Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wintery Wednesday

Last week was a big week, New Terrain was dismantled, dispersed and the remaining paintings tucked away in the studio while new work continues to be made. Mountains and snow have not been worked out of my system yet and what a perfect time to celebrate snow paintings but the beginning of winter. Craig Krull in Santa Monica has mounted three shows celebrating winter with a few of my small paintings in the mix.

Stuido with New Terrain images
Winter Greys 12x12" © 2013

Craig Krull Gallery presents A Little Snow....
Showing at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica through January 11, 2014

Also opening last week, 100 GRAND at Sullivan Goss. 100 paintings under a thousand dollars for your viewing and purchasing pleasure. It's a visual feast with something for everyone.

Summer Light 12 x 12" ©2013

11 East Anapamu, Santa Barbara
Show runs through February 2, 2014

New work includes more of my mountain getaways, more animals and yes, the beautiful wintery seashore is also prominent. One of my favorite times of the year is winter at the seaside, the light on the ocean, the clear blue of the sky reflected on the water and the extreme tides. It's difficult to decide what to paint first!

Fall Willows {in progress}

Thursday, November 7, 2013

First Thursday November

It's the final reception for NEW TERRAIN tonight at Sullivan Goss in Santa Barbara. The show runs through the end of the month.

Currently I'm preparing paintings for holiday shows both in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica. More information soon!

Hope to see you tonight. 5-730 at 11 East Anapamu Street, SB.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

New Terrain

Thank you Joe Woodard for the fabulous review! 
And thank you to everyone who came out to 
First Thursday, great to see so many people.

There is one more reception for New Terrain in November and the show remains on the walls until December 1st.

If you haven't seen Susan's poetic video... here is the link! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

First Thursday OCTOBER 2013

There IS a reason, for certain, to leave your house tomorrow evening. Here are just a few:

S-tubes line up © hank pitcher
Hank Pitcher: The Long View
opening at Sullivan Goss

Threes a Charm © evan lewis
Meld: A Survey in Contemporary Metal
also opening at Sullivan Goss

Bare Limbs 1 © nicole strasburg
New Terrain
2nd reception for yours truly Sullivan Goss

You don't want to miss Ray Strong, Tonalism Then and Tonalism Now ... all showing
at Sullivan Goss, 7 & 11 East Anapamu!

East Fork in Flux ©sara woodburn
Annual Open Juried Show
Reception at the Santa Barbara Public Library Main Gallery

Morning Light © thomas van stein

Thomas Van Stein & Wyllis Heaton 
Showing Urban Scenes and Architecture

If you are looking for music!! My choice would be 

Carl & the Coconuts 
900 State Street {Marshall's Patio}

Born in Hilo, Hawaii, Carl is an acclaimed ukulele player, vocalist, and guitarist who enjoys a following from Hawaii to Japan to our own mainland. Carl has been performing professionally for more than 30 years and also teaches ukulele and guitar at SBCC Adult Education. It was during these classes he met Martin Osborn and Tod Matz - together they formed the band Carl & The Coconuts.

Mezcal Martini
Paseo Nuevo Center Court

Mezcal Martini is a Latin jazz band from Santa Barbara,been playing together for more than five years: Colin Griffiths, James Siu, Michael Wallace, John Leonard , Bruce Hale, Jeff Davis and Armand Renga. The band takes a very non-traditional approach towards Jazz standards by infusing them with Latin rhythms.  Their music is punctuated with infectious grooves and scintillating horn lines.

Hope to see you out on the town!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Abundant Thanks and Heartfelt Gratitude

The reception this month was wonderful and a big thanks to all those who came out to show support. It was great to see so many people. The show runs through the end of November so there is plenty of time to see! I will be at the First Thursday reception in both October and November to answer questions or to just dole out hugs to anyone I may have missed the first night. Love love.

See the show HERE online

Friday, August 30, 2013


Just a few days from delivering all the work and a few more until the reception next Thursday, September 5th. Happy Labor Day indeed.

Along the Greenbelt 2  10x48" ©2013 N Strasburg

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Solo show on the horizon

The NEW TERRAIN show cards are here and will be winging their way in the mail during the next week. If you are wanting something good in your post box send me word and I'll be happy to make sure you get one. Or you can stop by FRAME at 901 De La Vina and collect one, say hello to Elaine. She can give you the scoop on the show as she has had a sneak preview!

Hope to see you all at the gallery First Thursday September 5th from 5-8pm.

11 East Anapamu Santa Barbara!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

September Countdown

A new exhibition of paintings at Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara will open First Thursday in September. I'm marking the weeks as the show creeps closer and tethered to the studio finishing paintings. As in the past, there will be a large grid of 12x12" panels. I keep finding new source material so the number increases with each passing week. Recently finished:

Spring Meadow 12x12" ©2013

Spring Thaw 12x12" ©2013

New Terrain

New paintings by Nicole Strasburg 

Sullivan Goss
September 5 through December 1, 2013

Opening reception, First Thursday 
September 5 from 5-8pm
11 East Anapamu, Santa Barbara

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Home Again

Paintings home from abroad are welcomed with open arms and eyes. They were finished and shipped off before there was time to absorb them. It's nice to look and be reminded, feel, the path, the journey.

Los Pinos 6 12x12" ©2013

Los Pinos 1 12x12" ©2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Worktable Wednesday

On the easel today:

Flora and Fauna

Inspiration from the mountains. Wild Santa Barbara Milk Vetch {Astragalus Trichopodus}and a most elusive/evasive coyote, Canis Latrans or otherwise known as the American Jackal, brush wolf or prairie wolf.

SB Milk Vetch 12x12" ©2013 {in process}

Canis Latrans 12x12" ©2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring Plein Air

Outdoorsy, high in the pines, on the deck, mountain dwelling, painting. It doesn't stink. Another spring trying my hand at plein air painting. I like it and I don't. It's distracting and nervy, not to mention frustrating toting equipment to locations and the time setting up just to make a mark. Still, I try.

In the pines 10x12" oil on panel ©2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


... to the long disregarded blog. Sadly, Facebook has usurped your power, made you a distant object in the rear view mirror of my to do list. You are a passing thought, a "should" and then dismissed with a sigh.

Facebook has made it so easy to share, too easy for the slovenly, with it's quick 120 character punchlines. Does anyone really regard those as ambient intimacy as we are told we should? Or are they merely easier to brush off than a lengthy blog post, or even the briefest of blog entries, that requires more clicking of keys to acquire the meat of a thought.

Like many things, dearest blog, you will morph, you will transform. Let us be mindful of the possibility that your new incarnation may be the Monarch that once was the caterpillar and not another application that lulls us into sleepy discontent as the time wiles away.

Los Pinos 12x12" oil on wood ©Nicole Strasburg

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