September 20, 21, 22 and 23 2018: Art Now - Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair- The third annual installment of THE signature fine art event in the prairie provinces is back in Saskatoon this year at Prairieland Park. Bigger than ever before, Art Now will feature art galleries from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba filling more than 16,000 square feet of exhibition space with new and never-before-exibited works and interactive installations. My art will be represented by Assiniboia Gallery and the Sask Craft Council, so please stop by those booths if you go! Opening Reception - Thursday, Sept. 20 from 7-10 pm - get tickets here. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are free!

July - September, 2018: A selection of my artwork is now available for the summer season at Evrgreen, a charming coffee shop in the townsite of Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park!

Representation: I am honoured to have my work represented by these well-respected professional galleries:
Darrell Bell Gallery located in the Canada Building in downtown Saskatoon
Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, 2266 Smith Street- a vibrant, bustling part of town.

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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Art Now Is This Weekend!


selection of 10x10's
available at Assiniboia Gallery

Above are the six new 10x10's debuting in the Assiniblioa Gallery booth at Art Now. Four at a time will be on display with my big painting "Charlotte's Sky", so two will be behind the scenes until they are rotated in.

A huge thank you to The Saskatchewan Craft Council for representing my little work in their booth and for already selling the top right prairie scene in the below collage.


And finally, today is my Artist Talk! It will take place in the Assiniboia Gallery booth at 2:00 and my topic is "The Power of Painting Small and Daily Painting". I will have my Daily Painting Project with me; four of the twelve paintings are still available. I also have a little handout because I am geeky that way. Come if you can!



Thursday, September 20, 2018

Charlotte's Sky

 
Charlotte's Sky
36 x 48"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Assiniboia Gallery

So my first crack at a big painting for the Assiniboia Gallery to debut at Art Now was dismal and abysmal to say the least. I had no choice but to abandon ship and start fresh. 

New canvas, new image, new palette, new approach. Thank goodness because "Charlotte's Sky" is the result and I LOVE IT! 

When I delivered it to Jeremy yesterday he was thrilled, which of course made me glow. We had a good laugh about my first effort because he knows I thought it was a piece of sh!t. He actually wants to see it if he has time for a studio visit today and I will be happy to indulge him. Studio life ain't always pretty!

When I was in London with my sister and family in August, we had a "free day" the day after my birthday. My husband booked himself on two tours he was interested in, my sister took the kids out on the town and I went to the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery! I enjoyed myself immensely. I will be posting work soon about the paintings I saw, some extremely famous and others were obscure, but absolute gems. One of my favourite pieces was a tiny (8x10? 11x14?) study from the 1700's. It blew my mind.
 
Daniel Swan
Trafalgar Square

  find him on Instagram
@danielkswan
 
Anyway, as I walked through Trafalgar Square from the National Gallery to the National Portrait Gallery around the corner, I spent some time watching the street artists and listening to a band play. I always support artists on the street when I spend time being "entertained" by them and in this case I was actually quite taken with the music, so I bought the band's CD! Back at the studio I played it over and over again while I worked on this big sky. My favourite song on the CD is "Charlotte" which happens to be the song that's playing in the background of my video below.

 "Charlotte" by Leon Coeur

So, thank you to Leon Coeur for inadvertently inspiring my painting sessions and helping me title the resulting piece of art!
 Leon Coeur
Trafalgar Square

Please come to Art Now this weekend if you are in Saskatoon - and check out "Charlotte's Sky" at full scale. Reception tonight!



Sleep Well Under The Vast Night Sky

#12 - Sleep Well Under The Vast Night Sky
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2018
Daily Painting Project III
sold

That's a wrap!

This daily painting project was absolutely fantastic! Full disclosure: I haven't been feeling well for the entire project, but having these paintings to do each day motivated me to get out of the house and into the studio. It ended up being a great distraction.

I am very grateful for the enormous support I received over the last twelve days. Thank you to everyone who let me know just how much you were enjoying the process and looking forward to each daily post. And thank you to those who snapped up the pieces they loved. This nocturne plus the four below are available. If you are interested, please send me a message via Daily Paintworks, Facebook or Instagram. *UPDATE: Today's night sky just sold so the below four are the remaining pieces.

