Friday, February 28, 2014

"Heightened Awareness" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

Heightened Awareness III ©2014 Niki Gulley
48" x 36" • Textured mixed media on canvas

In this painting I wanted you to feel that child-like wonder of staring up in into the treetops and the heavens above. I chose vibrant, cheerful yellows contrasted against a violet blue sky filled with big, puffy clouds. And, by arranging the aspens in a circular pattern heightened by thick, curving paint strokes, that joyful, playful feeling of hope and discovery are enhanced.

If you'd like more information on my textured aspen and birch tree paintings, e-mail Niki Gulley.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Aqua Dreams" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley


“Aqua Dreams” ©2014 Niki Gulley
36” x 60” textured oil on canvas

When we arrived at this tranquil spot, the early morning light was very cool in color, but as the sun began to rise from the horizon, it shone this beautiful warm light that shimmered on the water’s surface and cast its hope of what was to come from the brand new day. I remember the peacefulness I felt in that moment, and a sense that anything was possible. In Aqua Dreams, by showing the contrast in the cool aqua/blues in the foreground waters against the warm golden glow on the distant pond’s edge, I wanted to share that feeling of hope and promise communicated by nature.

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

For more information on my textured palette knife birch and aspen tree oil paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.


Monday, February 24, 2014

New Spring Aspen Tree Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

"Coming Together" ©2014 Niki Gulley
Textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas • 40" x 30"

In this painting I wanted you to feel that child-like wonder of staring up in into the treetops and the heavens above. Choosing calming greens against a lavender-blue peaceful sky and arranging the two main aspens so that they meet in the middle, suggests a feeling of togetherness. While organizing the outlying trees in a circular pattern and using thick, curving, bold orange brushstrokes, creates a joyful, playful mood.

For more information on my palette knife birch and aspen tree oil paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

To see more of my contemporary landscapes, visit NikiGulley.com.

Friday, February 21, 2014

"Natural Textures" Abstracted Aspen Tree palette knife painting by Niki Gulley

"Natural Textures III" ©2014 Niki Gulley
24" x 36" textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Bordering on the edge of abstraction and the cusp of realism, Natural Textures III is loaded with layers and layers of paint, built up with thin glazes and then palette knife to create extreme dimension and depth. Hang it alone, or combine it with Natural Textures I and II to form a triptych, as pictured below.


E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her contemporary landscape paintings or
visit NikiGulley.com to see more of her contemporary aspen and birch tree paintings.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Just Sold Palette Knife Sunflower oil painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

12" x 12" Sunflowers - textured oil on canvas by Niki Gulley • SOLD



Just Sold! I painted these sunflowers with extremely thick paint and palette knife. The resulting canvas is loaded with texture, color and energy! I've painted it on 1 and 1/2 inch deep stretcher bars, with the image continuing around the edges so that it can be hung as is frameless for a contemporary look. 

This sunflower scene looks great hung alone to brighten up a little spot, or in a grouping with some of my sunflower or floral scenes. Hang them horizontally, vertically, on a diagonal or stacked.

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on this piece or to find out about complimentary companion paintings.

To see more of my textured oil paintings, please visit NikiGulley.com.

Monday, February 17, 2014

New Sunflower Field palette knife oil painting by Niki Gulley

“Sun Filled Memories" ©2014 Niki Gulley
20" x 30" textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Inspired by our travels to Provence, I painted these cheerful sunflowers with extremely thick oil paint and palette knife so that the resulting image leaps off the canvas and is loaded with energy, color and texture.

"Sun Filled Memories" and several of my contemporary impressionistic landscapes are also on display at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. For more information, please contact http://www.goodartcompany.com/gac/.

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

For more information on my plein air paintings and workshops in Italy and France, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Triple Passion" Red Roses palette knife oil painting by Niki Gulley

"Triple Passion" ©2014 Niki Gulley
textured oil painting on wrap around canvas
Can be hung horizontally 24" x 48" or vertically 48" x 24"


I love the passion and energy in the color red, so I thought it would be fun to play with the still life I had set up of roses and make a painting where red was the dominant color.  In person, seeing these roses at life size, I wanted the viewer to be swept up in the movement and emotion of this piece. Utilizing flowing spirals, weaving back and forth, playful thick and thin paint in bold, loose strokes, ruby petals emerging and disappearing, all meant to tease and excite your senses.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

To see more of Niki Gulley's contemporary floral paintings, visit NikiGulley.com.










Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Palette Knife Red Roses oil painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

12" x 12" Red Roses by Niki Gulley
 textured oil painting on canvas 

I painted these roses from the still life with extremely thick paint and palette knife. The resulting canvas is loaded with texture, color and energy! I've painted it on 1 and 1/2 inch deep stretcher bars, with the image continuing around the edges so that it can be hung as is frameless for a contemporary look. 

This floral looks great hung alone to brighten up a little spot, or in a grouping with some of my other contemporary flower paintings. Hang them horizontally, vertically, on a diagonal or stacked.

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on this piece or to find out about complimentary companion paintings.

To see more of my textured oil paintings, please visit NikiGulley.com.

Monday, February 10, 2014

New Palette Knife Roses by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

12" x 12" Red Roses by Niki Gulley
 textured oil painting on canvas 


I painted these roses from the still life with extremely thick paint and palette knife. The resulting canvas is loaded with texture, color and energy! I've painted it on 1 and 1/2 inch deep stretcher bars, with the image continuing around the edges so that it can be hung as is frameless for a contemporary look. 

This floral looks great hung alone to brighten up a little spot, or in a grouping with some of my other contemporary flower paintings. Hang them horizontally, vertically, on a diagonal or stacked.

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on this piece or to find out about complimentary companion paintings.

To see more of my textured oil paintings, please visit NikiGulley.com.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Just Sold! Abstracted Aspen Tree oil paintings by Texas Artist Niki Gulley


"Natural Textures" series ©2014 Niki Gulley
SOLD • Two 24" x 24" textured oil paintings on wrap around canvas

Just Sold and Hung! Bordering on the edge of abstraction and the cusp of realism, this Natural Textures series is loaded with layers and layers of paint, built up with thin glazes and then palette knife to create extreme dimension and depth.





E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her contemporary landscape paintings or
visit NikiGulley.com to see more of textured aspen and birch tree paintings.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Tuscany Sunflower Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Flowing with Sunshine," Tuscany ©2014 Niki Gulley
10" x 30" textured oil painting

I chose to paint this view of our villa that we stay in during our Tuscany Art Treks, since I'd been admiring it for years. I like how the old stone farmhouse sits high on its hilltop with amazing 360 degree views of the rolling valleys and hill towns. The clouds have been gorgeous every trip we've taken, so I also wanted to convey that beauty in this panorama. Taking a few liberties and adding the sunflowers in place of the pool, "Flowing with Sunshine" is loaded with texture, color and uplifting energy!

If you'd like to join us in Tuscany for our next Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop Sept. 5th-13th, please let me know. For more details, e-mail Niki Gulley or go to nikigulley.com/artreks.

Upcoming Art Treks
Venice, Italy – CarnivalĂ© – Feb. 22-Mar. 1, 2014
Paris, France – June 19-27, 2014
 Provence, France – June 26 – July 4, 2014
Tuscany, Italy – Sept. 5-13, 2014
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy – Sept. 12-21, 2014

Plein Air Painting / Photography Workshops
Led by Niki Gulley and Scott Williams
These workshops are filling up quickly, so we encourage you to register soon!

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E-mail me at Niki@NikiGulley.com for more information.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Textured Hydrangeas Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

Hydrangeas ©2014 Niki Gulley
12" x 12" textured oil on canvas


I painted these hydrangeas with extremely thick oil paint and palette knife. The resulting canvas is loaded with texture, color and energy! I've painted it on 1 and 1/2 inch deep stretcher bars, with the image continuing around the edges so that it can be hung as is frameless for a contemporary look. 

These hydrangeas look great hung alone to brighten up a little spot, or in a grouping with some of my other 12x12 florals. Hang them horizontally, vertically, on a diagonal or stacked. If interested in seeing companion pieces, please e-mail Niki Gulley for options.

To see more of my textured flower paintings, please visit NikiGulley.com.