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, February 1, 2014

I Have A Show at Hues Art Supply!

Last Morning, Sulphide Lake
16 x 16"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2014
sold

Whew! What just happened?! One minute I was going about my business and the next minute a text came in and I had an art show! You never know what the day will bring, do you? 

 Hues Art Supply
1818 Lorne Ave., Saskatoon
(on the corner of Lorne and Taylor)
306-653-1900

A week ago I was invited to be the first "featured artist" at a fantastic new art store in town, Hues Art Supply. This is going to be a place that is about the artist, the community and coming together to learn, so... did I want to be the first artist that they feature? Heck yeah! But there was a catch... the first featured artist was planned for February! From the time I got the message to the time the show went up (this morning) I had exactly one week. A sane person might have said, no, that was too quick, but what did I do? I said YES! Of course being the way I am it wasn't long before I decided that I needed new, never-before-seen work for the show, so over the last week I painted madly. 


Today I hung the show with seven new works plus a few that were in my inventory. It looks good! I left feeling happy and now people need to know... not just about my show, but about this store.

Hues Art Supply has been open less than a month and supplies are still rolling in, but already it has a great atmosphere and I just know inspiring things are going to happen there. The owner, Paul Trottier, is a friend and paints a mean picture his own self! (Check out the link to his website by clicking on his name.) I want to wish him all the success in the world as this adventure gets under way. I am honoured to be the first artist he is showing in his store. 




 



Just look at all of those delicious art supplies!!! Swoon! He is carrying Princeton brushes, Daniel Smith oils, Nitram charcoal and much, much more! He even has some fun things for kids. If you are in Saskatoon please stop in to meet Paul and see what he is offering. You won't be disappointed.

Oh yeah, about the painting... I got sidetracked by excitement over the store. "Last Morning, Sulphide Lake" was painted late into the night on Thursday evening. It was inspired by photos I took on the last paddle across Sulphide Lake when I was on the "Canoeing and Painting In The Wild" adventure in August. It was the most beautiful, calm, sunny, glorious morning. I will always remember that breathtaking day; just the thought of it can still bring tears to my eyes. I hope you like the painting and I hope it conveys the feeling of awe I had that morning on the lake.

5 comments:

monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

Omg!!! You are so awesome!!!!!

Barbara Muir said...

Congratulations superstar. Now you know why you're my art hero.

XOXOXOXO Barbara

Nicki said...

Monika and Barbara, you are both good for my self esteem! :) Thanks for your kind words.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on putting together a great art show for the new Hues Art store at short notice! Good to see some “hot” art from our Painting in the Wild canoe trip last summer up for public display. Your Last Morning on Sulphide Lake painting reminds me of some of Tom Thomson’s portrayals of the Canadian Shield landscape!

Anonymous said...

The last "anonymous" comment was from Cliff Speer. I shared your Sulphide Lake image on my CanoeSki Discovery Company facebook page. It has attracted accolades from a few other canoe tour operators! They can relate well to the northern aura.
- Cliff