March 26 from 3-6 p.m.: I will have a painting in the biennial art auction in support of the Sexual Health Centre Saskatoon. Learn more about the auction and how to get tickets here.

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


Ongoing: my 8x8" original oil paintings are available exclusively at Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon. For a limited time several of my large oil paintings are also available at
their new street front gallery on 21st Street (formally Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery).

Ongoing: a selection of my larger work is available at The Black Spruce Gallery at Northside on Highway 2 just before the turn to Christopher Lake.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Eventide

Eventide
20 x 24"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

This painting will be going to auction in March. It is my fourth time being asked to participate in the biennial art auction which is a major fundraiser for the Sexual Health Centre Sasktoon. Two committee members made a studio visit last month to select work for the event. Truthfully, I didn't have a lot on hand for them to choose from and two pieces were already earmarked for the Mann Gallery show. They zeroed in on a prairie scene I painted earlier last year and I reluctantly agreed. As days passed, doubt began to creep in and even though the piece was not that old, I started to feel less excited about it being my contribution to the auction. I decided to paint a piece with the same dimensions that was more in keeping with where I am now with my art. "Eventide" is the result and I feel way more excited to send it off to the auction block. 

You can learn more about the auction here and, if you will be in Saskatoon on March 26, please consider purchasing a ticket. It is a fun event and it sounds like there will be some great art/artists this year!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Citrus Clouds

Citrus Clouds
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

Every now and then it is fun to tackle something a bit weird and quirky as far as landscapes go, just to see what will happen. Quite frankly, there was a point during the process where the biggest cloud actually resembled a Goldfish cracker and I had to decide just how weird and quirky I wanted to get!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spring Storm

Spring Storm
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

This one was fun...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold

Sweet memories of the canoe trip of 2013.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Climb Inside The Sunset

Climb Inside The Sunset
36 x 48"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2017
(commission)
sold

It is done and on its way! What a ride this one was! It went through many changes and that water gave me a run for my money, but I am so happy with the end result. The big commish is done! It is currently en route to Portland, Oregon! I am over the moon that my client sought me out and asked me to take on this project. He actually saw my show at the University Club last summer and contacted me in November to discuss ideas for a big painting. I think I have the best job ever in the world! ("Ever in the world" is a quote from one of my boys when he was about five.)

professionally packed and shipped by UPS
photo © Nicki Ault, 2017

I listened to Norah Jones' album "Come Away With Me" over and over again while I worked on this painting. It was basically on a continuous loop. I never got tired of it; each song is magic. The mood of the music matched  my energy, my thoughts and my emotions. The process of creating this painting was a wonderful experience. I actually feel like I know myself a little better. Pretty cool gig I have.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Collecting The Light

Collecting The Light
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

I love evenings at the lake: a shower after a full day at the beach, BBQ supper on the deck and then out for a walk to watch the sun set (and maybe even some ice cream). Every time I see the sunlight coming through the trees I am captivated by the kaleidoscope of colours. It is almost like the branches are trying to collect the beauty of it all.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mann Art Gallery 41st Annual Winter Festival Show and Sale


Festivities
20 x 20"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2016
available

Rusted Out Pine
16 x 20"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

It's that time of year again... the Mann Art Gallery Winter Festival Juried Art Show and Sale. Above are my two entries which I was happy to find displayed in the main gallery. There were two hundred and fourteen pieces of art submitted this year with the guest curator being Zachari Logan- a Saskatchewan artist who has made it big to the International art scene. Please look at his fascinating work here.

I had heard that my colleague and fellow Studio On 20th artist, Carol Wylie, had received some sort of honour for a piece she entered, so I was excited to go to the opening reception with her this past Friday night to take pictures and cheer. Except I forgot my camera at home. Boo.

big wall, main gallery
photo © James Clow, 2017

Luckily we have phones with cameras and all was not lost. I was able to get a few shots with mine and some from friends.

detail, main gallery
photo © Nicki Ault, 2017

detail, main gallery
photo © Nicki Ault, 2017

corner, main gallery
photo © James Clow, 2017

 Carol Wylie by her painting "Odalisque"
photo © Nicki Ault, 2017

As it turned out the Mann Art Gallery purchased Carol's painting "Odalisque" for their permanent collection which was extraordinarily exciting. She was thrilled with that and then at the end of the program the big prize of the night was announced... Carol won The Mayor's Prize & Best of Show for that same painting!!! 

