Representation: I am honoured to have my work represented by these well-respected professional galleries:
Darrell Bell Gallery in the Canada Building, downtown Saskatoon
Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, 2266 Smith Street
Webster Galleries in Calgary, Unit 2 625-77th Ave. SE

March 21, 2019: I was interviewed by Galleries West Magazine. Read the article 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!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Breakwater and the Boat Dock

The Breakwater and the Boat Dock
10x10"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold

The magical time of day when the light is golden.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Graphite Sky at a Party!

Graphite Sky
36 x 36"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Assiniboia Gallery

I took this fan-favourite down to Assiniboia Gallery the other day. There is a special event in the gallery tonight and I hope the perfect match for this painting attends. Do you have a modern aesthetic? A sophisticated eye? A designer's vision? If you answered yes, "Graphite Sky" could be the painting you've been waiting for! :)

Friday, May 10, 2019

Dusk In A Ravaged Land

Dusk In A Ravaged Land
24 x 24"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Assiniboia Gallery

This one is another spin-off from a 6x6 I produced in my daily painting project. The other one I painted was a slightly altered composition to accommodate a rectangular format. Both of these were done on boards.

The effect of the sky on this one gave me a hard time. It's funny how simple things like moving from a hard, smooth surface of a board to a bouncy, textured surface of a canvas can affect my approach. Or maybe it's more about the prep of the surfaces. I sealed the boards with a clear-coat so the colour of the board is what I built the painting on. I never paint on a white canvas, so in this case I put on a coat of orange/peach gesso over the surface before I started painting.

The orange gesso looked great with the under-painting! So much so that I tried to keep the effect by mixing mostly orange and orangish-yellow oils to paint the sky. Unfortunately it didn't translate and just felt dark, like there was no light in the sky. The mood from the under-painting and gesso was lost. 

In an effort to salvage the painting, I started making changes and probably re-painted the sky four times until I was finally happy. 

Lessons are learned every time I am at my easel.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Fond Memories of the Farm

Fond Memories of the Farm
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

A dugout and a warm summer sunset.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Sun Burns Through

The Sun Burns Through
30 x 48"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Assiniboia Gallery

Yesterday I drove to Regina with my studio mate, Bridget, to deliver work to her gallery and to mine. We gabbed so much I really don't recall stopping for a breath! I think we solved all the world's problems and we came to two basic conclusions: humans need to stop being cruel to each other and the world would be better off with more art.

I'm really excited about the three new pieces I dropped off at Assiniboia Gallery which I will post over the next few days. Or you can check out the gallery website a bit later today to see them first! I hope you agree that they have a modern feel and that each have the potential to be show stoppers in their own ways. Fingers crossed they go over well and I look forward to feedback from the gallery as they get eyes on them.

This was my first day away from the studio in quite awhile and I missed it! I can hardly wait to get there tomorrow to get started on my next projects. Stay tuned and thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Skirting The Field

Skirting The Field
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

The edges of fields by the roadside are often quite interesting to look at: there might be a few thistles or weeds, you can usually see the whole plant and how tall the stems/stalks are, the foliage is visible and you can really see how the plant moves if it is windy.

Take a drive to the country this summer, get out of the car. listen to the sounds, smell the air and think about what you would want to paint, photograph, write or sing about. Then do it. 

It will do your soul good.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Into The Wide Open

Into The Wide Open
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

​Another autumn scene inspired by my studio mate's acreage. The downhill path to an open clearing is one of the many lovely vantage points on her property.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Passionate Sky in "Seeing Red" at Darrell Bell Gallery

The Passionate Sky
48 x 36"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

A new group show, "Seeing Red", opens at Darrell Bell Gallery tomorrow! I submitted a brand new painting, "The Passionate Sky", based on a photo I saw in an Instagram Story by Geof at @glassandtin_ . I am very grateful he gave me permission to use his photo and it is amazing this all occurred before I even knew about the red-themed show! Serendipity I guess!

The opening reception is tomorrow, please come if you can.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Prairie Complementary, Contrary Prairie and Prairie Opposites Attract

Prairie Complementary
12 x 12"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

All of these new paintings were recently delivered to Darrell Bell Gallery and are experiments in abstracting the landscape as well as explorations on the use of complementary colours. Each one focused on using blue (primary colour) and it's complement, orange, which is a secondary colour and across from blue on the colour wheel. I then tried to work with colours only on one side of the colour wheel between those two complements.

All of these things and more are ideas I took away from Susan Woolgar's workshop which I attended in Saskatoon at the end of March.

Learning is fun!


Prairie Opposites Attract
20 x 20"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery


The Contrary Prairie
12 x 12"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Dusk On A Northern Lake

Dusk On A Northern Lake
14 x 18"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold
(commission)

This. I am proud of this painting. And I am proud of the little 6x6 daily painting 
(below) which acted as its study. 

 Dusk in a Ravaged Land
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold

The reason I am proud is that the photo I used, which I took on my painting and canoe adventure in 2013, is in reality rather yawnsville. There is nothing overwhelmingly beautiful about it; basically it was an overcast and very green afternoon. I rarely show my reference photos, but decided that in this instance I would because it really helps illustrate the vision for this piece.

When I paint, my goal is to create a striking image of a Saskatchewan landscape; a painting with atmosphere, emotion, light and, often, drama. I am not a great photographer, far from it, so when I take my photos they are meant to be a jumping off point and a reminder to myself of the wonder I saw in that moment. It is then my job to articulate that feeling, mood and memory in paint or tweak things so that you see what I feel about the place.

The canoe trip in August 2013 got off to a rocky, and somewhat terrifying, start with an extremely intense storm hitting us on our last portage to base camp on the first day. After that, the weather cleared and the next few days were serene, solitary and breathtaking. These are the things I wanted this painting to express, so I consciously made the changes I needed to convey that message.You can read about the painting and canoe trip at these links:


I am proud of this piece because my photo likely does not help you fully understand how I felt about this place, but hopefully the painting does.

My reference photo is below for you to compare. What do you think?

photo © Nicki Ault, 2013

Oh, and I have a third painting (24 x 24") in progress at the studio that is riffing off these two!
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