Painting Portugal’s Wine and Port Country by Niki Gulley

“Late Harvest” ©2019 Niki Gulley 
9″ x 12″ textured oil painting
 
I painted this colorful vineyard while we were touring Portugal this past October along the Douro river, deep in the heart of Port territory. The grapevines had turned gorgeous reds, golds and oranges and the wineries were perched on such high hills overlooking the river that I wanted to capture that commanding view. Hugging the various elevations, grape leaves rise from neatly planted rows, inviting you to stop in and try one of their delicious ports.
 
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If you’re interested in joining us on one of our upcoming Art Treks or Foodie Treks to Iceland or Tuscany, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!
 
 
Iceland – Aug. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
Paris – May 2021
Portugal – Sept. 2021
 
For more information on upcoming Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.
 
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To see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

 

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Visiting Siena Italy with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams on their Tuscany Art Trek

“Duomo,” Siena ©2019 Niki Gulley 
5″ x 7″ oil painting
 
During the Foodie Trek that my husband and I led in Tuscany, we headed to the Medieval hill
town of Siena, with its incredible church, great people-watching
plaza, and interesting alleyways radiating out from the Campo with
something new to discover around every turn. While most of our group toured inside the Duomo, I chose to set up my easel and capture it’s impressive facade. Beautiful pink, green, white and black marble are stacked in such intricate patterns, it’s impossible to capture on a 5″ x 7″ canvas but I was able to at least suggest some of those colors and its scale, while showing the energy around it with people bustling in every direction.
 
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If you’re interested in joining us on one of our upcoming Art Treks or Foodie Treks to Iceland or Tuscany, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!
 
 
Iceland – Aug. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
Paris – May 2021
Portugal – Sept. 2021
 
For more information on upcoming Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.
 
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To see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

 

https://www.instagram.com/nikigulley/

New “Rolling Shadows,” Tuscany Palette Knife Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

“Rolling Shadows,” Tuscany ©2019 Niki Gulley 
9″ x 12″ textured oil painting
 
Before my husband and I led our Tuscany Foodie Trek, we spent a couple of days capturing the gorgeous scenery on film and on canvas. I’ve always been attracted to this lone clump of cypress trees and on this day the clouds in the sky were so fascinating. Soft and voluminous and acting as the perfect backdrop behind the cypress grove, I had to capture it before they disappeared. I
decided to have fun with the colors and strokes to add to the excitement and drama of the moment.
 
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If you’re interested in joining us on one of our upcoming Art Treks or Foodie Treks to Iceland or Tuscany, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!
 
 
Iceland – Aug. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
Paris – May 2021
Portugal – Sept. 2021
 
For more information on upcoming Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.
 
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To see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

 

https://www.instagram.com/nikigulley/

New “Cypress Glory” Tuscany Palette Knife Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

“Cypress Glory” ©2019 Niki Gulley 
10″ x 20″ textured oil painting
 
Before my husband and I led our Tuscany Foodie Trek, we spent a couple of days capturing the gorgeous scenery on film and on canvas. On this first night, I set up my easel alongside the road, drawn to this long cypress driveway which I figured would be silhouetted against the setting sun. As luck would have it, mother nature provided a symphony of colors across the sky and I worked quickly to establish the beautiful, golden light that was cast across the rolling hills and stone farmhouse. I hope you, too, can enjoy the glory that is Tuscany!
 
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If you’re interested in joining us on one of our upcoming Art Treks or Foodie Treks to Iceland or Tuscany, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!
 
 
Iceland – Aug. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
Paris – May 2021
Portugal – Sept. 2021
 
For more information on upcoming Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.
 
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To see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

 

https://www.instagram.com/nikigulley/

“Autumn in Tuscany” Tuscany Palette Knife Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

“Autumn in Tuscany” ©2019 Niki Gulley 
SOLD • 16″ x 20″ textured oil painting
 
Just Sold!  During our Tuscany Foodie Trek that my husband and I led, we headed to the wine town of Montalcino. I set up my easel at this gorgeous vineyard with its colorful grapevines turning beautiful oranges and golds with the cooling fall temperatures. Capturing the rows and rows of grapes hugging the hills and leading you back to the villa perched in the distance, I hope you can taste the delicious wine and escape to Tuscany with me!
 
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If you’re interested in joining us on one of our upcoming Art Treks or Foodie Treks to Iceland or Tuscany, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!
 
 
Iceland – Aug. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
Paris – May 2021
Portugal – Sept. 2021
 
For more information on upcoming Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.
 
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To see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.

 

https://www.instagram.com/nikigulley/

New Rooftop Overlook from Tuscany by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

Montepulciano ©2019 Niki Gulley 
SOLD • 12″ x 16″ textured oil painting
 
Just Sold!  During our Tuscany Foodie Trek, we headed to the wine town of Montepulciano. Perched atop a giant hill with beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards below, I set up my easel at this breathtaking overlook while the rest of our group visited wineries or took a cooking class with a local chef at a nearby award-winning restaurant. The view of the valley below is gorgeous with miles of olive groves and vineyards stretching to the horizon. I chose to paint the this puzzle of rooftops and buildings stacked in the foreground with the lush valley stretching to infinity in the distance.  I hope you enjoy the morning escape to Tuscany!
 
After lunch, we visited a winery nearby to sample their Rossos, Vino Nobiles and the delicious sweet dessert wine, Vin Santo. Full from the local meats and cheeses and tasty red wines, we headed back to the villa for a quiet night of relaxing and soaking in the evening scenery.
 
