My first website is up! www.nickiault.com

STUDIO ON 20th OPEN STUDIO: On Sunday, November 24th from 11-5 the studio where I paint will be hosting an exhibition and sale of the current work of our eleven artists. All are welcome, but please note there is a flight of stairs to navigate. You can find us at 236A 20th Street West (look for the door to the left of the Odd Couple restaurant). Feel free to pass on this information!

Representation: My work can be found at these professional galleries:
Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon, the Canada Building on 21st Street
Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, 2266 Smith Street
Webster Galleries in Calgary, Unit 2 625-77th Ave. SE

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!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Lone Star

Lone Star
48 x 36"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Assiniboia Gallery

Big. Beautiful. Brand new!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gentle Comes The Night

Gentle Comes The Night
30 x 40"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold at Assiniboia Gallery

Art Now Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair was such a great weekend for my art! Assiniboia Gallery swapped this painting out with the Waskesiu River that sold the night before at the gala opening. "Gentle Comes The Night" promptly sold later that morning!


Beautiful Storm

Beautiful Storm
36 x 36"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold at Assiniboia Gallery

Many challenges came my way with this one, but it finally got to a place where I could call it complete. I love the warm light in the clouds juxtaposed against the cool, stormy blues. This was the main painting I created for Art Now Saskatchewan Art Fair, but it pre-sold and therefore didn't make it into the show!


The Calmest Of Days

The Calmest Of Days
24 x 36"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold at Assiniboia Gallery

The light in this one really turned out well, the photo doesn't do it justice. This painting sold on opening night at Art Now Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair in September.



Saturday, November 9, 2019

Last Glisten

Last Glisten
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

It's hard to see in the photo, but there is a little shimmer of light on the dugout where the sun is about to go down. 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Fire-tipped Clouds

Fire-tipped Clouds
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

Small art, big impact.

Another new painting at Darrell Bell Gallery.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Serene

Serene
20 x 20"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Assiniboia Gallery

This peaceful scene is now available at the Assiniboia Gallery in Regina. It is quiet and contemplative. A reminder of those gentle summers' evenings at the lake sitting on the beach and listening to the water lap at the shore.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Evening Canola

Evening Canola
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

A pink tinge in the sky at dusk in late July.

Memories

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

 Gentle waves and evening light.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Duck Pond in September, Forestry Farm

Duck Pond in September, Forestry Farm
8x8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I recently delivered seven new 8x8's to Darrell Bell Gallery. Gift giving season is approaching rapidly and luckily my order of thirty panels just arrived as this last batch of seven depleted my stock!

Morning at the River

Morning at the River
8x8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

Fresh, sparkling morning air.

Retired Country Road

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

If this old road could talk...

Friday, November 1, 2019

Looking For The Portage

Looking For The Portage
24 x 24"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Webster Galleries

Clear, crisp light. Cool, calm water. A perfect day to canoe.

Now available at Webster Galleries in Calgary.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Secrets of the Sinking Sun

Secrets of the Sinking Sun
30 x 30"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Webster Galleries

I'm pretty excited that this beauty has arrived safely in Calgary at Webster Galleries. The photo shows the painting well, but in person this piece will immediately transport you to your favourite memory of an evening at the lake. The glowing light on the water is magical and a feeling of calm will wash over you.

I love the moments of connection when I deliver work to my galleries, so it feels weird to send boxes by courier. Phone calls are the next best thing and I am so happy Paula and the team at Webster's are enthusiastic about the two new pieces they just received. Tomorrow I will show the other painting and if you are in Calgary, please stop by to check them out.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Milky Way Emerges

The Milky Way Emerges
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I love this clear, blue evening sky. The Milky Way is starting to appear and in a couple of hours the blue will deepen and there will be nothing but a sea of stars above.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Filtered Forest Light


Forest Fiesta
8 x 8"
acrylic and oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery
 
Filtered Forest Light
8 x 8"
acrylic and oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold at Darrell Bell Gallery

I love building up early layers in acrylic and this time I left a lot of them exposed. I like the depth it creates in these two paintings. The different palettes give off different moods.




Sharp Turn

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

This painting makes me happy: the fresh greens, the hint of the road on the left, the puddles in the field, the loose marks. It was one of Darrell's favourites in the new batch of 8x8's for the landscape show and that always makes me happy, too.

The Prairies Are Smiling

The Prairies Are Smiling
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

We woke up to a of of snow today. The scene in this painting will be a good reminder of things to come again next year.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Win "Follow Me"!

Follow Me
10 x 10
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019

You could WIN my brand new 10x10 inch original oil painting "Follow Me" (value $300). It's my way of having a bit of fun in a small effort to thank you for following me on this crazy artsy journey I am on. And it's a painting of a path! How terribly clever and symbolic of me.

Leave a comment on this post for an entry to win! 

Also go to Facebook or Instagram to earn more entries.
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HOW TO ENTER on FB and Insta:
1) FOLLOW my page
2) COMMENT and/or TAG a friend on this post who you think might enjoy following my page. One comment per person HOWEVER 
BONUS: REPEATING these steps on the other page will give you another entry in the draw AND leaving a comment on this post on my blog will give you another entry! So you could have three entries!
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Draw closes at midnight on Wednesday, October 16. Winner announced on Thursday, October 17th.
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NOTES: 
- please DO NOT follow only to unfollow after the draw. This is a draw to thank people for joining me.
- prize has no cash value
- Not affiliated with Instagram or Facebook
- open to Canadian and U.S. residents. I will pay for shipping 💓

 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Time to Celebrate!


Yesterday I put up this image on my Instagram and Facebook pages with the following:


I am grateful and I feel like celebrating!

On Monday, October 14th I will post the colour version of this brand new original 10x10 oil painting, "Follow Me", and the details for my FIRST EVER DRAW!

I started my blog ten years ago when I was painting very little and all of the art-related baby steps since then have led to a recent milestone: the launch of my website!

An overwhelming factor in persevering for these ten years has to do with the support I have received in all the forms it has come to me. I am extremely grateful for those who have: written encouraging words through texts, DM's and comments; attended my art shows; shared their knowledge and expertise with me; given me valuable critiques on my work; told their friends and family to check out my art; helped me through the inevitable low points; and of course, those who have purchased.

This painting is a symbolic nod of gratitude to those who follow me and I want someone to win it! Come back on Monday to see the painting in full colour and to find out how to enter!


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!