July - September, 2018: A selection of my artwork is now available for the summer season at Evrgreen, a charming coffee shop in the townsite of Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park!

Representation: I am honoured to have my work represented by these well-respected professional galleries:
Darrell Bell Gallery located in the Canada Building in downtown Saskatoon
Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, 2266 Smith Street- a vibrant, bustling part of town.

November 10, 2016: I was interviewed by Daily Paintworks as their Spotlight Artist for a week! Read my interview on the DPW News blog!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Fun-Guys Didn't Make It

I'm still feeling under the influence! Ha ha. It actually put me in a precarious position last night, too. The day had gone well, I was tired, but felt okay. At 7:00 I was expecting the curator to drop by to have a look at all of my paintings so we could discuss the vision of the show and what to include/not include. Just as I heard her footsteps on my porch I was wracked with cramps. John wasn't home yet and the kids are not allowed to answer the door if they don't know who it is so I ignored my discomfort and welcomed her whilst in a cold sweat! The meeting went very well, but again 20 minutes later the cramps came! Yowsie! I sat down and pretended I needed to make some notes so that I could hunch over without her realizing... I knew I'd feel better if I could get to the bathroom, but I had no idea how long I'd be gone if I went that route. So I muscled through. It wouldn't have been terribly lady-like of me to disappear for 15 minutes. Then again, it is probably not too lady-like of me to be writing about this!

 Forest Magnolia
acrylic on canvas

In the end the meeting was extremely helpful and I can see her vision much more clearly and it really makes sense. We grouped pieces together, moved them around, talked about which pieces could bridge one section to another. It was really helpful and interesting. We decided my fun-guys (fungi) are not going to be in this show. She liked them a lot, but felt that they wouldn't be as cohesive as other paintings in the context of this show. I'm a little sad because they were definitely painted with the intention of including them, but I do see where she is coming from and I trust her expertise so I am okay with it. The painting I am posting is a little fungus that my friend Debbie showed me at the Kenderdine campus this summer because she knew I was interested in them. It was at the base of a tree along a path by the studio building and it looked like this delicate, glowing flower with these "petals" that curled up. I'm calling it Forest Magnolia and it is 7x7, acrylic on canvas. And it won't be in the show. :(

Now, onto blog business. I have a baker's dozen! Yup, thirteen followers. I clicked on my newest follower to see who she is and it looks like she is new in town! Welcome to Saskatoon Gen! I don't know how you found me, but I am glad you did! And then when I was reading my comments from the other day it looks like Janie, another follower, has an award for me on her blog. Thank you! How wonderful to have new friends! I'm supposed to "go get it" sooooo......

Now to the rules for this Award:
This award is bestowed on to blogs that are exceedingly charming.
These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends.
They are not interested in self-aggrandizement.
Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.
Deliver this award to other bloggers who must choose others to pass it on to and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

Okay, so I've collected the award and the text that goes with it, thank you again Janie! And now I am supposed to pass it on, so I would like to give this award to these bloggers:

Tammy Hext
Art In Oils
Barbara Muir Paints
Suzanne Berry

Have a great day! It's beautiful here in Saskatoon!


Tammy Hext said...

Thanks Nicki, that is so sweet of you to pass on this award. Especially on a day when I could use it! I am so proud of you and your upcoming show - it has given me the inspiration to start looking for a gallery and a show as well. Keep painting.

Nicki said...

You're welcome... I hope everything is okay... and that your son feels better soon.
Take care,

Anonymous said...

Hi Nicki, thank you soooo much for this friendship award. i guess we had better start living up to it. i enjoyed reading your post and would love to know which ones you are putting up in the show. i can also imagine your anxiety, sorry but the way you told it i had to laugh as well as empathise:) and it is a pity that the fun-guys were not chosen... thanks again. best wishes r.

Nicki said...

Your welcome Rahina, you do have a charming blog and I appreciate the visits you have made to my blog and the fact that you have taken the time to comment.

Yes, the exclusion of the fun-guys disappoints me a bit, but I will just have to find a different way to show them to the world... this blog... a different show... who knows...

Take care,

Ginny said...

Loved reading your blog, Nicki. I don't have one of my own yet, but I'm pondering it. I have a lot going on right now, between work and our son's upcoming wedding in October. But hopefully, you'll be seeing more of me (if you want to :D). Oh, and I felt for you as you were describing your cramps while the curator was visiting. Good for you for sticking it out!!

Nicki said...

Hi Ginny,
Nice to meet you! Thanks for taking the time to see what my blog is all about. I'm really glad I started it... I'm sure you would enjoy your own, but it definitely requires more time than I expected. Although I am a very bad typist so if I could improve on that front I am sure my time commitment would go down!

Janie B said...

You are welcome for the award. Glad you liked it. I enjoy your blog so much and your enthusiasm for painting. I wish you the very best for your upcoming show. Hope it all goes really well.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Nicki,

Thanks so much for the award. I have great trouble adding elements to my blog, and my helpful son is working very long hours now. I will probably mention it on my blog tonight, and think it through on the weekend, because I am working so hard for the next few days. I am deeply honoured, and feel graced by the universe to have found you. This painting is lovely. I'm delighted that your meeting was good, though fraught physically.

Take care,


Nicki said...

Hi Barbara,
I know you have been sick too. Please don't feel like this award is another thing to add to your to-do list. I know you are very busy... especially at the beginning of the school year it can be so crazy (my younger sister is a grade one teacher and my older sister is a professor at Guelph University, so I know). I just wanted you to know that I appreciate you, your blog and the support you give this online community. Please don't worry about doing anything more with it- just simply know it was left here for you and I was thinking of you.

All the best,

P.S. I am going to copy this message to your blog in case you don't look back here for a few days.

suzanneberry said...

Hi Nicki! Oh my, i do hope your tummy's better today. if ya gonna get sick, nuthin like doin' it alone. bummer the meeting coincided.

thank you so very much for passing on this incredible award! i really appreciate it. bear with me tho', i'm so far behind and i have trouble getting the lists to work, but i'm really very flattered and appreciate it so much. i'll get himself to help me this weekend.

i love reading your blog and your work just makes me feel good. This charcoal drawing you posted on monday is just stunning!

have a great weekend and feel good!

best, suz

Nicki said...

Hi Suzanne,
Thanks so much... I enjoy your blog too and just wanted to let you know that! Don't worry about doing anything more with this award... I just wanted to acknowledge you! Take care,