Sunday, May 14 - Mother's Day Tea Show and Sale: taking place at Studio On 20th from 12-4p.m. Our studio will be open to the public on this afternoon to exhibit the most current work by artists Bridget Aitken, Nicki Ault, Kathy Bradshaw, Jan Corcoran, Ann Donald, Jane Harington, Miranda Jones, Brenda Kennedy, Karen Maguire, Amira Wasfy and Carol Wylie. We are located at 236A 20th Street Between Aves. B and C (door to the left of the Odd Couple restaurant).

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, December 30, 2013

Rushing Water, Georgian Bay

Rushing Water, Georgian Bay
30 x 30"
acrylic on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2013

This is one of my favorite paintings from my trip... I had so much fun working on it and layering all of the colours and drips that show through the top layers. I tried to remain true to one of my goals which was to stay loose and keep some of the under-painting qualities. I also tried to use my colour theory and think about values and how the light would hit the plains of the boulders. It was challenging and exciting all at once. I am really happy with how the rushing water in the background came out- I was nervous about that part because, really, how do you paint rushing water??? Anyway, hope you, like it!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hillside Sketch, Georgian Bay

Hillside Sketch, Georgian Bay
8 x 10"
oil on canvas board
© Nicki Ault, 2013
sold

This is another of the paintings that saw a few exuberant wipes when I was painting in Georgian Bay this fall. Oddly enough it was the size, all 8 x 10's, that seemed to stump me. I think only one of the four paintings remained in its original state- the others all got wiped multiple times over and one of them simply ended up on the dart board! When I let go of the horror of the first attempt at this landscape, I began playing with intense colour and just had fun. Eventually I ended up here and left it for what it was.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Winter Layers

Winter Layers
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available exclusively at Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

I painted this last winter, but I was reminded of it today when my sister sent me a text describing the landscape as they were driving north to see her in-laws. The prairies look so peaceful and quiet at this time of year. And it is quite remarkable the colours you will find if you only look. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

And To All A Good Night

Wherever you are and whatever you celebrate, 
may joy and happiness fill your home. 

Let there be peace on earth.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bargue Drawing Update

Bargue Drawing #2
graphite on Stonehenge paper

It's been awhile since the last Bargue update, however I have been working on it every Thursday at the drawing class at Atelier 2302. This photo was taken around mid-November so it has changed a lot since then, in fact it is almost done. I admittedly avoided the beard for as long as I could, but in the end it was not as intimidating as it first seemed. The key was to break it down into manageable parts, working from larger shapes to smaller shapes. I can hardly wait to show you the final result- I will be getting it framed. 

The next project will use comparative measure and I will be copying a most excellent Bargue plate of a sculpture of a male torso/body. Ooooh if it turns out I will be so proud!

Since you are here and I've got you thinking about these things why not swing over to the newly updated website of my instructor, Craig Berry, and have a look at his work and the courses he is offering in the new year at Atelier 2302.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Grasslands at Dusk

The Grasslands at Dusk
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available at Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

A final shameless plug for my work down at Lifestyles this holiday season! I actually think this one sold the other day. Back to the Georgian Bay work soon... oh, and I have a progress shot of the Bargue drawing to show too. A lot of hours have gone into that little baby.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Morning Canola

Morning Canola
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available exclusively at Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

The commercial break continues... if you have more shopping to do, check out Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon- maybe one of my paintings will be the perfect gift for that special person. If not Lifestyles has loads of wonderful gift ideas that might just be right.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Prospect Point From Murphy's Bay, Waskesiu

Prospect Point From Murphy's Bay, Waskesiu
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
 © Nicki Ault, 2013
available at Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

Here is another Christmas gift idea, this time for someone who has a soft spot in their heart for Waskesiu Lake. This is a view of the road and hillside near the golf course as seen from a boat. My parents love to take us to Murphy's Bay to float around, play in the waves and have picnics. The kids love to wade to shore and explore all of the fallen trees and forest paths. A new addition to these excursions is a bit of fishing and the occasional tube ride. It is comforting to have these memories in the dark days of winter.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Serene Emma

Serene Emma
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available exclusively at Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

This is a very familiar view if you have ever been to the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus; the point of Fairy Island across from the campus may very well be one of the most painted locations in Saskatchewan. This painting was just delivered to Lifestyles and I hope it makes a the perfect gift for someone who has a soft spot in their heart for this place.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Prairie Dugout

