Friday, August 28, 2009


"Sunflower" by Niki Gulley ©2009
pastel 5" x 7" • $100

I set up a still life of sunflowers to paint in my studio, and this simple close-up turned out to be one of my favorites. If you'd like more information, email me or to purchase, click below

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Queen Ann's Lace

"Queen Ann's Lace" ©2009 Niki Gulley
pastel 7" x 5"

I set up a floral still life in my studio, and particularly liked this close-up of the Queen Ann's Lace. Having grown up in Illinois, they've always been one of my favorite wildflowers from up north.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

"Sunburst, White Rock Lake" ©2009 Niki Gulley
pastel • 8" x 10"

I wanted to depict a different vantage point of White Rock Lake and I was intrigued by how my camera captured the sunlight peering through the clouds. It almost looks like a beam of light is shining down from heaven! So, I decided to go ahead and paint it that way to suggest an aura of mystery in the scene.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Impressions II, White Rock Lake" ©2009 Niki Gulley
5" x 7" pastel

Today I revisited the same location at White Rock Lake as earlier in the week, but I wanted to paint it completely different this time. I love vibrant color and playing with contrasts in my subject, so today I really had fun. Hope you do, too!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Arboretum Blooms

"Arboretum Blooms IV" ©2009 Niki Gulley
pastel 5" x 7"

I like the simplicity in this scene. Don't you want to just relax on the bench, read a book and enjoy the daffodils?

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Arboretum Blooms III

"Arboretum Blooms III" ©2009 Niki Gulley
7" x 5" pastel

Being pleased with how my first two Arboretum scenes turned out, I decided to stick with the same theme and complete a third garden landscape that complimented the others. If interested in more information, e-mail me at

Arboretum Blooms II

"Arboretum Blooms II" ©2009 Niki Gulley
pastel 5" x 7"

I love the challenge of trying to paint a complex scene on a tiny scale, so here is my second 5" x 7" pastel inspired by our Botanic Garden.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Arboretum Blooms

"Arboretum Blooms" ©2009 Niki Gulley
7" x 5" pastel

After completing a few oil sketches of poppies this week, I felt inspired to keep painting flowers, but switch gears slightly and work on garden scenes rather than close-ups. I turned to our Arboretum in Dallas (and not my own sad drought garden), which always boasts such beautiful blooms. Shown here is my first pastel.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009


"Poppies II" ©2009 Niki Gulley

oil painting • 5" x 7" • $100

Here's a second poppy study to go with my "Poppy Pair" painting from earlier this week. Again, I'm playing around with extremely thick paint, sometimes 1/4 inch of paint or more, to create texture. If you'd like more information, contact me at

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Enchanted Forest

"Enchanted Forest" ©2009 Niki Gulley
16" x 40" pastel
Longing for a break from the brutal heat this summer in Dallas, I felt compelled to paint someplace I'd rather be. Thoughts of the beautiful autumn colors and cooler air inspired "Enchanted Forest." I love the way the light mysteriously illuminates the fall foliage from behind and creates shadows in the foreground.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Top Photo: "Poppy Pair" - 5" x 7" oil - $100
Bottom Photo: Close-up detail of thick textured paint

I can't help but smile when I see poppies, and I love painting them! In this study, I'm playing with 1/4 inch thick paint as you can see in the second photo above.

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Impressions, White Rock Lake

"Impressions, White Rock Lake" ©2009 Niki Gulley
Pastel • 5" x 7"

To beat our 100º heat, I headed out to White Rock Lake in the morning and captured the Dallas skyline at early light. I love this view of the city.

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