November 11: 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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Delayed But Sincere Reaction - Thank You!

Open Studio Show and Sale 2016
© Nicki Ault, 2016

Sunday, November 28th is a blur! Our Open Studio was soooo busy- it was packed right from the get-go! Thank you so much to everyone who came to support us at Studio On 20th!

Thank you to those who came to see me and look at my artwork... and to make a purchase! The thrill and joy of having someone say they love what I have created so much that they actually want to spend their hard-earned money on a painting is a feeling I will always cherish and never take for granted. I am stunned to report that I sold 19 paintings! Several of those were my 6x6's - at one point it was almost frenzy-like around them! My heart was pounding and I felt a bit flustered! I am so grateful! And my new series was extremely well received which gave me a special validating push to keep exploring my ideas.

two pictures of the long wall
© Nicki Ault, 2016

I managed to take a few shots of the studio room that I share with Bridget Aitken. We had it all cleaned up and looking presentable for the day. I loved how it looked this year. It was so pretty; the long wall was gorgeous. I always like how we hang our work together, but for some reason this year it especially came together.
a different angle of part of the long wall
© Nicki Ault, 2016

small wall opposite the long wall and above one of our work tables
© Nicki Ault, 2016

back wall and corner
© Nicki Ault, 2016

Bridget loves painting cows, horses and abstracted still lifes. Our work is not the same, but somehow we show well together. We love interspersing our work instead of splitting the room in half and putting my art on one side and hers on the other. This way seems far more visually interesting and we have the room to do it, so why not? I also think it helps to show people how you can make work by different artists pull together aesthetically.

Again, huge thanks and appreciation from me to you, both those who found time to come on the weekend and those who support me here in this virtual world!

Thank you!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Light Hearted

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

This painting is derived entirely from the little 6x6 I did called "Hidden Juniper". Gosh it was fun to paint the bright colours popping off the neutral grays! The most bright, most chromatic orange in this painting was made by mixing three colours: Cadmium Orange by Daniel Smith, Minium Red by Rublev and a dash of Magenta by Winton (a student grade oil, but I love the colour- it mixes so well with so many others!).

detail

Tomorrow, Sunday, November 27 is the day! It is our third annual Open Studio Show and Sale where I paint. Please come... 236A 20th Street W from11-5. If the idea of original art doesn't entice you perhaps the thought of my home-made Skor bars will!



Friday, November 25, 2016

Scatter

Scatter
30 x 30"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2016
available

This is the biggest one of the series so far.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Grace

Grace
16 x 16"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2016
sold

This one went through a few evolutions. It is a bit more saccharine than the others from this series, but I am happy with where it left off.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

View From The Canoe Revised

View From The Canoe (revised)
24 x 30"
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2016
sold

With the Open Studio looming (it's coming up on Sunday) I have been sorting through older paintings to figure out what I have available to show and what should be removed from the studio quick-like before any possible chance of them being seen. I have quite a pile for removal. This painting, however, presented a challenge... toss or keep? The original was painted in acrylic in 2014 (see below) and I must have liked it at the time because I put it in a show At Hues Art Supply and it was also at the Black Spruce Gallery for awhile.

 View From The Canoe (original)
© Nicki Ault, 2014

Well, two years later I found that it really rubbed me the wrong way! The water was so dark and the colours seemed acidy. The purple underpainting also overpowered things. What was a girl to do? My answer was to paint over it in oils. 

I feel much more satisfied with it now and it will be hanging up somewhere on Sunday. Please come check it out anytime between 11 and 5 at 236A 20th Street W.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Flaunt

Flaunt
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2016
available exclusively at Darrell Bell Gallery

I almost forgot to post this- I thought I had all of the new 8 x 8's out there! Oh well, I guess I will take this opportunity to make mention again that the second Darrell Bell Gallery "went live' at 11:00 and the Grand Opening is from 2-5 today, Saturday November 19. He has my 8 x 8's as well as some of my larger work in this new gallery. He also has a new exhibition of work by John Barkley upstairs in the main gallery so there is lots going on. I will post some pictures on Instagram when I get there around 2:00, but come down to see it in person if you can. Both locations are in the Canada Building on 21st Street just down from the main Midtown Plaza entrance and across the street from Lululemon.

Happy Saturday!

