Monday, August 21, 2017

Day 2, Tuscany Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

12" x 9" oil painting by Niki Gulley

Day 2:  TUSCANY ART TREK - Montepulciano and Wine Tasting
Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

On the second day of our Tuscany Art Trek, we set up our easels at a scenic overlook in Montepulciano while the photographers went exploring. The view of the valley below is gorgeous with miles of olive groves and vineyards stretching to the horizon. I chose to paint this lone Tuscan farmhouse below set amid the rolling hills and perfectly planted rows about to be harvested. In the afternoon, we visited two wineries and sampled some amazing red wines and the region's prized Vin Santo. Another fantastic day in Tuscany!



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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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New Palette Knife Treetop Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"What Dreams Are Made Of II" ©2017 by Niki Gulley
48" x 36" textured oil painting

In this painting, I wanted you to feel like a little kid again – laying on the ground and staring up into the treetops without a care in the world. I hope you experience the joy of being surrounded by nature and the beauty in this autumn kaleidoscope of colors.

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

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on my available palette knife birch and aspen tree paintings.

Monday, July 24, 2017

New "Soaring Dreams" Quadriptych Palette Knife Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

"Soaring Dreams" ©2017 Niki Gulley
 Four 36" x 36" canvases to form a 72" x 72" quadriptych • textured oil painting

In this painting, I wanted you to feel like a little kid again – laying on the ground and staring up into the treetops without a care in the world. I hope you experience the joy of being surrounded by nature and the beauty in this autumn kaleidoscope of colors.

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

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on my available palette knife birch and aspen tree paintings.

Friday, July 21, 2017

New "Through the Keyhole" Palette Knife Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley


“Through the Keyhole” ©2017 Niki Gulley
20” x 16” textured oil painting

I love the twisting, textured limbs of old oak trees, and the way these two branches formed a keyhole view of the forest beyond was fascinating. Arching the branches upward suggests a touch of whimsey like climbing a tree when you’re a kid. Loaded with texture and surprising pops of color, I hope you, too, are transported to an enchanted place filled with hope and wonder.

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.













Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New "Autumn Cascades" Palette Knife Aspen Painting by Niki Gulley

“Autumn Cascades” ©2017 Niki Gulley
12” x 24” textured oil on canvas

Water pounds its way down the falls: cascading, rushing, charging into the riverbed -- flowing over rocks, swiftly moving forward. Untamed, the surge finds its way over, under, around the boulder-strewn river. Tumbling waters drive up mists above the falls, the rhythmic sounds create a soothing harmony below, while autumn colors glow as we peer through the tangle of textured Aspen trees.

If you have any questions about Autumn Cascades or my palette knife Aspen tree paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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













Monday, July 17, 2017

Andalusia Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams: Toledo

Day 1, Afternoon - Toledo, Spain: Andalusia Art Trek
"Dappled Light" • Sold
12" x 9" oil painting by Niki Gulley

Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop Led by Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

After lunch on the first day of our Spain Art Trek, we gave everyone free time to explore the city. Some visited the Cathedral, some toured the el Greco art museum, others shopped and some painted. 
I set up my easel in this peaceful garden shaded by these massive trees and painted the colorful architecture in the distance and the beautiful dappled light raking across the scene. That evening we dined on a gourmet tapas meal of scallops wrapped in bacon with lobster sauce, duck and strawberry salad, beef tenderloin with grilled asparagus, smoked octopus and assorted desserts. Delicious and a perfect ending to a fun-filled day!

Dinner in Toledo

Next summer we will be leading Art Treks to Italy and Croatia / Slovenia. So if you've always dreamed of painting, photographing and sightseeing in Europe, please join us for one of these amazing trips! See details at ArtTreks.org.

Please check out my website at nikigulley.com to see more of my contemporary impressionist landscape oil paintings.

Friday, July 14, 2017

"Golden Tangle" Fall Foliage Painting by Texas Artist Niki Gulley

"Golden Tangle" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 9" x 12" textured oil on canvas


Just Sold! I painted this golden oak at White Rock Lake last fall. I loved how the canary yellow leaves glowed from the late afternoon sun as it illuminated the foliage from behind. Being backlit, the trunk went an inky velvet black and all of its gnarly limbs popped against that gilded backdrop, which I accented with flecks of crimson. Created with palette knife and a lot of thick oil paint, this canvas is loaded with texture, uplifting color and energy.

To see more of my textured contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, please visit NikiGulley.com.

 E-mail Niki Gulley

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

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

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.

Monday, July 10, 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.

Friday, July 7, 2017

New Sunflower Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“Happy Thoughts III" ©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.

