Sunday, November 25 from 11-5: Studio On 20th Open Studio Show and Sale - Our working studio is only open two times a year and this is the biggest event! Please come to see what our artists have been up to... and bring a friend! (look for the door to the left of the Odd Couple restaurant.)

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!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Pewter and Platinum Glow

Pewter and Platinum Glow
30 x 40"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available

A few last minute tweaks on this one after a quick critique from Bridget, my studio mate, and it is done! 

This new sky will be at our Open Studio on Sunday and I would love for you to see it in person, so please come! Details below...

Monday, November 19, 2018

Severe Weather Warning (Again) and Makeover Monday!

Severe Weather Warning
(after)
12 x 12"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available 

This is the third and final redo on this painting. I first reworked it this spring when I decided the field was a bit too bright. I felt better about it, but ultimately, as I lived with this updated version, the sky didn't have the presence I felt it should have for a painting called "Severe Weather Warning". A couple of weeks ago, as I was puttering around trying to decide what to paint, I realized the horizon line on this one needed to drop down so the sky would feel more ominous. I also darkened the distant sky to add to the feeling of an impending storm and to create more depth to the piece. This is the final incarnation of "Severe Weather Warning". This is where the buck stops. It will not change again. 

Below you will find the first "makeover" and then the original painting:

Severe Weather Warning
(after first makeover)

Severe Weather Warning
(original)

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Blues, Waskesiu and Open Studio!

 The Blues, Waskesiu
20 x 20"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available

That sun is back there somewhere, ending the day behind heavy storm clouds.


On Sunday, November 25 the studio where I paint will be open from 11-5 for our big annual Open Studio Art  Show and Sale!. We only open twice a year, so now's your chance to meet the artists and see where we work. Please come and tell your friends!


Friday, November 9, 2018

Going Out Strong

Going Out Strong
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

One word.

Impact.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Prairie Clarity

Prairie Clarity
10 x 10"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Assiniboia Gallery

This one is calm, cool and, hopefully one day, collected. Ha!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Summer Storm At Northside

Summer Storm at Northside
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

July 18, 2018 - I have never seen anything like this storm!



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Power of Light

The Power of Light
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
sold at Darrell Bell Gallery

In these troubled times, when our world seems increasingly dark and divided, I find myself gravitating to themes of light in my paintings; glowing, hopeful beacons that will show us the way to a brighter day.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Swinton Sky

Swinton Sky
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I painted this at the Doug Swinton workshop in September. It was overall very blue and cool in its colouring and temperature. Doug came around to my easel when I thought it was almost finished and suggested I put some warmer colors at the horizon to add interest, which I did... and voila! Instantly interesting! I also popped a bit of warmth up into the clouds for cohesion.

I like the energy in this one.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Moon Light

Moon Light
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

Warm light fading, cool air settling in and the crescent moon witnessing it all.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Escape The Day

Escape The Day
30 x 24"
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I worked on the under-painting for this piece when I went out to my studio mate's acreage for one night in the summer. For the first time I used a tube of metallic copper acrylic paint and when I got back to working on it in September, I made every effort to keep the copper showing through as I painted the top layers in oil. It is a striking piece!