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New Indian Paintbrush Palette Knife Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

April 17th, 2015
“April Rhythms,” Texas Hill Country ©2015 Niki Gulley
36″ x 36″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting, I wanted to capture the rhythm, color, and density of our Indian Paintbrush, bluebonnets and vibrant wildflowers flowing along the grassy rises and falls of the berms in the Texas Hill Country. Making sure not to over blend my thick strokes so that you could see the marks and feel the energy found in nature, April Rhythms is loaded with texture, color and movement. Repeating patterns, shapes and hues in the blooms, sky and distant mesquite trees unite foreground and background and add to the harmony of spring’s symphony.

Hung alone or with April Rhythms I shown below, these Texas Wildflowers are sure to lift your spirits and brighten up your home.

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

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New Bluebonnet Palette Knife Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

April 15th, 2015
“April Rhythms,” Texas Hill Country ©2015 Niki Gulley
36″ x 36″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting, I wanted to capture the rhythm, color, and density of our bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and vibrant wildflowers flowing along the grassy rises and falls of our berms in the Texas Hill Country. Making sure not to over blend my thick strokes so that you could see the marks and feel the energy found in nature, April Rhythms is loaded with texture, color and movement. Repeating patterns, shapes and hues in the blooms, sky and distant mesquite trees unite foreground and background and add to the harmony of spring’s symphony.

Hung alone or with April Rhythms II shown below, these Texas Wildflowers are sure to lift your spirits and brighten up your home.

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

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Just Sold! “Sun Filled Dreams” Sunflower Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley

April 13th, 2015
“Sun Filled Dreams” ©2015 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24″ x 12″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Just Sold! Inspired by our travels to Provence, I painted these cheerful sunflowers with extremely thick oil paint and palette knife so that the resulting image leaps off the canvas and is loaded with energy, color and texture.
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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Just Sold! “Surrounded by Sunshine” Sunflower Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley

April 10th, 2015
“Surrounded by Sunshine” ©2015 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24″ x 12″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Just Sold! Inspired by our travels to Provence, I painted these cheerful sunflowers with extremely thick oil paint and palette knife so that the resulting image leaps off the canvas and is loaded with energy, color and texture.
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 “Reaching for the Heavens” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

April 8th, 2015
“Reaching for the Heavens” ©2015 Niki Gulley
36″ x 36″” textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas

In this painting, I wanted you to you to experience the wonderment of looking up into the treetops – just like you did when you were a kid. Lying on the ground, not a care in the world, you gaze in curiously without a care in the world as the clouds drift by. Choosing playful colors and thick chunky staccato strokes to add to that childlike whimsy. I hope you are transported back to a happy, carefree time and place.

“Reaching for the Heavens” along with several of my new palette knife paintings will be featured in my One Woman Show, hosted at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. If interested in more information on pricing or purchasing this palette knife aspen tree painting, please contact The Good Art Company.

The Good Art Company Gallery
Niki Gulley – One Woman Show
Opening Reception / Meet the Artist – April 3rd, 5pm – 9pm
Show continuing through April
218 West Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX
To see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

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New “Fall’s Carnival” by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

April 6th, 2015
“Fall’s Carnival” ©2015 Niki Gulley
30″ x 40″ textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas

Painted with extremely thick oil paint and palette knives so that this canvas is loaded with texture and bursting with color, flickering autumn leaves seem to almost dance in a gentle breeze. I wanted this landscape to be filled with movement and vivacity, so I incorporated a lot of diagonal and curving shapes in the design to suggest that feeling. Contrasting short staccato strokes against blended passages with my palette knives, also increase that sense of motion. One zig zag passage of crimson foliage creates a focal point in the tangle of leaves and turnks while adding energy to the scene. I hope you, too, can feel the excitement of walking through the woods on a beautiful fall day, letting your cares slip away and your spirit being invigorated.

“Fall’s Carnival” along with several of my new palette knife paintings will be featured in my One Woman Show, hosted at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. If interested in more information on pricing or purchasing this palette knife aspen tree painting, please contact The Good Art Company.

The Good Art Company Gallery
Niki Gulley – One Woman Show
Opening Reception / Meet the Artist – April 3rd, 5pm – 9pm
Show continuing through April
218 West Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX
To see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

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New “Fields of Joy” Palette Knife Poppy Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

April 4th, 2015
“Fields of Joy” ©2015 Niki Gulley
 24″ x 36” textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas

Inspired from a wonderful trip to Provence, we were a little too early for the lavender to be blooming, but we rounded a corner leaving the hill town of Roussillon and came across this gorgeous field of poppies and yellow wildflowers. It was so colorful and joyful, it took my breath away! Set beneath a vibrant blue sky on a beautiful day in springtime, I wanted this piece to be uplifting and full of energy. Coming in close on the poppies in the foreground so that you could see their vibrant petals and buds about to pop, I left the field of gold softer in the background so as to not take away from the focal point. A typical stone farmhouse sets in the background, beckoning you to stay the night and let all of your cares drift away.

