Water Striders - Big Broadway Number
30 x 40"
acrylic on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2009
I have never partaken in a Throwback Thursday here or on Facebook, but since I haven't been to the studio lately and have nothing new to show you, I thought it may be a good way to stay in touch.
Years ago, 2009 to be exact, I was painting for my first ever big solo show in a public gallery. I ended up doing a wide range of paintings inspired by the northern boreal forest in Saskatchewan. Within that I did a series of what I call abstract reflections. I loved painting them and they were my first effort at abstract painting. They were inspired by the Spruce River and the distorted reflections caused by the water strider bugs on the surface of the water. Watching the bugs skittle around on the water made me think of dancing, so all of the paintings were titled after the idea of a dance or performance. To this day I love the paintings from that series and although all found new home, I am so happy I kept this one for myself. It hangs in my dining room and I don't think I will ever get tired of looking at it.