Moments in Time

Moments in Time
Moments in Time

Every Artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into the picture” – Henry Ward Beecher

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time reflecting on the word ‘Artifacts’. I am just beginning a series with this in mind. I am fascinated with the notion of digging up old and odd items that surface from the archaeology of times past. Ancient times begin to play evocative themes with my imagination. I wonder about what artifacts may live in my unconscious that might be dug up and revisited, re-worked, and/or renewed. I am curious as to why old relics of ancient cultures seem relevant and important in some mysterious way.

With these questions, I have been contemplating what it is that makes our life memorable. Is it the day to day stuff that steals our being-ness? Is it the flashes of pure pleasure that can surprise us when least expected? Is it what we leave to our heirs that create memories of who we are? What kinds of things come up for you when you think of moments in your life?

Truly, when I think about my life it shows up in imagery..flashes of memorable moments. Like photos from an album, my life and my memories get recreated when I peruse through old photos that sit eternally waiting for a fresh look at a time ago.

There is an HGTV show that I am currently hooked on called; ‘ Fixer Uppers’. In this program, Chip and Joanna Gaines find old dilapidated homes to renovate for a buyer. Once one is selected, they take that forsaken house and create the most wonderful home. Joanna Gaines has a knack for finding old metal rusty items from farms and re-purposes them. I just love her decorating style, but even more, I love the idea of repurposing items from times past, such as old signs, milk cans, feeders, etc. There is something about this that delights me. This feeling and idea invites me into the studio as I contemplate not only my history, but all our collective moments in time.


What might this feeling or concept look like in color, form, shape? How might I be able to capture this feeling of old and renewed? Like artifacts, Joanna hunts for them, goes on digs, and brings them back to life. With this imagery kicking around in my psyche, I can’t wait to explore these notions in my studio., creating and recreating from moments in time.


I am honored to have been selected to paint one of Auburn’s Utility Boxes. If you are in Auburn, both in old town and downtown, you can’t miss these colorful boxes on the street corners painted by local artists. I am assigned the one on the corner of Fulweiler and Nevada St. right in front of the train station. I will let you know when it’s done!


Artist work completed from my Expressive Arts Lab class.. nice work Deb!

Original by Deb Nichols


Deb Nichols









I have an exhibit of my landscape series in Auburn at Auburn Naturopathic on Lincoln Way until June 3rd. You can also see this series on my website. In addition, I have 2 pieces featured in the Aquamedia Exhibit in the new General Gomez Art Center on Lincoln across from Monkey Cat restaurant. The new gallery is very upscale and features many outstanding works by well known artists. This show will be up until April 26.

Come out and enjoy the Open Studio Art Tour in Rocklin on April 25 and 26th. My husband, an amazing photographer, and I will have a booth at the Johnson Springview Center on 5th street. Go there first for a map of the 8 studio locations and 26 fine art artists and studios with a final stop at the new Rockhill Winery off Sierra College Blvd. Live music and a raffle for art. Please stop by and say hello!

Until next time,