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.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Little Sumac On Georgian Bay

Little Sumac on Georgian Bay
30 x 30"
acrylic on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2014

My dry spell continues, although I did get to the studio on Monday and began a large panting. It felt good at the time but the magic did not last long. At least it was a glimmer and maybe this weekend I will find the right mood to go again.

The painting above was done at the temporary studio earlier this year and I totally forgot about it! I brought it home during the studio move and stored it with my other Georgian Bay paintings. It is based on a 6x6 study, "Little Sumac on the Beach" (see below), that I did while in Georgian Bay last fall. I liked the calmness of the sky and water next to the busy foreground. My fascination persisted with the little red plant growing out of the most impossible rocky terrain and I wondered how it might translate on a larger scale. It is not quite done, but it is close.

Little Sumac on the Beach (study)
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2013

Since this post brings up Georgian Bay it seems like a good time for an announcement! Our application was accepted - Bridget, Jackie and I will be having an exhibition of our Georgian Bay paintings at St. Thomas More Gallery in Saskatoon from August 26  - October 31, 2014 and I'm pretty excited about it! We all paint so differently, it will be interesting to see how it comes together. I think the show will be titled "Three Takes: Georgian Bay". It feels good to look forward to something!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

I love this. It is hard having the feeling of being in a dry spell. But I think what you are doing is cooking.
I painted so many paintings in January, that it felt like a dry spell just to slow down and work on something bigger. Give your fantastic artist self a break. Maybe instead of calling it a dry spell, call it a creative holiday. We all need them!

Love your work.

XOXOXO Barbara And congratulations on the show, which will be amazing.

Nicki said...

Thank you for your wisdom, Barbara. Yes, a creative holiday! Glad you have been so productive so far in 2014- you are on fire!