Monday, November 20, 2017

New "Fall Jamboree" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

"Fall Jamboree" ©2017 by Niki Gulley
SOLD • 12" x 24" original textured oil painting

Just Sold! Enjoying the melodic tinkling of the aspen leaves rustling in the breeze, the trickling sounds of the babbling brook at our backs, and the beauty of fall ablaze with color, I felt invigorated as I began painting this aspen forest. The setting was so peaceful and rejuvenating that I wanted to communicate that joyful feeling of discovery. Filling the canvas with energetic staccato strokes and bold colors, in addition to gently arching the tree trunks reaching towards the sky, add to that uplifting feeling. And then just a sliver of the trail cutting through the forest, suggests the excitement of the journey that is to come.

To see more of my contemporary landscape paintings online, visit NikiGulley.com.

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information.

Friday, November 17, 2017

New "Autumn Serenade" Palette Knife Fall Foliage Painting by Niki Gulley

"Autumn Serenade"  ©2017 Niki Gulley
36" x 48" textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Shimmering colors of autumn: Aspen, Oak and the forest of trees quiver, their light graceful leaves tremble and quake, silver and gold, scarlet and tangerine, with each light breeze. There is the quiet energy of change coming and vibrant color charges the woods. Crisp fall mountain air, slender trunks cut bright strokes of white against a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors. Staccato strokes and shimmering hues add to the feeling of change in the air and suggest the breeze whistling through the foliage.

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Painting and Photographing Sunset in Santorini with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

"Oia Sunset" © 2017 Niki  Gulley • Greece Art Trek:  Oia, Santorini
SOLD • 7" x 5" oil painting by Niki Gulley

Just Sold! I painted this small oil on location in Santorini during our Greece Art Trek. Since we only had about 15 minutes to capture the actual sun setting, we had to sketch the scene in advance, anticipate how the light might look, and pre-mix our golden colors. Then as the sun was dropping, we quickly had to paint those warm reflected lights on the buildings and the water and the golden glow in the sky. While challenging, it was a lot of fun and such a beautiful setting to paint! Capping the evening off, we had a delicious dinner in town at the most picturesque garden restaurant and relived the highlights of the day.

Our photographers staking out their spots to shoot sunset.


Dinner that night.


If you'd like to join us on one of our upcoming Art Treks, check out ArtTreks.org for details.

Please check out my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary impressionistic paintings.

E-mail - Niki Gulley

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New "Aqua Rhythms" Palette Knife Seashore painting by Niki Gulley

"Aqua Rhythms" ©2017 Niki Gulley
9" x 12" textured oil painting

I wanted this painting to be about the power of water to uplift your spirits. Painted on location, I hope you can feel the tides lapping on the shore and hear the rhythmic, soothing sounds of the waves cresting and falling. Whenever I visit the seashore I always feel rejuvenated, and I hope I've translated that onto the canvas for you to experience it, too.

Visit my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape palette knife paintings.

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

"True Blue" Palette Knife Oil Painting from Santorini, Greece by Niki Gulley

"True Blue"©2017 Niki Gulley
10" x 8" oil painting  • SOLD

Just Sold! On our Art Trek to Greece, we chose to paint this iconic view of Santorini with the white orthodox church crowned by its blue dome, overlooking the ocean. The photographers dropped us off, as they continued back to Oia to shoot some more. While the scenery seemed simple, it proved challenging to paint the round dome on top of a hexagon base, and the three men removing the bells from the tower kept interrupting our scene (which we chose not to paint into the composition), but overall it was a beautiful morning and we were pretty happy with the results!

That afternoon we rode the cable cars to the port below and caught a boat cruise that ferried us across the bay and around the island at sunset. Stopping at the volcano, we hiked to the top, which was quite intriguing with its sci-fi type lava rock. Next we stopped at a hot spring for anyone who wanted to swim. And, finally we cruised around the island enjoying the view from the water, sipping some Greek wines and nibbling on some local meats and cheeses. A great end to the day!

On top of the volcano with Santorini in the background.

If you are interested in joining us on a future art trek, check out ArtTreks.org for details about upcoming trips.

Please check out my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary impressionistic paintings.

