Representation: I am honoured to have my work represented by these well-respected professional galleries:
Darrell Bell Gallery in the Canada Building, downtown Saskatoon
Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, 2266 Smith Street
Webster Galleries in Calgary, Unit 2 625-77th Ave. SE

Summer Location: I am happy to announce that my art is available once again at Evrgreen Coffee and Food in Waskesiu for the summer season.

March 21, 2019: I was interviewed by Galleries West Magazine. Read the article here.

November 10, 2016: I was interviewed by Daily Paintworks as their Spotlight Artist for a week! Read my interview on the DPW News blog!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ten Years Later That Artist Is Me!


I finally have a website!


is live! 
  
This is likely only a big deal to me, but that's okay, I still want to make this announcement. I am pretty dang proud that I built a website and that it turned out as well as (I think) it did. I am absolutely thrilled that now I can direct people to one place to look at my art. No more telling people to look at my small work on Daily Paintworks, my large work in my Facebook albums, or scroll through my blog or go to different gallery sites. UGH. It was becoming embarrassing. 

How on earth did I go so long without a website?

Well, for one, I can procrastinate with the best of them, but seriously and in all honestly, it has taken me this long to consider myself "professional" enough to deserve one. 

When my children were very young I spent three years from 2006-2009, watching the Daily Painting movement online. I was impressed with artists like Duane Keiser, Abbey Ryan, Edward B. Gordon, Carol Marine and Karin Jurick - and was fascinated by the possibilities of this online world of art. Finally one evening in August of 2009, hands shaking, I took the first step in setting up a blog, then the next step, then the next. By the end of the night this non-computer savvy person had given herself a blog for her birthday! 

"Nicki Ault: Me, Myself and Who Am I?", was going to help me explore who I was beyond a mother, wife, sister and friend. I never planned to become a daily painter, but I did hope the accountability of posting on a blog would motivate me to keep painting. It was hard with a busy five and seven year old around, but it worked. Nobody understood what I was doing, some worried that being "out there" online could even be dangerous, but I had this deep feeling in my gut that this was going to be the right thing for me. It was a tether to the art world.

Ten years later this blog is still going which ultimately means I am still going. TEN YEARS! Ten years and one thousand four hundred and fifty-six blog posts later!

My story is one of a self-conscious, introverted, stay-at-home mom who loved art and painted a little, but dreamed of being an artist who was represented by professional, reputable galleries, who painted full-time and who had her own website.

And today, with the launch of www.nickiault.com, that piece of the puzzle is in place...

 and that artist is me!

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

It Has Taken Me Ten Years


View North - Chief Mistawasis Bridge

View North, Chief Mistawasis Bridge
20x20"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

On this day the sky was everything of which I dream - dramatic, powerful, changing, moody and, of course, beautiful. As I drove around the swale taking photos, I could see building, billowing clouds to the north so it seemed the perfect time to drive across the city's newest bridge, the Chief Mistawasis. The views were spectacular, but, being a bridge and all, there was nowhere to pull over and take photos. I went back and forth across the bridge I don't know how many times trying to memorize the scene. Thinking about it now makes me giggle. I picture it as a cartoon: me in my minivan zipping across one way, then back across the other way, over and over again with a thought bubble above my head of me painting the scene Bob Ross-style. 

It eventually became apparent that I needed to actually stop to take photos; the clouds were too amazing to risk not remembering them. I found a spot on the east side of the river to park/wedge my van and set out across the north side of the bridge. 

The view was even better than I guessed now that I could see beyond the guard rails. The bridge is high and it's an uphill trek to the west side- a good workout! The walkway is wide and there are several really large, semi-circular jut-outs creating wonderful viewpoints along the way. Looking north in the direction of Wanuskewin at the curve of the river, I was surprised at how almost cliff-like the west bank was. With little traffic going by, there were few things to distract my visualizations of untouched land, canoes, buffalo jumps and campfires that may have set the scene many years ago. 

