Just Sold – Sunflower and Poppy Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

July 1st, 2016
“Happy Thoughts” ©2016 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24″ x 12″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas
 
Inspired by our travels to Provence, I painted these cheerful sunflowers and poppies 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 floral and landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.
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New “Sky High” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

June 29th, 2016

“Sky High” ©2016 Niki Gulley

48″ x 24” textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting, I wanted you to you to experience the joy 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 wonderment as the clouds drift by overhead. To accentuate that feeling, I chose this tall vertical canvas, giving you a sense of scale and perspective. Working with warm yellows, reds and greens and utilizing thick chunky sweeping strokes add to that childlike whimsy and I hope you are transported back to a happy, carefree time and place.

For more information on my textured palette knife birch and aspen tree oil paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.
Or, visit NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape paintings.

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New Tuscany Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley

June 27th, 2016
“Peaceful Pursuit,” Tuscany ©2016 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.

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Just Sold – “Song of the Woods” Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

June 24th, 2016
“Song of the Woods”  ©2016 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 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 “Harmonic Hues” – Aspen Tree oil painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

June 17th, 2016
“Harmonic Hues” ©2016 Niki Gulley
36″ x 36″ oil on canvas

I love painting aspen trees and I usually work with a more primary color palette, but in this painting, I wanted to convey a quieter, more peaceful mood. Opting for calming grey greens, soft golds and reds with hints of teal, Harmonic Hues reminds me of the serenity I feel while walking through the forest on a cool autumn day, being totally immersed in nature, not a care in the world. I hope you are transported, too!

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on my birch and aspen tree oil paintings.

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

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“Reclining Thoughts II” Textured Aspen Tree painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

June 15th, 2016

“Reclining Thoughts II” ©2016 Niki Gulley

40″ x 30” textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting, I wanted you to you to experience the joy 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 wonderment as the clouds drift by. Choosing warm yellows, reds and greens and utilizing thick chunky staccato strokes add to that childlike whimsy and I hope you are transported back to a happy, carefree time and place.

For more information on my textured palette knife birch and aspen tree oil paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.
Or, visit NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape paintings.

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Just Sold – “Interplay” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

June 13th, 2016
“Interplay” ©2016 by Niki Gulley
SOLD • 36″ x 48″ original textured oil painting

Flickering autumn leaves seem to almost dance in a gentle breeze. I wanted this scene to be filled with movement and energy, 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. 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.

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

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information.

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New “A Touch of Gold” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

June 10th, 2016
“A Touch of Gold” ©2016 Niki Gulley
30″ x 40″ textured oil on canvas
Scrolling bark peels back like white washed parchment revealing secrets in the deeply textured wood below. A painting of grace and beauty, its verticality offset by embracing branches wound round as a sheltering arm. Each stroke is crisp, vivid, defined by thick textured oil, rich colors contrasted against subtle ivories strike a reververberating chord and creating a visual vibration that resonates in an optical song.

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her textured aspen and birch oil paintings.

Or, if you are in the Ohio area, please stop by my booth at the Columbus Arts Festival this weekend.

Columbus Arts Festival 
Fri. June 10 • 11am – 10:30pm 
Sat. June 11 • 11am – 10:30pm 
Sun. June 12 • 11am – 5pm 
Downtown Riverfront • Columbus, OH 
Booth #218M – on Main St. between the bridge and Civic Center Dr. 

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

June 8th, 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, if you are in the Ohio area, please stop by my booth at the Columbus Arts Festival this weekend.
Columbus Arts Festival 
Fri. June 10 • 11am – 10:30pm 
Sat. June 11 • 11am – 10:30pm 
Sun. June 12 • 11am – 5pm 
Downtown Riverfront • Columbus, OH 
Booth #218M – on Main St. between the bridge and Civic Center Dr. 

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

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

June 6th, 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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