Friday, January 18, 2019

New "Serpentine Drive" in Tuscany by Palette Knife Artist Niki Gulley

"Serpentine Drive" ©2019 Niki Gulley 
12" x 16" textured oil painting

Before we taught our Tuscany Foodie Trek, my husband and I spent a few days exploring the Tuscan countryside, painting and photographing the iconic scenery. "Serpentine Drive" illustrates one of the fascinating places we stopped with its mile long cypress lined drive. It felt like the trees snaked back and forth to infinity! Setting up my easel in late afternoon, I was able to capture the dramatic light as the setting sun illuminated the tops of the rolling hills and created long, dramatic shadows. Between the repetition of the vertical arbors and the horizontally flowing hills, the scene created a rhythmic harmony that added to the joy and serenity of the moment. 

If you're interested in joining us on one of upcoming Foodie or Art Treks, please let us know.


Venice, Italy Carnival - Feb. 2019
Scotland - Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek - Tuscany - Oct. 2019 - Only 1 Spot left!

For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

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Jack Teagarden, Gene Krupa, Jazz, Drums, Trombone, "Jack and Gene" by Texas artist Debra Hurd

 60"x60" Palette Knife Portrait 

 This painting is SOLD, but commissions are welcome.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Visiting Montepulciano and Tuscan Wineries with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

"Montepulciano," Morning Light ©2018 Niki Gulley 
12" x 9" textured oil painting • SOLD

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. 

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.


If you're interested in joining us on one of upcoming Foodie or Art Treks, please let us know.


Venice, Italy Carnival - Feb. 2019
Scotland - Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek - Tuscany - Oct. 2019 - Only 1 Spot left!

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.

Contemporary Colorful Landscape,Wildlife, Deer Painting, Mixed Media, “Food is Provided” By Passionate Purposeful Painter Holly Hunter Berry


I am indeed a city girl having lived in major cities all of my life with the exception of a brief time in a "small Texas town" in my teen years. Most wildlife I've seen live in the zoo and Bambi is the name of any deer running around! So, when I am able to leave the city and explore nature I LOVE it and am like a little kid when surprised by the unexpected. Last year I had a wonderful time visiting with a friend of mine who lives in a small Texas town where deer are running around everywhere and that means on her property as well. Imagine the surprise when I watched her feed the regulars that come to her home for dinner daily and are even comfortable standing a few inches away! I don't want to ever lose the joy of watching the simple basic occurrences in life that are taken for granted as we age out of childhood. Something I thought about as I watched the deer eating was that it seemed like a lesson and I will try to explain....

 "Although in life there are uncertainties and unfair moments, "Food is Provided" in ways that can be unexpected and in ways never predicted. I painted this to remind me to expect the unexpected and to continue to be grateful for daily treasures. We are provided for, we just need to accept the gift!"

36"x24" Mixed Media on Canvas/Available

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Abstract Palette Knife Portrait, Jazz, Jazz Singer, Blue Eyes "Frank Sinatra" by Texas artist Debra Hurd

 40"x30" Palette Knife Portrait of Frank Sinatra/SOLD

 This painting is SOLD, but commissions are welcome.

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Abstract Jazz Music Art Portrait Painting "Louis Armstrong" by Texas Artist Debra Hurd





Music Art Painting, Jazz Portrait

This painting is SOLD

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Monday, January 14, 2019

New "Ready for Harvest III" Grapevine Painting by Palette Knife Artist Niki Gulley

"Ready for Harvest III" ©2019 Niki Gulley
16" x 12" textured oil painting

In “Ready for Harvest III,” I set up my easel at the agriturismo we were staying at in Tuscany to capture this gorgeous view of the rolling hills and the grapevines planted on their property. The grapes were so plump and juicy, it looked like they could be harvested any day. I liked how the plantings framed the view in the distance, creating a sort of window pane in the foreground, with just a sliver of the farmhouse in the mid-ground. With some clouds rolling in, the sun created that unusual glow that I’ve only seen in Italy with gorgeous purple shadows and gold and pinks hitting the hillsides, giving them form. I hope you, too, are transported to this peaceful place surrounded by beauty, warmth and delicious home-grown food and wine.

"Ready for Harvest III" is hanging at Seaside Gallery in Pismo Beach, CA. If you are interested in purchasing or more details, please contact them at:

Seaside Gallery
580 Cypress Street
Pismo Beach, California
(805) 773-8057

To see more of my travel location 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, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!


Venice, Italy Carnival - Feb. 2019
Scotland - Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek - Tuscany - Oct. 2019 - Only 1 Spot left!

For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.


