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!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Backlit Birch

Backlit Birch
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2010

Ahhhhh, trees. I can't get enough of them! Here is another of the large canvases I have been working on this fall. I really enjoyed it and will experiment with back-lighting again. I still have not worked out the best way to photograph these larger canvases- they are definitely more difficult than the 7x7 size I am used to. At any rate, this picture was close enough.

Guess what I did tonight? Shoveled snow! Yup, snow! And a lot of it! I am not mentally ready for this!


-Don said...

As I sit here in my shorts and t-shirt I remember why I love living in the desert. Snow? Already?!? Yikes!

Backlit Birch is really nice. I love how you stayed on one side of the color wheel. Nice job with the analogous color scheme.

Stay warm...


jdr said...

Hi Nicker ... love this painting too. Beautiful.
As for the snow, I'm tired of it already (and tired of bundling up 27 grade oners three times a day!!!).
Love you!

Becky Joy said...

Very nice rich color. I also sit here in the desert. Hard to imagine shoveling snow.

Judy Adamson said...

You're really making the most of trees, showing them at different angles! I love this one because it gives me the feeling of being right beneath the tree, looking up - which is how I tend to see trees as I walk into town through the avenue of trees alongside the path!

Neiley said...

Wow, Nicki! I really love this one. I think we both have the same love for trees. I am also a stay at home mom / artist. I bet we have a lot in common. Your work speaks to me, just beautiful!

Kim said...

Really nice light Nicki! Snow?! Ugh. I can't remember what province you're in... Alberta? Here, it's been pretty balmy. Coming to an end this weekend though.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Nicki,

I thought I'd commented on this one. What a beauty. I am just blown away by your work. Soooooo good.



Nicki said...

Hey Don,

Hee hee! I thought that would make you shiver! But seriously, anytime you and your lovely family would like to do a house swap (preferably in the months December, January, or February) you just let me know! You haven't lived until you have experienced a Canadian winter!

Humph, I had to look at my painting again! I didn't do that colour scheme consciously. Glad you like it.


Hi JJ,

Thanks! I hope it feels cool and shady, but with a little energy from the sunlight.

I don't know how you do it! My little grade oner is enough for me! I think the snow will melt, so you will have a break before the long stretch. And they will get more independent.

XO Nicki

Hi Becky Joy,

So nice to meet you. Yes, our climates are very different I imagine, but fortunately this snow we got the other day will likely melt before it is here to last.

Hope to hear from you again. Your comment is appreciated.,


Hi Judy,

I have been enjoying looking at trees in different ways. I'm pleased this tree gives you that sense of how you would view a tree while out on a walk.


Hi Neily,

Glad you dropped by. Yes, we likely do have a bit in common from the sounds of things. I sure love the big tree you have been working on. Dramatic!

Take care,


Hi Kim,

Again, congrats on earning first place honours in the juried show.

I'm glad the light in this one appeals to you. That was the main part of the subject I wanted to relay.

I'm in Saskatchewan... and hopefully the snow will melt by the time the kids head out trick or treating or mommy will be putting a little something extra in her coffee to help her stay warm! ;o)


Nicki said...

Hi Barbara,

You always make me feel so good! I wish I could have you all to myself for a visit, so we could really talk about art. I'd love to pick your brain, ask you lots of questions, hear your thoughts. Someday....

Hugs and Happy Halloween!