“Ruby Delights” Palette Knife Poppy Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

January 31st, 2015
“Ruby Delights” ©2015 Niki Gulley
24″ x 12″ textured mixed media on canvas 

Inspired from a wonderful trip to Provence, I wanted this piece to be uplifting and full of color and energy.
Set beneath floating clouds and an azure blue sky on a beautiful day in springtime with the poppies and wildflowers in full bloom, I hope all of your cares drift away while gazing into this cheerful scene.

“Ruby Delights” and several of my contemporary impressionistic landscapes are also on display at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. For more information, please contact http://www.goodartcompany.com/gac/.

To see more of my poppy and palette knife floral paintings, please visit nikigulley.com.

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Niki Gulley is please to announce the opening of her new studio!!

January 30th, 2015

I am super excited to announce the opening of my new studio. After years of working in a confined space, I now have more than enough room to work on several large paintings at a time, to teach my classes and display my artwork. It’s been a dream come true!

The studio is located just a mile south of my previous space, now in the White Rock Lake area.  The room has plenty of natural light, ventilation and easels. You can choose to paint standing or sitting down, whichever you prefer.  My goal is to make my students as comfortable as possible so they can really express themselves in their painting.

Please visit my website for more information about upcoming classes and Art Treks.  I’d love to have you in my next class. Or, drop me an e-mail if you’d like to view some of my most recent paintings and you’re in the DFW area.

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

E-mail – Niki Gulley

 

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New Tuscany Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

January 29th, 2015
“Spring’s Escape,” Tuscany ©2015 Niki Gulley
24″ x 24″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas set inside an espresso floater frame
Inspired by our travels to Italy, cypress trees rise out of the vast open landscape signaling that you have arrived in Tuscany! Perched on a hilltop with its long curving driveway, this villa is set against the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape. Rows of soft wheat sway in the breeze and draw your eye back to the rolling hills and beautiful billowing clouds. Painted with palette knife and thick oil paint, this canvas is loaded with movement, color and dimension.
“Spring’s Escape” and several of my contemporary impressionistic landscapes are also on display at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. For more information, please contact http://www.goodartcompany.com/gac/.
Or, 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 Bluebonnet Palette Knife Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

January 23rd, 2015
“April Rhythms,” Texas Hill Country ©2014 Niki Gulley
36″ x 35″ 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.

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

E-mail – Niki Gulley

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New Sunflower and Lavender Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley

January 21st, 2015
“Sunny Life,” Provence ©2015 Niki Gulley
30″ x 48″ textured oil painting

Sunny Life 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. The color and aroma explosion were out of this world – a painter’s and photographer’s dream come true. Words can’t even describe how special that moment was to paint there surrounded by all that beauty!

Taking my plein air sketch that I painted on location above, I set to capture that joyous feeling back in my studio. Pulling in closer to the sunflowers so you could see their beaming faces and get a sense of their scale, I added a few more color surprises to add to the happy mood (and I didn’t have to worry about getting too close in fear of bee stings in the studio!) I hope you, too, experience the beauty and contentment of being in Provence through my painting.

If you’d like more information or a brochure on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshops listed below, please let me know. We are taking reservations for this years trip to Tuscany, Italy, so please let us know if you would like to join us.  For more details, e-mail Niki@NikiGulley.com or go to nikigulley.com/artreks.

Upcoming Art Treks 
Tuscany, Italy – Sept. 4-12, 2014 • Sept. 2015

Deadline to sign up 1/24/15

 

Please visit NikiGulley.com (www.NikiGulley.com) to see more of my impressionistic plein air oil paintings.

 

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New Aspen Tree Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

January 19th, 2015
“Fall Fusion” ©2015 Niki Gulley
24″ x 48″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

I wanted this painting to be about the power and energy in nature to invigorate your spirit, so I chose to use warm vivid colors and thick staccato strokes to add to that feeling. I placed the fall foliage in diagonal sweeping shapes to create a sense of movement, so that you can feel the wind gently rustling the leaves and causing them to dance on a beautiful fall day.
To see more of my contemporary landscape paintings, please visit nikigulley.com.
For more information on my palette knife birch and aspen tree paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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New “Autumn Flow” Palette Knife Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

January 16th, 2015
“Autumn Flow” ©2015 Niki Gulley
36″ x 48″ textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Sun sets over this tranquil hideaway, casting its golden glow over the distant hills and fall foliage while kissing the water’s surface, causing it to shimmer and sparkle. I wanted you to experience a feeling of peace and warmth being immersed in the beauty of nature, letting all of your cares drift away.
To see more of my contemporary landscape paintings, please visit nikigulley.com.
For more information on my palette knife birch and aspen tree paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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New “Reaching for the Heavens” Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

January 14th, 2015
“Reaching for the Heavens” ©2015 Niki Gulley
48″ x 36” textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting, I wanted you to you to experience the amusement 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 and reds while 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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New Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

January 12th, 2015

“Intertwining Beauty” ©2015 Niki Gulley
36″ x 60″ textured oil on canvas


Intertwining Beauty was inspired by a recent trip to the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The aspen forest was so dense and beautiful. I loved the pops of vibrant fall colors peeking through the tall, tangled, web of white knobby trunks. Ruby reds grab your attention while staccato strokes of emerald, amethyst and topaz lead your eye around the canvas. I hope you can feel the energy found in nature and its power to invigorate your spirit.


I painted these aspen trees with extremely thick paint and palette knife. The resulting canvas is loaded with texture, color and energy! I’ve painted it on 1 and 1/2 inch deep stretcher bars, with the image continuing around the edges so that it can be hung as is frameless for a contemporary look. 

If interested in more information, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

To see more of my textured aspen and birch paintings, please visit NikiGulley.com.

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Painting at Oak Alley Plantation with Niki Gulley

December 31st, 2014
“Rooted,” Oak Alley Plantation  ©2014 Niki Gulley • 9″ x 12″ palette knife oil painting
New Orleans Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams
Day 4, Oak Alley Plantation

On the final day of our New Orleans Art Trek, we drove out to Oak Alley Plantation and were awed by its impressive grounds and 300 year old oak trees. Enjoying the quiet after the busy bustle of New Orleans, we each set out to capture something different, from the beauty of these old gnarled trees to the formality of the mansion to the modest slave quarters. Everyone’s painting turned out fantastic and we gathered at the end of the day to look at our progress each day and view the photographers slideshows from the trip. What a wonderful Art Trek! 
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If you’re interested in joining us on one of upcoming Art Treks, please let us know. 
Spaces are filling up quickly, so don’t wait!

Athens and Santorini, Greece – May 8-16, 2015
The French Riviera – June 18-26, 2015
Provence, France – June 25-July 3, 2015
Tuscany, Italy – Sept. 4-12, 2015
For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.nikigulley.com/artreks.
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To see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

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