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New Spring Aspen Tree Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

February 24th, 2014
“Coming Together” ©2014 Niki Gulley
Textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas • 40″ x 30″
In this painting I wanted you to feel that child-like wonder of staring up in into the treetops and the heavens above. Choosing calming greens against a lavender-blue peaceful sky and arranging the two main aspens so that they meet in the middle, suggests a feeling of togetherness. While organizing the outlying trees in a circular pattern and using thick, curving, bold orange brushstrokes, creates a joyful, playful mood.
For more information on my palette knife birch and aspen tree oil paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.To see more of my contemporary landscapes, visit

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“Scenic Route” New Autumn Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley

November 11th, 2013
“Scenic Route” ©2013 Niki Gulley
Textured Oil Painting on wrap around canvas • 20” x 60”

My husband and I love exploring the back roads whenever we’re en route somewhere. We always discover such interesting places, and the scenery is so much more picturesque than along the highway. It’s fun to slow down and enjoy the journey with no agenda, which is what I had in mind when I painted “Scenic Route,” a beautiful autumn drive through the winding fall foliage.

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New Summer Aspen Tree Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley

September 25th, 2013
“Aspen Vista Trail, Summer” ©2013 Niki Gulley
16″ x 20” textured oil painting on canvas

On our Santa Fe Art Trek last year, the temperature started rising in the afternoon, so we headed up into the mountains for cooler breezes to paint the beautiful aspen trees. We were attracted to the brilliant white trunks with their unique peeling bark and dark protruding knots. I liked how the soft dappled light came through the trees and illuminated the path, leading into the distance. Becoming totally lost in the moment, I set out to capture the peacefulness and contentment of being immersed in nature.
“Aspen Vista Trail” is available through the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. For more information, please contact

For more information on my textured aspen tree and birch palette knife oil paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, visit to see more of my contemporary landscape paintings.

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New Whimsical Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

August 16th, 2013

“Soaring on a Dream,” ©2013 Niki Gulley

18″ x 24″ textured oil painting

I wanted this painting to be full of joy and energy, reminiscent of a simpler time. Working with palette knife, I moved thick oil paint around in long sweeping circular strokes to add to that feeling of movement and excitment, while choosing vivid primary colors to communicate a time of youth, innocence and freedom.


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New Winter Landscape Palette Knife Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

August 7th, 2013
“45 mph” ©2013 Niki Gulley
18” x 24” textured oil painting

On one of our first trips together, my husband and I drove to Colorado to capture the fall foliage, and were greeted by one of the earliest snowfalls on record. While not the golden aspen glory we expected, the pristine white of that first dusting was beautiful. I loved this scenic overlook as we rounded the corner, and as you can see there was no shoulder to pull over on to capture the scene. So quickly grabbing my camera, I snapped away as we whizzed past. In this shot, I particularly liked a sliver of the school-bus-yellow 45mph sign contrasting against the vivid azure sky and framing the right side of the composition to lead your eye back into the breathtaking drive.

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

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

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Just delivered, Commissioned Painting “Passage of Illumination,” by Niki Gulley

July 22nd, 2013
“Passage of Illumination II” ©2013 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 36” x 48” textured oil on canvas

Just delivered this commissioned painting, “Passage of Illumination.” 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.

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her textured palette knife paintings or for more information on commissioning your own unique painting.

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“Natural Textures” abstracted aspen series by Niki Gulley

July 12th, 2013
“Natural Textures III” ©2013 Niki Gulley
24″ x 36″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas
Bordering on the edge of abstraction and the cusp of realism, Natural Textures III is loaded with layers and layers of paint, built up with thin glazes and then palette knife to create extreme dimension and depth. Hang it alone, or combine it with Natural Textures I and II to form a triptych, as pictured below.
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Abstracted Aspen Tree Paintings by Niki Gulley

July 10th, 2013
“Natural Textures II” ©2013 Niki Gulley
24″ x 24″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas
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 and depth.
 Hang it alone, pair it with Natural Textures II to create a diptych,
or for a larger space, hang it with Natural Textures III to form a rhythmic triptych.
E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her contemporary landscape paintings.

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Last Day, Greece Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

June 28th, 2013
Day 7 – Greece Art Trek:  Santorini
9″ x 12″ oil painting by Niki Gulley • “Cocktail in Paradise”
On our last afternoon, the sun came out and it and everyone had free time to do whatever they pleased. Some folks shopped, some relaxed by the pool, others continued photographing, and I couldn’t miss one last opportunity to paint our gorgeous Santorini view. Everyone had a lovely, rejuvenating afternoon!
Later that day we all gathered to share what we had painted and photographed during the trip, and sample some of the local wines and cheeses while we discussed the art. To cap off the day, we treated ourselves to a delicious seafood dinner with another gorgeous view of the ocean, catching up with new friends and savoring our last night. A perfect ending to a perfect trip!
Critique / Show and Tell

Dinner with an amazing view on our last night.
Next summer we will be leading an Art Trek to Paris and Provence, France so if you’ve always dreamed of painting, photographing and sightseeing during lavender and sunflower season in France, and following in the footsteps of Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne, please join us for this amazing trip! Details will be coming soon on

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Art@ the Domaine with Niki Gulley this weekend

March 22nd, 2013
“Blue Wishes IV” ©2013 Niki Gulley
7″ x 5″ textured oil painting

I painted these Texas bluebonnets and spring wildflowers with extremely thick oil paint and palette knives to achieve depth and texture. The resulting image comes to life and is loaded with color and energy. In this wildflower series, I’ve framed the paintings in 5″ gold plein air frames and they look great hung alone or in a grouping!

To see more of Niki Gulley’s textured landscape paintings please check out,

Or, stop by her booth at Art@the Domain, March 23rd or 24th in Austin, Tx.
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If you’d like to join Niki for her upcoming workshop April 5th – 7th, Plein Air Painting in the Texas Hill Country, please check out for more details.

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her Texas bluebonnet and wildflower paintings.

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