Monday, October 22, 2007
Molly, a beautiful rescued Greyhound dog, is the subject of this oil painting. She was adopted by good friends of mine from GreyHeart Greyhound Rescue and Adoption of Michigan. When I saw her, I knew I had to paint her on a canvas. Her markings are so colorful, and beautiful.
GreyHeart is a wonderful organization and they do so much for these retired racers. See more at http://www/greyheart.org
The painting was recently juried into the "3rd Annual Michigan Portrait Show," at the Orion Art Center in Orion, Michigan, by Kathleen Van Ella of Portraits/Chicago Inc. http://www.portraitschicago.com/ . Also juried in was a commissioned painting of "Curtis", a precious little boy dressed in a sailor suit. I was honored to have these paintings selected to hang among the beautiful artwork done by very talented artists. For more information on The Orion Art Center go their website at: http://www.orionartcenter.org/
Monday, October 08, 2007
This is an update on the show, "Painted Classically: a Two-Person Exhibition by Nicki Thompson and Patrice Erickson", at the Waterford Cultural Council's de la Ferriere Gallery. First of all thank you to all who were able to attend the artist's reception. You helped to make it the largest attended reception at the gallery. Also, thank you to the staff for all the help in making this a successful show. You are appreciated! Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments, we're so glad you enjoyed the exhibit.
There is still time to see the show. It will remain open and free to the public until Nov. 1, 07.
For directions or information call: (248) 618-7529
Monday, September 10, 2007
"Sturgeon Point Lighthouse"
24" by 30"
oil on canvas
I painted this Michigan Lighthouse for the owner of a wonderful hotel in Petoskey Michigan. The hotel is called, Apple Tree Inn. It's a cozy Victorian style inn. The rooms are large and each has its own balcony overlooking a beautiful view of Petoskey. My husband and I stay here when we get the chance to visit the area.
Sturgeon Point Lighthouse is located on the east coast of Michigan in Harrisville, about halfway between the northern point of Saginaw Bay and Thunder Bay Island. It is standing on the shore end of a somewhat narrow, long strip of land that stretches out in shallow water into Lake Huron. It is open to the public, as a museum, 7 days a week from Memorial Day to the middle of September. However you can visit and take pictures of the grounds all year.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
EXHIBITION: Painted Classically: a Two-Person Exhibition by Nicki Thompson and Patrice Erickson
DATES OF EXHIBITION: Monday, September 17 through Thursday, November 1, 2007
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 21 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
GALLERY: Waterford Cultural Council’s de la Ferriere Gallery, 2303 Crescent Lake Road, Waterford, MI
Oakland County Artists Collaborate on an Exhibition Celebrating Representational Art
The Waterford Cultural Council’s de la Ferriere Gallery will host “Painted Classically: a Two-Person Exhibition by Nicki Thompson and Patrice Erickson”, from Monday, September 17 through Thursday, November 1, 2007 with an opening reception on Friday, September 21 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. This exhibition showcases fine art oil paintings in the style of classical realism with a variety of subjects including portraiture, figurative works, and landscapes.
A mutual admiration and respect for the art and methods of the Old Masters brought portrait artists Patrice Erickson of Rochester Hills and Nicki Thompson of Waterford together. They met last February at an open studio portrait drawing session where they showed each other their portfolios. It wasn’t long after that when they agreed to set aside time in between portrait commissions to collaborate on an exhibition that celebrates representational art. The paintings featured in the show were all made using classical academic techniques and include figurative work and landscapes in addition to portraiture. “Working in this manner gives the paintings depth and richness of color and luminosity,” Erickson explains, “and when made correctly will survive for centuries.” “It’s exciting to me that realism seems to be making a come back,” adds Thompson, “As an artist and a teacher I am committed to sharing and continuing the classical tradition of this academic style of painting.” Both artists welcome portrait commissions and have online portfolios at http://www.patriceerickson.com and http://www.nickithompsonart.com.
For more information please call Patrice Erickson at 248-375-9575, Nicki Thompson at 248-681-4697, or the Waterford Cultural Council at 248-618-7529. The de la Ferriere Gallery is free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and is located at 2303 Crescent Lake Road, Waterford, Michigan, off of M-59 approximately one mile east of Oakland County International Airport.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
14" by 11"
Oil on Canvas
This portrait painting was inspired by a song I wrote in 1972, called "One Dandelion". The song was written in honor of my mother who passed away when I was 5 yrs old. She was a talented musician and writer and, like me, a dreamer. My model for this oil painting is Macayla.