 
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If you’re interested in joining us on one of our upcoming Art Treks or Foodie Treks to Iceland or Tuscany, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!
 
 
Iceland – Aug. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
Paris – May 2021
Portugal – Sept. 2021
 
For more information on upcoming Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.
 
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To see more of my palette knife contemporary landscape paintings, visit nikigulley.com.https://www.instagram.com/nikigulley/

 
 

New “Rainbow of Shade” Palette Knife Painting from Cinque Terre by Niki Gulley

 

“Rainbow of Shade,” Vernazza ©2019 Niki Gulley
9″ x 12″ Textured oil painting
 
Cinque Terre and Lake Como Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams
Day3 – Vernazza
 
Painted on location, I loved the colorful array of large umbrellas shading all of the café tables in Vernazza, Italy. Above someone has left their shutters open to catch the cool breeze and finish drying that one last towel on the line. Below multi-colored boats await for their owners to float out to sea. I hope I can transport you to this festive spot so that you can dine al fresco and enjoy the relaxing pace.

 
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To see “Rainbow of Shade” on display until Dec. 1st, please visit:
 
The Goodrich Gallery – One Woman Show: Niki Gulley
Nov. 1st – Dec. 1st
Gallery hours: Saturdays: 9 a.m. – Noon Sundays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
1928 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201 
(214) 220-2727 
 
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If you’re interested in joining us on one of our upcoming Art Treks or Foodie Treks to Iceland or Tuscany, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!
 
 
Iceland – Aug. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
Paris – May 2021
Portugal – Sept. 2021
 
For more information on upcoming Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.
 
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Please check out my website at NikiGulley.com, NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary impressionist oil paintings.
 
 

“House on a Hill” Palette Knife Painting from Cinque Terre, Italy by Niki Gulley

“House on a Hill,” Vernazza ©2019 Niki Gulley 
SOLD • 12″ x 9″ Textured oil painting
 
Just Sold! When we arrived in Vernazza during our Art Trek my husband and I taught, the photographers and tourists took off exploring the town and scenic overlooks above while the painters set up their easels near the harbor to capture the beautiful golden late afternoon light. Right after sunset, Scott took the photographers to shoot the dreamy blue light and glow of the city colors and we met up for a delicious dinner of locally caught fish, pastas and regional wine. Full and happy, we rode the train back to Monterosso and crashed that evening after a fun-filled day.

 
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If you’re interested in joining us on one of our upcoming Art Treks or Foodie Treks to Iceland or Tuscany, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!
 
 
Iceland – Aug. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
Paris – May 2021
Portugal – Sept. 2021
 
For more information on upcoming Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.
 
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Please check out my website at NikiGulley.com, NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary impressionist oil paintings.

 

New “Valley Overlook” Tuscany Palette Knife Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

“Valley Overlook,” Tuscany ©2019 Niki Gulley 
SOLD • 10″ x 20″ textured oil painting
 
Just Sold!  During our Tuscany Foodie Trek, we headed to the wine town of Montepulciano. Perched atop a giant hill with beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards below, I set up my easel at this breathtaking overlook while the rest of our group visited wineries or took a cooking class with a local chef at a nearby award-winning restaurant. The view of the valley below is gorgeous with miles of olive groves and vineyards stretching to the horizon. I chose to paint the vertical puzzle of rooftops and buildings stacked in the foreground with the lush valley stretching to infinity in the distance. You can see a sliver of the blue-domed duomo below set amid the rolling hills and perfectly planted rows about to be harvested. I hope you enjoy the morning escape to Tuscany!
 
After lunch, we visited a winery nearby to sample their Rossos, Vino Nobiles and the delicious sweet dessert wine, Vin Santo. Full from the local meats and cheeses and tasty red wines, we headed back to the villa for a quiet night of relaxing and soaking in the evening scenery.
 
 
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If you’re interested in joining us on one of our upcoming Art Treks or Foodie Treks to Scotland, Tuscany, Venice, Greece or Iceland, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!
 
 
Iceland – Aug. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
Paris – May 2021
Portugal – Sept. 2021
 
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.

 
 

New “Evolving Seasons” Quadriptych Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“Evolving Seasons” ©2019 by Niki Gulley
Four 48″ x 36″ textured oil painting to form a 48″ x 144″ quadriptych

I wanted to create a large horizontal quadriptych, or four piece painting, that would flow from one season to the next to show the beauty of the forest throughout the year. Working on such a large scale invites you to step right into the scene and take a walk through the woods, enjoying all of the peace and joy that nature has to offer.

Here you can see all four paintings in a row, flowing from spring to summer and fall to winter. Rather than show the same exact scene at four different times of year, I decided I would rather show one long forest evolving from one season to the next to create a better harmony across the canvases. From the ground gently undulating underneath, to the pine trees flowing from canvas to canvas, to the rhythm created from aspens and oaks repeating, to the foliage and pops of color emerging and drifting into the distance, all elements are designed to add to the flowing symphony in “Evolving Seasons.

To see my “Evolving Seasons” series, please visit my one woman show at the Goodrich Gallery in Dallas:

Goodrich Gallery – One Woman Show: Niki Gulley
Opening Reception with the Artist: Sun., Nov. 10 • noon – 2:00 p.m.
Show continuing Nov. 1st – Nov. 30th 
Gallery hours: Saturdays: 9 a.m. – Noon Sundays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
1928 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201 
(214) 220-2727 
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E-mail Niki Gulley for more information on her aspen and birch tree palette knife paintings.