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, March 30, 2015

Tiny Prairie

Tiny Prairie
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2015

I continue to find myself killing a lot of time at the studio. You know what it's like when you can't get down to work... tidying work surfaces, sorting through old canvases, checking Facebook, chatting with studio mates, looking through photos, sighing... a lot. Although I have been struggling with inspiration, I recently rediscovered some photos I took at the Saskatoon Natural Grasslands in the spring a few years ago. There is something about a few of them that have my juices flowing, so I may focus on fields over the next few weeks. Here is a small one I did this past week after an inordinate amount of time procrastinating. As I said to Bridget... once the painting gets underway it is usually a lot of fun, but up until then it can be traumatic!


Barbara Muir said...

Love this Nicki,

You are one of the most prolific painters I know. If this is procrastination -- I say bring it on.

Great painting. Love the loose quality combined with intense vision.


Nicki said...

Thanks Barbara. I feel like I don't paint a lot- I feel like, and definitely know that I spend more time away from the studio than I do painting at it. It is hard when the kids need me and life is busy in so many other ways. I guess it is good if I seem prolific. I wonder what I could produce if I actually spent the hours at the studio that I wish I could.

Love the work you are doing.

XO Nicki