Friday, August 28, 2015

Open Sky

Open Sky
20 x 20 inches, Gallery wrap canvas
L. Nickles  ©2015

It has been a really long time since I've posted. Life has been a little crazy.  We have been waiting for the completion of our new home.  I don't want to think about when, but it will be soon.  One day while I was visiting the site, some large 7-foot construction panels fell on me. I had a few bruises, but the sudden movement injured my neck.  It's nothing serious, but I was unable to turn my head for six weeks.  Holding a paint brush only exacerbated things.  After weeks of physical therapy, I am finally feeling relief.  Backing out of a parking space, I discovered, was my greatest challenge. Actually, it was scary!

Our skies in the Lowcountry have been extraordinary this summer.  I've been working on capturing some of the drama.  I hope you have had a extraordinary summer!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Majestic Marsh

Majestic Marsh
30 x 30 inches on Gallery Wrap Canvas
L. Nickles ©2015

The marsh grass in the LowCountry is very green right now due to the abundant rainfall we have had.  Sometimes I get tired of all the green. So, I decided to use my creative license and paint the grass orange instead.  I actually like the contrast of blue and orange better.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Quiet Reflections

Quiet Reflections
24 x 24 inches, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
L. Nickles ©2015 

I enjoy the solitude of early mornings, especially when I can gaze out over still water.  It's very calming to sit with my coffee and take in everything around me before the day unfolds with brisk activity. Where I live, temperatures will most likely reach the triple digits today. Whew, that is warm!  Where ever you are, I hope you are enjoying a good summer.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Local Color

Local Color
6 x 8 inches, Oil on Panel
L. Nickles ©2015

Our new home is still under construction, but it's getting there. Yay!   What I've learned about building a home, among other things, is that it is a full-time job.  So I paint when I can, but often there isn't time to finish a painting, even a small one, in one session.  Some days I don't even have time to properly clean my palette and brushes. Today I managed to complete this little one.  As we head into a holiday week, I hope all my American friends enjoy a safe and happy Independence Day!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Marshside

Marshside
9 x 12 inches, Oil on Panel
L. Nickles ©2015 


I never get tired of beautiful marsh scenes such as this one, and the coastal birds are a joy to watch.  Sometimes they will stand for what seems like forever, just waiting for a good catch.  I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze
10 x 20 inches, Oil on gallery wrap canvas
L. Nickles ©2015

This is another one in my series of beach paintings.  I'm having fun experimenting with different approaches.  For this painting, I used an acrylic underpainting. I used yellow ochre. I liked the way it peeks through, although the true color doesn't really show up in the photo.  I may go back and define the grasses a little more. I also love this cute size!