E-mail - Niki Gulley

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New "Rhythmic Waters II" Palette Knife Ocean painting by Niki Gulley

"Rhythmic Waters" ©2017 Niki Gulley
9" x 12" textured oil painting

I wanted this painting to be about the power of the ocean to lift your spirits. Painting this piece on location, I was hoping you could feel the ocean tides lapping on the shore and hear the rhythmic, soothing sounds of the waves cresting and falling like I was experiencing while painting it. Whenever I visit the beach I always feel rejuvenated, and I hope I’ve translated that onto the canvas for you to experience it, too.

Visit my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape palette knife paintings.

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

Monday, November 6, 2017

"Paris in June" Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Paris in June" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 12" x 9" oil painting

Just Sold! On the first day of our Paris Art Trek, the sun was shining and it was a lovely 80 degrees. A perfect way to start our trip! In the morning, we went up in the Eiffel Tower and enjoyed the amazing views of the city. That afternoon, we painted in a quiet park next to the tower while the photographers shot around the city, and we all convened that night for a delicious Parisian dinner.


If you'd like more information or a brochure on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshops, please let me know. For more details, e-mail Niki Gulley or go to ArtTreks.org.

Please visit nikigulley.com to see more of my impressionistic plein air oil paintings.

Friday, November 3, 2017

"Room with a View" Palette Knife Ocean Painting by Niki Gulley

"Room with a View" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 9" x 12" textured oil painting

Just Sold! Painting this piece on location, I wanted to capture the beauty of the Mediterranean out our balcony window. Colorful houses and hotels dot the hilly landscape while the soothing ocean sounds lap in the distance. Hibiscus in full bloom frame the foreground, adding to the feeling of this tropical paradise.Whenever I visit the seashore I always feel rejuvenated, and I hope I’ve translated that onto the canvas for you to experience it, too.

Visit my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape palette knife paintings.

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

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New "Rhythmic Waters" Palette Knife Seashore painting by Niki Gulley

"Rhythmic Waters" ©2017 Niki Gulley
9" x 12" textured oil painting

I wanted this painting to be about the power of the ocean to lift your spirits. Painting this piece on location, I was hoping you could feel the ocean tides lapping on the shore and hear the rhythmic, soothing sounds of the waves cresting and falling like I was experiencing while painting it. Whenever I visit the seashore I always feel rejuvenated, and I hope I’ve translated that onto the canvas for you to experience it, too.

Visit my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape palette knife paintings.

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

Monday, October 30, 2017

"Lucky's Cafe" by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley


"Lucky's Cafe," Dallas, Texas © 2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 11" x 14" oil painting

Just Sold! Friends sit and gaze at the mass of beauty and indecision that is the menu. The fear of missing out on any number of delectable dishes makes it nearly impossible to chose. Their eyes waver between the menu in their hands and the massive chalk board that dominates the far wall. Mom's meatloaf? Good Luck Reuben? And who could pass up the Sleaziest, Cheesiest, Grilled Cheese in Town? But, then, it is found: Chicken Fried Steak, a delicious staple of home-style comfort food.

Every once and a while, it's nice to share a little home-town spirit. Coming from Dallas, I thought it would be nice to capture a local favorite, Lucky's Cafe, on Oaklawn Ave. Even outside, you can feel the energy that emanates from within and cuts through the heavy blanket of night. 

E-mail me at Niki@NikiGulley.com for more information about my contemporary impressionistic oil paintings, or check out my website at:

Friday, October 27, 2017

"Kid's Perspective" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

"Kid's Perspective" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • textured oil painting on canvas • 20" x 30"

Just Sold!  In "Kid's Perspective" I wanted you to feel that child-like wonder of staring up in into the treetops and heavens above. Choosing uplifting golds and soft shades of tangerine contrasted against a blue sky with gentle clouds drifting by, I've arranged the aspens in a circular pattern to give you a sense of laying on the ground, surrounded by the forest and to direct your eye to the focal point. Utilizing thick, curving paint strokes adds to that joyful, playful feeling of hope and discovery.

To see more of my impressionist palette knife paintings, please visit NikiGulley.com.