I felt somewhat transported and I hope this painting relates that wonder.


"View North, Chief Mistawasis Bridge" is available at Darrell Bell Gallery and is part of the current group show "Painting The Landscape". As well, the 6x6 study below, "Big Sky Over The South Saskatchewan" (not seen before), will be available at the Saskatchewan Craft Council booth at Art Now this coming weekend in Regina and also in their online store.

Big Sky Over The South Saskatchewan
6x6" (8x8" framed)
oil on board
 Nicki Ault, 2019
available at the Saskatchewan Craft Council
 
 





Monday, September 16, 2019

A Little Light Left

A Little Light Left
24 x 24"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

A new painting based on some smaller pieces I painted earlier this year. On view and for sale in Painting The Landscape at Darrell Bell Gallery.

Friday, September 13, 2019

A Sense Of Place

A Sense Of Place
36x60"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold
(commission)

This painting was a challenge and a joy all at once. It was a commission that came through Darrell Bell Gallery. I appreciate that they took the time to discuss my work with her and that they recommended she come for a studio visit. Luckily I was still in town, so I met her at 8:00 in the morning to hear what she envisioned for her special painting and then I was off on holidays with my family..

She desired a big Saskatchewan sky that we all know and love; the kind that are dark near the horizon creating a dramatic contrast against the glowing canola. She didn't want it to be too detailed and she didn't want a lot of purple. Aside from those minimal restraints, she wanted me to have fun and enjoy creating. She was wonderful and supportive.

I am happy to say that she is thrilled with her painting and has allowed us to show it at Painting The Landscape which opens at Darrell Bell Gallery tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 14. Please come to the opening between 2:00 and 5:00 if you have the time. The invitation is below.




Saturday, September 7, 2019

Painting The Landscape At Darrell Bell Gallery


Here is your invitation to the third annual Painting The Landscape show at Darrell Bell Gallery!

I have been hunkered down like crazy lately. August was definitely an eat-paint-sleep-repeat month. However, I feel like the work was all worth it - there isn't a dud in the bunch! I love the painting they used for the invitation above. "Deer Bed" is a 20x20 based on an 8x8 I did earlier this year.

Below is a photo of the back-sides of all of my August paintings with sizes listed! I cannot believe how much I accomplished. Mind you, I did have a few under-paintings prepared before we went on family holidays in July, so those were ready to go when I started painting in August. The 10x10's are already at Assiniboia Gallery and the 6x6's replenished the wall at Evrgreen Coffee and Food in Waskesiu.

© Nicki Ault, 2019

I'm delivering five new large paintings to Darrell Bell Gallery today for the big show opening next weekend. I have at least four new large paintings and four additional new 10x10's (in progress now) going to Regina on Friday to replenish Assiniboia Gallery and for their booth at Art Now Saskatchewan Art Fair happening in two weeks. I have a new batch of 8x8's building at the studio which will be delivered next week to Darrell Bell Gallery to refresh the grid in time for the weekend.

Whew!

And to top all of that off, I have been quietly working on another project that I will reveal in a matter of days. I cannot wait!

Please stay tuned and thanks for your patience as I haven't been posting much lately.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Prairie Chaos - Makeover Monday!

Prairie Chaos
(after)
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

This is a painting makeover that I did awhile ago and forgot to publish. The original, from 2015, was somewhat experimental, but after some time it began to feel a bit raw or unfinished which spurred on the remake. I tried to keep the loose and chaotic energy, but pulled together the colours and values a bit more.


Prairie Chaos
(before)
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2015


Friday, August 23, 2019

One For The Storm Chasers

One For The Storm Chasers
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I think this one is still available! I love it!