Prairie Dugout
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available exclusively at Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery
sold


Continuing with the commercial break from Georgian Bay, here is another of the new paintings that can now be found at Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery. Happy shopping!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tinged in Pink

Tinged in Pink
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available exclusively at Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

I will take a commercial break from the Georgian Bay work to introduce you to the new paintings that I delivered today to Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon... just in case you have some holiday shopping to do! And may I say that Darrell has one beautiful gift boutique on his hands- it's swoon-worthy!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pasture Sketch, Georgian Bay

Pasture Sketch, Georgian Bay
8 x 10"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2013
sold

This painting started out as a real wiper; it had several incarnations and finally morphed into a sketch loosely based on Patchwork Pasture.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Patchwork Pasture, Georgian Bay

Patchwork Pasture
18 x 24"
acrylic on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2013

I was not expecting to see the amount of farmland and pastures that we did in Georgian Bay- it felt familiar yet different. The grasses in the fields were not like home and the skies did not seem as immense as they do over the Saskatchewan prairies. I enjoyed the challenge of painting a somewhat familiar landscape with a palette of new colours.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Lonely Boulder, Georgian Bay

Lonely Boulder, Georgian Bay
18 x 24"
acrylic on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2013

It was dusk as we made our way to Bridget's cottage the day I arrived. We stopped at a park near the shore to take some photos and this boulder was out in the middle of nowhere amongst the grasses on the way to the water. It seemed lonely, like it was too far from the rocks, trees and light on the distant hill. Painting it seemed like the right thing to do. And thus began the interest I had in rocks and boulders for the rest of the trip.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Shallows, Georgian Bay

The Shallows, Georgian Bay
30 x 30"
acrylic on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2013

I had a few goals on my trip to Georgian Bay: I wanted to find new subject matter, I wanted to explore new colours, I wanted to experiment with composition and I wanted to paint free/loose with the under-painting often left as part of the finished product. As a result of pushing myself in these ways, I feel like I came home with paintings unique to this experience. That makes me happy.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Red Sumacs, Georgian Bay

Red Sumacs, Georgian Bay
30 x 30"
acrylic on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2013

As I painted in the new temporary studio this afternoon I was reminded of my painting trip to Georgian Bay... it was chilly and I felt like making a campfire! Three of us are upstairs and for some reason  in this situation the heat does not seem to be rising! It is much warmer on the main level where three other artists are set up. If the winter temperatures drop even more (which they will) I must break out my long-johns and Hot Shots! With all of its quirks, I am so grateful that this space came available through a generous "patron" who heard about us losing our St. George Studio. Hopefully the few months that we have it (before it is knocked down in the spring) will buy us enough time to find a permanent home. With renos happening at my house I realize now that there is no way I could have stored my entire studio here.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Entangled, Georgian Bay

Entangled, Georgian Bay
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2013
sold

On our trip we took an afternoon to visit the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound- it was excellent. While there I was inspired by some of Tom's sumac paintings and ended up painting this deep forest tangle of foliage.

 The hard-to-see quote on the image of Tom Thomson standing 
on the dock are his words, 
"Someday they will know what I mean."

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Rocks and Rapids, Georgian Bay

Rocks and Rapids, Georgian Bay
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2013
sold

We went on several hikes during our painting trip and were able to get some good photographic resource material. On this particular day we stopped to sketch and paint and this is what I came up with as I sat right on the edge of the rushing water. The rapids rounded the corner and then went over a waterfall at the top of which someone had built an Inukshuk. It was a beautiful location.
I am planning to tackle a large canvas with a similar theme.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Gentle Morning On The Shore, Georgian Bay

Gentle Morning on the Shore, Georgian Bay
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2013
sold

We hit such beautiful weather while we were in Georgian Bay- we couldn't have asked for better. I spent some time one morning enjoying the beach: listening to the sound of gentle waves, studying the rocks, wandering along the shore looking at the glorious red Sumacs, and hunting for fossil rocks to bring home for my two boys. Simple pleasures.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Little Sumac on the Beach

Little Sumac on the Beach, Georgian Bay
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2013


I loved that this sweet little Sumac somehow managed to grow between the rocks on the beach near Bridget's cottage. Where there is a will there is a way!

