling with our 11-year-old son, so this was a great way for him to stay focused at the museum, and have a fun experience afterward. I love the art we created, and it is such a lovely souvenir. I highly recommend this experience!  

Reviewed by Heather – United States


Dear Nicola, Thank you so much for spending the day with me and helping me with my art dilemmas!  You imparted so much information about  where to put my existing art in my house and why, and then what art we should paint to fill the empty walls.   I didn’t have many materials to actually do some painting as it’s been awhile since I’ve painted but out of a few pots of wall paint and an old canvas that had seen better days, we managed to produce a gorgeous picture of a pelican that I really love.  You have such a lovely, loose style where you turn a mistake into a good thing, so the end result is interesting and engaging. It means I can paint and not worry about the end result but enjoy the experience and learn from my mistakes.   I hope to do lots more painting with you as I love it and I’ve never painted with anyone else where I feel so much encouragement.   Good luck back in the South of France.  I hope you stay this time!   Best wishes, Diana Davies ——————–  

Nicola ran creativity module at my MBA school 15 years ago, and the memories are just as vivid as if it was just 15 days ago. She has a presence and clarity of presenting the relevance of the artist’s perspective to our professional lives, that is both striking and convincing. One might think that the artist’s realm is one of high abstraction, yet Nicola is in her element in showing us that we are all artists, and that the artist’s skills in perspective taking can bring us powerful ways of relating to our own realities. I am in no doubt of the relevance of Nicola’s classes to our business skills and continuous adult development.”

John Oliver- co-founder Human-Equity

Theseus MBA graduate 2001 “Nicola has an incredible skill in creating an powerful connection with her creativity coaching clients thanks to her own rich journey as an artist, and she has an uncanny ability to identify the sweet spot as to the perfect next step for you on your own journey. Every call with Nicola is energising, clarifying and inspiring. Creativity is the oxygen of life, and Nicola embodies this with her enthusiasm, passion and joy in serving her clients.”
John Oliver – co-founder Human-Equity Theseus MBA graduate 2001  

Here are the photos from the life drawing you were doing the other evening in Antibes. Thank you for inviting my daughter to draw with you, it was a lovely spontaneous experience for her.

Lazlo’s Pyramid. Ink on paper. 2021