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!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Down That Insecure Road Again

Jack Pine On Lynx Lake, La Ronge
48 x 30"
acrylic on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2014

It's happened again. I have put myself in a place of discomfort and mild stress. I have submitted two of my paintings to the Mann Art Gallery Winter Festival Show and Sale. There's a juror, there's prizes, there's three possible gallery spaces the artwork could be place in... and therein lies the stress. Of course a person wants to do well. Of course it would be great if both pieces made their way into the big, main gallery. Of course it would be great to win a prize. Of course it would be great if something sold. The bottom line for me, however, is that I just don't want to make a fool of myself! How is that for setting the bar low?! Really, I just don't want to look lame in front of my peers.

Georgian On My Mind, Georgian Bay
36 x 36"
acrylic on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2014

I chose to submit two paintings I feel really happy with, which I guess is all you can do. I think "Georgian On My Mind" is a bit of a risk to have submitted, but it is a painting that I felt really excited about as I worked. It is dark and dramatic, rather flat and graphic and really different for me. The photo of it isn't great- it's got more oomph in person. The Jack Pine was a bit of a struggle. I went back and forth sorting out the sky and water and trees- well, everything- but in the end I felt content about the result. I am especially fond of the rock. It is a painting that had me thinking about different concepts as I went along, in fact, I even did a sketch before I began working on it. There was a piece at the studio that I considered submitting, but I am so glad I didn't. People really like it, but when I listened to my heart I realized that I am unsettled about it, so it would have been a mistake to submit.

The Winter Festival show will be at the Mann Gallery in Prince Albert from February 6- March 21 with the opening reception being on Friday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m.


Barbara Muir said...

Wonderful work. Why are you worried? You so rock. Your peers?
Who are they? You are way out there Nicki.


CallingForth said...

These are beautiful Nicki - all the best to you!

Marcela Strasdas said...

Love the Jack Pine one! Good luck!

Rose said...

I just have to say that Georgia on my Mind is not one I would have thought I would like, but I just simply love it. It is exciting to look at. It is just wonderful. I love the other one, too...

Nicki said...

I love your fresh take on things Barbara. I could do with some of your confidence!


Nicki said...

Thank you Laurel!

Nicki said...

Marcela, I am happy you like the Jack Pine. Thanks for your good wishes.

Nicki said...

Thank you kindly Rose! I am glad you gave it a chance and that you enjoy looking at it.