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!

Saturday, September 14, 2013


40 x 30"
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2013

I just returned home from a much needed evening out with some friends. Spending time with these girls is like therapy and we need to make it happen more often. With my spirit intact I feel good enough to share an abstract I have been puttering around with at the studio. As I have mentioned in the past, abstracts are way outside of my comfort zone, but I am intrigued and challenged by them and I love when I come across an abstract work that moves me in some way. My blogger friend, Kim Rempel, is a landscape painter who has officially delved into abstract painting full force and she is banging out some beauties. I am so proud of her for her courage and determination to push her artistic self in this way, to face the unknown and uncomfortable and work through it. You can check out her work if you go to her blog Eat Drink Paint. I strongly encourage you to take the time.

The painting I am showing you today is an extension of the 1-2-3 exercise from my class at the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus last summer where you create a painting, then from that one you take a favorite section and do another painting, then you repeat that same process. You can keep going on like that with each painting becoming more abstract. Glow came from a section of an abstract branch painting I did at that class. I really wanted to focus on the lines of the branches, but simplify the composition by selecting which ones to remove, leaving others in place to create interesting shapes and areas. Another thing I wanted to do was use colour to create a feeling of a glow behind the branches... almost like light coming through a stained glass window. Unfortunately the glow or slightly vibrating colour does not come through well on the computer screen. I have had this painting at my house for the last week and at night, in a dimly lit room, the bright areas actually do seem to emit a soft glow. It is a cool effect I hadn't anticipated.


monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

I am not a big abstract lover... nor am I good at it. Nicki... this just SINGS! ( and glows) WOW. It feels really good! Way to go!! You rocked it!!

Kim Rempel said...

Thank you Nicki for the very kind words. I wish we could paint together. Wouldn't that be invigorating and fun? I remember reading about that method of abstract painting when you wrote about it last year. It is intriguing. And I really like what you did here! On my screen, it totally has captured the glow. It's beautiful!

Barbara Muir said...

This is beautiful, and if there's a paint together moment please count me in. I love what you said about Kim, and will add that you both inspire me so much.

XOXO Barbara

Nicki said...

Monika, I'm so glad you see the glow! It looks different on my PC than my laptop, so who knows how it comes across when it is "out there" on other screens. :)

Nicki said...

Kim, you are welcome and I meant every one of them. Abstract painting is HARD! I love following your blog and watching the growth- very inspiring!

I would love to make a painting date happen!

Nicki said...

Hi Barbara, thanks once again for your generous words. My wheels are really turning about a painting date with you and Kim. I will be painting in Georgian Bay soon with two studio mates/friends. Not exactly convenient for meeting up.

XO Nicki