“Standing Witness” Palette Knife Aspen Painting by Niki Gulley

“Standing Witness”©2020 Niki Gulley
16″ x 20″ textured oil painting
 
Recently, we visited Santa Fe and to escape the heat we ventured up the Santo de Cristo mountains to cool down among the beautiful, refreshing aspen trees. I was attracted to this grove in particular with their beautiful textured white bark and their proximity and angles to each other. I decided to include the sentinels behind, also, to give you a sense of being surrounded by the peaceful forest. Dappled light casts diagonal shadows and causes the grasses to dance and sparkle. I hope you can feel the serenity of this rejuvenating place.
 
Close up texture detail: 
 

I’m excited to have been invited to exhibit at Studio Seven Arts in Pleasanton, CA. If you’d like to see or find out more details about Standing Witness, please check them out:

Studio Seven Arts Gallery

400 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA
 

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on my birch and aspen tree oil paintings.

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

 
 

New “Meandering Journey” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

“Meandering Journey”
16″ x 20″ textured oil by Niki Gulley
 
Recently, we visited Santa Fe and to escape the heat we ventured up the Santo de Cristo mountains to cool down amongst the beautiful, refreshing aspen trees. I was drawn to this meandering path leading through the aspens with its dappled light creating such gorgeous shadows. Having fun capturing all of the different textures with palette knife from the lush grasses to the feathery wildflowers to the peeling bark on the aspen trees, I set out to recreate the peace and beauty of this forest. I hope you, too, can feel the serenity of this rejuvenating place and enjoy an uplifting walk in the woods.
 

I’m excited to have been invited to exhibit at Studio Seven Arts in Pleasanton, CA. If you’d like to see or find out more details about Meandering Journey, please check them out:

Studio Seven Arts Gallery

400 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA
 
E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her palette knife aspen and birch tree paintings.
See NikiGulley.com to see more of her contemporary landscape paintings.

 

https://www.instagram.com/nikigulley/

 

New “Standing Witness” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

“Standing Witness”©2019 Niki Gulley
16″ x 20″ textured oil painting
 
Recently,
we visited Santa Fe and to escape the heat we ventured up the Santo de
Cristo mountains to cool down among the beautiful, refreshing aspen
trees. I was attracted to this grove in particular with their beautiful
textured white bark and their proximity and angles to each other. I
decided to include the sentinels behind, also, to give you a sense of
being surrounded by the peaceful forest. Dappled light casts diagonal
shadows and causes the grasses to dance and sparkle. I hope you can feel
the serenity of this rejuvenating place.
 
Close up texture detail:
 
 
E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her palette knife aspen and birch tree paintings.
See NikiGulley.com to see more of her contemporary landscape paintings.
https://www.instagram.com/nikigulley/

“Cross Hatch” Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

“Cross Hatch”
SOLD • 12″ x 18″ textured oil by Niki Gulley
 
Just Sold! Recently, we visited Santa Fe and to escape the heat we ventured up the Santo de Cristo mountains to cool down amongst the beautiful, refreshing aspen trees. I was attracted to this grouping of trunks in particular with their beautiful textured white bark and their proximity and angles to each other. Their verticality offset by the horizontal logs on the ground made for an interesting composition. On this piece, I decided to pull in tight on the trunks, really focusing on the peeling bark and gnarled knots. I chose to include just a sliver of the sentinels behind to give you a sense of being surrounded by the peaceful forest and accentuating the rhythm in the upright trunks. Pops of red add to the joy and energy of the moment. I hope you, too, can feel the serenity of this rejuvenating place.
 
E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her palette knife aspen and birch tree paintings.
See NikiGulley.com to see more of her contemporary landscape paintings.

Ghost Ranch Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“Desert Oasis” ©2019 Niki Gulley
18″ x 24″ textured oil painting
 
This summer my husband and I were asked to lecture for Southern Methodist University at the campus in Taos. We love the scenery in New Mexico so much that we decided to stay an extra week to paint and photograph. One day we drove towards Ghost Ranch where Georgia O’Keefe lived, stopping at this scenic overlook of the Rio Chama on the way. Loving the setting and the drama the light was creating on the distant rock formations, we decided to stay right there and capture its beauty.  Gentle S curves lead you down the river while shrubbery and mountain peaks create rhythmic patterns adding to the flow of the scene. I hope you, too, feel rejuvenated gazing into this desert oasis.
 

For more details on Desert Oasis, please contact my gallery, the Good Art Company, in Fredericksburg, TX at goodartcompany.com/gacart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=25&sort=20a&page=1&z.

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E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her palette knife paintings.
See NikiGulley.com to see more of her contemporary landscape paintings.

Curves Ahead

“Curves Ahead” ©2013 Niki Gulley
30″ x 40” textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

On this trip, it felt like we were flying up and down these curvy mountain roads almost like we were on an adult roller coaster. So I wanted to have a little fun in my painting and capture that sense of movement and playful excitement. Choosing bright vivid colors an curving my strokes almost in a fish-eye composition, add to the youthful energy and thrill of adventure that I wanted to communicate.

For more information on my textured palette knife oil paintings, please e-mail me at Niki Gulley.

Or, please visit my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape paintings.

“Stop!” New Palette Knife Landscape Painting

“Stop!” ©2013 Niki Gulley
16″ x 20” textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

While driving from Santa Fe to Taos, this scene literally stopped me in my tracks. Something about that giant rocky mound rising up from the surrounding flat expanse contrasted against the complimentary colored sky was so graphic and surreal. Add to that the bizarre juxtaposition of the stop sign encroaching on what once was uninhabited desert landscape, and I felt like this painting had something to say.

For more information on my textured palette knife oil paintings, please e-mail me at Niki Gulley.

Or, please visit my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape paintings.