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“Embrace” textured birch oil painting by Niki Gulley

February 25th, 2015
“Embrace” ©2015 Niki Gulley
textured oil painting • 36″ x 36″ on wrap around canvas
I like to play with blurring the lines between realism and abstraction so that some things are left up to the viewer’s imagination. In the case of “Embrace,” I chose this unusual, asymmetrical heart-shaped composition and teased your eye with foreground and background emerging and disappearing to create a more abstract scene. Choosing fiery reds contrasted against turquoise blues cause the colors to dance and vibrate. While diagonal strokes and a circular composition combined with the vibrant hues, create a sense of energy, movement and harmony. Using all of these elements, I wanted to create an uplifting, whimsical, passionate painting filled with youthful hope and discovery.

“Embrace” is available through the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX (http://www.goodartcompany.com/gac/.)

To see more of my contemporary landscape paintings, please visit nikigulley.com.
For more information on my palette knife birch and aspen tree paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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“Natural Textures” Abstracted Aspen Tree palette knife painting by Niki Gulley

February 23rd, 2015
“Natural Textures III” ©2015 Niki Gulley
24″ x 36″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting I wanted the focus to be on texture. Usually I paint with a lot of color, but I opted to use a limited palette on this piece to really concentrate on the peeling bark of the aspen trees. Bordering on the edge of abstraction and the cusp of realism, Natural Textures is loaded with layers and layers of paint, built up with thin glazes and then palette knife to create extreme dimension. Choosing to come in extremely close on the subject, I played around with various strokes and paint thicknesses to add depth and energy. At the end, I had to throw in a few of my signature strokes of color – a splash of gold, some touches of lavender, and just a dab of fire-engine red for added excitement and unexpected color twists. 

“Natural Textures” is available through the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX (http://www.goodartcompany.com/gac/.)

To see more of my contemporary landscape paintings, please visit nikigulley.com.
For more information on my palette knife birch and aspen tree paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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New Tuscany Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

February 16th, 2015
“Spring’s Escape,” Tuscany ©2015 Niki Gulley
24″ x 24″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas set inside an espresso floater frame
Inspired by our travels to Italy, cypress trees rise out of the vast open landscape signaling that you have arrived in Tuscany! Perched on a hilltop with its long curving driveway, this villa is set against the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape. Rows of soft wheat sway in the breeze and draw your eye back to the rolling hills and beautiful billowing clouds. Painted with palette knife and thick oil paint, this canvas is loaded with movement, color and dimension.
“Spring’s Escape” and several of my contemporary impressionistic landscapes are also on display at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. For more information, please contact http://www.goodartcompany.com/gac/.
Or, to see more of my palette knife contemporary landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.
For more information on my plein air paintings and workshops in Italy and France, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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New Tuscany Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

January 29th, 2015
“Spring’s Escape,” Tuscany ©2015 Niki Gulley
24″ x 24″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas set inside an espresso floater frame
Inspired by our travels to Italy, cypress trees rise out of the vast open landscape signaling that you have arrived in Tuscany! Perched on a hilltop with its long curving driveway, this villa is set against the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape. Rows of soft wheat sway in the breeze and draw your eye back to the rolling hills and beautiful billowing clouds. Painted with palette knife and thick oil paint, this canvas is loaded with movement, color and dimension.
“Spring’s Escape” and several of my contemporary impressionistic landscapes are also on display at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. For more information, please contact http://www.goodartcompany.com/gac/.
Or, to see more of my palette knife contemporary landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.
For more information on my plein air paintings and workshops in Italy and France, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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New “October Reflections” Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley

November 3rd, 2014
“October Reflections” ©2014 Niki Gulley
30″ x 40″ textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas

Living in Dallas we are surrounded by concrete, but I have a couple of favorite spots that I go to when I want to be immersed in nature. This pond is always filled with lily pads that I enjoy painting in the spring, but I wanted to paint them in the autumn this time surrounded by the beautiful fall colors. I loved the contrast of the bright azure sky being reflected an inky blue in the water against the fiery reds in the foliage. Arranging the composition in a circular pattern to suggest harmony and tranquility, I hope you feel energized and rejuvenated gazing upon this peaceful oasis.

