Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Here are two of my owls on their perch in my dining room before being shipped off to their new homes. I wish I had been fast enough to photograph "Night Owl, " too, but he is already with his new owner. "Little Dreamer" is being shipped to Dawn in Missouri today.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Well, I mentioned in my last entry that I had been reunited with many original paintings after leaving the Ten Women Gallery in Venice this past month. And when I returned from picking up my daughter at playschool this morning, I found that Christophe had transformed his office into a Cathy Nichols Gallery. Before we knew it we were having a sale and then buying wine for drop-in visitors. To see the sale, check out http://www.creny.com/ and click on my name on the left for a list of special prices (they are about 10-15 percent off). If you would like to buy a painting just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will invoice you at the sale price. Such fun. Now I had better not drink any more wine.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I'm feeling unexpectedly blue today as I enter the home strech of weaning my 3-month-old baby from breast to bottle. Like most moms these days, I've read all about the importance of breastfeeding and the closeness it creates between mother & child, but, until today I hadn't realized the truth behind the hype. Today it broke my heart to say good-bye to this bond -- and this was a feeling I had not anticipated. To the contrary, I was looking forward to the relative freedom of throwing a bottle of formula in my bag and taking baby on the go. But, as with all freedoms, there is a price to be paid. Yes, it could all be the hormones (isn't everything?), but it could also be the loss of something more powerful and mysterious than I had understood. And, while I am at peace with my decision, this experience fills me with wonder at the other forces of nature we modern, technologically-advanced humans overloook in our rush to adapt to this fast-paced world. Hmmm... 'food' for thought.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
"French Kiss" -- 8x10 acrylic & cut paper on wood.
After weeks of painting a stroke or two on this piece between bouts of baby cry interruptions, I finally woke up today at 4:30 am and finished it. My little guy has been sleeping almost through the night lately (yesterday he went from 9:30 pm to 8 am!) so I think I was just restless after sleeping for 6 hours. I decided, after lying in bed for 20 minutes, to just go downstairs to the studio to paint. It was a tad cold, but after a cup of coffee, it was SO fun. And as an added bonus I got to see the sunrise over the water through my window! Gorgeous.
This painting was inspired by my recent engagement (well, Christmas...) in Paris and all things romantic that come along with crisp fall air, love and freedom.
It will be available on ETSY by the end of today.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Good morning! I want to announce a special giveaway of my print Sanctuary on the great blog, "Wishing Willow." The giveaway will end on 10/8/08, and to qualify, you just need to visit my ETSY store and write a comment at Wishing Willow specifying your favorite print of my collection.
Click here for more details at Wishing Willow. And click here to visit my ETSY store.
Good luck! :) Now I must get back to the wild little munchkins!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
"I Believe in Love" (5.5 inch mixed media painting on wood). Original is sold, but prints available on ETSY.
Yes, I am finally re-emerging afer the birth of little Nicolas. He will be 6 weeks old tomorrow, and thanks to my wonderful babysitter, I was able to do these two small paintings! She is such a sweetheart, and today she told me that she had two of my prints framed in her room all through college! I feel so grateful to have such a lovely person looking after my little ones. And I'm so thrilled to be able to paint again. :) Now if I could only sleep through the night...
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
And, last but not least, here is the very first work by a brand new little artist... Annabelle! She painted the blue mark here on this fish. I think it's perfect. Very minimalist. :) The teachers at her school (well sort-of-school because she's only 16 months) said that she didn't want to get her hands dirty!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
With all of the rainy weather we've been having in NY, I am really craving the sunshiny days of summer!! This is my newest little painting, and just creating it warmed me up a bit. Today I followed this piece up with a portrait called "Girl in Conch Shell Necklace" that I woke up thinking about yesterday morning. I couldn't wait to paint it -- I ran into the studio the minute my little girl went down for a nap. It should be finished shortly. But tomorrow I won't have time to work on it as I'm off to JC Penney to buy zip-up footed PJs for Annabelle (and they're having a sale). I'm finally breaking down and buying them because I can't BEAR another night of snapping up a hundred snaps while she squirms and cries. Whoever thought snaps were a good idea for babies probably didn't have any kids. Ok... I will return to my focus on the art. :)
A warm thank you to Leah over at her blog, More Ways to Waste Time, for featuring me as her ETSY find of the day today. What a sweet surprise for a rainy Friday!! And Leah's commentary on my work was very interesting & insightful, too.
And, last but certainly not least, if you live in the LA area, please stop by the Ten Women Gallery this Sunday from 11-6 for our annual Spring Fling & Venice Artwalk party.
There will be a vintage collage workshop, on-site pet portraits and lots of original artwork, jewelry, art glass and more. Oh, yes, and refreshments will be served! For more info, visit the Ten Women Venice blog.
Have a great weekend!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Another happy surprise today: as I was browsing Poppy Talk for no good reason, I saw my own print, "Hello Summer 3" featured as part of an adorable piece on affordable art trios. What a happy surprise!!! Here is the link. The curator of this post really did a great job of linking art together, and she lists about 5 different combinations.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
This orange painting, "Venice Bouquet," also looks pretty nifty in a yellow and white room. Maybe I should call Martha.
I am excited to see what her "sea glass" section inspires....
PS -- To those friendly fellow bloggers who have tagged me recently, I apologize for not yet fulfilling my duties. I'm just a tad busy and as big as a house (only 2 more months until baby boy arrives).
Monday, May 5, 2008
I put this one on sale in honor of Mother's Day. It seems like a favorite for moms out there. This plus a bottle of delightful rose-scented bath gel would be a nifty gift. Gosh, I should send an art block of this one to my grandmother -- Rose! :-)
Have a beautiful day!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I will be posting more pics of the studio as it evolves (I can't wait to trade out that decrepit picnic blanket for something more neutral). Hope you are having a happy weekend.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I've never actually worked with purple before, so it was fun to experiment with today's 'bouqet.' I had the whole day to paint on this sunny Saturday, so I was able to complete a comissioned triptych and this little floral piece as well! Plus, I may get more work than I'd imagined done due to this pregnancy -- it seems like I've expanded to mammoth proportions overnight. At only 7 months along, I can no longer find a comfortable position for lying down. Maybe I'll learn how to sleep standing up!!
Well, I hope you enjoy this little lavender confection!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
"Yellow Bouquet" 5x5.5 inch acrylic on aspen wood panel (click here to buy original).