Nic in her painting pyjamas


Nic Kirkman is an emerging artist and teacher. While art’s been a hobby/talent from the age of 4, she waited until nearly 40 before really believing this could be her work, and committing to it in Jan 2014. She is originally from Yorkshire, but has been in Australia since 2012 and loves it here.

In her previous lives (back in the old country) she had been a Physicist, University Tutor (teaching study skills to Dyslexic and Dyspraxic students), and (before realising that art is a real job) had returned to University to study Architecture. While that last bit didn’t go so well, it did set her up for a career in art and helping others on their creative journeys, especially if it involves overcoming perfectionism. Now, she’s very involved at Peninsula Arts Society, where she teaches, learns, and has had a stint on the committee and as their newsletter editor.

She has many catchphrases and silly voices, believing that’s the best way to get serious work under pomposity’s radar. Both her art-work and her teaching is all about joy and making increasingly better mental health choices (with the possible exception of her own collecting and hording of art materials). Nic owes much gratitude to her friends, students and former teachers for their support and wisdom. A special thank you to both Catherine Hamilton and Marilyn Richards.

#anartistslifeforme

Adventures in colouring in XD

<p>Today’s nakedy nude… practicing accuracy and tonal stuff rather than experimenting. <br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxJzUIgF-El/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4h6cmt6ztpq6">https://www.instagram.com/p/BxJzUIgF-El/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4h6cmt6ztpq6</a></p>

Today’s nakedy nude… practicing accuracy and tonal stuff rather than experimenting.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BxJzUIgF-El/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4h6cmt6ztpq6

Posted 23 weeks ago
<p>Back @oakhillgallery for life-drawing last night… here are some of my favorite nakedy nudes <br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwI5qkpF6rC/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4kpvdlq7ja9">https://www.instagram.com/p/BwI5qkpF6rC/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4kpvdlq7ja9</a></p>

Back @oakhillgallery for life-drawing last night… here are some of my favorite nakedy nudes
https://www.instagram.com/p/BwI5qkpF6rC/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4kpvdlq7ja9

Posted 27 weeks ago
<p>So… yesterday, I was very honoured that a friend wanted to be one of my nakedy nudes… she is wanting to learn to be kinder to and about her body. And, what’s more,  she really wanted the outcome of this part of that journey to be posted. Kudos for such bravery. I know I call these nakedy nudes but I am frequently staggered and genuinely touched by the generosity and vulnerability of life models. They are amazing and this friend is particularly amazing. I am so honoured to be so trusted. Thanks hon!<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwGOT-Ql7Iu/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=12xj2h807oarr">https://www.instagram.com/p/BwGOT-Ql7Iu/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=12xj2h807oarr</a></p>

So… yesterday, I was very honoured that a friend wanted to be one of my nakedy nudes… she is wanting to learn to be kinder to and about her body. And, what’s more, she really wanted the outcome of this part of that journey to be posted. Kudos for such bravery. I know I call these nakedy nudes but I am frequently staggered and genuinely touched by the generosity and vulnerability of life models. They are amazing and this friend is particularly amazing. I am so honoured to be so trusted. Thanks hon!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BwGOT-Ql7Iu/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=12xj2h807oarr

Posted 27 weeks ago
<p>Putting back in some light and space… but the transparent orange and nickel azo yellow are sending the sky minty… so time to leave it alone for a bit.<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwGMbgHFpwm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=36lw6kv0tlmb">https://www.instagram.com/p/BwGMbgHFpwm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=36lw6kv0tlmb</a></p>

Putting back in some light and space… but the transparent orange and nickel azo yellow are sending the sky minty… so time to leave it alone for a bit.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BwGMbgHFpwm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=36lw6kv0tlmb

Posted 27 weeks ago
<p>So… I had this yucky plein air painting (no 4)(it was one of my first ever oil paintings)… and today I’ve been faffing with it to fix it. Still a couple of things I want to fix but around 3  hours I start going down hill again… I remember the quote from am episode of color in your life: when you say - i’ll just fix this bit - it’s time to put down your brush <br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwD8V6aF2TJ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1b1wu3lqbgal2">https://www.instagram.com/p/BwD8V6aF2TJ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1b1wu3lqbgal2</a></p>

So… I had this yucky plein air painting (no 4)(it was one of my first ever oil paintings)… and today I’ve been faffing with it to fix it. Still a couple of things I want to fix but around 3 hours I start going down hill again… I remember the quote from am episode of color in your life: when you say - i’ll just fix this bit - it’s time to put down your brush
https://www.instagram.com/p/BwD8V6aF2TJ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1b1wu3lqbgal2

Posted 27 weeks ago
<p>Today’s nakedy nudes… experimenting with a few ways of working. <br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwB9THXlr-K/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1erkt19ojkknt">https://www.instagram.com/p/BwB9THXlr-K/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1erkt19ojkknt</a></p>

Today’s nakedy nudes… experimenting with a few ways of working.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BwB9THXlr-K/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1erkt19ojkknt

Posted 27 weeks ago
<p>Turns out the more you do art the more you want to do art. Today I got back to doing trees without needing (constant/any) supervision or even a deadline. Feels good to be producing… did this while listening to Steven Pressfield’s “the artist journey”… looooove his work and would recommend to anyone struggling to turn up for the work… starting with any of the following: the war of art,  turning pro and do the work.<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv-qNu4l6Fz/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=755f7qajpcwc">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv-qNu4l6Fz/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=755f7qajpcwc</a></p>

Turns out the more you do art the more you want to do art. Today I got back to doing trees without needing (constant/any) supervision or even a deadline. Feels good to be producing… did this while listening to Steven Pressfield’s “the artist journey”… looooove his work and would recommend to anyone struggling to turn up for the work… starting with any of the following: the war of art, turning pro and do the work.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv-qNu4l6Fz/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=755f7qajpcwc

Posted 28 weeks ago
<p>Longer sketches @peninsulaarts a  this afternoon’s life drawing… er… ended up with a bit of a dodgy vantage point… but got practice on forshortening … and a foot… then moved to do a portrait… yup, I’m the kind of person who goes to life drawing and does portraits<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6FlXPl8oX/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=e0crqwocd2hy">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6FlXPl8oX/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=e0crqwocd2hy</a></p>

Longer sketches @peninsulaarts a this afternoon’s life drawing… er… ended up with a bit of a dodgy vantage point… but got practice on forshortening … and a foot… then moved to do a portrait… yup, I’m the kind of person who goes to life drawing and does portraits
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6FlXPl8oX/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=e0crqwocd2hy

Posted 28 weeks ago
<p>Quick sketches @peninsulaarts a  this afternoon’s life drawing<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6EncOldOm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=o3greyc14tc0">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6EncOldOm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=o3greyc14tc0</a></p>

Quick sketches @peninsulaarts a this afternoon’s life drawing
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6EncOldOm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=o3greyc14tc0

Posted 28 weeks ago
<p>Oops… missed one from this morning<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6EKUDlURF/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1dbop3ldin0f6">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6EKUDlURF/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1dbop3ldin0f6</a></p>

Oops… missed one from this morning
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6EKUDlURF/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1dbop3ldin0f6

Posted 28 weeks ago