E-mail - Niki Gulley

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New Sunflower Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

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

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

Monday, July 3, 2017

New "Popping Color II" Palette Knife Poppy Painting by Niki Gulley

"Popping Color II" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24" x 12" textured oil painting

Just Sold! I wanted this piece to be uplifting and full of color and energy. Set beneath a colorful sky on a beautiful day in springtime with the poppies and wildflowers in full bloom, I hope all of your cares drift away while gazing into this cheerful scene.

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 poppies look great hung alone or in a grouping, too!

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

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her poppy, sunflower, lavender and wildflower paintings.


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

Friday, June 30, 2017

New "Springtime in Tuscany" Palette Knife Poppy Painting by Niki Gulley

"Springtime in Tuscany" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24" x 12" textured oil painting

Just Sold! I wanted this piece to be uplifting and full of color and energy. Set beneath a colorful sky on a beautiful day in springtime with the poppies and wildflowers in full bloom, I hope all of your cares drift away while gazing into this cheerful scene.

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 poppies look great hung alone or in a grouping, too!

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

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her poppy, sunflower, lavender and wildflower paintings.


For more information on our Plein Air Painting and Photography Art Trek Workshops in Tuscany and  Cinque Terre / Lake Como, Italy next year, please visit www.ArtTreks.org or e-mail Niki Gulley. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New "Field of Sunshine II" Palette Knife Sunflower Painting by Niki Gulley

“Field of Sunshine II" ©2017 Niki Gulley
30" x 48" textured mixed media painting on wrap around canvas

Festive blossoms dance in the gentle breeze, filling this field with sweet fragrance.  Voluminous clouds drift by overhead as sun's late light casts its golden glow. This textured oil painting captures a carefree summer day with sunflowers overflowing the foreground, filling up the landscape with color, texture and joy.

For more information on textured sunflower and poppy paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

"Sunny Skies" Palette Knife Painting by Niki Gulley

“Sunny Skies" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 30" x 48" textured mixed media painting on wrap around canvas

Just Sold! Festive, sun-filled blossoms dance in the gentle breeze, filling the field with sweet fragrance. This textured painting captures a carefree summer morning with sunflowers overflowing the foreground, filling up the field with joy under sunny skies as voluminous clouds drift by overhead.

For more information on textured sunflower and poppy paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

New "October Transitions" oil painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"October Transitions" ©2016 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 36" x 48" textured oil painting on gallery wrap canvas

Just Sold! I find being immersed in nature can have such an uplifting effect, and I wanted to share that feeling with you in October Transitions. I chose vibrant warm reds. oranges and golds contrasted against cool mountains in the distance and a calming aqua blue sky to highlight autumn's kaleidoscope of colors. Filled with layers of oil paint forming three-dimensional texture and utilizing unblended strokes, creates energy and movement throughout the canvas. The final painting is full of uplifting color and brings the beautiful outdoors into your home.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Autumn Serenade II" by Niki Gulley Wins First Place at Milan Gallery's Discovery Show

"Autumn Serenade II" ©2017 by Niki Gulley
30" x 40" original textured oil painting

Flickering autumn leaves seem to almost dance in a gentle breeze. I wanted this scene to be filled with movement and energy, 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. 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.

I'm excited that "Autumn Serenade II" has been juried into Milan Gallery's Discovery Show and received first place from the jurors! With that award, comes 6 months of representation at the gallery. If you're in the Fort Worth area, I hope you can check out my latest paintings at the gallery.

Juried Discovery Show 
Milan Gallery 
Group Exhibition continuing from June 15 through July 9
505 Houston St. Fort Worth, TX  76102 • 817-338-4278

6 month showing of Niki Gulley's paintings continuing through December.

milangallery.com 

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

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her aspen and birch tree palette knife paintings.

Monday, June 19, 2017

"Soaring Dreams II" by Niki Gulley Juried into Milan Gallery's Discovery Show

"Soaring Dreams II" ©2017 Niki Gulley
textured oil painting on canvas • 34" x 34"

In this painting I wanted you to feel that child-like wonder of staring up into the treetops and heavens above. Choosing uplifting golds and reds contrasted against a lavender-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. Using diagonal leading lines with the tree trunks and limbs, your eye gazes into the focal point where all of the elements come together. Meanwhile, utilizing thick, curving paint strokes adds to that joyful, playful feeling of hope and discovery.

I'm I'm excited that "Soaring Dreams II" has been juried into Milan Gallery's Discovery Show!

