Friday, February 27, 2015

Lake House


Lake House
9x12, Oil on Panel 
L. Nickles ©2015

As I have mentioned in previous posts, we are building a new home.  It's really an exciting project, although it takes up a lot of time.  So, naturally, I have houses on my brain.  I took the reference photo for this painting early last fall in beautiful Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina. Tucked away in a remote, gated area are several of these small, quaint lake houses. This is something new for me, and I hope to do more.  I need to loosen up!  

Here is where the construction is this weekend… Oh, that white stuff on the ground is not snow, but covering to keep the lumber dry.  We have had a lot of rain here in South Carolina, but no snow!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Ebb and Flow II

Ebb and Flow II
36x36 inches, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
L.Nickles 2015©


The last few weeks have been very busy.  I'm enjoying exploring new subject matter, just for the sake of painting and learning, also while watching the building process of our new home.  This painting was recently completed as a commission.

This is what construction on our new home looks like right now. It has a great lake view!



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Flower Girl

Flower Girl
6x6 inches on panel
L.Nickles ©2015

I am honored that my painting, Flower Girl has been accepted in the Epperson Gallery,  Small Treasures From the Heart  show. The show runs January 31 through March 1, 2015 in Crockett, CA.  I would love to be there!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pink Bouquet

Pink Bouquet
12 x 12 inches, oil on panel
L. Nickles ©2015

I have a lot of paint!  I have so many tubes that I use a Craftsman tool chest just to store it all.  There are so many brands, and various shades of blue, red and yellow. Recently I discovered a tube of unused paint in my drawer, just beckoning for attention! It's a yummy shade of red.  I'm not even sure why I had purchased it in the first place, but it must have been on a supply list for someone's workshop. Anyway, I love this color.  Mixed with white, and a touch of yellow, it makes a gorgeous salmon shade of pink.

The brand of oil paint is Lukas 1862, "Geranium Pink".  I have a lot of paint, but not much of the Lukas brand.  It is really good paint, and I especially like their Titanium White. You can find this brand at just about any art supply store.

The above painting was completed using a combination brush and palette knife.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Cobalt Still Life

Cobalt Still Life
10x10 inches, Oil on Panel
L. Nickles ©2015

Happy New Year!  The holidays are always so full of fun and excitement, but when it's all over, there seems to be a sense of calm and quiet. I like this time of year when things are calm and quiet because it allows me a time to reflect.  The weather is not so great for painting outdoors, so I've been busy in my studio trying new things.  I'm enjoying playing with still life set-ups for a while.  I hope your new year is off to a great beginning.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rose Medley


Rose Medley in Blue 
12x12, Original Oil on Panel

Another white rose study.  I wanted to convey just enough information, while attempting to stay loose.  I also used a combination of brush and palette knife, and a limited palette.  The palette knife is so liberating.