“Fields of Joy” along with several of my new palette knife paintings will be featured in my One Woman Show, hosted by the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. If interested in more information on pricing or purchasing this palette knife poppy painting, please contact The Good Art Company.

The Good Art Company Gallery
Niki Gulley – One Woman Show
Opening Reception / Meet the Artist – April 3rd, 5pm – 9pm
Show continuing through April
218 West Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX

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New Tuscany Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley at the Good Art Company

April 2nd, 2015
“Peaceful Pursuit,” Tuscany ©2015 Niki Gulley
 30″ x 48” textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas

This painting is inspired from a trip to Tuscany we took a few years ago when my husband, who is a professional photographer, and I spent about a week scouring every inch of the countryside for the best poppy fields and views. I was particularly drawn to this peaceful scene, even if the poppies weren’t as prolific as in other fields. I loved the calming, sweeping shapes of the hills and the vibrant reds contrasting against the softer grasses and white wildflowers. The road beckons you back to the stone farmhouse in the distance, while dramatic voluminous clouds dance across the sky, mimicking the foreground shapes and creating a sense of harmony. Repeating colors throughout, I love how the Impressionists used vibrant hues to add to the mood of a scene and create flow, so I brought my contemporary approach with broad strokes and thick texture to their traditions. I hope you, too, can feel a sense of peace and joy when you gaze into this Tuscan landscape.

“Peaceful Pursuit” along with several of my new palette knife paintings will be featured in my One Woman Show, hosted by the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. If interested in more information on pricing or purchasing this palette knife Tuscany painting, please contact The Good Art Company.

The Good Art Company Gallery
Niki Gulley – One Woman Show
Opening Reception / Meet the Artist – April 3rd, 5pm – 9pm
Show continuing through April
218 West Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX

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New “Spring’s Glory,” Texas Hill Country oil painting by Niki Gulley

March 31st, 2015
Spring’s Glory,” Texas Hill Country ©2015 Niki Gulley
 36” x 60” textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas

“Spring’s Glory” was inspired by a trip to the Texas Hill Country. The spring conditions were perfect, and the bluebonnets were amazing! While we were near Fredericksburg, we took a scenic drive along the Willow City Look and as we approached the top of a hill about half way around, we were greeted by this gorgeous view of the rolling hills and bluebonnets in full bloom. Then, to top it off the sun was setting in the distance casting its golden glow and backlighting the wildflowers. I had to capture the magical moment, enhancing the kaleidoscope of colors in the sky and along the ground. Arranging clouds, the road and rows of bluebonnets in rhythmic sweeping shapes to create a harmonious landscape that flows with light, texture and color, and suggest a feeling of optimism about what’s to come.

“Spring’s Glory” along with several of my new palette knife paintings will be featured in my One Woman Show, hosted by the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. If interested in more information on pricing or purchasing this palette bluebonnet painting, please contact The Good Art Company.

The Good Art Company Gallery
Niki Gulley – One Woman Show
Opening Reception / Meet the Artist – April 3rd, 5pm – 9pm
Show continuing through April
218 West Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX
To see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

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One Woman Show Featuring Niki Gulley at the Good Art Company Gallery

March 27th, 2015
“October Rhythms” ©2015 Niki Gulley
36″ x 48″ textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas

I find being immersed in nature can have such an uplifting effect, and I wanted to share that feeling with you in October Rhythms. I chose pure, intense reds and yellows contrasted against autumn golds and chocolates to create an fall forest that vibrates with color, energy and sound. The repetition in the aspen trunks and foliage patterns, combined with the flickering tones of the breeze rustling the leaves reminded me of a symphony in the forest so I titled this painting October Rhythms.

“October Rhythms” along with several of my new palette knife paintings will be featured in my One Woman Show, hosted at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. If interested in more information on pricing or purchasing this palette knife aspen tree painting, please contact The Good Art Company.

The Good Art Company Gallery
Niki Gulley – One Woman Show
Opening Reception / Meet the Artist – April 3rd, 5pm – 9pm
Show continuing through April
218 West Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX
For more information on upcoming Plein-Air Painting and Photography Art Treks workshops, please visit http://www.nikigulley.com/artreks.
To see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

E-mail – Niki Gulley

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