Posts Tagged ‘contemporary landscape art’

“Branching Out” New Textured Palette Knife Barn painting by Niki Gulley

August 19th, 2013
“Branching Out” ©2013 Niki Gulley
18″ x 24” textured oil painting

Having grown up in Chicago, my husband and I return to the Midwest every summer, driving through miles of farmland between Texas and Illinois. While sometimes stark, I also find a peacefulness in the wide open countryside, a nostalgic tug on a simpler time from my childhood, and a fascination with the rustic beauty of each barn. I find it inspiring that so many of the structures were built by the farmers themselves from nearby trees, cut down and fashioned by hand. Each one has its unique personality, both pragmatic and aesthetic, a symbol that’s stood the test of time despite a disappearing way of life. In “Branching Out,” I wanted to juxtapose this sturdy oak framing an iconic red barn in the background, inviting you to climb its branches and relive childhood memories.

For more information on my textured palette knife oil paintings, please e-mail me at Niki Gulley.

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“Fire and Gold” Contemporary birch oil painting

November 26th, 2012
“Fire and Gold” ©2012 Niki Gulley
oil on canvas • 36″ x 48″

I love the first signs of fall – the crisp feel in the air, the crunching of leaves underfoot, the beautiful autumn colors, and being totally immersed in nature in the middle of a forest without a care in the world. In Fire and Gold I wanted to recreate that joyful feeling, choosing warm reds and yellows of autumn and using energetic strokes with my paint to heighten that mood. Building up first thin transparent layers and then thick textured layers of oil paint also add to a certain glow and magic in the final piece.

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Passage of Illumination – Just Sold!

August 1st, 2012

“Passage of Illumination” ©2011 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 48” x 60” textured oil on canvas

Just Sold! Wander down this path that beckons you and lift your eyes heavenward to that cobalt vault lined by a rainbow of vivid greens and golds and gleaming crimson, purposely choosing these warm vibrant colors to suggest a hopeful future. Like an ancient chorus these joyful trees sing with dazzling colors, a call and respond to each other across the enticing path that traces verses of light and dark, hue and color, an alluring siren song leading you into the depths of this radiant, vanishing horizon. A painting rich in color and light, joy and energy its double bowed composition gently leads gently you into this magical, blissful destination.

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“Kaleidoscope of Dreams” – Large aspen tree painting by Niki Gulley

July 13th, 2012
“Kaleidoscope of Dreams” ©2012 by Niki Gulley
textured oil painting
Four 36″ x 36″ canvases to form a 72″ x 72″ quadriptych

In this painting, I wanted you to feel like a little kid again – laying on the ground and staring up into the treetops without a care in the world. I hope you experience the joy of being surrounded by nature and the beauty in this autumn kaleidoscope of colors.

If you are in Madison, WI this weekend, please stop by my booth at Art Fair on the Square to see more of my textured birch and aspen tree paintings.
Art Fair on the Square
Sat. July 14 • 9am – 6pm
Sun. July 15 • 10am – 5pm
Madison, WI • 227 State. St.
Booth # 826, 828
on Mifflin St. between State St. and Wisconsin Ave.
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Chicago Skyline commission

August 5th, 2011

SOLD • 20″ x 30″ pastel by Niki Gulley

Just completed – a commissioned pastel of the Chicago skyline, seen from the city cruise on Lake Michigan as the sun is setting and causing the water to sparkle.

If you’re interested in commissioning a painting of a special location or memory, please e-mail me at Niki Gulley for more information on my contemporary landscape paintings.

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