 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Flight

Flight
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2016
available exclusively at Darrell Bell Gallery

The series continues with another painting for Darrell Bell's new gallery in the old Lifestyles location on 21st Street (across from Lululemon). Don't forget the Grand Opening is tomorrow from 2-5.

I want to once again thank David, Carol and Sophie at Daily Paintworks for featuring my art over the past week and for interviewing me for their blog and for making "Flit" a Daily Paintworks Facebook Pick Of The Day yesterday. I'm over the moon!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Flit

Flit
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2016
available exclusively at Darrell Bell Gallery

My favourite part of this painting might just be the lower half.

 P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, check out my interview on the Daily Paintworks news blog! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dapple

Dapple
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2016
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I am so happy with this one! Yes! I love the abstracted feel of it and I love that neutral backdrop to those shots of vibrant colour.

So I have more big news! Darrell Bell has decided to open a second gallery in the old Lifestyles location! His main gallery is upstairs in the same building (4th Floor, Canada Building, 21st Street, Saskatoon), and now with this development he will have a street level gallery with a whole different vibe. I can hardly wait to see it! He is going to carry my 8x8 oil paintings as he did with Lifestyles, but he will also feature some of my large work in this new gallery. Last week I delivered four 8x8's as well as six big canvases for installation and the first day of business is this Saturday, November 19. I will be there for the Grand Opening that day from 2-5 and would love to see you if you have time to pop in!  

 P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, check out my interview on the Daily Paintworks news blog!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hillside Ascent

Hillside Ascent
16 x 16"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2016
 sold

The novelty of experimenting with this series has not yet worn off. I want to take it further! The question is- where will it go?

 P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, check out my interview on the Daily Paintworks news blog!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Island Edge, Heart Lakes

Island Edge, Heart Lakes
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2016
 sold

I've been reminiscing about the boat tour I took of the Heart Lakes in Waskesiu this past August. I have a real fascination with islands and the edge of this one intrigued me with the rickety pine trees marching their way down to the deep blue water.

P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, check out my interview on the Daily Paintworks news blog!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Festivities

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

This whole new series feels like one big celebration. A celebration of changing seasons, a celebration of colour- both bold and muted, a celebration of inspiration, a celebration of opportunities, a celebration of joy found in the landscape, but mostly a celebration of every single day that I get to do what I love.
 

P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, check out my interview on the Daily Paintworks news blog. Another reason I feel like it's a celebration around here!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Little Lynx Lake

Little Lynx Lake
6 x 6 "
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2016
 sold

I was so groggy when I painted this yesterday even turning my music up didn't help much. I saw my interview in the Daily Paintworks blog just before I went to bed and I was so excited I had trouble falling asleep!

It was fun to do a mini version of Lynx Lake and I was reminded of how much I love to paint water!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Daily Paintworks Spotlight Artist Of The Week = Me!

Road Closed
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2016
won by Cindy Gillet (DPW contest)

On Monday I received an email from Sophie Marine of Daily Paintworks asking me if I would like to be the "spotlight artist of the week" for their website, blog and daily email! Um...yes!

I opened my gallery on the Daily Paintworks site in 2011 when it changed from a small ten or twelve artist site to an open format which any artist in the world could join. Since that time it has grown to approximately 1600 painters and it truly is international! Imagine my delight that somehow my art caught their attention!

For one week the paintings I post into my Daily Paintworks gallery will be bumped up to the top of the What's New page and rotate among featured artists like Carol Marine, Abbey Ryan, Qiang Huang, Victor Tristante, Rita Kirkman, Brian Burt and Karin Jurick. As well, a Daily Paintworks buyer can enter to win "Road Closed" at the end of the week! I have also been interviewed for their blog which you can read here if you are so inclined.

I am honoured to be invited to be the Spotlight Artist of the Week! Thank you Carol, David and Sophie at Daily Paintworks!

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Ceremony of Fall

The Ceremony of Fall
16 x 16"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2016
sold

I hope I am not boring you yet! Man, this new series has me fired up! I haven't felt this intrigued in awhile- especially with a subject I have tackled before: my beloved prairies. There is something about the fluttery, colourful leaves against a neutral backdrop that really has my head spinning with ideas. After I did this one, I tackled a different scene on a 20 x 20 which I will show you as soon as I get a good photo. I am even contemplating scaling things up to a 30 x 30 'cause sometimes I get crazy like that!