CAUK Forum 2017 : Art Auction

At the CAUK Forum 2017, we will be holding an Art Auction with paintings by Carolyn Nicholls.

Without further ado, the paintings and auction in her own words;

I can’t run. I don’t fancy jumping out of a plane and cycling makes me dizzy. But I can paint. Painting was my lifeline after my 3rd bleed and consequent brain surgery. My cavernoma was on my speech and language centre (left occipital- just above your ear!) and after my surgery I could hardly read, so I put my nascent novel on hold and sketched, drew and painted to help my somewhat battered brain to heal.

Like many of you, I got so much wonderful help, information and support from the Cavernoma Alliance UK that I wanted to give something back. So I painted four works that could be turned into art cards to raise funds. You will be able to buy them for £2.50 each at local Cavernoma Alliance events and at the York forum in June. All the profit goes to further the work. I have also donated the original paintings to be auctioned to raise more funds and you can put in a silent bid online below. You can own one of these painting to hang on your very own wall or you can form a small group to bid and donate the painting to brighten a venue dear to your heart, perhaps a hospital or doctors surgery.

Please bid generously, bidding is open to friends, family and anyone who is good for the money! Bidding will be via email up until the LIVE auction at the CAUK 2017 forum and closed on that day with the winner being notified if not in the room. If you are not at the forum the painting will be well wrapped and can be sent to you by a courier.

The Paintings

Painting 1 – White Amaryllis

Painting 1 – White Amaryllis

This is a deep (3”) square canvas, 25” x 25” It’s a oil painting of my Christmas amaryllis set against the light blue wall and dark blue table. The pot it’s in is Greek and one of my favourites. Amaryllis means sparkling or splendor and for me this wonderful flower, like all bulbs, symbolises rebirth and beauty. The canvas is ready to hang on your wall.

Painting 2 – Still life with Brain Vegetables

Painting 2 – Still life with Brain Vegetables

This is a deep (2”) canvas, 16” x 20” painted with acrylics. I set the still life up on my kitchen table with pink card behind it reflecting back the light. I choose the cauliflower and the radicchio lettuce for their resemblance to brains. The figs, garlic, lemon, garlic and slice of pomegranate are all said to be good for your brain. The tall blue jug contains olive oil, and the glass bottle vinegar. The red dog roses appear in early herbal drawings and are one of the flowers on the logo of the National Neurological Hospital where I had my surgery. Honeysuckle is for a sweet life- and it grows in my garden. The painting is ready to hang on your wall.

Painting 3 – Spring Brain

Painting 3 – Spring Brain

This is a deep (2”) canvas, 16” x 20” painted with acrylics. I liked the idea of painting a version of water lilies and a spring garden with a brain. So you can see the cerebellum on the lower right with tiny forget-me-nots. I combined the idea of the pons, (and of course garden ponds), brain stem and stepping-stones as a path to the centre.  The stone edges of the Lilly pond are the corpus callosum.  The bridge represents the tentum- the roof of the brain. All surrounded with cherry trees in spring blossom. The painting is ready to hang on your wall

Painting 4 – Family Links

Painting 4 – Family Links

When I discovered that some cavernomas are genetically linked and can be passed down the generations my first thought was for my own children. When I met parents of children with cavernomas at the 2016 Cauk forum, I was so struck by how they turned themselves into experts on the condition, found the best surgeons and treatment for their children. I also love Klimt and his painting ‘The Kiss’ so I decided to paint my own version, honouring that close bond between the generations. This is my biggest canvas 30”x40” and is mixed media. I used gold acrylic paint as well as oil paint and real gold leaf although a photo never does it justice. You’ll see DNA double helix patterns round the heads of the parent and child, through the golden robe and the fingers and feet of the child.  Chromosomes and red blood flower pattern run through the painting. The painting is currently hanging in my living room; why not have it hanging in yours?

Current Bids

Painting 1 – White Amaryllis – £35.00
Painting 2 – Still life with Brain Vegetables – £50.00
Painting 3 – Spring Brain – £60.00
Painting 4 – Family Links – £100.00

Bidding Form


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