Rolling Along

Rolling Along
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I think this one might still be available!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Boreal and The Blazing Sun

The Boreal And The Blazing Sun
40x30"
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold at Assiniboia Gallery 

This blog post has been in draft-mode limbo along with about seventy other paintings from the last year. I am having trouble keeping up with it all and can't post fast enough. Anyway, this one sold at my Artist Feature exhibition earlier this year at Assiniboia Gallery.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Rain Passed Through

The Rain Passed Through
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
 sold at Darrell Bell Gallery

Recently sold at Darrell Bell Gallery!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Three New 10 x 10's At Assiniboia Gallery

Blooming Bright
10 x 10"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Assiniboia Gallery

Long Weekend Light
10 x 10"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Assiniboia Gallery

Shimmer On The Kingsmere
10 x 10"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Assiniboia Gallery

There was a little rush on 10x10's in Regina recently so I got to work when we returned from the mountains and painted a few new ones. They all make me really happy. There is a lovely clarity of light in each of them. Or maybe I am just so zen after our holiday that my eyes are seeing things. Ha!

I boxed these babies up and sent them overnight, so they are now safe and sound at the gallery. They are ready to view and buy - $300 each unframed.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Smoke Haze And The Sinking Sun

Smoke Haze and The Sinking Sun
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

This one is still up for grabs and it packs a punch! Much better to see the intense colours in person if you can.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Distant Downpour

Distant Downpour
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
 sold at Darrell Bell Gallery

A prairie scene.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Rain Clouds At Sunset

Rain Clouds At Sunset
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
 available at Darrell Bell Gallery

A spectacular sky seen on the way home from the lake several years ago. I had to pull into the big truckstop at Hague to get photos. It was glorious!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Family Holiday 2019 - Mountain Adventure!

all photos © Nicki Ault, 2019

Well that was fun! We just returned from a family holiday!


We took a ten day trip to the mountains and made it an adventure. The kids, 17 and 15, were a great age to explore this new landscape with. They were into everything: the hikes, the views, the Sky Tram, the canyons, the hot springs, the zip-line, the planetarium, the waterfalls, the white water rafting, the canoeing, the Columbia Ice Field, the Skywalk - EVERYTHING!


The trip got underway with a night in Edmonton (teenagers like to go to sport stores to check out shoes), then a scenic drive to Jasper for several nights, then a spectacular drive to Canmore where we rented an RV already parked in a campground for a few nights. We were able to enjoy campfires and marshmallow roasts.


We wrapped things up with a very short stint in Calgary where we managed to connect with a couple we hadn't seen for years and years. On the way out of town we hit the TELUS Spark science centre and then stopped in Drumheller to go through the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Both are first class!


My head is spinning with ideas for new projects and paintings! I have never had a desire to paint the mountains, but now I am intrigued. At any rate, it was the break I needed from my normal routines. I didn't bring any art-making supplies with me; the trip was all about family and unplugging. The odd thing is that I actually did pack some of my painting clothes. I didn't wear them at all, obviously, but maybe subconsciously they are like a security blanket. Anyway, mountain explorations will have to wait for a month or so because I have two big art events in September for which to prepare, so stay tuned!

You know you had a great holiday when you feel energized and motivated to get back to work!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Morning Has Broken

Morning Has Broken
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold at Darrell Bell Gallery

This sold in May before I had a chance to post it and now I am painting a larger version. Sometimes it is hard to scale things up, but I am only going to a 24x24 canvas so I think it will work.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Encroaching Marsh Waters

Encroaching Marsh Waters
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

The title explains it, but sometimes we get so much rain in a season that marsh waters begin to swamp the surrounding land and drown little trees along the way. Mother nature can be harsh, but also dramatically beautiful.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Electric Blue Finale

Electric Blue Finale
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I delivered this one to the gallery earlier this year and it is still available for someone who gets excited about a bit of drama, a complementary palette and a reasonable price!


Lit From Behind

Lit From Behind
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery


I love how abstracted this sky became. I love the look of the sun's energy pouring out from behind our dramatic prairie skies. In fact, it adds to the drama.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

All Lit Up In Late Afternoon

All Lit Up In Late Afternoon
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

Oh, this one does it for me and I pretty much made it up! I love the earthy colours against the more vibrant ones. It creates a strong effect.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Little Deer Bed

Little Deer Bed
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold at Darrell Bell Gallery

I love every little thing about this one and so did somebody else because it sold quick!

