Thursday, January 20, 2022

Red Rose Painting by Contemporary Expressionist Niki Gulley

"A Rose by Any Other Name" #9 ©2022 Niki Gulley
5" x 5" textured acrylic painting

A rose is a rose, is a rose. Not in my backyard – they are what I look at first thing in the morning as I am waiting on my coffee. I love to look out the windows to see if I have any new blooms and what color they are today. That way I can get an idea of what I want to paint that day.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

"Prickly Tower" Contemporary Cactus Painting by Niki Gulley


"Prickly Tower" ©2021 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 48" x 30" Textured Mixed Media Painting on 1.5" wrap around canvas with the painting continuing around the edges

Just Sold! On a recent trip, we came across these gigantic cacti. I had never seen such a large cactus before and I was awestruck by its age and size. Purposely choosing this angle from below and narrowing the perspective as it stretches to the dramatic clouds drifting by in the sky, you can get a sense of its scale. Filled with vibrant colors and dragging my paint in swirling, diagonal patterns add to the energy and joy of the scene. 

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

New "Syncopation" Textured Aspen Painting by Niki Gulley


"Syncopation II" ©2020 Niki Gulley
 12" x 24" • textured oil painting on canvas

Flickering autumn leaves seem to almost dance in a gentle breeze while white sentinels slice through the colorful backdrop and create a rhythm as they march along. Repeating and receding, the aspen trunks lead you into the distance, inviting you to take a relaxing walk on a beautiful autumn morning.

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Strolling through a birch forest painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley


"Woodland Stroll" ©2022 Niki Gulley
10" x 20” textured oil painting

Today we continued our counterclockwise adventure around Iceland to arrive in the north, near the massive, impressive Godafoss waterfall. Unfortunately, our weather turned for the worse, and it was way too wet to paint the falls. However, just over the mountain, 20 minutes away at our b and b, the skies were fairly clear with even occasional glimpses of sunshine. I loved these birch trees all over their property, leading you down to the gorgeous view of the mountains in the distance. Sprinkled with summer wildflowers, I set out to capture the light casting long shadows from the trunks and causing the grasses to glow in the foreground, leading to a feeling of joy and serenity in this beautiful spot.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

New "Autumn's Tapestry" Kid's Perspective Painting by Niki Gulley



"Autumn's Tapestry" ©2022 Niki Gulley
textured oil painting on board • 20" x 20"

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 turquoise-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.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

New "Nova" Textured Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley


"Nova" ©2022 Niki Gulley
36" x 36" textured mixed media painting 
on 1.5" wrap around canvas with the painting continuing around the edges

Inspired by this gorgeous aspen grove, I wanted to capture the magical morning light casting its warm glow on the forest. Peaceful and mysterious, the sun's rays peek through the knotted trunks causing the landscape to dance with light and awaken with autumn’s kaleidoscope of colors. Loaded with texture and layers and layers of paint, the forest shimmers with hope and discovery for the new day.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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



"Autumn Serenade"  ©2021 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 36" x 48" textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

Just Sold! 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.

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