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.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Here's Where I Am At

photo © Nicki Ault

Hi!

It's been awhile. Sorry about that. My hiatus took me by surprise, too.

I think I worked harder than I realized as I got ready for the show at the University Club and two days before that was the Mother's Day Tea at the studio. Just before that my son was home with an injury. And the week after the show went up at the university I was sick, then the next week my son got sick. May was a long month. I honestly felt so worn down that I started to think I was done painting. For good. I had no desire to create, lift a brush, go to the studio or even talk about art. I thought that was it.

To top the whole thing off I got a call on Sunday night of the May long weekend from our tenant (we have a cute little bachelor suite revenue property) who was in a panic. There was water pouring into his home from above and he didn't know what to do. It was 10:00 at night- I stayed with the kids and my husband went down to check it out. As it turned out the owner of the unit above ours was doing some do-it-yourself plumbing and snapped a pipe in the wall. Our place was flooded. Over the next few days the extent of the damage became more and more apparent. A disaster team was called in and within a matter of 48 hours they began gutting our suite. As upsetting and stressful as that was for us, my biggest concern was for our wonderful tenant. What was going to happen to him? How could he live through this mess? What would he do? Well, the answer came soon enough- he had to move and nine days after the disaster, he was gone.

Every now and then things happen that illustrate how quickly things change. You think you are on a certain trajectory and then, wham! the tables are turned. I am still trying to wrap my head around what has happened and the fact that we now have a long road ahead of us, not to mention finding another excellent tenant. 

Thanks for your ear. I promise this page will get back to art soon.

~Nicki

4 comments:

laurel&stephen said...

What a lot to deal with, just remember to breathe. Last year the developer who was building around our home dropped a tree on it. I found myself constantly holding my breathe, and then I remembered I needed to breathe and look for the beauty in each day. Got through the whole mess, but I am looking forward to a calamity free summer this year. Take care.

Nicki said...

Thank you. It has been stressful, but now that I know our tenant is okay I feel like I can deal with the rest. I can't imagine what that must have been like to have a tree dropped on your home! Wow! I hope you have a very relaxing summer this year.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

Sorry I missed this. I'm so sorry for your trouble.

XOXOXOXXOXO Barbara

Nicki said...

It is an ongoing saga, Barbara. Sigh.