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Grand Welcome, Georgian Bay

A Grand Welcome, Georgian Bay
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2013
sold

After a long day of travel from Saskatoon to Toronto, Bridget and Jackie picked me up and we drove to Kleinburg (where we went to the McMichael Gallery to see the Group of Seven work) and then on to Georgian Bay. It was evening as we made our way through Owen Sound and around the south part of the bay to the cottage. All the while the sun was setting in the most spectacular way. The clouds were completely illuminated by brilliant pinks- it was a grand welcome indeed. 

After we ate and I saw the work my travel mates had already produced before my arrival I was excited, if not somewhat intimidated, to start painting. I decided to play with the idea of the pink clouds that lead me to my home for the next week and the above is what materialized.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Maple, Georgian Bay

The Maple, Georgian Bay
30 x 30"
acrylic on canvas
 © Nicki Ault, 2013
sold

It was fun to paint this bold statement on what I teased Jackie and Bridget was the only Maple in Georgian Bay. And the funny thing was it wasn't actually a Maple tree- it was a Birch down in front of Bridget's cottage, but I "Mapled" it up for effect! I enjoyed playing up the never-ending horizon line and giving the whole thing a bit of a graphic effect with the bands of water and sky behind the tree.


Monday, November 18, 2013

The Last St. George Studio Open House


Photos of my space at the last St, George Studio open house. The building has been sold and we have to be out at the end of the month.




all photos © Nicki Ault, 2013

Man, I am sad to leave this place.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Heaven on Sulphide Lake

 Heaven on Sulphide Lake
36 x 48"
acrylic on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2013
sold

I've finally completed another large painting from my canoe trip experience in La Ronge. It really got off on the wrong foot and for awhile I was thinking it was going to be what my kids call an epic fail, but I kept working at it and solved some of the initial problems. I'm quite pleased with the result- I really like the depth of the forest and how some of the under-painting shows through.

This Sunday, November 17 is the last St. George Open Studio. The studio has been running for about 24 years and this is the 15th annual open house- I have been part of the studio for almost four years. I am feeling very sad about the end of this era, although I do know that change can be good. My little 13x14' space has provided me with a place to create, to be me and to sneak away from my everyday world. I will miss it.


If you are in Saskatoon this weekend please come by and say hello- I will be there from 1:00-6:00 p.m. The entrance to the studio is in the back alley behind 1932 St. George Ave. I will have my work from the canoe trip and Georgian Bay to show you.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Birch Forest, Autumn

Birch Forest, Autumn
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available exclusively at Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

I painted this quirky forest scene before my trip to Georgian Bay. Little did I know that it would mostly be Birch forests in that area and that my quest to paint red Maples on that trip would not really materialize.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Rock Collection, Georgian Bay

 Rock Collection, Georgian Bay
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available exclusively at Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

A good photo was hard to get on this one. I find dark images hard to photograph and the colour red is also difficult to accurately capture. Anyway, hopefully the drama comes through. When I delivered the paintings to Lifestyles this was Darrell's favorite. He was immediately drawn to it.

I have stated a few times already that my trip to Georgian Bay was amazing. It really was a dream. What if life afforded a person that kind of unincumbered time to paint day in and day out on a regular basis? Would it be special anymore, or is it made all the sweeter because it is a rare occurrence? All I know is that I am extremely grateful to my family to help me co-ordinate blocks of time to have adventures and focus on my work. My trips this year and my art classes have not been easy on anyone, my kids miss me and my husband has juggled a lot, so I am feeling very fortunate (and a smidge guilty).

So as much as I have raved about the fabulousness of my trip you must be thinking, "But Nicki, was it totally perfect? Surely it couldn't have all gone smoothly." Well, you are right!!! 

At the end of the trip I had made plans to go from Owen Sound to Guelph so I could have a day and night to spend with my sister. I had to transfer buses in Toronto and when we arrived I got my suitcase and headed straight in to the depot to use the facilities. When I came out I began looking for the gate where I was supposed to catch the bus for the trip to Guelph. Nothing. I went to the desk to ask where to go and the man looked at me with shock and panic and said, "You got off at the wrong stop!" I said, "WHAT???"  He said, "You got off one stop too soon, you were supposed to go downtown." I said "WHAT the... what???" He suggested I catch the subway because it would get me downtown in half an hour and I said, "But my bus leaves in half an hour! Should I get a taxi???" He said that was why he thought I should take the subway... it would be quicker than fighting traffic on the streets of TO. He very kindly gave me instructions... verbal and printed out. My first thought was that if they actually have printed out instructions on hand for people like me, this clearly is happening way too often and maybe it is time for the bus drivers to announce their stops!

