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New Autumn Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

February 8th, 2016
“Exploring the Woods II” ©2016 Niki Gulley
12″ x 18″ textured oil painting

I created “Exploring the Woods II” on another beautiful day this fall at one of my favorite painting spots near our home. The kaleidoscope of autumn colors was ablaze, and I was attracted to the dappled light sneaking through small gaps in the forested canopy, illuminating the winding path and brilliant grasses below. Playing off of the diagonal shadows on the ground and the zig zag arrangement of the trunks, I feel like the patterns create a kind of rhythm, adding to the sounds in the woods in this canvas. Painted with palette knife and thick oil paint, this landscape is filled with color, movement and energy!

If you’d like more information or a brochure on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshops, please let me know. This year’s upcoming Art Trek to Spain is full, but we are taking reservations for the following year to Tuscany, England and Ireland. 
For more details, e-mail Niki@NikiGulley.com or go to nikigulley.com/artreks.

For more information on my textured contemporary landscape paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, check out my website at: nikigulley.com.

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New “Exploring the Woods” Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

February 5th, 2016
“Exploring the Woods” ©2016 Niki Gulley
12″ x 18″ textured oil painting

I painted “Exploring the Woods” on a beautiful fall day at one of my favorite spots near our home. The brilliant gold and tangerine leaves were glowing from the sun backlighting them, and the gnarly tree trunks were forming an intricate web that I just had to capture. Painted with palette knife and thick oil paint, this landscape is filled with color, movement and energy!

If you’d like more information or a brochure on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshops, please let me know. This year’s upcoming Art Trek to Spain is full, but we are taking reservations for the following year to Tuscany, England and Ireland. 
For more details, e-mail Niki@NikiGulley.com or go to nikigulley.com/artreks.

For more information on my textured contemporary landscape paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, check out my website at: nikigulley.com.

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New “Chit Chat” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

February 3rd, 2016
“Chit Chat” ©2016 Niki Gulley
30″ x 48″ textured oil painting
Shimmering in golden light, this backlit grove of aspen trees reaches tall, leaning left and then right towards the sun as it grew. The peeling trunks almost seem to move, even chatting with one another. A few trees weren’t so lucky and lay fallen at their feet, while the whole scene is filled with color, texture and movement to suggest the power of nature and its ability to enhance your spirit.
E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her palette knife aspen tree and contemporary landscape paintings. 

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New “Song of the Woods” Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

February 1st, 2016
“Song of the Woods”  ©2016 Niki Gulley
30″ x 40″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Shimmering colors of autumn: Aspen and Oak trees quiver, their light graceful leaves tremble and quake, silver and gold, scarlet and tangerine, with each light breeze. There is the quiet energy of change coming and vibrant color charges the woods. Crisp fall mountain air, a band of slender trunks cut bright strokes of white against a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors. Staccato strokes and shimmering hues add to the feeling of change in the air and suggest the breeze whistling through the foliage.

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

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New “Tuscan Dreams” Palette Knife Poppy Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

January 29th, 2016
“Tuscan Dreams” ©2016 Niki Gulley
24″ x 24″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Inspired from a wonderful trip to Tuscany, I wanted this piece to be uplifting and full of joy and energy. Set beneath a colorful sky with a few clouds drifting by on a beautiful day in springtime, the poppies and wildflowers are in full bloom. Using broken impressionistic strokes in surprising hues, causes the landscape to dance and flow, and I hope all of your cares drift away while gazing into this cheerful scene.

You can paint and photograph these very views if you join us for our Tuscany Workshop in 2017. Don’t miss out on an amazing trip! Space is filling up quickly and there are a few spaces left so that you can experience Tuscany yourself. See nikigulley.com/artreks for details or e-mail Niki Gulley for more information.
For more information on Tuscan Dreams or more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, check out my website at: nikigulley.com.

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New “Sun Salutations” Sunflower Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

January 27th, 2016

“Sun Salutations” ©2016 Niki Gulley
30″ x 48″ textured mixed media painting on wrap around canvas

Sun Salutations is inspired from one of the amazing locations we take our students to on our Provence Art Trek. We actually set up our easels in this gorgeous lavender and sunflower field, where the flowers seem to stretch forever and the color and aroma explosion are out of this world! Back in my studio, I worked from a combination of photos, on-site sketches and memories. Painting the sunflowers full-sized in the foreground helps to bring them to life and hopefully transport you to this beautiful location. Contrasting the complimentary colored lavender field in the distance draws your eye to the focal point, while repeating surprising pops of vivid color keeps your eye moving throughout the scene and adds to the joyful feeling. 

If you’d like more information or a brochure on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshops, please let me know. This year’s upcoming Art Trek to Spain is full, but we are taking reservations for the following year to Tuscany, England and Ireland. 
For more details, e-mail Niki@NikiGulley.com or go to nikigulley.com/artreks.

For more information on my textured sunflower and poppy paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, check out my website at: nikigulley.com.

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New “Sunny Skies” Sunflower Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley

January 25th, 2016
“Sunny Skies” ©2016 Niki Gulley
30″ x 48″ textured mixed media painting on wrap around canvas

Festive, sun-filled blossoms dance in the gentle breeze, filling the field with sweet fragrance. This textured painting captures a carefree summer morning with sunflowers overflowing the foreground, filling up the field with joy under sunny skies as voluminous clouds drift by overhead.
For more information on textured sunflower and poppy paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, check out my website at: nikigulley.com.

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New “Paradise Found” Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

January 22nd, 2016
“Paradise Found” ©2016 Niki Gulley
40″ x 30″” textured oil painting

Dreaming of sitting on the beach watching a beautiful sunset, relaxing under a cool ocean breeze and listening to the cathartic sound of the ocean lapping against the shore, I hope Paradise Found transports you to a carefree time and place.

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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“Journey in Time” Santa Fe Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley

January 20th, 2016
“Journey in Time,” Santa Fe, NM ©2016 Niki Gulley
12″ x 24″ textured oil painting
On the final day of our Santa Fe Art Trek, we headed to this quiet dead end road to paint the church at Canyoncito. The only traffic we saw all morning was one car and 2 bicyclists, which allowed us to really concentrate on the scene. The church is so charming that I decided to paint it in the setting around it to add to that idyllic feel. I loved how the brilliant white of the stucco and the red roof made the church stand out against all of the greenery and blue sky. Choosing the panorama format helps to set the scene and adding long shadows from the left, leads your eye into the composition and to the focal point.
Painting at Canyoncito.
Visit nikigulley.com/artreks/ for upcoming Art Treks and Workshops.
For more information on Dallas art classes, see nikigulley.com/art-classes.E-mail Niki Gulley for more details about this New Mexico painting.

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New Dallas Skyline Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

January 19th, 2016
“Golden Moment, White Rock Lake” ©2016 Niki Gulley
Textured oil on canvas • 12″ x 24″
On a peaceful autumn day last fall, I went out with my camera to White Rock Lake and captured this beautiful sunset behind the Dallas skyline. I liked how the pampas grass and various plants in the foreground were back lit by the setting sun and how the water’s surface was shimmering from the low light, adding to a sense of mystery and tranquility in that golden moment.
To see more of my palette knife contemporary landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.
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