Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beach Path

Beach Path
16 x 20, Oil on Stretched Linen
L. Nickles ©2015

Lately my time has been spent on the home we are building. I'm not complaining. I have so much to be grateful for, but building a home requires so many decisions.  Although this is the third home we have built, it's the first one that is totally "custom".  We're on the home stretch, haha... I mean it's about three months from completion. Yay!  Some days I feel like I have brain drain from making so many decisions and selections.  So, I today hit the beach!  Oh, it felt good to "get away".  

Thank you for following me, and all your support.  It means so much to me. Soon, I will be able to show you my new studio!


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sweet Mother's Day

Sweet Mother's Day
20 x16 inches, Oil on stretched canvas
L. Nickles ©2015

Mother's Day is always a bittersweet holiday.  It's a time for reflection... good memories mixed with memories of those whom we have lost.  I think of my own mother, sister, and mother-law, and recall how loving they were. I miss them very much, but so grateful to have had them in my life.

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Morning Escape

Morning Escape
6x8, Oil on Panel
L. Nickles ©2015

Is there anything better than taking a walk on the beach early in the morning? This is a little study I did this morning. The weather is perfect.  It is warm enough, with a slight breeze. I love it!  Have a great weekend, everyone.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Old Barn


Old Barn
9x12 Oil on Panel
L. Nickles ©2015

Summer days are here in the LowCountry of South Carolina.  It's great to be outdoors, despite the bugs.  This was painted en plein air, while I enjoyed beautiful weather, and a cool breeze.  As I was finishing my work, I looked down to see a red ant hill. Yikes, red ants bite and leave a terrible, ugly rash!  Some outdoor painters have taken to carrying dryer sheets with them.  Apparently they are especially good at keeping bugs, and chiggers away. The funny thing is that I don't use dryer sheets with my laundry, but will now add them to my art bag.  I hope everyone has a nice weekend, with beautiful weather.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Plein Air Painting

Marsh Tonal Study

Linda Nickles ©2015

There is so much going on right now, it's enough to make my head spin.  It's all really good, though!  While the construction of our home is going along really well, I have been asked to teach a small group of local "newbies" all about plein air painting.  How can I resist?  I love to share my passion.  I'm also preparing works for a small group show to be opening in just a few weeks.  Later this week I will head to St. Simon's Georgia -- one of my favorite places, to meet up with the PAPSE (Plein Air Painters of the South East) painters, organized by my friend, Mary Anderson, of Anderson Gallery. We, of course, are hoping for good weather. It is going to be an exciting event.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Egret

Egret
24x24, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
L. Nickles ©2015

Now that I live on a lake, I've become fascinated with birds, particularly egrets and herons.  They are amazing to watch.  First, they can spend an incredibly long time completely still, as they wait for their prey.  Once they spot what they're looking for, they move rapidly!  I never tire of watching them.

I hope where ever you live, spring is showing promising signs.  We know spring has arrived when we see that dreaded pollen everywhere.  Our lake is yellow today!