July and August 2017: A small selection of my work, courtesy of Darrell Bell Gallery, is available at Boffins restaurant (111 Research Drive, U of S campus) throughout the summer months.

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


Ongoing: my 8x8" original oil paintings are available exclusively at Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon. For a limited time several of my large oil paintings are also available at
their new street front gallery on 21st Street (formally Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery).

Ongoing: a selection of my larger work is available at The Black Spruce Gallery at Northside on Highway 2 just before the turn to Christopher Lake.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

In Progress

 Bright Summer Light 
(in progress)

I had hoped I would have a finished painting to show you, but there are still issues to work out on this one. Here is an image from a corner of my new studio. I think the problem at this point is with the shadows.... I realized that I didn't put in all of the branches... but I did put in most of the shadows! I'll hopefully get some tweaking done on Monday and be able to post an official picture by mid-week.

I'm really enjoying having my own studio and it is just so spacious compared to the way I was working before. My poor space looks so sparse compared to the other established artists, but if I'm still there in 10 years I am sure it will have lots of character, too! At the top of my wish list is a proper studio easel. I am just using my portable Plein air easel right now. I also need to get another table or trolley that is better than that t.v. table you see. It needs it to be larger and higher, maybe with drawers or shelves underneath. Accumulating these things is all part of the fun, so I can be patient.

 
I thought it would be neat to show these post-blizzard photos that I took at my parent's yesterday when the boys went over to play (day off school). The top image shows the overhang of drifted snow off their roof and the other one shows my boys playing on the awesome hill of plowed snow at the end of mom and dad's street. The kids had a blast climbing on it and making up games. It sure brought back memories for me. When I was a little girl I absolutely loved making snow forts, climbing snow "mountains", digging snow tunnels. It is so fun watching the boys do the same. Although instead of playing "Charlie's Angels" they are playing "Indianna Jones"!.  

Thanks for stopping buy. 

6 comments:

Sheila said...

I'm so envious of your studio! So spacious and full of potential. I'm liking your current piece with its phantom limbs.

That snow amazes me. I don't know what I would do [besides shiver] in that white stuff.

Barbara M. said...

The painting looks amazing, the studio looks great, and the snow
is too much! That is our normal winter, but not so far this year.
I too grew up climbing snow mountains, and making snow forts and tunnels. My brother and I lived outside except for lunch and dinner. Few kids live that way today.

You are a good mother.

XOBArbara

Tammy Hext said...

Your painting is looking great and what a wonderful studio - very bright and lots of space.
The boys look like they are having an awesome time.

Janie B said...

I love your studio space! I bought this house so that I could have an extra bedroom for that, but it's carpeted and small and has too much stuff in it to be very useful as a studio. Maybe in the next life...*sigh*

-Don said...

I like your roomy studio space and that lovely painting that is itching to get off that easel... Keep up the great work...

...and stay warm! BRRRR....

-Don

Nicki said...

Hi Sheila,
Yes, compared to how I was working before, this studio is a dream. And phantom limbs indeed! I have to fix that glitch!
You get used to the snow and cold... we have beautiful hot summers, so knowing the winter won't last forever gets us through.



Thanks so much Barbara.
I hope the painting gets resolved in the next day or two if I can get to the studio. I'm glad you like what you see so far. And thank you for saying I'm a good mother. I'm trying and hearing that made my day!



Hi Tammy,
Yes, the studio is quite bright, but it is all florescent lighting which is a bit difficult colour-wise. I have to see if I can get some warmer free standing lights.


Hi Janie,
Thanks. I think that is one of the nice things about a studio outside of the home... overflow from other areas can't creep in! Another nice thing is being around other artists. A drawback, however, is the rent!
Nice to hear from you!



Thanks Don. I'm sure you never see snow like this in your part of the world! Hopefully I can finish the painting up this week...



Thanks for stopping to comment everyone! Happy first day of February!

Nicki