Juried Discovery Show 
Milan Gallery 
Exhibition continuing from June 15 through July 9
505 Houston St. Fort Worth, TX  76102 • 817-338-4278 

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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

New "Tuscan Dreams" Palette Knife Poppy Field Painting by Niki Gulley

“Tuscan Dreams" ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 24" x 24" textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Just Sold!  Inspired from a wonderful trip to Tuscany, I wanted this piece to be uplifting and full of joy and energy. Set beneath a colorful sky with a few clouds drifting by on a beautiful day in springtime, the poppies and wildflowers are in full bloom. Using broken impressionistic strokes in surprising hues, causes the landscape to dance and flow, and I hope all of your cares drift away while gazing into this cheerful scene.


You can paint and photograph these very views if you join us for our Tuscany Workshop in September of 2018. Don’t miss out on an amazing trip! See art treks.org for details or e-mail Niki Gulley for more information.

To view more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, check out nikigulley.com.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New "Texas Treasures III" Bluebonnet oil painting series by Niki Gulley

"Texas Treasures III" ©2017 Niki Gulley
7" x 5" textured oil painting

I painted these bluebonnets and Texas 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 wildflower series, I've framed the paintings in 6" espresso frames and they look great hung alone or in a grouping like pictured below!


For more information on my "Texas Treasures" 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, June 12, 2017

"Afternoon Laundry" from Burano, Italy by Niki Gulley


"Afternoon Laundry," Burano, Italy
SOLD • 7" x 5" • textured oil painting by Niki Gulley

Just sold! On the second day of our Venice Art Trek, we headed to the islands of Murano and Burano. First Murano, famous for its beautiful glass, to see a glass blowing demonstration and tour the museum. Then, onto Burano which is known as a fishing community (and for the homemade lace that they make there), and to help the fisherman find their houses while coming back from sea, they painted their homes every color of the rainbow. With the picturesque canals and so many great colored buildings to choose from, it's hard to pick a single subject matter! We were drawn to this quiet location, however, and the vibrant blue stucco wall with that morning's laundry being hung out to dry screamed to be painted. Today I chose to work with thick oil paint and palette knife to capture the rough surface of the walls, resulting in a final painting which is loaded with texture and color.


Painting and photographing in Burano.

If you'd like to join us on one of our upcoming Art Treks, please let me know. For more details, E-mail Niki@NikiGulley.com or go to nikigulley.com/artreks.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Just Sold - "Italian Puzzle" Plein Air pastel painting from Cinque Terre, Italy by Niki Gulley

SOLD • 9" x 12" pastel by Niki Gulley

Day 3, Manarola:  CINQUE TERRE / LAKE COMO ART TREK
Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

On our third day in the Cinque Terre, us painters set up our easels from the hiking trail to look back at the town of Manarola while the photographers hiked around the town of Cornelia in the morning and joined us in Manarola in the afternoon. Since we had more time today, we all decide to paint the intricate stacked buildings in front of us and once again, listen to the sound of the waves crashing below us.
For dinner, we dined al fresco along the waterfront with a fantastic meal of fresh seafood and grilled fish and a little red wine to wash it down! A perfect ending to our Cinque Terre portion of our Art Trek.

If you'd like to join us in Cinque Terre / Lake Como for our next Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop in Sept. 2018, please let me know. For more details, e-mail Niki Gulley or go to nikigulley.com/artreks.

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

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To see more of my contemporary landscape paintings and plein air oil paintings, please visit my website at NikiGulley.com.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New "Texas Treasures II" Bluebonnet oil painting series by Niki Gulley

"Texas Treasures II" ©2017 Niki Gulley
7" x 5" textured oil painting

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 wildflower series, I've framed the paintings in 6" espresso frames and they look great hung alone or in a grouping like pictured below!


For more information on my "Texas Treasures" 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, June 5, 2017

"Morning Light" from Les Baux, France by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Morning Light," Les Baux, France ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 7" x 5" textured oil painting

Just Sold! On the second day of our Provence Art Trek, we visited the picturesque town of Les Baux, perched atop its rocky outcropping with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside below. Some folks visited the castle, galleries and shops while the painters set up in this quiet plaza capturing the unique stone residences, medieval cathedral or picturesque courtyard.

In the afternoon we went to one of the most renowned wine towns in the world and sampled some amazing Chateaunef du Pape wines.


Next summer we will be leading an Art Trek to Croatia and Slovenia and Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy, so if you've always dreamed of painting, photographing and sightseeing in Europe, please join us for one of these amazing trip! Details will be coming soon on nikigulley.com/artreks.

Please check out my website at NikiGulley.com, NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary impressionist oil paintings.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Just Sold "Morning Shadows" from Santa Fe by Niki Gulley


"Morning Shadows," Santa Fe • SOLD
9" x 12" textured oil by Niki Gulley

Just Sold!  During our Santa Fe Art Trek, we visited this peaceful little street where each home is postcard perfect. Between the unique adobe architecture, the dramatic morning light, and the beautiful plantings surrounding each home, it was hard to choose what to paint! Each student found something different that excited them, and I became fascinated with this window and rain spout, and the deep shadows they were casting. I also loved the glowing Russian sage against the golden terra cotta wall and the beautiful plum tree in the distance.

