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. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Roses


Christmas Roses
9x12 inches, Original Oil on Panel

After some entertaining this past weekend, my home is full of beautiful holiday flowers, especially white roses and red berries.  I love the simplicity of white roses. I decided to have some fun, and capture these flowers with a palette knife. I think I worked on it a little too long, so I hope to try this again, using a different approach next time.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wild Ones


Wild Ones
12x24 inches, original oil on stretched canvas

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


I know, it's been a very long time since I last posted.  The last six months have been an incredibly  busy time.  First, selling a home and moving to another took up a great deal of time and attention. More importantly, family and health issues required even more time.  Although I continued to paint when I could, blogging just had to take a temporary back seat. Everything is good now. Thank you to all my friends and followers for writing and checking up on me.

I am so grateful for family, friends, and good health.  I feel very blessed.