The photograph for this postcard was taken at Golden Gardens a few years back, during the year I shot at least one photo on film every day for an entire year. On this particular day I was using my father’s old Minolta camera. It was a chilly winter day, and I’m pretty sure that I had walked from my house down to beach with my friend Karen. I love that I can walk to the ocean from my house, though I think perhaps that the Puget Sound can’t technically be called the ocean. It was a happy accident that the gull flew through the frame just when it did. Can you see the kingfisher sitting on the very top of the mast in the middle? That was likely my focal point. I remember talking with Karen about the kingfishers that hang around Seattle’s shoreline.
I thought of the ocean when choosing the postcard for November’s PANW artist, Nikki McClure. We’ve never met, but I know from her work and from following her on Instagram that the ocean plays a pretty significant role in her life. This image seemed like a good fit. If you’ve ever had a session with me, chances are that along with your prints, you’ve received a card with Nikki’s artwork on the front. And it’s been a few years since picture books were a part of my daily life, but if you asked me about my favorite picture book, chances are I’d first say that I don’t do favorites. If pressed however, I’d likely choose All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Nikki. I read it to my children countless times when they were little, and can still nearly recite it by heart. A day is a perfect piece of time to live a life, to plant a seed, to watch the sun go by…it’s a quiet book about not taking your days for granted and living each one to its fullest. Nikki’s art beautifully complements the rhythmic lines written by Cynthia Rylant. At this point it probably goes without saying that I’m a pretty big Nikki McClure fan, and so happy to have her as a guest artist this month.
SIX QUESTIONS FOR NIKKI
What did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist, but because that was not thought possible, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist.
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?
I am very awkward at both.
What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?
This question made me sit back and sigh.
Navarre in Portland. I have been eating there for 15 years and haven’t tried anywhere else that has sprung up in Portland during the years because they are so PERFECT.
The Mark in Olympia. It is my friend’s place, so I am a bit biased. Mostly organic and local, relaxed fancy, a place to linger in.
Cheeses, olives, salamis, and fancy chocolate from DeLaurenti in Seattle eaten picnic style on the Bainbridge Island ferry or at the Sculpture Park.
Do you have a favorite book?
What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
The Hobbit. Of course I liked it! We read it out loud at the beginning of each Fall. This is the 8th family reading. It is a grounding ritual and braces us for the winter ahead. We then start reading The Lord of the Rings. They are in the blizzard at the breakfast reading and will enter Moria this evening. My dreams are written and narrated by Tolkien now. On my own I am reading Seven Knot Summers by Beth Hill, an account of cruising the Inside Passage of Canada in the late 70’s: people and place history.
Thank you so much Nikki, for being a part of Post Art Northwest.
Congratulations jrelko, you are the winner of our November postcard! I will be in touch shortly to get it to you.
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