Sunday, February 28, 2010

Frisco Art Festival - March 6th - 7th

"April Blooms" ©2010 Niki Gulley
7" x 5" oil painting

In anticipation of spring!

I'll be displaying this piece and several other Texas wildflowers scenes at the Frisco Art Festival this coming weekend, March 6th - 7th. For more information on the show, visit

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Plein Air Painting Workshop

"Afternoon Impressions" by Niki Gulley
14" x 11" oil painting

I am so anxious for spring to be here, that I just had to get out of the studio yesterday and paint outdoors. Pretending that winter is actually over, it turned out to be a lovely afternoon for a few hours and I decided to set up at one of my favorite locations in Dallas, Turtle Creek.

While right now it's still too early for the azaleas to be in bloom, I really love the peacefulness of the trickling water sounds from the creek, the intertwining branches in the tree limbs above, and the dappled shadows created from the sunlight peeking though them. I only had a short time so I had to capture the scene and light quickly!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuscany Painting Workshop with Niki Gulley

"Under the Tuscan Sun" ©2010 Niki Gulley
24" x 36" pastel

After my husband, Scott Williams, and I finished teaching our painting/photography workshop in Venice last May, we headed south to my next favorite part of Italy, Tuscany. I thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the rolling hills and the peacefulness (especially when compared to Venice) in this region. On this night, we lucked out with a gorgeous sunset, so we pulled over to capture the exploding colors in the sky behind this typical Tuscan stone farmhouse. When I finished the painting, I thought it needed a little more warmth, so I turned a light on in the villa and that provided the life I was looking for!

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Commissioned oil painting by Niki Gulley

24" x 36" oil painting by Niki Gulley • SOLD

I just completed and delivered this commissioned painting for a Dallas couple of their beautiful ranch in Argentina, and they loved it!

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Frosted Tulips by Niki Gulley

"Frosted Tulips" by Niki Gulley
8" x 10" pastel

I'm anxious for spring!

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Queen Anne's Lace pastel by Niki Gulley

"Queen Anne's Lace" ©2010 Niki Gulley
7" x 5" pastel

Working from the still life in my studio – I love taking what some folks consider a common wildflower or even a pesky weed, and showing off its lacy beauty.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

Santorini oil painting by Niki Gulley

10" x 8" oil painting by Niki Gulley
Santorini, Greece

A quick study of a quintessential Greek Island view.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Greece Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

"Inside Looking Out" - Greek Islands
10" x 8" oil painting by Niki Gulley

Here is another painting from Greece on one of the less touristy islands, Milos. We found this quiet off-the-beaten-path beach. I thought this building was interesting with its simple curves and color, and I liked how it framed the gorgeous blue ocean in the background. The contrasts between the stark sun-bleached white walls and its strong midday shadows also caught my attention and I had to paint it.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Santorini Sunset by Niki Gulley

"Santorini Sunset" ©2010 Niki Gulley
12" x 24" pastel

Today I am feeling sentimental since my husband and I got together 7 years ago last week. Three years later we spent our honeymoon visiting Athens and the Greek Islands. Definitely one of our favorite spots was the island of Santorini for its beautiful views of the Caldera, its white-washed architecture with the signature blue domes, the laid back attitude and the warmth of the people. We fell in love with Santorini as so many others have done.

Here is a view at the far end of the island in the town of Oia. I wanted to capture the "skyline," ocean view and the gorgeous sunset that night.

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