When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)


True colors

Thursday, May 26th, 2011


Fern tree shadows cast across garden rocks, Chapala, Mexico

Tree fern shadows cast across garden rocks in Chapala, Mexico

“Your true colors are beautiful” – Cindy Lauper

I’ve been in Mexico for the past two weeks, so I’ll be contributing more images to the True Colors website, created in 2007 as tribute to the colorful landscapes and cultures here. Developed separately from the other chapters of nikkiartwork.com, trucolors.info is considered as one complete and independent project. I’ve posted a few more of the recent pieces in this series on nikkiphotography.com

Dragon Fruit

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010


Dragon Fruit, 9H x 12W inches watercolor pencils, graphite on paper 

Dragon Fruit, 9H x 12W inches watercolor pencils, graphite on paper, white mat and 15H x 18W inch frame

I’ve discovered a strange and wonderful new fruit here in Singapore: Pitaya, commonly called Dragon fruit, is cultivated in Vietnam, but apparently is native to Mexico and South America. Possibly then, it’s imported to the U.S. and hopefully is sold in Texas. I’ve seen it in the markets here but thought it was some sort of artichoke. Rarely do you find a fruit that is so large and fleshy where you don’t have to deal with removal of seeds or pits or cores to get to the yummy part. This one’s all yum, about 6″ long, and tastes much like a kiwi, but more sweet than tangy.

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A Photo Smoothie

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Black Sheep Grape, photography
Black Sheep Grape, and a Photo Smoothie

Watermelon, apparently seedless  Lemon  Mango

Papaya and seeds  Apple  Red Grapefruit

Coconut Palm, Costa Rica

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Coconut Palm, Costa Rica - 14 x 11 inches oil pastels on paper

Coconut Palm, Costa Rica, 14H x 11W inches oil pastels on paper, framed with 3 inch white double mat, brass name plate, and white wood frame with crackle finish, 26H x 22W inches total size.

When Life Gives You Lemons, Draw Them

Friday, March 10th, 2006

When Life Gives You Lemons, Draw Them - 11H x 14W inches dry pastels on charcoal paper

When Life Gives You Lemons, Draw Them – 11H x 14W inches dry pastels on charcoal paper

When Life Gives You Lemons, Draw Them Above: 2nd version, left: 1st version

The first version of the ‘Lemons’ still life was acceptable yesterday, but I felt the drawing did not have quite enough “zest”, so I took the drawing a little further. Even if it risks ruining the work you’ve already established, if you know intuitively that the piece needs more then you need to go there; the extra effort almost always pays off.

Garlic and Magic Apple

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

You Go Garlic! - 6 x 6 Acrylics 

You Go, Garlic and Magic Apple  – 6 x 6 x 1 inches acrylics on canvas

This pair of paintings were given to one of my nieces, Camille. I told her she can make one wish per day on the Magic Apple painting.

Magic Apple - 6 x 6 Acrylics


Saturday, August 6th, 2005

         Full Moon - Cantelope - 12 x 12 Acrylics on canvas 

Cantaloupe, 12 x 12 inches acrylics on canvas  –   a cantaloupe growing in our garden.