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.

July - October, 2017: A small selection of my work,
courtesy of Darrell Bell Gallery, is available at Boffins restaurant (111 Research Drive, U of S campus).

Sunday, November 19, 2017: Studio on 20th Open Studio Art Show and Sale. The studio where I paint will be open to the public from 11 am - 5 pm on this one afternoon only. Current work by our eleven artists will be exhibited and available to purchase. Please come and bring a friend! We are located at 236A 20th Street West (door to the left of the Odd Couple restaurant); not wheelchair accessible.

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!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Power Post of New 8x8"s at Darrell Bell Gallery

© Nicki Ault, 2017

I keep giggling because I can't get these paintings up on the blog fast enough. I honestly have about twenty-five blog post "drafts" in a queue; posts that show you the work I have been delivering to Darrell Bell Gallery and Assiniboia Gallery over the last month. In the past, I have committed one painting to each blog post and it was done in an orderly fashion. These days, however, I am finding it hard to find time to actually do the blog because all things kid-related are amping up as fall activities get underway. Also, I returned to my (very) part-time job after having the summer off and on the other days I get to the studio every single moment I can so I can paint. Oh, and once in awhile I get a load of groceries and handle other domestic chores! Writing on the blog keeps getting pushed down the to-do list.

Anyway, because normally it would take nine days to get nine new paintings on the blog and I don't have that kind of time, I am temporarily condensing the format to bring them all to you in a grid-type teaser! I do this because tomorrow is the opening reception of the new modern art show at Darrell Bell Gallery and Darrell has graciously reinstalled my grid of paintings in the back part of the street level gallery and actually made it even bigger than ever! I also got word late yesterday that four paintings sold and they need more to replenish the voids so the grid is full for the opening! Yikes and hooray!

So today, between soccer games and basketball games, I will be painting... muchos!

Friday, October 20, 2017

May I Introduce To You, Laura Payne!

Hex XX
© Laura Payne, 2016

Not only do I love making art, I love collecting it! And not only do I love collecting it, but I love taking a break from blathering on about myself, *yawn*, to tell you about other artists! I am absolutely ecstatic that this summer I took some of my personal savings (set aside specifically for art) and purchased this stunning creation by Laura Payne. The photo I took doesn't show it, but you can tell by the shadow that it is three dimensional.

Laura is just the loveliest person and I have had the pleasure of getting to know her since she began working at Darrell Bell Gallery. Every interaction with her is delightful and I always enjoy seeing her when I stop in. I knew her for a little while before I realized that she was also an artist. I remember one time Darrell made a joke about Laura's love for stripes and I thought that was kind of cool because a little known fact about me is that I totally love stripes, but then I saw some of her artwork and I realized he was referring to what she creates not necessarily fashion! I knew the minute I saw her work that someday I would find a way to buy a piece and I always thought it would be a striped piece, but when I saw the above creation, "Hex XX", I knew it was mine.

 
© Laura Payne

Laura has had an extremely exciting 2017. Her striking work of art, Enneadec II, was short-listed as one of fifteen finalists in the 19th Annual RBC Emerging Artist Painting Competition. This is a huge and coveted honour. There were 682 applications made to the competition this year! You can see Laura's submission as well as the other fourteen finalists at this link.


© Laura Payne

Laura earned her BFA at Western University (2010) and her MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art (2013). She currently lives in Saskatoon where she works at Darrell Bell Gallery and creates in her home studio.

© Laura Payne

If you happen to be in Saskatoon this weekend or over the next few weeks, stop in to see Laura's work at Darrell Bell Gallery where there is currently a show of modern art installed. You will find Laura's exceptional work at the front of the street level gallery and a spectacular exhibition of Eli Bornstein's work in the fourth floor gallery space (Canada Building, 21st Street). This is all coinciding with the exciting opening of the Remai Modern in Saskatoon this weekend!

© Laura Payne

Another super cool development is that Laura's work recently captured the attention of Danielle Krysa who is the well known art blogger of "The Jealous Curator" and author of the book "Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk" (which I own because I wanted to come to terms with my inner critic who is a real jackass). Check out this post about Laura on her blog!

© Laura Payne

There is something in my gut that says Laura is one to watch. Unfortunately my photos do not do her art justice, but hopefully they have you intrigued enough to click the links- especially to her website - where she has better images. In person, they are something to behold. This young woman is on her way! 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Canola At The Crossroads

Canola At The Crossroads
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I think this one is still available at Darrell Bell Gallery, but to be honest, I don't know. I will get an updated inventory list soon so I can be on top of the situation. I actually found out last Saturday that Darrell decided to keep a grid of my work up for the new show that just started today. Initially he thought it might be a bit smaller than the one he created for "Painting The Landscape", but I found out on Thursday (two days ago!) that it will, in fact, be bigger! There will be a grid of twenty-five of my 8x8 paintings in the back space of the street level gallery. As a result I am delivering eight new pieces today to replenish the stocks! Thankfully there were still some pieces on hand from last month's show as well as pieces I delivered earlier this summer, but I will continue to paint more with the hopes that there will continue to be interest in the work.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cloud Extravaganza Over Wheat

Cloud Extravaganza Over Wheat
10 x 10"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold at Assiniboia Gallery in Regina

Well, this little baby sold before I could get it posted! I have produced a lot of work in the last couple of months and I am having trouble remembering what I have shown and what I haven't. I need to fine tune my system!

While I was working at the studio yesterday morning I received a text from the Assiniboia Gallery and as we were chatting, Jeremy suddenly said they just sold four paintings right then and there! I think I lost consciousness for a split second! I am beyond thrilled and terribly grateful.