Just Sold

This photo was sold at the Good Art Company in Fredericksburg, TX.   To see more of my pieces at the Good Art Company visit http://www.goodartcompany.com/gac/

To see more of my palette knife contemporary landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

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“Kaleidoscope of Dreams” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

October 20th, 2014
“Kaleidoscope of Dreams” ©2014 by Niki Gulley
Four 36″ x 36″ canvases to form a 72″ x 72″ quadriptych • original textured oil painting

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.

Canvas Prints now Available:   I have received so many requests that I am now offering canvas prints of “Kaleidoscope of Dreams.” Four 24″ x 24″ canvases are stretched on 3/4 inch stretcher bars with the image continuing around the edges to form a 48″ x 48″ quadriptych that does not need to be framed, just like the original . I have also added thick paint in some of the leaves and trunks to add even more texture and making each print one of a kind. Finally, I have coated the canvases with a UV varnish to protect the paintings. The canvases can be hung right up next to each other or spread apart by a few inches to come out to a maximum of 53″ x 53″. I can also make other sizes or stretch Kaleidoscope of Dreams on deep 1 and 1/2 inch stretcher bars for an additional fee. Please contact me at Niki Gulley for more information on the original painting or canvas prints.


One of the canvases in the set of four showing the painting wrapping around the edges so that it can be hung as is without a frame.

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“Deep Roots” New Textured Oil Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

October 17th, 2014
SOLD • “Deep Roots,” ©2014 Niki Gulley
20″ x 16″ textured oil painting

JUST SOLD! Standing tall and proud, this old soul sinks its gnarly roots into the soil below, persistent and hopeful. I wanted you to get the feeling of staring up in wonderment like when you were a kid discovering things for the first time – noticing the unusual beauty and complexity of its infrastructure. Both grounded and reaching for the heavens, this organic skyscraper connects us to the mysteries of nature while encouraging childhood dreams that anything is possible.

To see more of my palette knife contemporary landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

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“Daybreak” pastel by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

September 3rd, 2014
“Daybreak” ©2014 Niki Gulley
pastel • 16″ x 40″
Whenever I can actually wake up by dawn, I am always inspired by the magical light that casts its glow across the horizon and am rewarded by the peacefulness before humanity starts stirring. In Daybreak, I wanted to capture that magical morning light and the quiet mysterious mood created from the sun’s rays peeking through the trees, casting their long dramatic shadows and softening the distant landscape.
For more information on “Daybreak,” please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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“Aqua Dreams” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

July 9th, 2014

“Aqua Dreams” ©2014 Niki Gulley
36” x 60” textured oil on canvas

When we arrived at this tranquil spot, the early morning light was very cool in color, but as the sun began to rise from the horizon, it shone this beautiful warm light that shimmered on the water’s surface and cast its hope of what was to come from the brand new day. I remember the peacefulness I felt in that moment, and a sense that anything was possible. In Aqua Dreams, by showing the contrast in the cool aqua/blues in the foreground waters against the warm golden glow on the distant pond’s edge, I wanted to share that feeling of hope and promise communicated by nature.

If you’re in the Madison, WI area this coming weekend and you’d like to see Aqua Dreams and more of my palette knife paintings in person, please stop by my booth at Art Fair on the Square.

Art Fair on the Square
Sat. July 12 • 9am – 6pm
Sun. July 13 • 10am – 5pm
Capitol Square • Madison, WI
Booth #364

To see more of my aspen and birch tree paintings, please visit nikigulley.com.

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“Raising Sunshine” Red Barn oil painting by Niki Gulley

July 4th, 2014
“Raising Sunshine” ©2014 Niki Gulley
18″ x 24” textured oil painting

Full of fun and whimsy, in my next painting from this barn series, I not only wanted to show the personality of this red barn but also make you feel like a kid again, climbing trees, swinging from their branches and returning to a simpler time in your childhood. Hinting that the barn has humanlike features, I feel like it, too, is inviting you to come play inside. Using vivid colors, distorted perspective and energetic thick oil paint strokes, I hope “Raising Sunshine” brings joy to your home and reminds you of the simpler pleasures when you were a kid.

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

Or, please visit my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape paintings.


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