Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Website

Please visit sarahnixstudio.com. I will no longer be updating this blog, but I have a new website!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

After Rain

After Rain
22" x 30"
pastel on paper
2016
 A thin glaze of rain, and an ordinary parking lot is transformed--the majority of time working on this piece was spent focused on the subtle variations of color on pavement. After Rain is my first painting completed in my new studio in Denver! To keep up with my works in progress, follow me on instagram @sarahnixstudio.

In other news, prints of all seven Artificial Light paintings are now available for purchase at society6.com!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Blue Hour

Blue Hour II
30" x 22"
pastel on paper


Taking a much needed break from the straight lines of my recent cityscapes. I have been working on a series called Blue Hour--simple compositions with elements of both landscape and cityscape.

Blue Hour III
30" x 22"
pastel on paper

I have been working hard the past few days, the last bit of painting before I pack up my studio and move to Denver Colorado! There I will be able to focus on my painting full time, so stay tuned for a new series, as well as an online shop where prints of my works will be available for purchase.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cincinnati Venus

Cincinnati Venus
22" x 30"
pastel on paper


I feel I have taken a step forward in the Artificial Light series with my new piece, Cincinnati Venus. I was inspired by Brooks Salzwedel's landscapes. He includes in his drawings the sunspots that show up in photographs--those translucent, geometric shapes of pure color. His work has really made me think about light, how it plays across reflective surfaces, how it seems to streak through the air.



Cincinnati Venus, detail


Cincinnati Venus, detail

This sculpture is located in Centennial Plaza, which is tucked away between a few nondescript office buildings near downtown Cincinnati. It was created by artist Jim Dine, from a plaster cast taken from Venus de Milo. Jim Dine has also done many drawings from the plaster cast.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Three False Moons

Three False Moons
22" x 30"
Pastel on paper



One night last summer I hopped on my bike to explore downtown Cincinnati, and I saw this tree--planted next to a streetlight in the middle of a vast parking lot. The streetlight made a faint, continuous buzzing sound, but otherwise the city was quiet. There was something almost theatrical about the tree, something surreal, like it was a prop on a stage set. It brought to mind lines from the Charles Simic poem, The White Room:  "...Each tree on my street had its own Scheherazade. My nights were a part of their wild storytelling."


Study for Three False Moons


Studio View



Friday, February 5, 2016

Artificial Light II


Artificial Light II
22"x 30"
pastel on paper


Recently I visited the Seatle Museum of Art, where I spent most of my visit admiring a pastel drawing by William Merritt Chase. A sign on the wall described working with pastel as "drawing with pure color." A perfect description. I love holding sticks of pure color in my hands, layering and mixing right on the surface of the paper. For the final layers of this piece, I ground up bits of ochre, blue, and green with a mortar and pestle, and I tapped the dust onto the paper. Each night I had to wash this brightly colored dust from my hair and cheeks, scrub it out of the creases of my fingers.


Study for Artificial Light II


Study for Artificial Light II
11" x 17"
pastel on paper


Studio View

Monday, November 2, 2015

New Poems

I am very excited to have two brand new poems published online in the past few weeks.

"Two Birds" has been accepted at Rust + Moth, and is published on their site as they finalize the winter issue.

I also have a poem published in Volume III issue I of Dialogist. Head over to the site to read and listen to "Art Histories."