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!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

This Day

This Day
oil on canvas

This was how I felt today. I felt like these colours. I felt like these marks. I felt light and I felt dark, but mostly I felt blue. This was my mood. 

So much was right today. I went for a wonderful brunch with two of my best friends at Calories which is one of my favorite restaurants. When I got home, all my boys were out. My husband left a message saying I should do my own thing; maybe paint or read my book (yes, I am now on the third book of the Twilight series- I could only stay away for a pathetic 24 hours). To top off all of this wonderfulness, I picked up my Edward B. Gordon painting, Savignyplatz 15:30, from the post office! (More on that in a bit). It all sounds idyllic, right? And yet I have been near tears for most of the day.

I ended up painting two 7x7 pieces in the quiet and solitude of my backyard on what was a beautiful summer's afternoon. I needed the "exercise", so first I did a painting for the Twenty Minute Challenge which I will post next time. Then I just played with oils. I tried to paint from an emotional place, but to give myself a bit of direction I envisioned the swirling reflections that I love to paint. This painting is what I ended up with. I have no idea if it is any good. But it is what I felt, so at least it is that. For me, it is this day, in oil paint.

Savignyplatz 15:30 is beyond my wildest dreams. It sounds impossible, but it is a thousand times better in person! I think I gasped when I took the lid off the perfect little box and saw it there in full living colour. It was packaged so beautifully in a box especially designed for it's size. Tied around the crisp white box was a citrus orange ribbon printed with Edward's name. Alongside this, I unexpectedly received an assortment of postcards which I will pin up in the studio for inspiration. The painting is a jewel. I have already stared at it several times exploring the brushstrokes that you just can't see clearly enough on a computer monitor. It is amazing and I can't believe it is mine!


Melanie Rawlings said...

WOW what an amazing gift!. Lucky you.
I realy like your blue painting, very abstract. Thanx for stopping by Free Wing I enjoy hearing from you

-Don said...

What a nice new treasure you have. I like your new Gordon painting and postcards, as well. (You see what I did there?) :-)

I hope the blues are gone tomorrow/today.


Nicki said...

Hi Melanie,

Thanks, and yes abstract was my mood, too. Lots of tugging swirling thoughts and a gamut of emotions, but nothing 100% concrete. As result I wasn't in the mood to paint something tangible. I'm feeling better today.

I enjoy hearing from you, too.


Hi Don,

Thanks, I do feel better today. Not sure what got into me, but that's the ebb and flow of life I guess.

You are clever with the words! Thanks for calling this one a treasure.


Edward B. Gordon said...

I am very glad that you like the painting ! thank you again dear Nicki !

best Edward

Nicki said...

Hi Edward,

You are very welcome, but of course to me, all of the thanks goes to you!

Kind regards,

Anonymous said...

Hi Nicki,
congratulation to this painting from Edward. You looks very happy and I'like the pictures of the paket you get from Edward.

You have a nice place in your house for beeing creative. Two boys are surely a lot of work. I have only one but he is now 16 years old. Sometimes I wished I was at home if he grow up but I work in my studio and he comes often and makes his homework there and talk with my puple (my puple was about 40 years). I don't know the best way being Mama....
Greetings from Berlin, Germany sends you Susanne

Nicki said...

Hi Susanne,

So nice to meet you. Thank you for coming by to see my blog. I am very excited about this little EBG painting and it is so delicious in person.

Yes, life is busy with two little boys, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't think there is any best way of being a mom, you do what works best for you and your family and you just love, love, love them.

All the best to you,