If you have any questions about my aspen and birch tree paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"Fall Carnival" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

Fall Carnival ©2017 Niki Gulley
30" x 40" textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas

Painted with extremely thick oil paint and palette knives so that this canvas is loaded with texture and bursting with color, flickering autumn leaves seem to almost dance in a gentle breeze. I wanted this landscape to be filled with movement and vivacity, so I incorporated a lot of diagonal and curving shapes in the design to suggest that feeling. Contrasting short staccato strokes against blended passages with my palette knives, also increase that sense of motion. One zig zag passage of crimson foliage creates a focal point in the tangle of leaves and turnks while adding energy to the scene. I hope you, too, can feel the excitement of walking through the woods on a beautiful fall day, letting your cares slip away and your spirit being invigorated.

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

Monday, October 23, 2017

"Oak Alley" Palette Knife Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

"Oak Alley" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 16" x 20" textured oil painting

Just Sold! I painted this colorful oak lined alleyway a couple of weeks ago on location at the Fort Worth Stock Yards. I was attracted to the contrast of light and shadows and the way the oaks lined up to lead you down this dappled path into the background Spanish archway, which was illuminated in glowing whites and yellows by the sun. The colors were duller than this and I wanted a warmer feeling to the scene since it was a chilly morning, so I enhanced the hues to create an uplifting backdrop full of color and energy. Utilizing thick paint and palette knife, I also created a lot of texture and movement with my strokes to add to the joyful feeling of painting on this beautiful morning.

For more information on my textured contemporary landscape paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, check out my website at: nikigulley.com.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Tuscan Vineyard Palette Knife Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

SOLD • 48" x 60" textured oil painting

I was recently commissioned to paint this vineyard scene set against miles of rolling hills dotted with grapevines and olive trees. Working from some of my plein air sketches, photographs, and personal memories from our trips to the area, I created this large textured oil painting with palette knives and tons of paint. Full of color and movement, I arranged the planted grapevines to lead your eye back to the Tuscan villa and then to the beautiful countryside beyond.

If you would like to come along on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting / Photography Workshops to Tuscany, Italy in September or Cinque Terre / Lake Como, Italy in September visit ArtTreks.org for more information. We'd love to have you join us!

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E-mail Niki Gulley for more information.

To see more of my paintings from Tuscany, visit my website at NikiGulley.com.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New "Floating Expressions" Series Aspen Tree Paintings by Niki Gulley

"Floating Expressions III" ©2017 Niki Gulley
24" x 24" textured mixed media painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting series, I wanted the focus to be on texture. Usually I paint with a lot of color, but I opted to use a limited palette on these pieces to really concentrate on the peeling bark of the aspen trees. Bordering on the edge of abstraction and the cusp of realism, Floating Expressions is loaded with layers and layers of paint, built up with thin glazes and then palette knife to create extreme dimension. Choosing to come in extremely close on the subject, I played around with various strokes and paint thicknesses to add depth and energy. At the end, I had to throw in a few of my signature strokes of color – a splash of gold, some touches of purple, and just a dab of fire-engine red for added excitement and unexpected color twists. 

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

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

New "Enduring Spirit" Palette Knife Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

“Enduring Spirit” ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 20" x 16” textured oil on canvas

Just sold! Standing tall and proud, this old soul sinks its gnarly roots into the cliff below, persistent and hopeful. I wanted you to get the feeling of staring up in wonderment like when you were a kid discovering things for the first time – noticing the unusual beauty and complexity of its infrastructure. Both grounded and reaching for the heavens, this organic skyscraper connects us to the mysteries of nature while encouraging childhood dreams.

If you have any questions about my palette knife paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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












Friday, October 13, 2017

New Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

"Floating Expressions II" ©2017 Niki Gulley
24" x 24" textured mixed media painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting series, I wanted the focus to be on texture. Usually I paint with a lot of color, but I opted to use a limited palette on these pieces to really concentrate on the peeling bark of the aspen trees. Bordering on the edge of abstraction and the cusp of realism, Floating Expressions is loaded with layers and layers of paint, built up with thin glazes and then palette knife to create extreme dimension. Choosing to come in extremely close on the subject, I played around with various strokes and paint thicknesses to add depth and energy. At the end, I had to throw in a few of my signature strokes of color – a splash of gold, some touches of purple, and just a dab of fire-engine red for added excitement and unexpected color twists. 

