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)

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language..." (Paul Gauguin)


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Mt. St. Helen’s Indian Paintbrush

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Mt. St. Helen's Indian Paintbrush, 14 x 20 inches watercolors

Mt. St. Helen’s Indian Paintbrush (Washington), 14 x 20 inches watercolors in progress. The mountain and central areas may need to be darker, but I’m going to set this aside for a few days and come back to it.

Lower left detail of Mt. St. Helen's Indian Paintbrush


Smoky Lake Canola

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Smoky Lake Canola, 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed

Smoky Lake Canola, Alberta, Canada – 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed. This is my favorite Summertime memory of Alberta… miles of Canola fields and open, moody skies. The painting started off without the tree but needed a focal point. Detail images:

 Upper left detail of Smoky Lake Canola  Lower left detail of Smoky Lake Canola  Upper right detail of Smoky Lake Canola

Diamond Lake – night study

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Diamond Lake Oregon - moonlight study - 14 x 20 inches watercolor on 140 lb cold pressed

Diamond Lake Oregon – moonlight study – 14H x 20W inches watercolor on 140 lb cold pressed premium.

Monk’s residence, Luang Prabang, Laos

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Monk's residence, Luang Prabang, Laos

Photography Fits!

New Mexico Sunset

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

New Mexico Sunset, 11 x 14 inches oil pastels on paper

New Mexico Sunset, 11 x 14 inches oil pastels on paper

Flamboyant Tree flowers and seed pods

Thursday, December 6th, 2012


Flamboyant Tree flowers and seed pods, 9 x 12 inches oil pastels on paper

Flamboyant Tree Flowers and Seed Pods – Chapala, Mexico –  9H x 12W inches oil pastels on paper, white mat


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Fields of Flax – Rowley, Alberta Canada

Monday, November 12th, 2012


Fields of Flax, Rowley, Alberta Canada - in progress, 12H x 16W inches watercolors on paper
Fields of Flax, Rowley, Alberta Canada,  12H x 16W inches watercolors on paperpreliminary study for larger acrylics painting


Bigleaf Maple watercolors

Sunday, November 4th, 2012


Big Leaf Maple 12H x 16W inches watercolors on 140 lb 100% cotton paper

 Big Leaf Maple near Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, BC Canada, 12H x 16W inches watercolors on 140 lb 100% cotton paper


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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

Art and Adaptation

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Adapt “1a: to make suitable or fit (as for a particular use, purpose, or situation) 2: to adjust oneself to particular conditions or ways: bring oneself or especially one’s acts, behaviour, or mental state into harmony with changed conditions or environment.”
Art “1b(1): skill in the adaptation of things in the natural world to the uses of human life … 2d: systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result … and to production according to aesthetic principles…” (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary).

Living room details. Painting: Sugar Maple Leaves, 1996Art is all about adaptation – of materials to circumstances, to changes in initial plans and set expectations, and staying open to the serendipity of the inevitable unknown in order to recognize opportunities when they unfold as mistakes. A painting goes through alternating stages of chaos and resolve, of full-on confident energy intermittent with periods of reservation and study. One never knows when the process will be finished, and sometimes great efforts result in nothing great to show.

Adapting to life changes is very much like painting. The materials are different, but seeing it that way, moving personal and professional life to another part of the world does not seem so disruptive. That “life imitates art and art imitates life” never quite made sense to me until now. It’s about seeing the picture as a whole while manipulating sections of it, without getting so involved in the details that, ironically, the focus is lost.

All the travel last year was rejuvenating. By the time Fall arrived I was good and ready to apply those experiences to some dedicated painting when, during September my husband accepted a job in Oregon. As folks who know us know, he moved there in October while I stayed behind. With all this attention to house-duty, I’ve been feeling anxious about not being able to maintain all my career commitments during this transition. After not posting any new art on this blog for about six weeks, it’s important to my reputation as a professional that clients and associates (past, present and future) know that I have not stopped working; only have briefly been working on something else.

http://www.nikkiartwork.com/photography/song-and-dance/I’m looking forward to the drive from Texas to Oregon; one phase completed and another beginning. Regardless of location, ideas and inspirations are infinite, always available and uninterrupted in the grand scheme of things. Best of all, these things are portable! You can take the girl away from the art, but you can’t take the art away from the girl!

Saying that change is good sounds cliche, but here’s how I think it works: change pushes us into discomfort, which in turn pushes us to seek innovative ways out in order to regain comfort. In that sense, discomfort is motivating and progressive. Now that I think of it, too much comfort can be uncomfortable! When one set of dilemmas is resolved we instinctually go searching for more. Life and Art are a soul’s song and dance.

Above: Basil roots and stems garden sculpture entitled “Song and Dance”

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