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26 weeks (in progress) | oil on panel | nick nichols | painting
Paternity Suit

Family Ties
My lady’s taking paid maternity leave for the next three and a half months. When I learned this, my first thoughts, understandably, were: What about the Gross Domestic Product?! What about worker productivity?! The U.S., along with Swaziland, has no national law mandating paid maternity leave, so, to me, three and a half months seems excessive. My lady pointed out that we live in Colombia, (more…)

girls on fire | oil on panel
Great Big Balls of Fire and Courage

On Second Thought
I saw these girls in India, preparing to perform a ritual dance with urns of fire balanced on their heads and my first thought was, “That’s a painting waiting to happen!” Actually, that was my second thought. My first was, “These girls are on fire, boy! I bet I can light up this room, too! Just give me a pole to dance on and break out the dolla-dolla bills, y’all!” But I’m a seventeen year-old boy trapped in a body twice his age. Wisdom gained through years of painful experience has taught me to refrain from expressing my initial thoughts aloud. (more…)

the city paper bogotá (image) - nick nichols & the hunert faces project
An Afternoon in Bogotá with The City Paper

Here’s an article that appears in the current edition of Bogotá’s The City Paper. I sat down with Kiwi journalist Amy Ridout (who’s worked for publications on four different continents and has her own fascinating story), and I blabbed about life, art and my Hunert Faces Project. Luckily for me, her article focused on the latter, making me sound like less of an idiot in print than I come across as in person. In case you’re having trouble finding a copy, I figured I’d provide one. (more…)

twilight in ciudad bolivar | colombia
Twilight in Ciudad Bolivar

I’m traveling for the next few weeks. I’m on some little island about 90 miles off the Florida coast, supposedly spending my time taking lots of photos, but more likely I’m sitting around drinking mojitos with my camera resting at my feet comfortably nestled in it’s bag. I’m staying busy convincing myself that, after ‘just one more’, I’m going to get to work. (more…)

oil painting, oil on panel, nick nichols, original art, original fine art, bogota, colombia, portrait
Squeezing Out a Last Bit of Thanks

November’s almost over, and I imagine that you’re getting tired of me and my oh-I’m-so-thankful-for-everything mindset. But bear with me ‘cuz this November I missed Great Thursday, Black Friday, Sucker Saturday, Cyber Monday, Mobile Tuesday – a whole week of important U.S. Holidays – and my internal clock’s off. Soon, I’ll give up on the thanks-be-to-something shtick, get into the Christmas Spirit, and start making a long list of all the stuff I need. I’ll call it my Gimme Some Booty list.†

†Easy, now. Booty’s just another word for pirate treasure, not that magical stuff that men trade in political careers and reputations for. (more…)

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