Painting and Photographing Sunset in Santorini with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

November 15th, 2017
“Oia Sunset” © 2017 Niki  Gulley • Greece Art Trek:  Oia, Santorini
SOLD • 7″ x 5″ oil painting by Niki Gulley
 
Just Sold! I painted this small oil on location in Santorini during our Greece Art Trek. Since we only had about 15 minutes to capture the actual sun setting, we had to sketch the scene in advance, anticipate how the light might look, and pre-mix our golden colors. Then as the sun was dropping, we quickly had to paint those warm reflected lights on the buildings and the water and the golden glow in the sky. While challenging, it was a lot of fun and such a beautiful setting to paint! Capping the evening off, we had a delicious dinner in town at the most picturesque garden restaurant and relived the highlights of the day.
 
Our photographers staking out their spots to shoot sunset.
 
Dinner that night.
 
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New “Aqua Rhythms” Palette Knife Seashore painting by Niki Gulley

November 13th, 2017
“Aqua Rhythms” ©2017 Niki Gulley
9″ x 12″ textured oil painting

I wanted this painting to be about the power of water to uplift your spirits. Painted on location, I hope you can feel the tides lapping on the shore and hear the rhythmic, soothing sounds of the waves cresting and falling. Whenever I visit the seashore I always feel rejuvenated, and I hope I’ve translated that onto the canvas for you to experience it, too. 

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“True Blue” Palette Knife Oil Painting from Santorini, Greece by Niki Gulley

November 10th, 2017
“True Blue”©2017 Niki Gulley
10″ x 8″ oil painting  • SOLD
 
Just Sold! On our Art Trek to Greece, we chose to paint this iconic view of Santorini with the white orthodox church crowned by its blue dome, overlooking the ocean. The photographers dropped us off, as they continued back to Oia to shoot some more. While the scenery seemed simple, it proved challenging to paint the round dome on top of a hexagon base, and the three men removing the bells from the tower kept interrupting our scene (which we chose not to paint into the composition), but overall it was a beautiful morning and we were pretty happy with the results!
 
That afternoon we rode the cable cars to the port below and caught a boat cruise that ferried us across the bay and around the island at sunset. Stopping at the volcano, we hiked to the top, which was quite intriguing with its sci-fi type lava rock. Next we stopped at a hot spring for anyone who wanted to swim. And, finally we cruised around the island enjoying the view from the water, sipping some Greek wines and nibbling on some local meats and cheeses. A great end to the day!
 
On top of the volcano with Santorini in the background.
 
If you are interested in joining us on a future art trek, check out ArtTreks.org for details about upcoming trips.
 
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New “Rhythmic Waters II” Palette Knife Ocean painting by Niki Gulley

November 9th, 2017
“Rhythmic Waters” ©2017 Niki Gulley
9″ x 12″ textured oil painting

I wanted this painting to be about the power of the ocean to lift your spirits. Painting this piece on location, I was hoping you could feel the ocean tides lapping on the shore and hear the rhythmic, soothing sounds of the waves cresting and falling like I was experiencing while painting it. Whenever I visit the beach I always feel rejuvenated, and I hope I’ve translated that onto the canvas for you to experience it, too.

 
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“Paris in June” Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

November 6th, 2017
“Paris in June” ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 12″ x 9″ oil painting

Just Sold! On the first day of our Paris Art Trek, the sun was shining and it was a lovely 80 degrees. A perfect way to start our trip! In the morning, we went up in the Eiffel Tower and enjoyed the amazing views of the city. That afternoon, we painted in a quiet park next to the tower while the photographers shot around the city, and we all convened that night for a delicious Parisian dinner.

If you’d like more information or a brochure on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshops, please let me know. For more details, e-mail Niki Gulley or go to ArtTreks.org.

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“Room with a View” Palette Knife Ocean Painting by Niki Gulley

November 3rd, 2017
“Room with a View” ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 9″ x 12″ textured oil painting

Just Sold! Painting this piece on location, I wanted to capture the beauty of the Mediterranean out our balcony window. Colorful houses and hotels dot the hilly landscape while the soothing ocean sounds lap in the distance. Hibiscus in full bloom frame the foreground, adding to the feeling of this tropical paradise.Whenever I visit the seashore I always feel rejuvenated, and I hope I’ve translated that onto the canvas for you to experience it, too. 

Visit my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape palette knife paintings.
 
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New “Rhythmic Waters” Palette Knife Seashore painting by Niki Gulley

November 1st, 2017
“Rhythmic Waters” ©2017 Niki Gulley
9″ x 12″ textured oil painting

I wanted this painting to be about the power of the ocean to lift your spirits. Painting this piece on location, I was hoping you could feel the ocean tides lapping on the shore and hear the rhythmic, soothing sounds of the waves cresting and falling like I was experiencing while painting it. Whenever I visit the seashore I always feel rejuvenated, and I hope I’ve translated that onto the canvas for you to experience it, too.

Visit my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape palette knife paintings.
 
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“Lucky’s Cafe” by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

October 30th, 2017



“Lucky’s Cafe,” Dallas, Texas © 2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 11″ x 14″ oil painting

Just Sold! Friends sit and gaze at the mass of beauty and indecision that is the menu. The fear of missing out on any number of delectable dishes makes it nearly impossible to chose. Their eyes waver between the menu in their hands and the massive chalk board that dominates the far wall. Mom’s meatloaf? Good Luck Reuben? And who could pass up the Sleaziest, Cheesiest, Grilled Cheese in Town? But, then, it is found: Chicken Fried Steak, a delicious staple of home-style comfort food.
 
Every once and a while, it’s nice to share a little home-town spirit. Coming from Dallas, I thought it would be nice to capture a local favorite, Lucky’s Cafe, on Oaklawn Ave. Even outside, you can feel the energy that emanates from within and cuts through the heavy blanket of night. 
 
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“Kid’s Perspective” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

October 27th, 2017
“Kid’s Perspective” ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • textured oil painting on canvas • 20″ x 30″
Just Sold!  In “Kid’s Perspective” I wanted you to feel that child-like wonder of staring up in into the treetops and heavens above. Choosing uplifting golds and soft shades of tangerine contrasted against a blue sky with gentle clouds drifting by, I’ve arranged the aspens in a circular pattern to give you a sense of laying on the ground, surrounded by the forest and to direct your eye to the focal point. Utilizing thick, curving paint strokes adds to that joyful, playful feeling of hope and discovery.

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“Fall Carnival” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

October 25th, 2017
Fall Carnival ©2017 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.

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