Above: Painting in Santa Fe.

Visit nikigulley.com/artreks/ for upcoming Art Treks and Workshops or 
E-mail Niki Gulley for more information.

See NikiGulley.com to see more of her contemporary landscape paintings.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New "Texas Treasures" Bluebonnet oil painting series by Niki Gulley

"Texas Treasures" ©2017 Niki Gulley
7" x 5" textured oil painting

I painted these bluebonnets and Texas 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 wildflower series, I've framed the paintings in 6" espresso frames and they look great hung alone or in a grouping like pictured below!


For more information on my "Texas Treasures" 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, May 29, 2017

"Dappled Light" at Turtle Creek by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“Dappled Light,” Turtle Creek ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 12” x 9” oil painting

Just Sold! Early on a spring morning the sun breaks softly, dreamlike, through leafy branches and casts early autumn’s golden palette across the creek. Silent water is ruffled by a gentle breeze. Arching over, bending into the quiet waters, a tree is mirrored encompassing, embracing –this painting captures the dreamy reflections and tranquil landscape of one of my favorite spots to paint near my home. It is painted in the traditional plein air oil manner, incorporating some heavy texture.

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her contemporary landscape paintings. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

"Spring Hues" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

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

Just Sold! 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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New "Sky High" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“Sky High” ©2017 Niki Gulley
48" x 24” textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting, I wanted you to you to experience the joy of looking up into the treetops – just like you did when you were a kid. Lying on the ground, not a care in the world, you gaze in wonderment as the clouds drift by overhead. To accentuate that feeling, I chose this tall vertical canvas, giving you a sense of scale and perspective. Working with warm yellows, reds and greens and utilizing thick chunky sweeping strokes add to that childlike whimsy and I hope you are transported back to a happy, carefree time and place.

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

Or, visit NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape paintings.

Monday, May 22, 2017

New "A Spot in the Woods" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

“A Spot in the Woods” ©2017 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 12" x 9" textured oil painting

Just Sold! This summer we visited Colorado to escape our Texas heat and soak in the natural beauty of the mountains. We stayed at this peaceful, tucked away b and b surrounded by a massive aspen grove. I wanted to capture the texture of the trees’ knotted bark and also the peaceful feeling of being immersed in nature. Arching the trunks around the focal point, creates a feeling of protection and also helps frame the subject. Their old red barn sets in the distance, creating contrast against the cool greens and greys surrounding it and addintg an exciting pop of color.


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

Or, visit NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary landscape paintings.

Friday, May 19, 2017

New Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Intertwining Beauty" ©2016 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 36" x 60" textured oil on canvas


Just Sold! Intertwining Beauty was inspired by a recent trip to the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The aspen forest was so dense and beautiful. I loved the pops of vibrant fall colors peeking through the tall, tangled, web of white knobby trunks. Ruby reds grab your attention while staccato strokes of emerald, amethyst and topaz lead your eye around the canvas. I hope you can feel the energy found in nature and its power to invigorate your spirit.

I painted these aspen trees 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. 

If interested in more information, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

To see more of my textured aspen and birch paintings, please visit NikiGulley.com.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New "Life's Journey" Palette Knife Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

“Life’s Journey” ©2017 Niki Gulley
46” x 44” oil on canvas

Follow the deep wood’s path and wander under a canopy of sheltering leaves, light shifts through each branch and twig. Long, late rays of sunlight pierce the dreaming autumn forest, as you enter shadows dapple your journey. You are walking down a loamy path, filled with color-drenched leaves that invite you into the purple shadows where you may seek your dreams. This oil painting of a tranquil wood’s trail inspires your journey and your dreams with lush colors and rich images of beauty ahead.

E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on my contemporary landscape paintings. 

Or visit my website at NikiGulley.com.

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Hill Country Retreat" Texas Bluebonnet Painting by Niki Gulley

"Hill Country Retreat" ©2016 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 9" x 12" textured oil painting

Just sold! I painted these Texas bluebonnets at a plein air painting workshop I was leading in Fredericksburg, TX. I loved the pop of red on the flag flying off this cabin's back porch in contrast to the vibrant cobalt bluebonnets. Working with palette knife and thick oil paint, this Texas landscape is loaded with texture, color and movement!

To see more of Gulley's palette knife landscape paintings please check out NikiGulley.com.

To find out more about upcoming Plein Air Painting Classes and Art Treks, visit nikigulley.com/artreks.

For more information on my Texas bluebonnet and wildflower paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.