New Representation: my art is now available at the Assiniboia Gallery in Regina! They are located at 2266 Smith Street, a vibrant, bustling part of town.

July - October, 2017: A small selection of my work,
courtesy of Darrell Bell Gallery, is available at Boffins restaurant (111 Research Drive, U of S campus).

Ongoing: my 8x8" original oil paintings are available exclusively at Darrell Bell Gallery located in the Canada Building in downtown Saskatoon. As well, some of my large oil paintings are now available in this beautiful local gallery.

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

Friday, February 19, 2010

Six Months Ago

Autumn Magic
acrylic on 200 lb paper
sold

This is a painting I did in 2003 and it was included in my first solo show (2004) in a local coffee shop. It was purchased by one of my oldest and dearest friends and her husband who have been extremely generous and supportive of my art since day one. I don't have the dimensions handy, but if memory serves it is somewhere around the 11x14 mark. Keep in mind that my memory often doesn't serve me well, so I could be wrong. I never have fully recovered from "baby brain". How long is one considered post par-tum anyway? My guess is I can't ride that train almost eight years later. Nuts.

I have not been to the studio for almost two weeks and therefore have nothing new to share, hence the trip into the archives. The kids have had no school this week and the week before was riddled with stress and "goings-on" that threw me for a bit of a loop... so no creative moments for me. I've been happy to be on holidays with the kids this week and decompress a bit from the week before. It would have been nice to get away, but after our accident last fall our holiday fund quickly became the new(er) car fund! Oh well, there is always next year. We made our own fun in this great city of ours and so it still feels like we got a break.

Today is a milestone which is why, despite having no new artwork to show, I wanted to make a post. Exactly six months ago today I gave myself this blog for my birthday. I had been thinking about starting one for ages and even begun the process on Blogger before, but always backed out after a few steps. Well, six months ago I stopped thinking about it and I just did it! I kept on typing and filling in boxes until the next thing I knew I had a blog. I am so pleased I didn't let those negative voices interfere that day. Maybe you know the ones I mean... the voices in your head saying things like: "You are computer illiterate, how can you start a blog all by yourself" or "You aren't good enough to be posting your art on the web! Are you kidding me?" or maybe the one that says "Who will ever leave a comment for you? You aren't interesting. Nothing you say or show will be worthy of comment". The voices also say other things like: "Did you really need to eat that bag of chips in one sitting?" or "You have no business putting on a bathing suit, lady", but that is another story for another post! Where does that negative self-talk come from and how soon does it start? I certainly don't know, but I am profoundly happy that on that evening in August when the kids were in bed and my husband was reading his paper, I was able to quiet the voices of self- doubt and go for it!

7 comments:

Barbara M. said...

Congratulations. I'm so happy you started this blog. Beautiful painting. I think we catch negative self-talk from our parents, our siblings, our friends, our teachers.
Self doubt is probably in-built. But turning it around and praising yourself and everyone else, and saying -- Hey you can do it. Look you just did it! That takes bravery, and you've got it. Big time. I love this painting, and your wonderful blog, and your great and resilient optimism.

Take care,

I've given you the Sunshine Award for positive and creative blogging. It will appear on my blog when it's finished tonight.

XOBarbara

cohen labelle said...

Hi Nicki

The colors! the light! scintillating!

Marcia

-Don said...

Happy Six-Month-Anniversary! Personally, I'm glad you started your blog. I love your work and your words. Keep 'em both coming...

Autumn Magic is truly magical! Nice work.

-Don

Lydia said...

This is such a beautiful piece, it looks very much like something you would see here on the west coast,stunning

Pierre Raby said...

With its vivid palette this wonderful "Autumn Magic" makes me dream about springtime slowly coming our way. You surely know how to translate your passion for nature
Nicki! Congratulations for your 6 months of blogging!
-Pierre

SYLVIANE said...

Beautiful painting, Nicki!

Nicki said...

Hi Barbara,

Thank you so much for all of the encouragement and support you have shown me since I began my blog. And now thank you so much for this award! I am quite honoured to be sitting among the artists you included on your list. I will be heading over shortly to try to figure out how to collect the award.

Thank you again,
Nicki


Hi Marcia,

What a pleasant surprise to find a comment from you! I always enjoy seeing messages you leave on other blogs... in particular Edward B. Gordon's. Thank you for stopping to say hello and I'm glad you liked this painting.

Nicki


Hi Don,

Thank you and may I say that I am glad you found my blog... your comments always make me smile.

Nicki


Hi Lydia,

Thank you so much.... and I see you love scrapping which is something I enjoy, but haven't done much of lately. I'm glad you stopped by... come again!

Nicki


Hi Pierre,

Thank you... it means a lot that you say my passion for nature is translating in my work because I know you too love nature and are able to depict it so beautifully.

All the best,
Nicki


Hi Sylviane,

Why thank you! And please stop by gain,

Nicki