"Mood" at Assiniboia Gallery, Regina - June 7-30, 2018: This is my first solo show in a private gallery! Join me for the opening reception on Thursday, June 7th from 5-8 p.m. You can find the Asiniboia Gallery at 2266 Smith Street, Regina.

New Representation:
my art is now available at the Assiniboia Gallery in Regina! They are located at 2266 Smith Street, a vibrant, bustling part of town.

Ongoing: my 8x8" original oil paintings are available exclusively at Darrell Bell Gallery located in the Canada Building in downtown Saskatoon. As well, some of my large oil paintings are now available in this beautiful local gallery.

November 10, 2016: I was interviewed by Daily Paintworks as their Spotlight Artist for a week! Read my interview on the DPW News blog!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Five Bales

Five Bales
10x10"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Assiniboia Gallery

The shadows made these bales work. Small details can be important details. 

In my solo show "Mood" at Assiniboia Gallery in Regina until June 30th.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

It Was September

It Was September
36 x 36"
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Assiniboia Gallery

An experimental piece with lots of acrylic under-layers showing through the top layers of oil. I really loved the process of building up this one. It can be found in my solo show "Mood" at Assiniboia Gallery. Click on this link to see a video walk-through of the show which runs until June 30th.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Persian Rose Sunset

 
Persian Rose Sunset
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I really wanted to switch up the colours I normally use so, instead of hot colours being an accent in a sunset, I wanted them to be the entire thing! I went from memory and emotion and made this up...with no blue!


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Seeds Are In

Seeds Are In
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

 The beginning of growing season as a misty rain is ending; things look rich and promising.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

My Heartland, My Home

My Heartland, My Home
30 x 30"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Assiniboia Gallery

I am reeeeaallly pleased with how this one ended up because it took me on a bit of a journey. 

I really liked my underpainting but as I began developing it further, I just couldn't get the feeling I wanted to come through. I got stuck and in my own way. I wanted it to be fresh, bright, energetic and happy, but it was dull, boring and weak. My studio mate and I had a heart-to-heart about it when I thought it was almost done. I was so unhappy with it I thought it was a loss. The reality check she gave me put in words all the struggles I was facing with it, but had been fighting. She said the original clouds were "cartoon-like" and the original canola field was "unrelenting" (it used to be a very acidy yellow-green) and overall the entire painting was "unsophisticated" - especially in the earlier version which was basically an intense solid blue behind the main cloud formation.

Now all of that might sound harsh and nasty, and coming from anyone else the intention of those words very well could have been, but with Bridget I know she has my best interests at heart and she felt like I could get it to a better place. We both want to push each other to be better artists and the way she says things to me help me laugh at the truth. She helped me realize it was time to stop trying to make the painting be what I had in my head because it wasn't working. That realization was very freeing and suddenly I began clicking with the painting and making instinctive changes. 

Now it feels like the iconic, joyous, happy Saskatchewan summer sky I wanted it to be.

For my solo show "Mood" at Assiniboia Gallery in Regina until June 30.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Rocks on the Edge, Waskesiu River

Rocks On The Edge, Waskesiu River
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

This was delivered to Darrell Bell Gallery yesterday with nine other 8x8 paintings. I have never painted the rocks on the edge of the Waskesiu River before, so this is a first. I am trying to look at the river in new ways, so this was a fun experiment and I am pretty happy with the results. 

When I dropped the work off Laura predicted that this one will sell by next Saturday. We shall see.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Winter Basking In Warm Light

Winter Basking In Warm Light
10x10"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Assiniboia Gallery

I couldn't have a show in Saskatchewan called "Mood" and not include one winter scene, especially after the frigid season we just had! 

I love this serene little piece. It was the sunset I saw in February when I drove to Prince Albert for the reception of the Mann Art Gallery Winter Festival Juried Art Show and Sale. The light was so warm it almost didn't look cold out at all!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Dark As Night

Dark As Night
20 x 20"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Assiniboia Gallery

This one was an experiment using black straight out of the tube, which I never do because apparently it is a well known and accepted faux pas to use straight-up black in paintings. Generally if I ever use anything in my work that resembles black it is likely a mixture of Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson or Magenta, and Burnt Umber. I read about a colour by Gamblin, however, called Chromatic Black which was supposed to be a neutral black. I was curious because usually blacks pull a certain way if you add white to them... like towards blue for example. I ordered a tube of Chromatic Black from Hues Art Supply and then set about playing. The result is "Dark As Night" and another painting which I will post soon. Interestingly enough a few weeks later Darrell Bell asked me to paint something for the Black and White show he was curating for his gallery (still on view). The black skies I had been experimenting with were a great jumping off point for this big one, "Graphite Sky" (below), I painted for his show.

Graphite Sky
36 x 36"
oil on canvas
 © Nicki Ault, 2018
All Rights Reserved
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I really love the power and intensity of these paintings. I love how moody they are and I love how much emotion they convey with a very limited palette.

"Dark As Night" is part of my solo show "Mood" at Assiniboia Gallery, open now and running until June 30th.





Sunday, June 10, 2018

Boreal Cool Down


Boreal Cool Down
40 x 30"
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2018
sold at Assiniboia Gallery

There was a real sense of experimentation with this one and I learned some really cool and unexpected things. I hope to take what I learned and do another version sometime. I'm happy to report that someone else liked how it turned out (besides me) and it sold from the Assiniboia Gallery website before the show was even up!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ancient Forest

Ancient Forest
40 x 60"
acrylic and oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Assiniboia Gallery

The day has come, my solo show "Mood" opens today at Assiniboia Gallery! Shortly after I hit "publish" on this blog post I will be packing my van and starting my drive to Regina. I am so looking forward to the opening reception this evening (5-8 pm), although I know I will have butterflies and sweaty palms at the start. I am excited to meet new people and spend time with the gallery staff. They have all been so good to me. I hope they know how much I appreciate their enthusiasm and efforts, as they have been introducing my work to a whole new market.

This painting is the largest piece in the show and only the second time I have ever attempted a painting this size. There are many, many layers of acrylic underneath and then layers of oil paint on top, although the oil paint does not cover everything. A lot of the colorful, distant trees in the background are the acrylic layers showing through, as are areas of the reflection. It was all a bit of an experiment, although a couple of other paintings in the show were done in a somewhat similar fashion. Similar but different. "Ancient Forest" is painted from a photo I took on Sulphide Lake in 2013 when I went on a painting and canoeing adventure in northern Saskatchewan.

"Ancient Forest" has big impact, so I am very curious to see where it is placed within the show. I have never seen a collection of my work completely framed and presented so professionally. This just really feels like a huge milestone. I can hardly wait! I hope I don't get a speeding ticket on my way to Regina! Please join me at the reception if you can... and bring a friend.