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!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Painting Makes Me Happy

Elevated Blues
oil on canvas
I was at the studio again this afternoon and first thing I did was tweak the painting I posted yesterday. I think I am much happier with it now. Initially I lightened the diagonal space between the clouds and lightened the sky above the right hand clouds (thanks Don, for your eyes). After I did that I still felt like it needed something so I added a puff of cloud in that space as well. I am happier with the overall effect now, although I may make the top of the new puffy cloud a bit whiter. Or not. We'll see.

I am hoping if I can get to the studio tomorrow that I will be able to finish my forest scene and post it. It is getting very close. I really want it to look like there is a spotlight on this one tree and section of moss, but it is hard to find the correct colour of the lit up tree. In my photo reference it just looks kind of white and overexposed so it isn't helping me much. I'll figure it out. As long as the whole thing doesn't look garish (my biggest fear with acrylics). Stay tuned... I'll be posting it soon for opinions.


-Don said...

Hi Nicki, I think you're onto something here with your tweaks. Nice. (thanks for the 'shout-out').

As for your dilemma with the lighting in the forest scene: have you thought about scanning the photo and tweaking it in Photoshop to get a feel for your color choices? Sometimes it's easier to do it that way than to experiment directly on your canvas. Either way, I'm confident you'll make the right choices and I cannot wait to see your results.


suzanneberry said...

Isn't Don the best? So true. Photoshop really helps me out in so many ways. This is just beautiful.

Nicki said...

Thanks Don,

Good tip about the Photoshop... now I just have to figure that out too! :) And you are welcome for the shout out.


Hi Suzanne,

Yup, Don is fantastic! I'm going to have to give this Photoshop ting a whirl!

I love the start of your Ciree, by the way. She is one of my all-time favorite Survivors.