Tuesday, September 29, 2009


"Transformation" ©2009 by Niki Gulley
oil painting • 48" x 60"

Before I started painting my 12" x 12" canvases of birch trees, I was working on this large piece, Transformation. Rather than create an exact replica of the forest, I wanted to focus on brilliant color and simple shapes to see if I could communicate the excitement I feel when surrounded by nature. Using energetic diagonal strokes and thick, textured paint, I hope you get a sense of the motion in the leaves and the power of nature to invigorate your spirit. I just love how this piece captured that essence!

For more information on this painting and about how to see it in person at the Cottonwood Art Festival in Dallas this weekend, e-mail me at niki@nikigulley.com.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Harmonious Hues II

"Harmonious Hues II" by Niki Gulley
oil on canvas • 12" x 12"

Here is another textured oil painting in my new aspen series. After working on larger, more detailed landscapes, I love painting these small, energetic pieces. They are so freeing!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Harmonious Hues

"Harmonious Hues VI" by Niki Gulley
oil on canvas • 12" x 12"

Here is one of my new seasonal foliage paintings. I love the peeling, knobby bark of the birch trunks, and I feel like I can really recreate that sense of texture by working with thick oil paint and palette knives. I hope you can stop by the Cottonwood Art Festival in Dallas Oct. 3rd & 4th to see them in person, since it's hard to see the dimension on the computer screen. I'd love to hear your feedback.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


8" x 10" oil painting by Niki Gulley

I set up a still life of sunflowers for my adult art class to paint last week and everyone's work turned out great! The flowers were beautiful and just the bit of sunshine we needed. Here is one of the studies I completed while demonstrating for the class. For more information about this piece or to find out about my next set of classes, e-mail me at Niki@NikiGulley.com or check out my website at NikiGulley.com.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Around the

"Around the Bend" ©2009 Niki Gulley
24" x 36" • pastel • SOLD

Here is a commission piece that I've recently completed on one of my favorite subjects – autumn. I enjoyed experimenting with the interplay of colors amongst the foliage and creating a sense of mystery with what lays beyond the pathway.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Heavenly Aromas

"Heavenly Aromas" ©2009 Niki Gulley
oil painting • 18" x 48"

Pictured is another one of my new textured floral fields. Can you smell the lavender?

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunny Memories

"Sunny Memories" by Niki Gulley
oil painting • 18" x 48"

I've been working on a couple of large pieces for the last month and I'm excited to share the first one with you! There is something about seeing a massive field of flowers that causes me to gasp in awe. I just love the brilliant burst of color. These sunflowers are one of my first in the new series created with palette knife and extremely thick paint. For more information, contact me at niki@nikigulley.com.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Aspen Study

"Aspen Study" by Niki Gulley • oil painting • 7" x 5"

Another aspen study using the palette knife and extremely thick oil paint.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Birch Study II

Birch Study II by Niki Gulley • oil 7" x 5"

Here is another palette knife creation. I'm having fun being less literal in my birch interpretations and focusing more on color and shape, and letting the viewer's imagination fill in the rest.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Birch Study

Birch Study by Niki Gulley • oil • 7" x 5"

Today I felt like working in oils rather than pastels so that I could really capture the texture of the birch trunks with thick gooey paint and a palette knife.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Autumn Birches II

"Autumn Birches II" ©2009 Niki Gulley
pastel 5" x 7"

This week I'm still dreaming of fall, so I had to create another birch scene. I just love painitng their trunks and throwing in unexpected colors!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Autumn Birches

"Autumn Birches" ©2009 Niki Gulley
pastel 4" x 10"

With summer ending, I'm getting excited about fall's approach. I love when there's a chill in the air and the leaves start turning colors. Having grown up in the north, I really miss the birch trees with their knotted bark and gorgeous colors. Painting them transports me home!