Saturday, September 19, 2015

September Dance

September Sky
20 x 20 inches, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
L. Nickles ©2015

I have an affinity for beautiful skies, especially white fluffy clouds against a deep blue September sky.  Often when I am painting such a scene, my head just gets lost in the clouds!  This photo does not show the detail so well, but I used a palette knife for the horizon, allowing slight texture.  Also, I let some of the transparent red underpainting show through.  I may decide to go back and change it, but I like it for now. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Autumn Field

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

The sultry hot, humid weather of the South has temporarily passed, and the cooler morning temperatures are a welcome relief.  I know that the temperatures here may continue to fluctuate for the next few weeks, which is normal.  It is the light at this time of the year that I love the most.  I've been paying a lot of attention to trees lately, mainly because our new setting offers so many to study. I love observing the light and shadows of these trees. My goal is to overcome the fear of painting this subject and do a decent job.

Our new home is just about ready, and we expect to move in by the end of the month. Yay! It has been a long process, and I can't wait to share photos with you, particularly my new studio!


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound
9 x 12 inches
L. Nickles ©2015

This long straight road near my home is always a pleasant drive, especially in the morning. The old massive trees form a canopy over the road, while I feel like I'm driving through infinity!  My goal was to try to captivate the beautiful light.  It's hard to believe we are moving into another season already!

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.