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Maybe it’s all my husband’s fault…..in fact, let’s just say it’s definitely his fault. Until I met him I knew little of the turbulent history of North America, I didn’t have much time for Hollywood’s portrayals, nor the truth. I suppose being a girl, those kind of macho fascinations just weren’t in my makeup.  But, I have to admit, he’s worn me down. Firstly with his tales of Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas…….places that to so many of us are just names on a map….then with his insistence that we added certain movies to our collection, movies which I actually often found myself enjoying and which led to long discussions late into the night and the early hours. Eventually, my eyes were turned towards the art of the native Americans, firstly just cursory and easily dismissed, but with their tribal history and often heartbreaking stories, I became more fascinated by the artists of the present and the past, and wanting to see the kinds of paintings such fascinating people would produce.

I was given some beautiful silver and turquoise jewelry a couple of years ago which had been bought in South Dakota and instantly fell in love with it, my husband kept some beautiful iron wood carvings on display at his home and I began to see that there was a huge variety of art still being produced by some very talented craftsmen, and I wanted to see more paintings!

Today, on a rest from my brushes I went exploring and thought I would share some of the art I have been looking at on this Saturday evening. (more…)

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Wow, where to begin with this update?

I posted a short time ago about the Million Dollar Race and am happy to say that I have managed to finish at least half of the paintings I hope to exhibit. I’ve not posted any images here yet as I don’t wish to prejudice the pre-show publicity that the gallery are spending a great deal of effort on – thanks Morgan Gallery! I am contributing pieces in a wide variety of styles and sizes, including abstracts, semi-abstracts and representational – for both my loyal readers and my own satisfaction I am allowing myself the indulgence of showing you one painting today…..as yet untitled, this is a monochrome acrylic on canvas

Million Dollar Race Grand Cayman

The show is fast approaching and I still have much to do, but I’m confident now that the paintings will all be finished in time.

Other projects on the horizon are many and varied. I have been commissioned by a private buyer to produce a painting of old Cayman in a similar vein to the Bygone Cayman Series, but on a larger scale – I need to have the picture finished within the next three weeks so the pressure is on for that job! Work has commenced, and so far it’s going well.

The competitions and exhibitions are coming thick and fast too. The McCoy Prize is only just around the corner and after a lay off of a couple of years, I would really like to win the award again….at the moment I am thinking of entering a sculpture and have purchased most of the materials I am going to need – the idea is rooted firmly in my head, all that remains is the execution! (more…)

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Frida Kahlo

Two years ago I watched the film “Frida Kahlo” which starred Salma Hayek. I was riveted to my seat by what I saw and could not help but relate to it. Today I stumbled upon this site about Mrs. Kahlo-Rivera and I was again reminded of how much I understand this woman and the pains she endured, both physical and emotional. Throughout this suffering, no excuses were made, she loved and lived with a vitality that is remarkable under her circumstances. The love she shared with her partner Diego Rivera, an artist of equal repute, is unquestionable. I can appreciate the passion she felt for someone who understood her as no other. My new husband is not only a friend, but a partner and a soul mate. He understands the creative being that I am, which is a bit bewildering as sometimes I am not even sure I understand me all that much.

As an artist I understand the freedom that comes with physical and emotional pain. Many artists will tell you, upon reflection, that they work best under duress, be it emotional or physical. It is not unheard of in the creative community that personal pains are often the catalyst for some of the most wonderful works of art. (more…)

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I have had to modify my feed address and am asking all my wonderful subscribers to please amend your feeds either by using the Add Me button in the sidebar of my blog or by using the following new url:-

http://feeds.feedburner.com/pheedo/WfpR

Thank you everyone and apologies for the hassle.

Nickola

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Continuing the recent series here at Arteccentrix exploring abstract art, I am publishing another third party’s take on abstraction in its various forms. I think it is fair to say, based on recent feedback, that the debate surrounding the validity of abstract art will rage on and on for a long, long time. I hope that this article will help explain to the uninitiated, a little more about abstract, modern and contemporary painting.

As an artist, abstraction is my first love, to me, there is nothing more challenging or rewarding than completing a painting that I feel is completely original and reflects the emotions, inspiration and maybe meaning that I set out to express.

Defining Abstract Art by Lynne Taetzsch (more…)

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The Million  Dollar Race is on! $100 in FREE Links

This Easter holidays sees the return  of one of Cayman’s most exciting sporting events, but my race begins much sooner. Having been asked to exhibit some pieces for the big day, I have been giving a lot of thought to exactly what I should do for the show. The trouble is I’ve been thinking about it for a tad too long and now my own race is on to get things done in time! I am intending to  produce 6 to 8 paintings and received an email this morning asking for some images for the pre-event publicity – gulp.

There is nothing like a challenge is there? I have until the end of the week so I’m pretty confident it’s a challenge I can rise to and I’m quite excited about the paintings.  Watch this space for how things come along, although the blog may have to take a back seat for a few days.

The event kicks off on Easter weekend, April 13 and you can find out more at the MDR Official Website and a list of a host of other upcoming events on the islands can be found at Caribbean.com

I noticed that my blog was looking a bit bare on the picture front so to end this short posting I’m giving readers a rare glimpse of me at work, with one of my recent pictures titled “Icarus”.  

The Artist Pauses In Her Work

Well, wish me luck, I’m off to try and meet the challenge 🙂

Until next time – Nickola
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I found this painting in my archives the other day, which was a bit of a puzzle as I didn’t recall painting it, and I don’t use watercolours! 

Cayman Streets

I thought perhaps it was an image someone had downloaded from the web in the dim and distant past, maybe I had even done it myself. It was so very familiar though……..when I mentioned it to my husband he grinned and came over all mischevious. After having his fun he finally fessed up that he was the one responsible – I was surprised to say the least as he is not the painting kind and how on earth could he have found the time to produce a painting without me knowing a thing about it?

The answer is obvious of course……Photoshop, the perverter of so many images. He’d been fooling around with his image editing software and left this picture for me to find! OK, so it’s a phony, but I thought he did a pretty good job, and it serves as a reminder that faking things in this digital age is a very simple process, and what you see is definitely not always what you get.

Some things do  have a beneficial side though…..I can take advantage of his snap happy nature  and refer to his photographs for ideas and inspiration in my own field. I don’t think we’ll tell him that though eh? He did say that it was OK for me to use the following picture which is one of his favourite bits of foolishness – I have to admit that I like it too.

Boys Will Be Boys

Until next time.

Nickola
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