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

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New "Floating Expressions" Palette Knife Aspen Trees by Niki Gulley

"Floating Expressions" ©2017 Niki Gulley
24" x 24" textured mixed media painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting series, I wanted the focus to be on texture. Usually I paint with a lot of color, but I opted to use a limited palette on these pieces to really concentrate on the peeling bark of the aspen trees. Bordering on the edge of abstraction and the cusp of realism, Floating Expressions is loaded with layers and layers of paint, built up with thin glazes and then palette knife to create extreme dimension. Choosing to come in extremely close on the subject, I played around with various strokes and paint thicknesses to add depth and energy. At the end, I had to throw in a few of my signature strokes of color – a splash of gold, some touches of purple, and just a dab of fire-engine red for added excitement and unexpected color twists. 

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

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

"Villa with a View," Lake Como, Italy oil painting by Niki Gulley

"Villa with a View" ©2014 Niki Gulley • 12" x 9" oil painting • SOLD

Cinque Terre and Lake Como Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams
Day 7, afternoon location: Villa Babianello

Just Sold! After a busy schedule the day before, several of us opted to take it easy and join a cooking class while others visited the castle in town and one of the villages across the lake. We were whisked away to a tiny nearby hamlet where the chef, Moreno, prepares all of the dishes himself that he serves for dinner at his restaurant. He started the morning out by feeding us cappuccino and homemade cake to enjoy while he began showing us how to roll out and form pasta for cheese tortellini and marinara from scratch. Next up, was a decadent potatoes gruyere with ham slices, all of which we got to sample. The finalé was the creamiest mushroom risotto, local red wine, and don't forget the limoncello for dessert. Yum!

Late that afternoon, we visited the Botanic garden in Varenna, which is spectacular with its colorful tropical plantings, elaborate villa, sculptures and fountains, and fantastic views along the lake. What a great day!

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If you're interested in joining us on one of upcoming Art Treks, please let us know. 
Spaces are filling up quickly, so don't wait!


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


For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.nikigulley.com/artreks.

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

New "Spring's Glory," Texas Hill Country oil painting by Niki Gulley

"Spring’s Glory," Texas Hill Country ©2017 Niki Gulley
 36” x 60” textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas

“Spring’s Glory” was inspired by a trip to the Texas Hill Country. The spring conditions were perfect, and the bluebonnets were amazing! While we were near Fredericksburg, we took a scenic drive along the Willow City Look and as we approached the top of a hill about half way around, we were greeted by this gorgeous view of the rolling hills and bluebonnets in full bloom. Then, to top it off the sun was setting in the distance casting its golden glow and backlighting the wildflowers. I had to capture the magical moment, enhancing the kaleidoscope of colors in the sky and along the ground. Arranging clouds, the road and rows of bluebonnets in rhythmic sweeping shapes to create a harmonious landscape that flows with light, texture and color, and suggest a feeling of optimism about what’s to come.

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


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Or, if you are in the Dallas, TX area, and would like to see "Spring's Glory" along with more of my palette knife oil paintings, please stop by my booth at Richardson's Cottonwood Art Festival this weekend.

Cottonwood Art Festival 
Sat. Oct 7 • 10am – 7pm
Sun. Oct. 8 • 10am – 5pm 
Cottonwood Park • 1321 W. Beltline Rd. Richardson, TX 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New "Visions of Blue III" Palette Knife Bluebonnet Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley


"Visions of Blue III," Texas Hill Country ©2017 Niki Gulley
24" x 12" textured oil painting

I painted these Texas Bluebonnets and wildflowers with extremely thick oil paint and palette knives to achieve depth and texture. The resulting image comes to life and is loaded with color and energy. In this vertical wildflower series, I've framed the paintings in espresso floater frames so that you can still see the textured oil paint continuing around the edges of the canvas. These Texas wildflowers look great hung alone or in a grouping with the rest of the "Visions of Blue" series, too!


For more information on my "Visions of Blue" series and more of my Texas hill country landscape paintings, please see my new works at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, goodartcompany.com/gac/.

To see more of Niki Gulley's textured landscape paintings please check out NikiGulley.com,

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her Texas bluebonnet and wildflower paintings.