#1 - Lake Drama

#5 - Pale Field

#10 - Dreamland

#11 - Forest Aura

I will have the entire project with me at my Artist Talk at Art Now (Prairieland Park) on Friday (2:00- Assiniboia Gallery booth) and anything that hasn't sold will be available at that time.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Forest Aura

#11 - Forest Aura
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2018
Daily Painting Project III
sold

This one photographed a bit dark. In person, the sunlight really glows behind the forest.

Suddenly the project is almost over! One more painting to go and then we are at twelve! The response has been fantastic with seven of the ten previously posted pieces already sold! Crazy! I didn't see that coming. Anyway, they will all be temporarily displayed at my Artist Talk on Friday and then released to the purchasers after that.


I am excited to reveal the new work I am delivering to the Assiniboia Gallery for installation in their booth at Art Now. A big 36x48 piece will debut along with six brand new 10x10's. These never-before-seen paintings will be on display and for sale all weekend. My plan is to post them on my social media late afternoon on Thursday, Sept. 20 and before the opening gala at 7:00 p.m.  

To top things off, my application was accepted earlier this year by the Saskatchewan Craft Council and I will have four of my 2018 6x6's framed in shadowboxes represented in their booth! I am so appreciative of their support!

The city is starting to buzz. Everyone is getting excited. It is going to be a great weekend at Art Now!
Be interesting. Buy art!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dreamland

#10 - Dreamland
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2018
Daily Painting Project III
sold

I find this one dreamy - the soft palette is making me all warm and fuzzy! It is inspired by the sunset the other night when I was driving home from the store. I was stopped at a traffic light, pulled out my camera (not phone) and took a quick photo to remind myself. When I painted it I used my little camera screen to look at the photo. Not easy but it allowed me to get creative and make a few things up, like the entire field area!

Two paintings left in the project and the big art fair is this weekend!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Clarity

#9 - Clarity
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2018
Daily Painting Project III
sold

There is something so hopeful about a clear, blue prairie sky.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Three Little Evergreens, Spring at Waskesiu River

#8 - Three Little Evergreens, Spring at Waskesiu River
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2018
Daily Painting Project III
sold

Ever since we did the landscaping in our yard a few years ago I have enjoyed watching plants grow again. Among our new perennial plants and shrubs, we had one tree placed in the corner of our yard; a little weeping Spruce. For the last two spring seasons I have been intrigued by the glorious colour of the new growth on the tips of its branches, so when I went to the lake in May, I really took notice of this same thing on the little trees in the forest. These sweet evergreens on the edge of the river made me really happy.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sunset Striae

#7 - Sunset Striae
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2018
(12 paintings in 12 days - Daily Painting Project III)
sold

The project is going swimmingly! At the halfway point, four of the first six have presold! The sold work will not be released until after my Artist Talk at Art Now on September 21st, so that I can display them in the Assiniboia Gallery booth before and during my presentation.

I am excited to see what develops on the next five boards, I love the punch of colour on number seven! Thanks for following along!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Tranquil Conclusion

#6 - Tranquil Conclusion
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2018
(12 paintings in 12 days - Project III)
sold

I am trying to create a variety of work for these twelve daily paintings, so I felt one of my beloved (by me) subjects, a sunset reflection, was in order. They are so fun to do.

Voila! Painting number six! We are halfway there!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Pale Field

#5 - Pale Field
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2018
(12 paintings in 12 days - Project III)
available

I think the colour is off in this photo. The image on Instagram may show better. 

Did you know I am on Instagram? It is fun over there! I love making "Stories" even though I don't really know what I am doing. Unfortunately I get distracted by the feature sometimes when I should be painting, but I love it when I crack myself up, like I did with the below image I made for a Story...


*giggle*
(Do you know the movie reference?)

Also, using GIF's and stickers is really enjoyable. Sometimes I even make short little videos. Like, really short and I am never in them. Well, you might see my hand doing something. I find it all very entertaining.

Anyway, there is a link to my Instagram page on the right-hand side of this blog (see the camera icon). Check it out if you feel so inclined and follow me if you like - it's easier to engage over there, but I certainly appreciate the support this blog gets, so thanks either way!