In the one month that I have been with Assiniboia Gallery they have sold nine paintings! Here is my artist profile on their website...


A bit hard to see I realize, but there are nine red dots out of a possible eleven! Crazy!

Speaking of red dots, I am stunned by the response to my art at Darrell Bell Gallery's show "Painting The Landscape". Darrell and his team sold thirteen 8x8's and five large paintings for me!



 

 

There is a cool story attached to one of the large pieces that sold. On the evening of the reception, someone in attendance really connected with my work. She went home, looked me up online, found my blog, read that I also had work at Boffins, went directly over to look at the work and phoned the gallery that night to purchase "Sky Over Canola"!

Sky Over Canola
24 x 36"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold at Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon

I am having so much fun right now! I want to paint all the time and I want to get better with each painting. I have worked hard - really hard - and it is so exciting to feel like things are coming together. There have been some serious lows along the way and right now I am experiencing some serious highs. I expect at some point the lows will come again and when they do I will persevere and work hard to come out the other side a better artist. I am humbled and overwhelmed by those who support me, who are excited about my art and who are helping make my dreams happen: my family, my friends, my art colleagues, collectors and my two favourite galleries!

Today, I paint!!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

September on Valley Road

September on Valley Road
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

I have missed doing 6x6's! While I was at the yurt a week ago I did two and I definitely have plans to do more. It's time to get gearing up for Open Studio next month. I have loads on my plate right now and I couldn't be happier about it because it's all painting related! I am itching to get all of these ideas and images out of my head and on canvas. If anyone knows how to add more hours to the day, please let me know!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Milky Way

Milky Way
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold at Darrell Bell Gallery
  
The 8x8's were a hit at "Painting The Landscape"! The show is down now and I think there were only six or seven left of the original twenty. Darrell wants to keep a big grid up for the next show. They will be in a different location in the street level gallery and I will be painting more to replace the ones that sold. Fun!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Nightfall

Nightfall
10 x 10"
oil on cardled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold at Assiniboia Gallery in Regina

Still lovin' these reflections. A Bunch. I've got plans for more. The biggest size so far on this series has been 24x36". I say I kick it up a notch! What do you think?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Brisk Day At Kapasiwin

Brisk Day At Kapasiwin
10 x 10"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold at Assiniboia Gallery in Regina

It is not hard to find a day with wind in Saskatchewan, and although often up north in lake-land the days begin very calm, by the afternoon the winds usually pick up. Sometimes so much so that there are whitecaps on a sunny day. Bright, happy, light sky on top; churning, loud, intense water below.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Exquisite Release of the Day

Exquisite Release of the Day
10 x 10"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Assiniboia Gallery in Regina

The sky just moments before was unassuming, not boring but not spectacular. In the blink of an eye this glorious colour was unleashed. It was exquisite. And the day let go.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Choppy Waters

Choppy Waters
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold at Darrell Bell Gallery

​This was so fun to paint. I liked experimenting with the brushstrokes to try to get the effect of rough, choppy water and I think the greenish tinge adds to the mood of the wind-blown day. this was the first 8x8 I completed for "Painting The Landscape".

There are two days left to view the show, so if you have time, please check it out. The gallery hours are 11-5 Wednesday to Saturday. Here is the invitation again. The reception date has obviously passed, but the other information remains the same with the show ending on October 7th.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Waskesiu Sunlight

Waskesiu Sunlight
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

For me, this river never gets old or boring to paint. I have all sorts of new photos to work from after my weekend up north at the yurt; photos with glorious fall colours and different viewpoints. Oh, it's going to be a good winter of painting! This Waskesiu River painting is in the group show "Painting The Landscape", details below.

There are three days left to view the show, so if you have time, please check it out. The gallery hours are 11-5 Wednesday to Saturday. Here is the invitation again. The reception date has obviously passed, but the other information remains the same with the show ending on October 7th.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Crescent


Crescent
8 x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold at Darrell Bell Gallery

This painting sold soon after I delivered it to Darrell Bell Gallery for the show "Painting The Landscape". I really love it, and apparently Darrell did too, because he is the one who purchased it! Look for the soft little crescent moon near the treeline.

There are four days left to view the show, so if you have time, please check it out. The gallery hours are 11-5 Wednesday to Saturday. Here is the invitation again. The reception date has obviously passed, but the other information remains the same with the show ending on October 7th.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Canola Fading

Canola Fading
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

This summer I was acutely aware of farmland! In particular, I took mental note of the changes in the canola crops from the fresh, light yellow of the flowers first blooming, to the full-blown spectacle of the intense yellow fields in all their glory, to the pale and greenish colour as the petals started to fall off the mature plants. Quite frankly, I sometimes feel like I am a bit pale and greenish colour as I mature, but that's a post for another day. Anyhoo, this painting is an ode to canola in its final act; beautiful, subdued and dignified.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Jewel-Toned Sunset

Jewel-Toned Sunset
10 x 10"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold at Assiniboia Gallery in Regina

In the first week of my art being represented by Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, they sold four paintings! I do believe this is a start of a very good thing! This watery sunset reflection is there, as is another one. Click this link to see my profile on their website. All prices include framing although you can purchase the painting without the frame.

On another note, I just spent the weekend at a yurt! I will write more about that spontaneous adventure soon. I had no wifi, so I was somewhat off the grid and couldn't blog about it, but I used a bit of data to post images in my Instagram and Facebook. Click on the links/icons to those pages on the right side of this blog.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Saskatchewan: The Height of Summer

Saskatchewan: The Height of Summer
12 x 36"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

A panorama of a canola field and a bright, cheery sky. You don't get much more Saskatchewan-in-the-height-of-summer than that!