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 2, 2009

Just Keep Swimming

As I mentioned in my blog the other day, I finally told a few of my girlfriends about this new journey I have begun. Well, the next morning emailed the link (how crazy is that? I have a link!) to my immediate family. My two sisters were so excited for me. So were my parents, but they didn't quite understand what a blog was about. One of my sisters embraced this idea so enthusiastically that she immediately forwarded the link to a few people she thought might enjoy it. Later, when we spoke on the phone, she felt a bit sheepish and hoped I didn't mind that she had done that. At first I felt this pang of fear and drop in my self confidence (which actually didn't have far to fall because it is relatively low already) because one of the people she emailed is an old childhood friend of the family ( Hi Trev), but then I took a deep breathe and realized that in the end, this is what I want for this journey. I don't want to put myself out there just a little bit... I want to put myself out there full on; no holding back. And when things get a bit scary or intimidating I am going to follow some wise advice that a funny little fish once said... "Just keep swimming".

This same sister, who is one of the smartest, kindest, wittiest, prettiest, people I know, and by far the most generous, said that finding out about my blog inspired her to start a journey of her own. She has been thinking about making some changes for awhile and I guess this gave her motivation to get started. I am soooo proud of her because change is scary and it is hard, but sometimes it is what you have to do in order to get where you want to be.

acrylic on canvas

This painting (acrylic on canvas, 7x7) was done at the workshop I attended this summer and will also be part of the show. It is a little fungus that I had been looking as I ate my meals in the veranda off the dining hall. It was tucked right in the crook between two birch trees that were sort of growing out of each other. The entire time I was working on it I couldn't get over the feel of the paint. The air was incredibly humid and the paint acted much more like oil than acrylic. I had so much fun; I felt like I was playing. Because of the climate I had no choice but to paint differently than I usually do. My mind kept repeating a quote that the instructor had brought up in an earlier discussion. It somehow gave me permission to play and experiment; to not think I always have to paint in the way I have become accustomed.

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."
                                                                                                  -Walt Whitman

And now that I have begun this blogging adventure, I think it will become my way to discover all of my multitudes.


Christine MCCoy said...

I found your site through Edward Gordon's site and I like your paintings very much! I will follow your blog as well as his now! Keep posting!

Janie said...

What a wonderful journey you are one to find yourself! I had to do that recently and am so glad I did. I guess I'm still traveling...not quite there yet, but taking one step at a time. Best wishes!

Nicki said...

Hi Christine,
Thank you so much for taking a look at my paintings. I had a look at your blog and I was impressed. I really enjoyed seeing your painting set up and I think that is so wonderful that you got advice from Edward Gordon.

Hi Janie,
One step at a time is the only way to do it I think. Thanks for stopping by today.


Christine MCCoy said...

Hi Nicki, trie to sign on as a follower of your site but something is nt working. I press the fllow button and nothing happens!

Nicki said...

Hi Christine,
Thanks for letting me know. I haven't a clue what could be wrong, but I will try to figure it out today.

Nicki said...

Hi Christine,
I can't seem to find any errors in my settings, so then I had my brother-in-law(computer whiz)try to sign up as a follower to see if it would work. He tried it both publicly and privately and it worked both ways. I assume you are trying with your valid Google account, so I really don't know what to say. Maybe try again? Maybe it was some weird glitch? I'll post this note on your comments as well.

Christine MCCoy said...

Sorry it is on my end. I have some type of pop up blocker causing the trouble. Will fix shortly. Thanks!

Barbara M. said...

Wow Nicki,

What a beautiful painting, and I am so happy for you with the way your blog is taking off! No surprise because your work is just fantastic. Get ready for the whole world to find you. Yes. I know what you mean. We almost need the whole world to know about us, so we can make it as artists. And I've found blogging to be such a heartwarming experience.

Take care,


Nicki said...

Oh, thank you Barbara! Those are such encouraging words. You made my day!

All the best,