Monday, October 2, 2017

New "Visions of Blue II" Palette Knife Bluebonnet Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley


"Visions of Blue II," Texas Hill Country ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24" x 12" textured oil painting

Just Sold! I painted these Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush with extremely thick oil paint and palette knives to achieve depth and texture. The resulting image comes to life and is loaded with color and energy. In this vertical wildflower series, I've framed the paintings in espresso floater frames so that you can still see the textured oil paint continuing around the edges of the canvas. These Texas wildflowers look great hung alone or in a grouping with the rest of the "Visions of Blue" series, too!


For more information on my "Visions of Blue" series and more of my Texas hill country landscape paintings, please see my new works at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, goodartcompany.com/gac/.

To see more of Niki Gulley's textured landscape paintings please check out NikiGulley.com,

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her Texas bluebonnet and wildflower paintings.

Friday, September 29, 2017

New "Visions of Blue" Palette Knife Bluebonnet Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

"Visions of Blue," Texas Hill Country ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24" x 12" textured oil painting

Just Sold! I painted these Texas Bluebonnets and wildflowers with extremely thick oil paint and palette knives to achieve depth and texture. The resulting image comes to life and is loaded with color and energy. In this vertical wildflower series, I've framed the paintings in espresso floater frames so that you can still see the textured oil paint continuing around the edges of the canvas. These Texas wildflowers look great hung alone or in a grouping with the rest of the "Visions of Blue" series, too!


For more information on my "Visions of Blue" series and more of my Texas hill country landscape paintings, please see my new works at the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, goodartcompany.com/gac/.

To see more of Niki Gulley's textured landscape paintings please check out NikiGulley.com,

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her Texas bluebonnet and wildflower paintings.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New "Looking Up II" Aspen Tree painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“Looking Up II" ©2017 Niki Gulley
24" x 12" textured oil 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 and golds contrasted against a blue sky with the clouds drifting so that as you gaze overhead, you get the feeling of not having a care in the world. One large trunk in the foreground guides you and gives you a sense of size and perspective, while leading your eye upward. Arranging the aspens in a circular pattern heightened by thick, curving paint strokes, all add to that joyful, playful feeling of hope and discovery. 

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her textured aspen and birch oil paintings. 


Visit NikiGulley.com to see more of her contemporary impressionistic palette knife landscape paintings.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sunflower Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“Sun-Filled Moment" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24" x 12" textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Just Sold! Inspired by our travels to Provence, I painted these uplifting 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.

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

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For more information on our plein air painting and photography Art Treks workshops in Europe, please check out ArtTreks.org.

E-mail - Niki Gulley

Friday, September 22, 2017

New "Cultivating Aromas" Palette Knife Lavender Painting by Niki Gulley

“Cultivating Aromas” ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 20” x 30” acrylic on canvas

Just sold! The lavender fields in Provence are incredible – perfectly manicured rows and rows of an explosion of violet as far as the eye can see. Rippling purple rows draw your eye to the lone stone farmhouse in the distance while clouds drift by also in rhythmic waves, both creating a flowing harmony. Perspective lines converge, leading you to this joyful spot and I hope you can smell the amazing aromas and feel your spirits lifted while gazing into this scene!

E-mail me at Niki@NikiGulley.com for more information on my contemporary palette knife landscape paintings.

Or, visit my website at NikiGulley.com.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Palette Knife Iris Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Flowing into Spring III" ©2017 Niki Gulley
24" x 12" textured oil painting on wrap around canvas • Lee Park, Dallas

Painted on location at Lee Park in Dallas, I loved how the irises signaled that spring was in full bloom. Standing tall, anchoring this corner of the creek these purple blooms lead your eye up through the canvas, along the water's edge to the stone bridge in the distance. The soft light adds to the peacefulness of this tranquil spot, and I hope all of your cares are transported away while lifting your spirits.

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

E-mail - Niki Gulley

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Vertical Aromas" Palette Knife Lavender Field Painting by Niki Gulley

"Vertical Aromas" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24" x 12" textured mixed media painting on wrap around canvas

Just Sold! The lavender fields in Provence are incredible – perfectly manicured rows and rows of an explosion of violet as far as the eye can see. I wanted to try something different in this painting, arranging the purple waves vertically to draw your eye up to the stone farmhouse in the distance. Meanwhile wispy clouds drift by and perspective lines all converge, leading you to this joyful, peaceful spot. I hope you can smell the amazing aromas and  feel your spirits lifted while gazing into this scene!

