Monday, December 18, 2017

Ireland Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

9" x 12" oil painting by Niki Gulley

Day 6:  Ireland ART TREK
Afternoon location: Dingle Peninsula & Killarney Castle
Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

On the 6th afternoon of Ireland Art Trek, we continued to paint on the castle grounds while the photographers and tourists finished exploring the Dingle Peninsula. I chose to paint the castle's guest house because I love how it was nestled back in the woods, feeling so nostalgic of a visit to grandma's in the country. The massive unusual pine trees were so awe-inspiring that I used them to frame the right half of the scene, leading your eye down the path to the yellow house safely tucked in amongst the lush foliage. A soft light would appear off and on, illuminating the scene and creating that unique Irish light. That evening we all reconnected and dined again on another delicious dinner in town.

Dining in the castle bar.

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If you're interested in joining us on one of upcoming Art Treks, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!


FULL - Croatia and Slovenia – May  9 – 17 (or with extended 4 days May 9 – 21 /2018
Tuscany, Italy – Sept 7-15, 2018
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy – September  14 – 23 /2018   
Fall in New England – Oct. 2018


For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 6, Ireland Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

9" x 12" oil painting by Niki Gulley

Day 6:  Ireland ART TREK
Morning location: Dingle Peninsula & Killarney Castle
Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

The next day of our Ireland Art Trek, the photographers and tourists ventured out to tour the Dingle Peninsula with its craggy coves, cute fishing villages and spectacular ocean views, stopping at castles,  Dingle town, waterfalls and various landmarks along the way. My painters wanted to stay at our castle grounds and paint right where we were lodging because the scenery was so beautiful. For our morning location, we set up our easels in the castle's garden. The brilliance of the various greens was so intense that I had to capture that along with this romantic gazebo beckoning you to sit down and enjoy the view.

Our photographers and tourists visiting the Dingle Peninsula.

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If you're interested in joining us on one of upcoming Art Treks, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!


FULL - Croatia and Slovenia – May  9 – 17 (or with extended 4 days May 9 – 21 /2018
Tuscany, Italy – Sept 7-15, 2018
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy – September  14 – 23 /2018   
Fall in New England – Oct. 2018


For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 5, Ireland Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

9" x 12" oil painting by Niki Gulley

Day 5:  Ireland ART TREK
Killarney
Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

On the next morning of our Ireland Art Trek, we left for Killarney, making a pit stop in the adorable thatch-roofed town of Adare. After exploring and grabbing lunch, we drove onto our lodging for the next few nights, a 16th century castle, fit for a king! Dinner was also delicious that evening in the castle's dining room.


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FULL - Croatia and Slovenia – May  9 – 17 (or with extended 4 days May 9 – 21 /2018
Tuscany, Italy – Sept 7-15, 2018
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy – September  14 – 23 /2018   
Fall in New England – Oct. 2018
Ireland - Aug. 2019
Scotland - Aug. 2019


For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 4, Ireland Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

9" x 12" oil painting by Niki Gulley

Day 4:  Ireland ART TREK
Cliffs of Moher
Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

On the fourth morning of our Ireland Art Trek, we explored the exotic Cliffs of Moher. Unfortunately, we received some of that Irish sunshine and only got in a quick glimpse before the sideways rain and wind got the best of us. Since the afternoon was washed out, too, we decided to paint our impressions back at the hotel. Several of the tourists went into town to shop and sightsee, and the photographers gathered around the fireplace to receive a lesson on Photoshop and Lightroom. It turned out to be a great day! That night we dined again on a delicious seafood dinner at a cozy garden restaurant nearby.



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FULL - Croatia and Slovenia – May  9 – 17 (or with extended 4 days May 9 – 21 /2018
Tuscany, Italy – Sept 7-15, 2018
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy – September  14 – 23 /2018   
Fall in New England – Oct. 2018
Ireland - Aug. 2019
Scotland - Aug. 2019


For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

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

Friday, December 8, 2017

Day 3, Ireland Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

9" x 12" oil painting by Niki Gulley

Day 3:  Ireland ART TREK
Galway
Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

After spending the first two days of our Ireland Art Trek in Dublin, we moved onto the happening city of Galway next. After a quick bite, us painters set up our easels along the "Long Walk" to capture the colorful houses along the cove while the photographers and tourists explored downtown and joined us later that afternoon. While we managed to stay dry, you can see from the painting that we had very dramatic skies and moody colors! A fun challenge to capture after coming from sunny Dallas, TX. That evening we checked into our hotel near the Cliffs of Moher and thoroughly enjoyed a delicious gourmet dinner that night.


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If you're interested in joining us on one of upcoming Art Treks, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!


FULL - Croatia and Slovenia – May  9 – 17 (or with extended 4 days May 9 – 21 /2018
Tuscany, Italy – Sept 7-15, 2018
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy – September  14 – 23 /2018   
Fall in New England – Oct. 2018


For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Day 1 and 2, Ireland Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

9" x 12" oil painting by Niki Gulley • SOLD

Day 2:  Ireland ART TREK
Trinity College, Dublin
Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

On the first day of our Ireland Art Trek, we arrived in Dublin and got acquainted with the bustling city. After a good night's sleep, we spent the next morning painting and exploring the grounds of Trinity College. The photographers shot inside the library and around campus while we set up our easels in this quiet courtyard. The architecture was fascinating, and I loved this wooden bench beckoning passers by to sit down and take in the sights. That afternoon we gave everyone free time to explore, photograph, shop, etc. and that evening we all reconnected for a traditional delicious Irish dinner of Guiness stew, fish and chips and various pies.

Exploring the Temple Bar neighborhood in Dublin.

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If you're interested in joining us on one of upcoming Art Treks, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!


FULL - Croatia and Slovenia – May  9 – 17 (or with extended 4 days May 9 – 21 /2018
Tuscany, Italy – Sept 7-15, 2018
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy – September  14 – 23 /2018   
Fall in New England – Oct. 2018


For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Orleans Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

SOLD • "Dappled Light," New Orleans ©2017 Niki Gulley • 9" x 12" oil painting 

New Orleans Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams
Day 1: Fabourg Marigny

Just Sold! On the first day or our New Orleans Art Trek, I took the painters to the far end of the French Quarter to capture some of the beautiful architecture and wrought iron balconies so typical of the city while Scott led the photographers throughout the Quarter looking for the perfect shot. We couldn't have asked for a better day. The weather was a perfect sunny 70 degrees with barely a breeze – ideal painting conditions! We breaked for lunch on delicious crab cakes, salads and sandwiches and returned that afternoon to our morning location to finish our work.


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Tuscany - Sept. 2017
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy - Sept. 2017
New England Fall Foliage - Oct. 2017
 Spain - May 2018

For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit ArtTreks.org.

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