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, December 14, 2011

Magnificent Storm

Magnificent Storm
24 x 24"
oil on cradled panel

I am excited about doing some large skies and I today I have one to show you. "Magnificent Storm" is based on one of my smaller paintings called "Little Big Sky". I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and I'm ready to tackle another, but I need to get more cradled panels. I really like how this softer, more blended technique works on the hard, wood surface.

The photo I used came from a series I took one day this past summer in Waskesiu when my family went to a camp kitchen to roast wieners and marshmallows. We started out at a camp kitchen close to the beach, but the wind was strong and cold coming off the lake so we moved to one on the far side of the park. I was completely mesmerized by the sky and had to keep running down to the beach to get photos as it changed. The lake was a wild green colour with white caps curling here and there... and was it loud!

My two little loves...

...and a bench with a view... 
 the rain is really coming down now!

Stay tuned for more storms and spectacular weather right here in the safety of your monitor (or smart phone... or iPad...)


Janie B said...

Nicki, I LOVE this one! It's perfect. You get better every day.

Nicki said...

Thank you Janie, what a great thing to say. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the New Year. It's always good to hear from you.

-Don said...

Magnificent, indeed, Nicki! At first I wasn't sure how I felt about that strong green, but the longer I looked at it, the better I liked it. Now I love it!

It sounds like your summer weather at the lake is quite similar to our December weather here in the desert. Our high today was only 54 degrees (F). Just the way I like my winters... :-P


cohen labelle said...

Negative ions, Nicki!
I have a friend who explained this to me once, not a painter though, who would get very excited during storms – they would release an energy in her, she would rush outside with boundless enthusiasm.
I do love your storm swept skies!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Nicki,

Amazing. Such power and beauty. And I think I know that friend that Marcia knows. Strange -- I am the complete opposite -- terrified and running for cover.

This painting is absolutely gorgeous and I can look at it from the safety of any computer, but would love to see the original. Hmmm. Got to figure out how to do that.

XO Barbara

Nicki said...

Hi Don,

You got me thinking about the green water and after looking at the painting again I realized the colours were off. I've re-posted a better version of the painting in a new post so I am curios to hear your thoughts now.


Nicki said...

Hi Marcia,

Thank you... and negative ions you say? Intriguing! I probably learned that years (and years) ago in my university geography class... we did a whole section on clouds.

I've got lots of ideas for more skies that I want to try in the next few months. I'd love to get your feedback whenever you have time to leave a comment.

XO Nicki

Nicki said...

Hi Barbara,

I do enjoy a good storm, but I certainly understand why some people don't. And I wouldn't be running around with my camera in extreme weather that is for sure.

I'd love for you to see this painting and others in person.... my door is always open! Saskatoon awaits you!

:o) Nicki