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, May 6, 2013

Sunlight Through The Pines And Lifestyles Show

Sunlight Through the Pines
36 x 40"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2013

I haven't done many commissions, but when this one came up I felt really good about it. I initially thought it was do-able, but when it was about 80% finished I didn't feel that way anymore! I had to take a break and re-group. It actually helped to take a photo and study it at home which is when I realized that the trees seemed too heavy and it was all-over too dark. It was scary to make significant tweaks, but once I realized it wasn't good enough and that I wouldn't feel right about delivering it, it was easier to make the changes it needed. With the alterations it came alive and the light really began to sparkle through the trees like I had hoped.

I delivered the painting on the weekend and it was extremely well received, in fact, the reaction was humbling. Art can do this amazing thing that when you make a personal connection to a piece, it can transport you to a time and place in your memory, tapping into emotions for which it is difficult to find words. I am so happy it is in a home where it will be enjoyed for years to come.

As well on the weekend, I spent Saturday at Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery. It was so much fun and I really appreciated the friends and family who came down to say "hi". This connection with Darrell Bell has been a big deal in my journey and it means a lot that people are happy for me. Here are some photos of my show at the boutique and my "window display" where I spent some time painting:

The funniest part of the day happened when I was painting and a small group of tourists walked by. They stopped and began taking photos of each other in front of the window with me in it!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

Your display looks beautiful. Superb paintings. And it's all good, photos with you in the window, going back home to who knows where. Publicity. All good.

XO Barbara

Monika Kinner-Whalen (MySweetPrairie) said...

haha! that's so funny. Oh it looks so pretty in there with your prairies : ) Hope it went well. I'm back now... heard the crocuses are kind of done. Oh well!


Nicki said...

Thanks ladies... it is an exciting time.