October 18 - November 10, 2018: Painting the Landscape - I'm in a group show at Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon. Opening reception on Thursday, October 18 from 5-8 p.m. This is a big show! Both gallery spaces are being used: the main gallery (fourth floor) and the street level gallery, both in the Canada Building on 21st Street. Please come to the opening party!

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!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
sold at Darrell Bell Gallery

This is my year of challenging any self-imposed restrictions I have put on my art in the past. For example, I have long held the notion that I only paint the natural world and do not include man-made elements in my work... until I was commissioned to paint a large grid road last year and then suddenly I was painting a man-made element. That got a few synapses firing and I realized I might be missing out on some good stuff if I "never" do certain things.

I realized I never use black in my paintings. I have certainly mixed dark darks with Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and Alizarin Crimson and the like, but I have never used a straight-up tube of black. Tubes of black often pull a certain way, usually towards blue, which you can see if you add a tinge of white. I heard about a black made by Gamblin that was supposed to be neutral, so I recently ordered it and have been experimenting here and there. It has been lots of fun, and as you can see above, Chromatic Black has helped me break one of my self-imposed rules.

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