Month: October 2015
Just Sold – Ireland palette knife oil painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley
New “Harmonic Hues” – Aspen Tree oil painting by Texas Artist 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!
Just Sold – “Living on the Edge” Colorado Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley
“Bend Ahead” – New Colorado Aspen Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley
Inspired by a trip to Colorado in the fall, trying to catch the beautiful autumn aspens leaves before they dropped, we just caught the last glimpse of color before an early snowfall hit. The combination of golden leaves set against the vivid blue sky, and the cool snow shadows contrasted against glowing light highlights as the sun cast its warming rays, was a symphony to the eye! I hope you, too, can slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery on this winding journey.
Recently Sold – “Summer Escape” Tuscany Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley
New “Survivor” Palette Knife Oil Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley
From our travels, I have become fascinated with the textures, hues and extreme variety we encounter in different terrains. This lone tree thriving in such a rocky, environment serves as a testament to the power and mystery found in nature. Softened bark from the desert winds contrasts against the jagged rock formation, givinig you a glimpse into nature’s strength.
Just Sold – “Branching Out” New Textured Palette Knife Barn painting by Niki Gulley
Having grown up in Chicago, my husband and I return to the Midwest every summer, driving through miles of farmland between Texas and Illinois. While sometimes stark, I also find a peacefulness in the wide open countryside, a nostalgic tug on a simpler time from my childhood, and a fascination with the rustic beauty of each barn. I find it inspiring that so many of the structures were built by the farmers themselves from nearby trees, cut down and fashioned by hand. Each one has its unique personality, both pragmatic and aesthetic, a symbol that’s stood the test of time despite a disappearing way of life. In “Branching Out,” I wanted to juxtapose this sturdy oak framing an iconic red barn in the background, inviting you to climb its branches and relive childhood memories.
New “Climbing Oaks” Palette Knife Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley
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Day 2, Greece Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams
On the second full day of our Greece Art Trek, we flew to Santorini and gawked at the amazing view from our hotel overlooking the caldera. Our painters set up their easels right there since the scenery was so beautiful, while the photographers toured through town, shooting the white washed architecture and fantastic views of the ocean below. I chose this vantage of the potted succulent set against the vivid blue water and white stucco balcony. With several clouds in the sky, everything had a nice soft light that created subtle shadows, intense colors and a cool breeze, making it such a pleasant day to paint.
Saturday, July 11 • 9am – 6pm
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Madison, WI • Capital Square