Bluebonnet Oil Painting

“April Blooms V” • 7″ x 5″
Bluebonnet oil painting by Niki Gulley

With these bluebonnets I wanted to create a sense of depth – almost how a photographer uses selective focus, to really show off the bluebonnets by making the background of Indian Paintbrush blurry.

Our Texas Artists’ Show at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas is down to its last two weeks. I hope you can stop by and see this bluebonnet painting and all of the other talented artists’ works before the exhibition is finished.

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Birch Trees – Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

Oil Painting by Niki Gulley • 12″ x 12″

We’ve had some gray days lately, so I wanted to paint something that would make me feel good. The reds and yellows in the foliage provide the sense of warmth and energy that I was looking to create, along with the thick texture of the oil paint giving the trees a sense of depth and movement.

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New Aspen and Birch Paintings

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In this piece I wanted you to be able to feel the breeze rustling through the aspen and maple leaves on a beautiful crisp autumn day. I’ve created a sense of texture in the aspen trunks, too, by working with extremely thick paint and a palette knife.

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Sunflower Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

“Sunny Thoughts II” ©2009 Niki Gulley 12″ x 12″ oil painting

I had so much fun painting the chunky sunflower oil painting the other day, I had to paint another one with lots of thick gooey oil paint and a palette knife. I’ll be showing this painting and several other new chunky oil paintings this weekend at the Winter Art Mart at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. I hope you can stop by!

Last Art Show of 2009 – Nov. 20th-22nd

“Sunny Thoughts” ©2009 Niki Gulley
oil painting • 12″ x 12″

I paint a lot of sunflowers so I wanted to try something different with this piece. Working with extremely thick paint and a palette knife, I love the 3-D effect in this painting. The flat computer screen just doesn’t do it justice! I hope they bring you joy, too.

If you’d like see and feel the texture of “Sunny Thoughts,” visit my booth at the Winter Art Mart at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas this weekend. This is my last art show for 2009, so I hope you can stop by and visit! I’ll have several small gift items under $100 along with a few new large pieces that I am excited about showing you.

Also, I will be discontinuing several of my giclee prints, and am offering them at 50% off!

Since, my booth space is smaller than at an outdoor fair, if you would like to see a particular painting, please let me know so that I make sure to bring it with me. I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Winter Art Mart
Fri. Nov. 20th from 7pm – 9pm
Sat. Nov. 21st from noon – 7pm
Sun. Nov. 22nd from 11am – 6pm
Bath House Cultural Center
512 East Lawther Drive • Dallas

Painting / Photography Workshop in Venice, Italy – May 2010

“Window with a View” ©2009 Niki Gulley
pastel 12″ x 9″ • Venice, Italy

I created this pastel on the final day of our painting / photography workshop in Venice. We had beautiful weather all week and the last day we encountered some drizzle and had to paint under cover. I really liked this particular spot with the balcony overlooking the canal.

I always tell my students to get down the light and any movable objects quickly, and this was no exception! Less than a minute after I finished the gondola, its owner and 2 passengers cast off raindrops and all.

The early deadline for our May workshop in Venice and a $300 savings is quickly approaching. We’d love to have you join us! Visit for details.

Plein air painting workshop in Venice, Italy

“Romantic Journey” • Venice, Italy • SOLD
Pastel by Niki Gulley • 10″ x 8″

I created this pastel during the workshop my husband and I taught in Venice this May and recently finished a few final details in the studio. We love the city, and there is so much inspiration in Venice between the art, architecture, canals and magical light that it’s really hard to narrow down what to paint! On this day, we decided to stick with a classic view of the canals. I like the way light peeks through the narrow passageway and leads your eye from building to building, and the gondola that happened into the scene created the perfect finishing detail.

If interested in more information about our next Venice workshop this coming May, check out Sign up by Nov. 14th and save $300 on the cost of the trip!

White Rock Sunset II

“White Rock Sunset II” ©2009 Niki Gulley oil painting • 7″ x 5″

Another beautiful sunset over White Rock Lake in Dallas. I feel very fortunate in an otherwise concrete city to have this lovely slice of nature practically out our backdoor. I think being out in nature helps rejuvenate our spirit from time to time – I know it does for me! I hope you can visit me at the Lakewood Market this weekend. For more information, e-mail me at or visit

Lakewood Home Festival Market
Sat. Nov. 14th from 10am – 5pm
Sun. Nov. 15th from 11am – 5pm
The Lakewood Elementary School
3000 Hillbrook Dr. • Dallas

White Rock Sunset

White Rock Sunset ©2009 Niki Gulley
5″ x 7″ oil painting

I had so much fun painting White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline large the other day, that I had to create another miniature version from a similar vantage point using vivid sunset colors.

Email me for more information or visit the White Rock Art Festival at 9720 Waterview Rd. in Dallas this weekend to see more.

Crimson Sky, White Rock Lake

“Crimson Sky,” White Rock Lake ©2009 Niki Gulley 25″ x 19″ pastel

Fresh off the easel! I wanted to create a dramatic piece of White Rock Lake and the Dallas Skyline. Here is one of our rare beautiful sunsets in Dallas. If you’d like more information on this pastel, e-mail me at or stop by the White Rock Art Festival this weekend to see it person.

White Rock Art Festival

Sat. Nov. 7th from 10am – 5pm
Sun. Nov. 8th from noon – 5pm
Hexter Elementary
9720 Waterview Rd. • Dallas