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!

Monday, March 5, 2012


6 x 6"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2012

I found an old photo from Waskesiu which kept pulling at me so I decided to give it a whirl on a small board. I had lots of fun, but looking at it here I am wondering if the earthy red bit at the front is distracting. I have also painted a larger forest scene that I will show you soon. And my crazy dogwood painting that I have lovingly referred to as the "Monster" is moving along. 
This is the first painting I have taken with my new camera! Yes, I had to get a new camera... basically I tried to carry too many things at once in order to avoid multiple trips up the studio stairs. My camera was in a box with two little paintings when the Starbucks coffee I was balancing, with no lid, tipped and poured into the box. Now here is the interesting part... what do you save first, paintings or camera? For me the instinct was to save the art. Only after I had whisked them out of the box did I realize that my camera was literally floating in the corner that was filled with a half-sweet Cinnamon Dolce Latte. Why oh why, you ask, did you not have a lid on your coffee?! Because the whipped cream melts much more quickly with a lid on and then it is not as much fun to drink!

*note: my camera had seen better days and a new one was in the future anyway... the screen was cracked and a piece had broken off... the future just came a little sooner than planned.


Kim Rempel said...

This feels so Group fo Seven to me. Very, very nice. I like the rhythm of the trees.

Nicki said...

Well that's a great compliment! Thank you Kim!

-Don said...

Yikes! What a crazy adventure with the coffee. So, how quickly did the whipped cream melt while it was helping drown your camera? :-P

Clearing is a really nice piece. I can see that you had fun with it. My mouth broke into a big grin when I first saw it. Thanks for sharing the joy...


Nicki said...

The whipped cream seemed to disappear instantly... or was in my infatuation with it?!

I'll never get tired of learning that one of my paintings made someone smile. Thanks Don.


Barbara M. said...

Bad old coffee -- I hate to think of how many times I've spilled an entire cup into the drawer of my beside table. Woops. What a mess, pills, phones, -- so far no cameras. Super painting. Hey about one year ago we
were together for International Women's Day. I'm really looking forward to seeing you again when you come east -- I hope it's soon.

XO Barbara

Barbara M. said...

That should say bedside table -- and it is beside my bed. Late at night. Sorry.
XO Barbara

Nicki said...

Hi Barbara,

No worries about the typo... I just noticed one in my reply to Don's comment.

Yes, the coffee was a fiasco. What a mess.

What wonderful memories were made at the IWC! artists' opening. And what a thrill to meet you! I hope I can come your way sometime again soon... hopefully this year... fingers crossed.