“Hill Country Retreat” ©2014 Niki Gulley
9″ x 12″ textured oil painting
I painted these Texas bluebonnets at a plein air painting workshop I was leading in Fredericksburg, TX. I loved the pop of red on the flag flying off this cabin’s back porch in contrast to the vibrant cobalt bluebonnets. Working with palette knife and thick oil paint, this Texas landscape is loaded with texture, color and movement!
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Awareness III ©2014 Niki Gulley
48″ x 36″ • Textured mixed media on canvas
In this painting I wanted you to feel that child-like wonder of staring up in into the treetops and the heavens above. I chose vibrant, cheerful yellows contrasted against a violet blue sky filled with big, puffy clouds. And, by arranging the aspens in a circular pattern heightened by thick, curving paint strokes, that joyful, playful feeling of hope and discovery are enhanced.
If you’d like more information on my textured aspen and birch tree paintings, e-mail Niki Gulley
“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.
To see more of my contemporary landscape paintings, please visit nikigulley.com.
For more information on my textured palette knife birch and aspen tree oil paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.
“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 NikiGulley.com
“Natural Textures III” ©2014 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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“Triple Passion” ©2014 Niki Gulley
textured oil painting on wrap around canvas
Can be hung horizontally 24″ x 48″ or vertically 48″ x 24″
I love the passion and energy in the color red, so I thought it would be fun to play with the still life I had set up of roses and make a painting where red was the dominant color. In person, seeing these roses at life size, I wanted the viewer to be swept up in the movement and emotion of this piece. Utilizing flowing spirals, weaving back and forth, playful thick and thin paint in bold, loose strokes, ruby petals emerging and disappearing, all meant to tease and excite your senses.
To see more of Niki Gulley’s contemporary floral paintings, visit NikiGulley.com