July and August 2017: A small selection of my work, courtesy of Darrell Bell Gallery, is available at Boffins restaurant (111 Research Drive, U of S campus) throughout the summer months.

November 10, 2016:
I was interviewed by Daily Paintworks as their Spotlight Artist for a week! Read my interview on the DPW News blog!

Ongoing: my 8x8" original oil paintings are available exclusively at Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon. For a limited time several of my large oil paintings are also available at
their new street front gallery on 21st Street (formally Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery).

Ongoing: a selection of my larger work is available at The Black Spruce Gallery at Northside on Highway 2 just before the turn to Christopher Lake.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Feelin' Sketchy Saturday and Unreal Sky

#5 - A Real Unreal Sky, Waskesiu
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2012
(30 paintings in 30 days- Project II)

I took so many photos last summer and some of the skies I caught were magnificent! The photos weren't of the best quality, but I use my pictures as a reminder and go from there. What struck me was the neon strip of colour at the bottom of the cloud mass... a mind blowing neon pink. The concern is that in a painting it comes off as unreal, but I had to try. Here is the actual photo...

I went to the drop-in drawing class for only 45 minutes this morning, so I didn't come away with much to show. One of my favorite models was working today, so I wish I could have stayed longer.

15 minute pose
© Nicki Ault, 2012

Happy weekend!


Monika Kinner-Whalen / My Sweet Prairie said...

Sweet! Beautiful sky. Reminds me to go through all my old photos... I am sure I have many I've forgotten about. : )
ps - great to see you Thursday!

Barbara M. said...

Love the painting and the drawing. I think this kind of sky only comes off as unreal if people don't go outside. I see spectacular and over the top skies all the time. Another factor is the skill of the painter. And in this case you have consummate skill, and have never painted a scene I didn't love. And...paintings are paintings and don't even have to be real. Right?

Miss you.

XO Barbara

Nicki said...

Hi Monika,

I have sooo many photos... it is so easy to snap like crazy with digital cameras. I remember being so frugal with film!


Nicki said...

Hi Barbara,

It's true, if you pay attention to your surroundings, hopefully a sky like this is recognizable.

XO Nicki