July and August 2017: A small selection of my work, courtesy of Darrell Bell Gallery, is available at Boffins restaurant (111 Research Drive, U of S campus) throughout the summer months.

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.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Under The Stars

Under The Stars
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

I love painting these night scenes. More experimenting to do in the near future... new ideas are fun!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Blooming Bright

Blooming Bright
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

Oooooh, the canola this year! I love how this painting turned out! I'm going big with some of these canola fields once the big commish is done!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Like Hope Shining Through

Like Hope Shining Through
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold

There is something about the glowing rays of light of a colourful sunset filtering through the branches and boughs of pine trees; it just feels like hope.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dancing Fields of Wheat

Dancing Fields of Wheat
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

The wheat was still slightly green as we went through the countryside on the way to the lake. The drive home, however, was a different story. In the short span of a week, these young crops were no longer green, but more blonde and one step closer to harvest.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Canola and The Milky Way

Canola and The Milky Way
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold

I was excited about this painting when I completed it at the lake, so much so that I had to make a statement about how excited I was on my Facebook art page! Now, here it is... but hard to photograph without getting a bit of a glare/hotspot. Hope you like it!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sparkling River, Waskesiu

Sparkling River, Waskesiu
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

My son loves this painting. He is quite convinced it won't last long at the gallery. I love his supportive nature.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Canola

Canola
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

Lots of this particular delightful scene happening right now, especially in the north... from what I could tell, the southern fields are almost done with the bright canola yellow. A lot changed in the week I was at the lake with the kids. So glad I got out there when I did. Now I am waiting for the golden wheat fields to ripen from their earthy green hue. Soon...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ultramarine Dugout at Warman

Ultramarine Dugout at Warman
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

The sky was pale blue and yet, with the wind disturbing the surface, the water reflected a deep ultramarine colour. Even dugouts are beautiful on days like this!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Roadside Canola at Neuanlage

Roadside Canola At Neuanlage
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

There is a growing, little town about twenty minutes north of Saskatoon, Neuanlage, where more and more houses are being built. It is in the heart of farmland and canola fields. Right there next to lovely new bungalows are glowing yellow fields. To drive down the main street is to drive right next to the edge of a canola field. It is Saskatchewan in a nutshell.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Whitecaps

Whitecaps
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

 "The sea was angry that day my friends."

~ George Costanza, Seinfeld, 1994

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Rejoice

Rejoice
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
available

The canola is glorious right now. Every day it gets more intense. That yellow is the colour of happy. It's the time of year when a good number of the prairie population has its fingers crossed that Mother Nature will work for us rather than against us. We need rain, but not too much. We need heat, but not too much, We definitely don't need hail or a plague of grasshoppers. And no tornadoes. The summer is a bit of a nail biter around here and we always hope the best for our farmers. Fingers crossed for the great bumper crops of 2017!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Wheat Ripening

Wheat Ripening
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold

I came across a beautiful wheat field on the drive north the other day. It was so lovely, not yet blonde, full of  warm and earthy colours, and a bit green. It rippled in the wind like gentle waves. The motion was mesmerizing.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunshine On Earth

Sunshine On Earth
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017
sold

Finally! I got some painting done!

It was a lovely day at the lake yesterday, but not overwhelmingly hot. In the shade on the deck while painting, I had four layers on! But I tend to run a little on the cool side. My son thought I was crazy bananas, but what are you gonna do?

Anyway, it was wonderful to get this canola field out of my head and onto a board. I am still swooning from all the yellow I saw on the drive north. More to come!

I love painting!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Paintings In My Head!

Waskesiu Sunset
photo © Nicki Ault, 2017

I am at the lake with my kids. We drove up on Monday- it took longer than usual because I kept stopping to take photos of the canola fields along the way. The remainder of the day was spent unpacking and settling in, cleaning and organizing. Then yesterday was rainy, on and off all day, so each time I thought I would get outside to paint, I was foiled. And then there was a two hour glitch trying to get the Shaw Direct service to the TV. I, myself, could go without TV indefinitely, but string a few rainy days together with two teenagers in a small cabin and you will want entertainment. Any entertainment. Even Sponge Bob.

So, no paintings yet, but as I wrapped up the day, the rain stopped and the sun began to break through. As the clouds burned off, this gift arrived promising new, inspired paintings on my horizon.

P.S. I posted a video of a 180 degree view of this sunset on Instagram last night. Click the camera icon on the top right of this page to go over there to see it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Little Lovey's Art Project


First things first, I want to be clear that whenever I post any images related to my children (which is rare) I always talk to them first and ask if they are okay with it. I do not post if they say no.

Okay, that being said... my heart swells with love and pride, joy and awe over this story.

My youngest, thirteen years old and just finished Grade Seven, told me early in May that, for an art assignment in school, they were supposed to pick a famous artist and research about him or her and then do a piece of art in the style of that artist or do a reproduction of that artist's work. I was really excited when he told me that and I asked who he chose... Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, O'Keefe, Matisse, Degas? Who?!

His answer...

"I chose you, mom".

Cue the tears.

"Me?" I asked. "Oh! Really? Wow. Thank you Lovey."

Turtle Cloud
12 x 12"
acrylic on canvas
© T. Ault, 2017
NFS

He was supposed to bring supplies to school to create the art project, but we decided to take some time one evening to go to my studio so he could work on his project there. He used a 12x12 canvas propped on my easel, my brushes and acrylics. He chose one of my 6x6 paintings of a sunset as inspiration for his piece - he did not want to copy it, he wanted to create his own work.

It was quite interesting to watch the painting develop. I helped talk him through elements and showed him how to choose colours and mix paint. I listened to his thoughts and gave him advice on how to try to achieve the idea he had in his head as I understood it. It was fascinating to watch him love his painting at certain points and then really hate it at other points. Like mother, like son! He persevered and in the end he felt very proud of what he created.

my son's painting and assignment
(top left) on the bulletin board at school

What I hadn't looked at was the paper he wrote about me. I didn't see it until I stopped by the school to take a photo of the bulletin board in the hallway. At that point I read the front page of his assignment. I am not sure which I love more, his painting or his words (few as they may be)!

Under Artist Biography the question is "How did they live?"

His answer... "She lived well. She wasn't rich but she wasn't poor".

!!!!!!

How much do I love it???!!! I laughed right out loud while standing in the empty school hallway. I also enjoy that he has my date of birth wrong and that he has me expiring this year. It's been nice knowing ya!


All silliness aside, he is actually so very wrong. I am rich, but it has nothing to do with money and everything to do with him and his big brother.

Truly. My cup runneth over.

P.S. I ran into my son's teacher who commented how absolutely sweet he thought it was that my son chose to do his assignment on me. I said I agreed, that it was very special. I also teased that my son gave me the only opportunity I will ever have to be displayed alongside Claude Monet and Salvador Dali!