Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Artist ~ Cathy, Paintings by Cathy Nichols






Her Shop ~ Paintings by Cathy Nichols, Her Blog ~ Paintings by Cathy Nichols, Her Website ~ Art by Cathy Nichols

"When I was younger, I thought that I would be an English Professor. Then I fell in love with a painting. I’d been in love before, but never with something so colorful, so obscure yet rife with promise. It was abstract, yet figurative. There was an animal shape rising up, suspended by a red, heart-shaped balloon against a dark, moody background. On the bottom was a faint, yet discernible trace of glitter. Glitter. This was a love-letter. And ever since reading it, I’ve been trying to write back.

I don’t know where my ideas come from exactly. Sometimes they emerge fully-formed while I’m sitting in traffic (Maybe this is why there are so many artists in L.A.!). Other times, I gather all of my favorite materials and begin to weave images together with wax, paint, medium and words until something coalesces. Often I make ‘mistakes’ or end up looking at a disaster I’d like to throw out the window. When this happens, I force myself to keep going. I always try to remember the first time I tuned a guitar; the sound was the most confusing right before it suddenly snapped into harmony. This is the same way with paintings. And maybe even with love.

I know that a painting is finished because it seems like the right thing has been spoken -- something I wouldn’t mind sharing with my levitating glittery friend (or with you)."


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WHAT I APPRECIATE ABOUT CATHY'S WORK:

Wow...everything! Since that's a little vague, I'll have to say I appreciate the brilliant color, the whimsy, the cheerful energy and the imagination and originality that goes into each piece.

What about you? What do you appreciate about Cathy's illustrations?

10 comments:

  1. Awww...thanks, Vicki, for featuring my work and my bio, too! Your site is lovely & I am honored to be here! xox

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  2. I like very much the green painting, I love the patterns of the trees !

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  3. These grabbed my attention right away. Such gorgeous vibrant colors! And I love that you can see the texture of the brush strokes too!

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  4. These are magnificent. Cathy - your work is fantastic! I love all the life in it. Very vivid and inspiring.

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  5. Wow!! How beautiful , thanks for sharing Cathy with me. Her work hit a nerve with me and brought me delight today.

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  6. Very whimsical. A dream-like quality about them. Beautiful.

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  7. I simply adore these paintings!

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  8. I LOVE Cathy's work! I'm one of her "followers" because I think she rocks! I love the colors she uses and the textures, patterns, details... etc etc.. And it's fun and beautiful at the same time

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Thanks so much for your comments. Your thoughts, opinions, and ideas are important to me!

~ Vicki