To view more of my lavender, poppy and sunflower field paintings, visit nikigulley.com.



For more information on our Plein Air Painting and Photography Art Trek Workshops in Europe, please visit www.ArtTreks.org or e-mail Niki Gulley.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New 12" x 12" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Autumn Hues II" ©2016 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 12" x 12" oil on canvas

Just Sold!  I painted these autumn aspen trees with palette knife and extremely thick paint. I love how the chunky paint adds to the texture of the bark and the movement in the leaves. The painting continues around the edges of the wrap around canvas for a sculptural-like frameless piece of art.

These aspens and birches look great hung alone to brighten up a little spot, or in a grouping with some of my other 12x12 trees. 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 palette knife seasonal foliage paintings, please visit NikiGulley.com.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New "Spring Hues" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

"Spring Hues" ©2017 Niki Gulley
12" x 12" oil on canvas

I painted these spring aspen trees with palette knife and extremely thick paint. I love how the chunky paint adds to the texture of the bark and the movement in the foliage and branches. The painting continues around the edges of the wrap around canvas for a sculptural-like frameless piece of art.

These aspens and birches look great hung alone to brighten up a little spot, or in a grouping with some of my other 12x12 trees. 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 palette knife seasonal foliage paintings, please visit NikiGulley.com.

Monday, September 11, 2017

New "Into the Woods" Palette Knife Fall Foliage oil painting by Niki Gulley


“Into the Woods" ©2016 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 9" x 12"" textured oil painting

Just Sold!  I painted "Into the Woods" on location when we visited New England last fall during the height of fall foliage. The kaleidoscope of autumn colors was ablaze, and I was attracted to the dappled light sneaking through small gaps in the forested canopy, illuminating the winding path. Painted with palette knife and thick oil paint, this landscape is filled with color, movement and energy!

If you'd like more information or a brochure on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshops in Vermont, Tuscany and Ireland, please let me know. 
For more details, e-mail Niki@NikiGulley.com or go to ArtTreks.org.

For more information on my textured contemporary landscape paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, check out my website at: nikigulley.com.

Friday, September 8, 2017

"Following the Leader" Koi Fish Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley


"Following the Leader" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24" x 12" textured oil painting on canvas

Just Sold! I'm excited that this painting just won first place at the Artists of Texas H2O show held in Corpus Christi!

Gold, white, tangerine – quicksilver Koi slice through silent waters. Playful, darting fish follow each other up through the composition, while cool colors float and ripple across the painting forming tranquil patterns.  A happy threesome glides by, lifting your spirits as you gaze into this vertical panorama while thick strokes of paint created with palette knife add dimension and movement.

For more information on my textured contemporary landscape paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, check out my website at nikigulley.com to see more of my palette knife oil paintings.

Monday, September 4, 2017

New "Sunny Delights" Palette Knife Sunflower Painting by Niki Gulley

“Sunny Delights" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24" x 12" textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Just Sold! 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.

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

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For more information on our plein air painting and photography Art Treks workshops in Europe, please check out ArtTreks.org.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Last Day, Tuscany Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

©2017 Niki Gulley • 9" x 12" Textured oil painting
Day 7, Tuscany Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

On the last day of our Tuscany Art Trek, we painted the quintessential cypress tree clump set among the rolling hills, signifying you're in Tuscany while the photographers shot the surrounding countryside. That afternoon we went into Pienza to explore, shop and photograph.

Scenic overlook in Pienza.

We capped the night off with an amazing dinner and drifted off to sleep, full, happy and at peace.

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If you're interested in joining us on one of upcoming Art Treks, please let us know. The early registration deadline of Sept. 23rd for a $600 on most trips is quickly approaching, so don't wait!


FULL - Fall in New England – Oct. 10-15, 2017
FULL - Croatia and Slovenia – May  9 – 17 (or with extended 4 days May 9 – 21 /2018
Venice, Italy (Carnival) – February 3 – 10 /2018
Tuscany, Italy – Sept 7-15, 2018
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy – September  14 – 23 /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.