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New Ocean Sunset pastel

February 2nd, 2011

“Day’s Journey IV” ©2011 Niki Gulley
pastel 11″ x 14″
Still dreaming of a warm sandy beach and playing in the ocean’s waves.
E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on this sunset pastel.

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Dreaming of the beach – new pastel

January 31st, 2011

“Day’s Journey III” ©2011 Niki Gulley
pastel • 11″ x 14″

Dreaming of sunny skies, laying on a blanket on the beach with a good book, and the cathartic sound of the ocean lapping against the shore.

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Adult Art Classes – registration open

August 27th, 2010

“Rhythmic Waters VI” ©2010 Niki Gulley
12” x 12” oil on canvas

I created this ocean scene with palette knife and extremely thick oil paint to achieve texture and suggest the energy found in nature. I wanted to capture that magical moment when the sun sets near the horizon and casts it’s sparkling glow over the ocean’s surface while illuminating the sky. The image is painted around the sides of the 1.5 inch deep gallery wrap canvas so that it looks three-dimensional and can be hung as is without a frame for a contemporary look. These chunky ocean paintings look great in pairs, threes and fours.

To see my “Rhythmic Waters” series in person, stop by my booth at the Art Street Green Bay art show this weekend in Green Bay, WI. For more information on the show, go to artseventsinc.com/artstreet.

If you’d like to learn how to create loose, vibrant paintings join us this fall in my Adult Art Classes in Dallas. Registration is open and classes fill up quickly, so visit my classes & workshops tab

Or, e-mail me at Niki@NikiGulley.com for more information.

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Rhythmic Waters oil painting

August 25th, 2010

“Rhythmic Waters V” ©2010 Niki Gulley
12” x 12” oil on canvas

I created this ocean scene with palette knife and extremely thick oil paint to achieve texture and suggest the energy found in nature. I wanted to capture the movement and sounds of the ocean waves crashing against each other. The image is painted around the sides of the 1.5 inch deep gallery wrap canvas so that it looks three-dimensional and can be hung as is without a frame for a contemporary look. These chunky ocean paintings look great in pairs, threes and fours.

To see my “Rhythmic Waters” series in person, stop by my booth at the Art Street Green Bay art show this weekend in Green Bay, WI. For more information on the show, go to artseventsinc.com/artstreet.

If you’d like to learn how to create loose, vibrant paintings join us this fall in my Adult Art Classes in Dallas. Registration is open and classes fill up quickly, so visit my classes and workshops page,

Or, e-mail me at Niki@NikiGulley.com for more information.

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Turquoise Vortex oil painting

August 11th, 2010

“Turquoise Vortex” ©2010 Niki Gulley
30” x 30” • oil on canvas

Growing up in Chicago, our brutally cold winters would feel like they lasted forever so my family tried to vacation along our tropical coasts whenever possible. I loved this week we spent together – the cathartic rhythm of the ocean waves lapping against the shore as dad and I tried to ride each crest as close to the beach as possible, feeling the cool sand squish between my toes and fingers while building sand castles together, and enjoying the peacefulness at sunset as the gorgeous fireball dropped down from the sky and cast diamond-like reflections across the ocean’s surface.

Turquoise Vortex recreates that magical moment as the sun starts to descend and illuminate the water’s peaks and makes everything sparkle. Using a circular composition and bold colors enhances that feeling of motion and rhythm while suggesting the awesome energy and power found in nature.

If you’d like to learn how to paint landscapes or “loosen up” your technique, join me this fall in my adult art classes. Registration is open and there are only a couple of spots left, so e-mail me at Niki@NikiGulley.com for more information,

Or, visit nikigulley.com/?page_id=13 for more details.

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Thailand beaches oil painting

May 29th, 2010

Ocean Study
oil painting by Niki Gulley • 5″ x 7″
This ocean study was inspired by the fascinating karst rock formations and gorgeous turquoise waters that we saw on our trip to the Phuket area of Thailand. It was created with thick oil paint and palette knives.

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Sunset Ocean study

May 27th, 2010

Sunset Study
oil painting by Niki Gulley • 5″ x 7″
This sunset study was painted with thick oil paint and palette knives.

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Sunset study oil painting

May 25th, 2010

Sunset Study
oil painting by Niki Gulley • 5″ x 7″
This sunset study was painted with thick oil paint and palette knives.

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Hibiscus

March 15th, 2010

“Rhapsody in Bloom II” ©2010 Niki Gulley
12″ x 12″ oil on canvas
One of my new bright, cheerful florals created with extremely thick paint and palette knives.
E-mail me for more information at Niki@NikiGulley.com.

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Bird of Paradise oil painting

March 12th, 2010


“Rhapsody in Bloom” ©2010 Niki Gulley
oil painting on canvas • 12″ x 12″

I knew I wanted to paint some fun, bright, happy florals – especially after such a cold, rainy and even snowy winter – to help lift my spirits, so I chose this boldly colored Bird of Paradise and painted a cheerful lemon yellow background to add to the sense of the painting’s overall warmth. Using extremely thick oil paint and a palette knife, this painting just leaps off the canvas in person.

If you’re in Florida this weekend, stop by my booth at the Bonita Springs National Art Festival, artinusa.com/bonita/.

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