New “Strolling the Canals” in Venice by Impasto Painter Niki Gulley

“Strolling the Canals,” Venice ©2019 Niki Gulley
9″ x 12″ textured oil painting
 
I painted this piece on location during our Art Trek we taught in Venice while their infamous Carnival celebration was taking place. Since St. Mark’s Square can get overrun with tourists, we chose to set up our easels along a side street to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the city. I love the magical light that comes flooding in through the canals and is so distinctive of Venice. It is such a romantic city and I wanted to capture this couple strolling along hand in hand, setting the mood of this enchanted city.
 
To see more of my travel paintings, visit nikigulley.com.
 
 
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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!
 
Scotland – Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2019
Venice Carnivalé – Feb. 2020
Greece – May 2020
Iceland – Sept. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
 
For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

New “Gondola Ride II” Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“Gondola Ride II,” Venice ©2019 Niki Gulley
12″ x 9″ oil painting
 
I painted this piece on location during our Art Trek we taught in Venice while their infamous Carnival celebration was taking place. Since St. Mark’s Square can get overrun with tourists, we chose to set up our easels along a side street to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the city. I love the magical light that comes flooding in through the canals and is so distinctive of Venice. The simple brick bridge and the one yellow building in the distance sets a perfect backdrop to the gondolier rowing his enchanted passengers through the romantic back canals.
 
To see more of my travel paintings, visit nikigulley.com.
 
 
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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!
 
Scotland – Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2019
Venice Carnivalé – Feb. 2020
Greece – May 2020
Iceland – Sept. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
 
For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.
“Gondola Ride II,” Venice ©2019 Niki Gulley
12″ x 9″ oil painting
 
I painted this piece on location during our Art Trek we taught in Venice while their infamous Carnival celebration was taking place. Since St. Mark’s Square can get overrun with tourists, we chose to set up our easels along a side street to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the city. I love the magical light that comes flooding in through the canals and is so distinctive of Venice. The simple brick bridge and the one yellow building in the distance sets a perfect backdrop to the gondolier rowing his enchanted passengers through the romantic back canals.
 
To see more of my travel paintings, visit nikigulley.com.
 
 
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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!
 
Scotland – Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2019
Venice Carnivalé – Feb. 2020
Greece – May 2020
Iceland – Sept. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
 
For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

New Venice Palette Knife Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“First Ride of the Day,” Venice ©2019 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 10″ x 20″ textured oil painting
Just Sold! Painted on location in Venice, this morning I set up my easel along the lagoon to capture the iconic scenery and magical morning light. I love the silhouette of the lone gondola rowing its first passengers of the day through the canals. Working quickly to capture the light as it sparkles against the water, I created this piece with palette knife and a lot of oil paint so that it is filled with texture, color and movement.
 
To see more of my travel paintings, visit nikigulley.com.
 
 
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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!
 
Scotland – Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2019
Venice Carnivalé – Feb. 2020
Greece – May 2020
Iceland – Sept. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
 
For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

New “Sunrise in St. Mark’s Square” Oil Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“Sunrise in St. Mark’s Square” Venice ©2019 Niki Gulley
12″ x 16″ oil painting
 
I painted this piece on location in Venice during our Art Trek we taught in Venice while their infamous Carnival celebration was taking place. Since St. Mark’s Square can get overrun with tourists, we chose to get up with sunrise to enjoy the beauty of the city and the peacefulness of those early morning hours. I love the magical light that comes flooding in from the lagoon and is so distinctive of Venice. Fortunately, I got set up in time to capture the glow from the gas lamps, too, before they went out as daylight approached, adding to the mysterious quality of the plaza. Against a backdrop of the Doge’s Palace, a few people stroll across the square and signal the energy of the day that is to come.
 
To see more of my travel paintings, visit nikigulley.com.
 
 
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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!
 
Scotland – Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2019
Venice Carnivalé – Feb. 2020
Greece – May 2020
Iceland – Sept. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
 
For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

New “Gondola Sunrise” by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

“Gondola Sunrise” Venice ©2019 Niki Gulley
10″ x 20″ textured oil painting
 
Rising before the crack of dawn to enjoy St. Mark’s Square before the mad rush during Carnivalé, I set up my easel along the lagoon to capture the iconic scenery and gorgeous sunrise. Luckily Mother Nature did not disappoint and the sky was filled with magical pinks, golds and oranges. I love the stack of gondolas resting along the shore just waiting to be taken out for ride. Working quickly to capture the light as it sparkles against the water, I created this piece with palette knife and a lot of oil paint so that it is filled with texture, color and movement.

To see more of my travel paintings, visit nikigulley.com.
 
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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!
 
Scotland – Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2019
Venice Carnivalé – Feb. 2020
Greece – May 2020
Iceland – Sept. 2020
Foodie Trek – Tuscany – Oct. 2020
 
For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

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

 

“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.
 
 

“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.

Just Sold – “Balcony with a View” Palette Knife Oil Painting by Niki Gulley

Day 3, Greece Art Trek:  Santorini
SOLD • 12″ x 9″ textured oil painting by Niki Gulley

On the third day of our Greece Art Trek, we flew to Santorini and gawked at the amazing view from our hotel overlooking the caldera. Our painters set up their easels right there since the scenery was so beautiful, while the photographers toured through town, shooting the white washed architecture and fantastic views of the ocean below. I chose this vantage of the potted succulent set against the vivid blue water and white stucco balcony. With several clouds in the sky, everything had a nice soft light that created subtle shadows, intense colors and a cool breeze, making it such a pleasant day to paint.

Taking a little time out to enjoy the view and sample the Greek wines, which are quite tasty!
Next summer we will be leading an Art Trek to Paris and Provence, France so if you’ve always dreamed of painting, photographing and sightseeing during lavender and sunflower season in France, and following in the footsteps of Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne, please join us for this amazing trip! Details will be coming soon on nikigulley.com/artreks.
Please check out my website at NikiGulley.com to see more of my contemporary impressionistic paintings.

E-mail – Niki Gulley