I hoisted my backpack on my back and whipped out the handle of my rolling suitcase and booked 'er out to the street, across the freeway on the pedestrian over-pass, scrounged $3.00 in change out of the depths of my purse and found the platform where I had to catch the southbound train to St. Patrick. Suddenly, out of desperation, I was the most non-shy person I knew- I was asking random strangers if I was in the right place, which train should get, when would it come and was I going in the right direction. When one girl didn't answer me fast enough I ditched her and asked a business man! Come on people! I had a sister to visit!!! I got on the train and we slowly made the stops leading up to St. Patrick. When we got there I burst out of that tunnel ASAP, but managed to get my suitcase stuck in the turnstile, so I lost a bit of time as I untangled myself. I burst into the daylight with determination- I was not missing this connection! I used all of my intuition and previous Toronto experience to make my best guess as to the direction I was supposed to go and soon enough I was passing a few people that had been on that first bus with me. I felt relief and panic all at once! I appeared to be in the right vicinity, but was I too late? Just to solidify that my internal GPS had me going the right way, I asked another stranger for help; with his confirmation I knew I was hot on the bus depot trail. I wove in and out of the throngs of pedestrians only to bump right into the bus driver who let me get off at the wrong stop!!! I said, "Hi, I clearly got off where I shouldn't have and now I need to know where to go to catch my bus to Guelph." He directed me with absolutely no emotion to the terminal across the street and moved on with his day. I don't know why I was expecting some sort of apology, but he gave me sweet nothin'.

I caught my connection with minutes to spare and now I know what it would be like to be on the Amazing Race!

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Beach, Georgian Bay

The Beach, Georgian Bay
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available exclusively at Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

My trip to Georgian Bay was made in heaven and in the end it was quite inexpensive because we stayed at Bridget's family cottage. I feel extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity, never mind the luck in having a place to stay the entire time away. The cottage was adorable and located about twenty minutes outside of Owen Sound right on the water. We set up a make-shift studio in the garage and constantly had fires burning in the fire pit just outside of the "studio". The cottage was set up on the hill overlooking the Bay and just a short walk down took you to the beach. The painting above is the beach to the left of the family property. Rocks, rocks and more rocks! It was quite fascinating because many of the rocks were sheared off and flat and a large number of them had fossils. That definitely had me missing my boys because I knew they would have loved to explore and find interesting treasures.




I actually painted this scene first with acrylic on a 30 x 30" canvas (as you can see in the middle photo) and I was so happy with it that I wanted to try another version in oil, so I decided to paint a small one for the Lifestyles store. I am really happy with the palette of colours. Hope you like!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Cloud, Georgian Bay

 
Cloud, Georgian Bay
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available exclusively at Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery
sold 

Even though I have now flown over Georgian Bay and seen its magnitude from the sky as well as physically driven around the area, I still have trouble fathoming its size. It is huge! And it is just a bay off an even larger lake! My experience with lakes is that you can see the far shore in the distance. In this case I felt as though I was looking out to the ocean where all you see is water and sky. Some late afternoons were hazy so the horizon line was soft and vague. It was like that the evening I sat out to paint this scene. Initially the painting was a yawner because the plan I had of abstracting the bands of colour of water and sky just did not translate. Oh my, it was boring!!! The solution... create an interesting cloud based the ones I saw at sunset on my first day there which contained lots of pink. I also tried to get some movement happening in the water. Voila- a less boring painting!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fall On Georgian Bay

Fall On Georgian Bay
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2013
available exclusively at Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

Things have been ridiculously busy since I got home from my trip- all very good things but I feel like I haven't stopped moving for a minute, other than sleep (and even that has been a bit fitful). I have just embarked on home renovations and while I am not doing a complete gut-job of the kitchen, it is certainly chaotic and torn apart. I am keeping my eye on the prize and know I will love all of the changes when they are complete.

