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>Quick sketches @oakhillgallery a  this morning’s life drawing<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6DNFhFYXm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=d5lcgx35j4pz">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6DNFhFYXm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=d5lcgx35j4pz</a></p>

Quick sketches @oakhillgallery a this morning’s life drawing
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6DNFhFYXm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=d5lcgx35j4pz

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>Longer sketches @oakhillgallery a  this morning’s life drawing<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6D4K0lSRK/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=17oz6dtz0srcm">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6D4K0lSRK/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=17oz6dtz0srcm</a></p>

Longer sketches @oakhillgallery a this morning’s life drawing
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6D4K0lSRK/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=17oz6dtz0srcm

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>Quick sketches @oakhillgallery a  this morning’s life drawing<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6DNFhFYXm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=ptc54jtx6y8t">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6DNFhFYXm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=ptc54jtx6y8t</a></p>

Quick sketches @oakhillgallery a this morning’s life drawing
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv6DNFhFYXm/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=ptc54jtx6y8t

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>Last night’s nakedy-nudes @oakhillgallery … 2 and 20 min sketches. Another lovely evening drawing Jenny again in the lovely company of some amazing artists #lifedrawing <br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv2YOy6FNU0/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1dto07x2y4pk1">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv2YOy6FNU0/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1dto07x2y4pk1</a></p>

Last night’s nakedy-nudes @oakhillgallery … 2 and 20 min sketches. Another lovely evening drawing Jenny again in the lovely company of some amazing artists #lifedrawing
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv2YOy6FNU0/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1dto07x2y4pk1

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>More nakedy-nudes and another lovely night at Oak Hill last night. (at Oak Hill Gallery)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvTwyNvFJcN/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=19r9fi24fraxa">https://www.instagram.com/p/BvTwyNvFJcN/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=19r9fi24fraxa</a></p>

More nakedy-nudes and another lovely night at Oak Hill last night. (at Oak Hill Gallery)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvTwyNvFJcN/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=19r9fi24fraxa

Posted 33 weeks ago
<p>Today in portraiture… Started in charcoal, added water colours… Finished with pen.<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvQd2DxFwwp/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=iu2ebbek4fva">https://www.instagram.com/p/BvQd2DxFwwp/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=iu2ebbek4fva</a></p>

Today in portraiture… Started in charcoal, added water colours… Finished with pen.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvQd2DxFwwp/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=iu2ebbek4fva

Posted 33 weeks ago
<p>So,  yesterday was the outgoing PAS committee meal… And they gave me this lovely thank you for my time as newsletter editor… (*way* better/nicer than the bottle of free booze I’d been angling for at the end of each party)… So prompt went to Senior’s and got some new toys today. Thanks guys!!! Have loved being on the committee and being allowed to put silly clip at all over the news letter each month for two years.<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvEBtQ4Ff6_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=3hq0njauh90v">https://www.instagram.com/p/BvEBtQ4Ff6_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=3hq0njauh90v</a></p>

So, yesterday was the outgoing PAS committee meal… And they gave me this lovely thank you for my time as newsletter editor… (*way* better/nicer than the bottle of free booze I’d been angling for at the end of each party)… So prompt went to Senior’s and got some new toys today. Thanks guys!!! Have loved being on the committee and being allowed to put silly clip at all over the news letter each month for two years.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvEBtQ4Ff6_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=3hq0njauh90v

Posted 34 weeks ago
<p>More nakedy-nudies… Today at work we had Craig… With the most amazing head of hair and great poses!  #lifedrawing @peninsulaarts<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvDusOglhrO/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=19idi759ouwfm">https://www.instagram.com/p/BvDusOglhrO/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=19idi759ouwfm</a></p>

More nakedy-nudies… Today at work we had Craig… With the most amazing head of hair and great poses! #lifedrawing @peninsulaarts
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvDusOglhrO/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=19idi759ouwfm

Posted 34 weeks ago
<p>More nakedy-nudies and another lovely evening at oakhill’s life drawing. @oakhillgallery #lifedrawing<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu_WfeflzAq/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=5b27sqz2fha1">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu_WfeflzAq/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=5b27sqz2fha1</a></p>

More nakedy-nudies and another lovely evening at oakhill’s life drawing. @oakhillgallery #lifedrawing
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu_WfeflzAq/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=5b27sqz2fha1

Posted 34 weeks ago
<p>Another week drawing Dean in his Viking helmet… Complete with a rendition of “kill da wabbit!” from my favorite bugs bunny cartoon: “what’s opera doc”<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu_VXnVF__l/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=mkln1si48xfj">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu_VXnVF__l/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=mkln1si48xfj</a></p>

Another week drawing Dean in his Viking helmet… Complete with a rendition of “kill da wabbit!” from my favorite bugs bunny cartoon: “what’s opera doc”
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu_VXnVF__l/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=mkln1si48xfj

Posted 34 weeks ago