9×12 textured oil painting by Niki Gulley
Day 1 – Tuscany Art Trek
We had so much fun painting at the villa in the morning, that we decided to paint another farmhouse in a different direction next. With so much to choose from, it was had to pick just one subject! This time, we all decided to work with palette knife and thick juicy oil paint, enjoying creating texture and the exciting color combinations that occur while working wet in wet with the paint. As a treat when we were finished, we met up with the others in the group for a delicious lunch of local proscuittos, pecorino cheeses, fruits and vegees, and of course, a little vino for afternoon fuel!
Two of our painters, Sheri Jones (above) and Pat (below) also working with palette knife in Tuscany.
If you’d like to join us for next year’s Art Trek to Venice in February, Greece in May, Tuscany in September or Cinque Terre / Lake Como in September, please visit NikiGulley.com/Artreks
for more information. Workshops fill up quickly, so please let us know if you are interested. The early deadline and to receive a $500 savings for the Venice workshop is less than a month away.
If you have questions about the Art Treks workshops or are interested in purchasing any of my plein air paintings, please e-mail me at Niki@NikiGulley.com.
Notre Dame, Rose Window • 10″ x 8″ oil painting by Niki Gulley
Day 2, Afternoon – Art Trek Paris with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams
After grabbing a delicious homemade crepé lunch, we staked out this quiet, picturesque view of Notre Dame along the Siene. Some painters chose to include the whole scene with river, church and boats, while myself and a couple of others selected this tighter view on just the intricate stained glass of the rose window. After painting the whites and grays of the cathedral in the morning light, I decided to have a little fun with the colors in the afternoon, after all we were in the home of French Impressionism.
Working with complimentary purples and oranges created vibrant highlights, cool shadows and contrasting colors that cause your eye to dance across the canvas.
One of our painters in front of Notre Dame.
Photo of two of us painting at Notre Dame taken by one of our budding photographers along on the trip. Pretty creative!
If you would like to come along on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting / Photography Workshops to
please e-mail Niki Gulley for more information. Registration deadlines are quickly approaching. We’d love to have you join us!
To see more of my contemporary landscape paintings, please go to my website at NikiGulley.com.
“Catching Windmills,” Santorini, Greece • 11” x 14” pastel
SOLD • by Niki Gulley
The sunsets in Santorini are amazing, and with the windmill in the foreground I couldn’t think of a better way to capture quintessential Greece.
If you’d like to join us this May on our Plein Air Painting & Photography Workshop in Greece, e-mail Niki Gulley
for more information or go to nikigulley.com/?page_id=13
.Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime adventure! The Jan. 15th registration deadline is quickly approaching, and we have room for just a few more.