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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Found Sky

Found Sky
17.25 x 14.25"
acrylic on paper
© Nicki Ault, 2001

In five days I am on my way to the Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake to take a class called "Figure Drawing As You See It". I am getting more and more excited as the days pass. I love it there. Love it. I have been itching to do more with portraits and figures since "In My Aura" and now I will be able to work from a model for two full days. I am also really looking forward to learning from a new instructor. 

I've been organizing supplies for the class and pulled out my old portfolio to see if I had any paper stored away. In doing so I came across more old drawings which I will share with you soon. I also found some of the paintings I did 10 years ago when I was figuring out how to work with acrylics.This sky is one of them and I don't mind it, it's kind of cool. This is a little piece of my painting history; it is how I painted then, but not how I paint now. It makes me wonder what my work will be like in another ten years.


Judy Wood said...

This is a nice piece--lots of interest in the sky. You've certainly realized the promise you showed back then. Have a great time at Emma Lake.

-Don said...

Not only is this a Found Sky, it's a Fine Sky. It's not just "kind of cool", it's WAY cool! Thanks for sharing this great piece of your art history.

Have a blast at Emma Lake. I look forward to hearing about it.


Anonymous said...

it is interesting that your choice of subject is similar: water and trees... i think things that inspire us from many years ago continue to have a hold on us eg as a child of 6 and throughout my life i have drawn faces and when i am in a work meeting i will doodle... faces:)) enjoy the class and i hope the art teacher is inspirational:)

SKIZO said...


Pam Holnback said...

Great sky! It might be fun to re-do it now to see how your style has changed.

Nicki said...


Thank you so much- what a kind thing to say. I will enjoy my trip to Emma and the class- that is pretty well guaranteed.


Thanks Don! It was quite neat to find this painting- I don't remember liking it at the time, but ten years has given me a different perspective on it. I will write about the drawing experience for sure and hopefully have some good work to show.


Hi Rahina, so good to hear from you. What you say is interesting. I do go back to trees and water every time and the fact that you have always been drawn to faces makes me think you are onto something. "They" say paint what you know, but we could maybe also add, paint what you love.


Thank you Skizo!

Pam, that is a cool idea! I know I would paint a lot thicker and really leave brushstrokes showing. The treeline would be much different too. Hmmm... you've given me something to think about.