My trip was amazing- six days of focused painting and creativity. When a person has that kind of time at their disposal it is shocking how much work can get done and how much can be learned so quickly. I came home with the following inventory of completed paintings: six 30 x 30", two 18 x 24", five 6 x 6", five 8 x 10" and four 8 x 8"! I felt that I grew while I tackled new subject matter; I noticed myself studying the light differently and thinking about how to convey forms through value and colour. I attribute this to my drawing and Colour Theory classes.

We were in the Owen Sound area of Georgian Bay, so on the south end, and the Maple trees were not as abundant as I anticipated, nor were the scraggly, wind-blown trees. I spent time the first day or two absorbing my surroundings and trying to get feel for the place. I was quiet and in my head, so it is entirely possible that Bridget and Jackie thought something was wrong. Looking back now I realize I was trying to find a connection; to find inspiration. It finally came to me in the form of red Sumac's, rocky shores and big boulders! I could feel the energy build within me after that. I am extremely happy with some of the work... especially a couple of the 30 x 30's. They felt fantastic to paint. I hope I can continue to tap into that energy to create a few more large pieces.

I am on the look-out for a new studio space as our building has been sold and we need to be out of our current location at the end of November. If you are in Saskatoon and know of any suitable and available buildings, I would appreciate the leads. Thanks!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Spotlight - Greg Hargarten

Winter Meadow, Anglin Lake
24 x 24"
© Greg Hargarten

I am absolutely thrilled that this Sunday Spotlight gives me the opportunity to introduce you to one of the most all-round creative guys I know, Greg Hargarten, a Saskatoon-based painter, musician and graphic artist. 

I was so happy that Greg sent the above painting to be included in the spotlight because it happens to be my absolute favorite Hargarten. "Winter Meadow, Anglin Lake" brings tears to my eyes I love it so much. Now I am not one to easily part with my cash, but I truly believe I would have bought it had it not already sold before I got to the opening. I am, however, a proud owner of a small study Greg painted at Fairy Island, Emma Lake.

I met Greg at the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus in the summer of 2009 when we were enrolled in the same painting workshop, however I had actually heard about him and the group he paints with, "The Men Who Paint", the year before that. Greg and these guys are known to be prolific and have a reputation for squeezing every bit of painting time out of the day, including getting up in the wee hours of the morning to catch the sunrise (which can be as early as 4:30 in the summer). I was really excited to be in a class with him and to see him in action over that week. In that time he created several stunning pieces and I found him to be incredibly generous with feedback to others and quietly humble in his own work. A class act.

I mentioned that Greg is one of the most creative guys I know and that is not quite true- he is one of the most creative people I know. From my vantage point there is not much he takes on that does not contain a creative element and he is good at ALL of it: playing the drums and guitar, singing, songwriting, painting, film-making, graphic design to name a few. Please read on to see exactly what I mean and enjoy the photos he has generously shared of his art and adventures. Also, there are some great links that will take you to various locations on the world wide web where you will be entertained and enthralled by his work. Please check them out.
 
 
Autumn Gale, Lake of Two Rivers (sketch)
12 x 12"
© Greg Hargarten

At the age of fifteen, Greg started his first band, but it wasn’t until he gave up drumming and focused on songwriting that things started to happen. Playing with local bands on weekends and designing posters, T-shirts and album covers for fellow musicians during the week, he scraped together enough money to record. Under the pseudonym Ricasso he has since written, recorded and produced four full length CDs. Over the years, Greg’s songwriting has earned critical recognition by the industry and press, as well as air-play on commercial radio and campus stations across Canada. He is the two-time winner of ROCK102’s Radiostar National Songwriting Competition at Canada Music Week; he has had his songs covered by other artists and been included on numerous compilation albums. He has also produced several albums for other artists most notably Dancing with Angels, the award-winning debut album by Eileen Laverty. Greg's music is available (under Ricasso) at iTunes and at CDBaby.