The Swale

The Swale
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

A new place for me to discover, explore and find inspiration - the Northeast Swale. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Million Dollar Rain

Million Dollar Rain
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

It was a dry start to the year, but the rain finally came. So did the humidity. Just ask my hair!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Moonlight And The Meadow

Moonlight And The Meadow
8x8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

A fun experiment that became one of my favourites of this new batch of 8x8's. More ideas are brewing in this regard.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Eleven New 8x8's Delivered To Darrell Bell Gallery!



 
New 8x8 oil paintings 
© Nicki Ault, 2019 
$200 each
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I recently took eleven hot-off-the-press 8x8's to my Saskatoon gallery (I had to round out the grid with one from the last batch which is why there are twelve shown). There are a few new favourites in this group. I wonder if you can guess which ones I love.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

As The Day Cools

As The Day Cools
20 x 20"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I love painting these sunset reflections. I wanted to paint this one with softer, cooler colours than previous ones. There is still a bit of the heat of the day remaining, but the sun is almost gone and everything is cooling off.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Amber And Azure Evening

Amber And Azure Evening
30 x 30"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

This brand new painting was just delivered to Darrell Bell Gallery in time for a fresh gallery artist group show. There is lots of fantastic work, so when you are wandering around downtown in Saskatoon be sure to pop in and have a look. The main gallery is on the fourth floor of the Canada Building across from Lululemon on 21st Street. And don't forget to swing into the street level gallery... I also dropped of eleven new 8x8's and you will find them there!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New Paintings Delivered to Darrell Bell Gallery!

Rustle
40 x 30"
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

Yesterday I delivered fourteen paintings to Darrell Bell Gallery! Photos of the new work will be posted over the next several days. I had this one was at the studio, so I took it over as well. "Rustle" won the Hues Art Supply Award at the Mann Art Gallery Winter Festival in 2018. I really love the colours and the fluttery effect of the leaves. I hope it finds a place to call home.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Moss-Laden and Memories of a Moose at Evrgreen in Waskesiu

Moss-Laden and Memories of A Moose
36 x 24"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Evrgreen Coffee and Food in Waskesiu 

It's the July long weekend! The kids are done school and two months of (relatively) unstructured time is here! I am always SO ready for our days to be a bit more lazy, to not have to make sure there are groceries in the house for bagged lunches, which half the time don't get eaten at school anyway. My kids need time to recuperate. They are good students and work hard to earn good grades, they are active and committed to their sports. They set a pretty heavy pace for themselves during the school year and on top of that... they are growing which has GOT to be exhausting. Sleep and rest and free time are needed.

I, on the other hand, need to get more active and can hardly wait to get busy painting some of the spectacular photos I have taken recently!

Some of my recent paintings are available again at Evrgreen Coffee and Food this summer. I am thrilled to be back for another season and hope you will pop in for a delicious coffee and take a minute to view my art! Last year it was a real treat getting photos from people who took pictures of my art on the wall at Evrgreen, or in some cases, selfies with my art. Super cool! Let me know if you get there and what you think. Here are some of the paintings you will find there and more will be posted tomorrow...

View of the Points at Point View
10 x 10"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2018
available at Evrgreen Coffee and Food, Waskesiu

Approach From Seven Mile
6x6"
oil on board
©Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Evrgreen Coffee and Food, Waskesiu
 
 The Days Retreat
10x10"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Evrgreen Coffee and Food, Waskesiu
 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Skirting The Field and Call The Game

Skirting The Field
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

 Call The Game!
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

North Country and A Prairie Good Morning

North Country
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

A Prairie Good Morning
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I am trying to catch up the blog to the 8x8's I have already posted on Facebook and Instagram. There are about twenty-three 8x8's currently available at Darrell Bell Gallery. They make great gifts; something to keep in mind as wedding season is upon us.