Zachari Logan, Carol Wylie and Mayor Greg Dionne
photo © Ken Van Rees

James Clow by "Silver Buffalo"
photo © Patti Clow, 2017

Another artist colleague, James Clow, won the Sandy & Peggy Memorial Award for his work "Silver Buffalo". He generously allowed me to use a few of his photos from that night.

back wall, main gallery
photo © James Clow, 2017

It's always interesting to see how the guest curator/juror approaches such an enormous amount of diverse work and pulls it together into a cohesive show. This year Zachari chose the artwork he wanted for the main gallery and used colour connections between the work as his guide. He then created salon-style displays in the second and third gallery spaces.

second gallery space
photo © James Clow, 2017

The show is up until March 25. Please enjoy browsing through these websites:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Delicate Balance

Delicate Balance
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

The fun continues with these sunset reflections.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Last Of It

The Last Of It
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold

It's minus 30-something degrees Celsius (with the wind) where I live... it is a treat to be painting these sunset reflections; dreaming of warm summer nights, rippling water lapping at the shore, the setting sun glowing on the horizon and the sound of crickets... and maybe even the odd mosquito!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Cross Hatch Reflection And One Thousand Posts

Cross Hatch Reflection
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold

Deep Breath.

Okay. 

This day is a bit of a milestone for me.

Today this painting is marking... drum-roll.... ONE THOUSAND blog posts since I started Nicki Ault: Me, Myself and Who Am I?

That is a crazy number. Crazy!

This does not mean that since August 2009 I have painted one thousand paintings because there have been some posts that are not about new paintings, BUT it does mean I have written a lot and yes, painted a lot. And it means you are still checking in, here and on Facebook and more recently on Instagram. I am eternally grateful. That may sound dramatic, but it is true. I am truly grateful for your interest and support. I love painting. I LOVE it. Really it is all I want to do. Sometimes it is all I feel I have the energy for. I have to say that my motivation is at an all time high and I honestly attribute this to the mind-blowing artists I have found during my brief time on Instagram. I have no idea why I waited so long to join, but better late than never. Rather than being intimidated and feeling inadequate, I have felt inspired, energized and awed by what creative people are doing "out there".

Thank You! 
I am ready to take on the next thousand posts!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Late Afternoon Hot Spot

Late Afternoon Hot Spot
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold

Well this was fun to paint! So fun I had to return to the studio last night to finish it and then paint another sunset reflection!

Good news... I sent an image of the big commission to my client and he loved it! Once it is dry I will be shipping it off to Portland, Oregon! I need to get a big world map and start putting pins on all the places where my art is hanging.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Uncertain Sky

Uncertain Sky
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

For this, I partly used a really bad reference photo I found in my pile of pictures at the studio and I partly made it up. It was fun regardless of its reality.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

When I Saw The End Of Day

When I Saw The End Of Day
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

I think the day has come! I think I very well just may be done the big commish! I made some final marks yesterday morning and now I need to get a good photo to send to my clients this weekend. We will see if they like how it turned out as much as I do.

In the meantime I had the rest of the day to play at the studio, so I used the remaining paint on my palette to create this little sky as well as another which I will show you tomorrow. After all the struggle I had at the end of the commission, wiping-painting-wiping-painting, wiping-painting, I made my goal for this l'il fella to put a mark down and leave it. No muss, no fuss. I like how it turned out. It packs a bit of a punch in person!

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Long Day Is Over

The Long Day Is Over
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold

I have been plugging away at my big commission. Unfortunately the wheels fell off last weekend. I have been painting and wiping and painting and wiping ever since. The water has been extraordinarily difficult for some reason. At the end of today's session I wiped it all off again and decided that I need to simplify. Forget what my resource photo looks like, forget what my studies look like- just make this painting work. Today I know I will settle this thing once and for all!

In the meantime, yesterday I painted this little sunset reflection. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Rusted Out Pine

Rusted Out Pine
16 x 20"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

Based on my 6x6" study "Northern Reflection", I painted this over two days while my big commission was in limbo.