Sunday, May 14 - Mother's Day Tea Show and Sale: taking place at Studio On 20th from 12-4p.m. Our studio will be open to the public on this afternoon to exhibit the most current work by artists Bridget Aitken, Nicki Ault, Kathy Bradshaw, Jan Corcoran, Ann Donald, Jane Harington, Miranda Jones, Brenda Kennedy, Karen Maguire, Amira Wasfy and Carol Wylie. We are located at 236A 20th Street Between Aves. B and C (door to the left of the Odd Couple restaurant).

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, June 29, 2015

Meet Spring

Meet Spring
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2015

"Meet Spring" was painted during Art Trek. Not only was the trek a great opportunity to chat with people who had come out to discover the artists' studios, but it was a chance to get a bit of work done. I painted this little piece and most of the last painting I showed you, "McPhee From Highway 264", during the Friday and Saturday event.

Quite frankly, after I painted it, it dawned on me that spring was almost over and it was time to think about painting the new season. In some ways I cannot believe it is now summer already. I hate to say it, but it means winter is that much closer. And it means my oldest is that much closer to graduating from Grade Eight. This coming school year feels monumental to me. Perhaps not as much as the Grade Twelve year will be, but still, he is growing up and I am not sure how to feel about it. When I started this blog almost six years ago he and his brother were little. They were so cute and so funny and sooo exhausting. I was frazzled and sleep deprived and looking for relief... and something to call mine; to define me as an individual, as a woman- something beyond a mother and a wife. Don't get me wrong, I am extremely proud to have these roles, but back then I felt swallowed up. I had lost a lot of who I was as a unique and creative person. I gave this blog to myself for a birthday present in August 2009 and it has motivated me to continue with my art practice over and over again. 

Now my son is taller than me and the archive to this blog is just as long! I don't see either stopping anytime soon. Thank you so much for tuning in! I hope my future paintings continue to keep you interested.


Sally Chupick said...

hi Nicki,
Really love this little painting, the simplicity of the shapes and the colour palette you've worked with is very appealing. It's amazing isn't it how quickly kids grow up? The latter years are fun too though, especially nice to be able to devote more energy to your own creativity. (speaking as a mum, I have 3 girls who are now all grown up!)
So many lovely paintings on your blog!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

I have a nephew that age. So different. It does mark something, but the teenage years are really wonderful.
This amazing, if sometimes difficult person emerges. Knowing you he will be genius creative.

So glad you started blogging, and that we are friends. You have inspired me no end.