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.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Loyalty and Empathy

Loyalty and Empathy: 
Life on the Prairies
(commission)
24 x24 "
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2012
sold

I delivered this painting last night to my dear friend who has always wanted a piece of my work. She came to the Family Tree show that Dad and I had in May and fell in love with two paintings, "Kindness and Joy" and "Dreams and Opportunities". She asked if I would be able to paint something along those lines for her and of course I wanted to try. The square format was a bit of a challenge as the other two were very rectangular, but I decided to zoom in on the subject even more and then I found a composition I liked.

I met my friend almost exactly ten years ago when we were both brand new mommies. We happened to have signed up for the same mommy/baby class through Public Health and when we got talking we realized she lived a few blocks down from me. We connected immediately and, in many ways, became a lifeline for each other in those early baby days. Her family no longer resides around the corner and our lives have gotten progressively more busy with active kids, but we still find time to connect and support each other. In keeping with the other two "Life on the Prairies" paintings that were inspired by friends, I have used her initials in the title- L.E. for Loyalty and Empathy. She has been a wonderful, loyal friend who has offered me many conversations filled with empathy and understanding over the years. 
 
I hope this painting gives her tremendous joy and I hope she realizes each brushstroke was applied with love.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Painting Underway

the under-painting for a new 36 x 36" painting

I spent about two and a half hours at the studio on Sunday laying out the composition for a new painting based on the beautiful Meewasin Valley trail along the South Saskatchewan River. In my mind's eye this painting is going to be amazing- I just hope I can get it there. It is a good start, but quite vague right now. I'm hoping to have a long stretch of time later this week to really get this idea out onto the canvas. The anticipation is killin' me!


Friday, July 20, 2012

Incredible Lightness

Incredible Lightness
16 x 16"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2012
sold

Sometimes prairie skies take my breath away; certainly this happens with the stormy, wild, dramatic ones. I've been known to stop everything and high-tail it out of town to get photos of big, spectacular skies and cloud formations. I keep my camera in my purse for this very reason. But sometimes the calm, soft, delicate skies are just as breath-taking and that is what I wanted to convey in this painting.

I hope you are having an incredibly light, uplifting day!


Monday, July 16, 2012

Breaking Free

Breaking Free
16 x 16"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2012
sold

I am currently working on panels for an upcoming show using some of my favorites from the "30 paintings in 30 days- Project II" series. "Breaking Free" is based on "Rising" which you can see below. 


I have rarely used my little paintings as studies for larger work, but it is going quite well. I think the key to making this work for me is that I haven't increased the size too much from the little 6 x 6" format. I know if I went really big I would get bogged down with trying to add more information and details in order to fill up the space. I am trying to stay conscious of being loose and expressive with my brushstrokes and so far it is working in three of the four 16 x 16" paintings I have on the go. You'll have to let me know what you think as I post them.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pile Up

Pile Up
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2012
sold

It's been awhile since I posted- I hope you are still out there! I took my kids to the lake and we stayed a bit longer than planned because the weather was so nice. I took my supplies thinking I would paint when they kids were sleeping, but as happens when you are on holidays, bedtimes come later than usual and so when they went, I was tired and ready too! I have been painting a little, but admit it is hard now that school is out. I hope to put some time in tomorrow. The last time I was at the studio I painted a 16 x 16" sky that had me walking on air by the end! I used the left-over paint to do this little one. I love the soft palette.

a new kind of row boat (perfect for shallow water!)

eagle nest

pelican

I'm looking forward to showing you more work in the upcoming week.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dogwood Trio



Confusion
Reach Out
Surround Me
each 10 x 10"
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2012
sold 

If I may say, these paintings make me happy! I had hoped they would sell as a group and, in fact, they did. I am thrilled they are hanging together in a very happy home and I am sure that if I wanted I could even go visit them!

I am so excited about the class I am taking in August at the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus. I am intrigued by abstract art (well, some abstract art) so this class called "Abstract Expressionism in Painting" should offer a good opportunity to learn and explore. I really want to play with my abstract reflections again and also elaborate on this abstract branch idea. There are not enough hours in the day! Sheesh! And I still want to experiment with portrait painting someday!!!

When I was working on these three pieces I spent time thinking about the different branches and the stories they might tell. I got thinking about my own life about a year ago when I was extremely stressed by several scenarios in my life. I lost weight, I had trouble sleeping, I was near tears 24-7 and I didn't ever want to be alone. Whew. It was a rough patch and it felt like it would never end. But it did. Now looking back I see the story and what got me through. Various things that were happening had me very confused. I felt like the branches in the first painting- my emotions were all over the map: overlapping, tugging, pulling, tangling and intertwining with each other. It was a lot of "Confusion". It didn't take me long to realize that I couldn't handle all these difficult scenarios by myself, so I had to "Reach Out" to family, friends and, in one case, the authorities!!! And finally once I had this layer of insulation in place I felt a bit of relief. Thank goodness I had people to call on to "Surround Me".




Monday, July 2, 2012

Surround Me

Surround Me
10 x 10"
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2012
sold

This is the last of the three abstracted dogwood branches; in the next post I will show all three together. In this one I liked how the branches seemed to envelop the slightly more open area around the mid-lower half, so that is where the title came from. This name, however, also worked with the theme (in my mind) of all three paintings as a set.

If I was thinking I would have posted this yesterday! The red and white would have worked well to say "Happy Canada Day!!!"... so but the sentiment is still there, just belated! Cheers!