Inspiration Point, Ivvavik, Yukon
© Greg Hargarten

A recent development in Greg's artistic career is his foray into film making which he began with the intention of producing videos for his music. His most notable music video, and my personal favorite, is “Dear Abbey Road” which he not only produced and directed, but also played all of the characters of a pseudo sixties band on a television show. This effort won him “Best Small Scale Production” at the Mann Gallery’s Reel Rave Short Film Festival. He has also produced a few short pieces focusing on his art. Please follow these links to enjoy Greg's music and film work:

Second Hand Love Song (the below painting "Coal Mine Ravine" can be seen in this video)

 
Coal Mine Ravine
36 x 48"
© Greg Hargarten

In 2005, Greg rediscovered his love of painting after a stay the University of Saskatchewan Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus. Although he hadn’t painted since high school, he felt suddenly at home. Focusing almost exclusively on landscapes, he returned to the campus every year until its closure in November 2012.

Inspired by the work and adventurous spirit of the early Canadian painters, particularly the Group of Seven, Greg has always enjoyed painting outdoors “en Plein Air” as well as in his studio. When in 2007, he met Cam Forrester, Ken Van Rees, Paul Trottier and Roger Trottier, artists who not only shared his passion with the Group of Seven but also his affinity to paint outdoors, the Men Who Paint were born. In June of 2011 he and the group were chosen from artists across the country by Parks Canada to paint at Ivvavik National Park in the Yukon Territory. Accompanied by Parks Canada staff and a camp cook, the Men Who Paint were based at the Sheep Creek Warden station on the Firth River. There they spent 10 days in tents, visiting various locations on foot, or in some instances by helicopter, to document the National Park which borders Alaska and the Beaufort Sea.

 on the Firth River
Ivvavik, Yukon
© Greg Hargarten

Of the over 100 works the group painted in Ivvavik, 60 of the most engaging have been reproduced in a book "Halfway to Heaven". This compilation documents the Men Who Paint’s artistic journey though the remote Ivvavik National Park. It includes reproductions of the paintings done on site and photographs of the the National Park. The book is available at Chapters, Indigo and online at Greg’s website.

Algonquin
© Greg Hargarten

Algonquin
© Greg Hargarten

With Men Who Paint or on his own, Greg has painted at numerous Saskatchewan and Canadian locations including Lac LaRonge, Jasper National Park, Prince Albert National Park and Ontario’s Algonquin Park. Greg’s artwork is held in private, corporate and museum collections including The Mann Gallery in Prince Albert and the Parks Canada Permanent Collections.

October at La Ronge
12 x 12"
© Greg Hargarten

Evening Gold
24 x 24"
© Greg Hargarten

presenting his painting to Gene Simmons
© Greg Hargarten

Shekinah Pond
24 x 24"
© Greg Hargarten

Summer Breeze, Echo Lake
8 x 10"
© Greg Hargarten

Spring In Cypress Hills
24 x 24"
© Greg Hargarten

Artist Statement
"I have always needed to create things. Throughout my life, creative projects have been the one constant, whether through music, graphic design, video, drawing or painting, it has been essential to my well being. It’s my life line and keeps me exploring and learning about the world around me.
Painting is a way for me to connect with time and place in a very fundamental way. A way to strip away the limitations of the real world and explore of the essence of places and things. There is an elegance and splendor in our world that is often overlooked by all of us in our day to day life. I paint to help myself and others appreciate the beauty that surrounds us all.

Through painting I strive to capture the essence of things without describing them completely. I like working in a quick and energetic pace, using acrylics because of the immediacy they afford me. I’ve recently begun working with larger canvases and brushes, trying to deliver bold deliberate strokes. My goal is to be the medium for creativity, allowing the paint to be applied to the canvas directly from experience without stopping too long in conscience thought. It’s this freedom that I enjoy and has produced my best work."

Shekinah Birch
18 x 24"
© Greg Hargarten

Greg’s artwork can be found at Black Spruce Gallery in Northside, Modern Country Interiors in Saskatoon and at the following Men Who Paint pop-up shows across Saskatchewan:

October 25-26     Saskatoon - 212-308  4th Avenue North
January  10-28     La Ronge - Mistaseni Building
April  2014         Regina - Hague Gallery
July/August 2014     Rosthern - Station Arts Centre

Please note that the above October 25-26 date is next weekend! If you are in Saskatoon at this time, I encourage you to find time to attend this show. Full details on this event can be found at the Men Who Paint Facebook fan page. While you are there you may as well "like" their page.

Links
Art
www.GregHargarten.com
www.menwhopaint.com
www.facebook.com/Men.Who.Paint

Music

www.ricasso.ca
www.facebook.com/Ricasso.Official
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ricasso/id65108522

Video

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