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!


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.