Abstract Jazz Music Portrait Painting, Blues "Sarah Vaughan Jazz Face Series" by Texas Artist Debra Hurd

 48"x48" Oil on Canvas

 This painting is SOLD, but commissions are welcome.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

New "Ready for Harvest II" Winery Painting by Texas Niki Gulley

"Ready for Harvest II" ©2019 Niki Gulley
16" x 12" textured oil painting

I love how in Tuscany you are surrounded by grapevines everywhere you go. My husband and I visited late in the summer to capture the area’s beauty on canvas and film. I was drawn to this vineyard outside of Montalcino, home of Brunello wines. I was attracted to the vibrant vines contrasted against the progressive miles of golden rolling hills dotted with more grapevines, olive trees, and plowed grain fields. The gorgeous, plump purple grapes were ready to harvest at any moment. Setting up my easel across from this vineyard, I began recreating the soft light that would break through the clouds and illuminate various hilltops and plantings. I arranged the vines to lead your eye back to the Tuscan villa and then to the beautiful countryside beyond. And when I finished, we treated ourselves to one of their delicious wines. A perfect afternoon!

"Ready for Harvest II" is hanging at Seaside Gallery in Pismo Beach, CA. If you are interested in purchasing or more details, please contact them at:

Seaside Gallery
580 Cypress Street
Pismo Beach, California
(805) 773-8057

To see more of my travel location 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, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!


Venice, Italy Carnival - Feb. 2019
Scotland - Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek - Tuscany - Oct. 2019 - Only 1 Spot left!

For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

Abstract Jazz Music Portrait Painting "John Coltrane-Jazz Face Series" by Texas Artist Debra Hurd


 48"x48" Oil on Canvas

 This painting is SOLD, but commissions are welcome.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Come Paint With Rae Andrews at Le Vieux Couvent, France July 15-25 2019



                                         Walk on the Wild Side

                   Le Vieux Couvent  Southwest France

                                     Rae  Andrews 

               Demos will be in Watercolor and Watercolor Journaling

      Full assistance in any medium of choice if watercolor is not for you

                                                       July 15-25 2019

                                    




$3100 not including airfare to and from Toulouse

Medieval 17th century convent , now an artist retreat, nestled in the village of Frayssinet in Southwest France, the painting opportunities abound. It’s quiet and charming, just the place to park your easels.

Scenic towns, villages, rivers, castles, and superb flowers and gardens await artists and photographers alike.

Cost includes:

Fabulous meals (except one dinner and two lunches), wine, single or double room accommodation with en suite in most, transportation to and from Toulouse airport, all plein air  day trips. **A  full  studio in which to paint  open 24/7  is also available to us. And of course tuition with Rae .

*** Rae will mainly demonstrate in watercolor, and how she approaches her travel journals ; as well as larger format watercolors.

 As  she also  paints and teaches in all  mediums, she encourages students bring  whichever medium they love, and she provide ‘at easel ‘ personal instruction to those students not painting in watercolor..

   



      

Not Included..

**Airfare to and from Toulouse is not included.

**One dinner and two lunches not included

**Art supplies and personal tipping  not included

Please contact Rae at
rae4art@aol.com .. A $600  deposit is needed by February 18th  2019 to secure your slot. 

A little on Rae..

Rae’s playful style is a loose and spontaneous approach in whichever medium she chooses to paint.

COLOR, DESIGN AND MOVEMENT are top priorities in her works

She has painted professionally for over 40 years , owned a 400 student art school and two art galleries

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New "Ready for Harvest" Vineyard Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Ready for Harvest" ©2019 Niki Gulley
16" x 12" textured oil painting

We visited Tuscany at the end of summer and were surrounded by grapevines everywhere we went, with the gorgeous, plump purple grapes ready to harvest at any moment. I loved the vibrant vines in the foreground framing the rolling hills dotted with more grapevines, olive trees, and plowed grain fields in the distance. Setting up my easel across from this vineyard, I created this textured oil painting with palette knife and a lot of paint. I arranged the planted vines to lead your eye back to the Tuscan villa and then to the hill town perched above the valley. Morning light cast deep purple shadows on the ground and caused the leaves and soil to glow. As a treat when I finished, we enjoyed a picnic of salami, proscuitto, pecorino and of course, vino. Yum!

"Ready for Harvest" is hanging at Seaside Gallery in Pismo Beach, CA. If you are interested in purchasing or more details, please contact them at:

Seaside Gallery
580 Cypress Street
Pismo Beach, California
(805) 773-8057

To see more of my travel location 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, please let us know. Spaces fill up quickly!


Venice, Italy Carnival - Feb. 2019
Scotland - Aug. 2019
Foodie Trek - Tuscany - Oct. 2019 - Only 1 Spot left!

For more information on upcoming Art Treks, please visit http://www.ArtTreks.org.

Contemporary Colorful Landscape, Tree Painting, Mixed Media, “One Answer” By Passionate Purposeful Painter Holly Hunter Berry



I tend to look at the ground while walking so I don’t trip and fall again. I seem to break bones easily these days! When I did stop one day and look up, the scene was breathtaking! I just stood there and took the time to stare at the leaves of many colors and the light dancing on and through them. In my walk through life I’ve learned that my answers to questions come from above and so I created this painting, “One Answer” to illustrate that there is but one answer to my questions and it is to look up and listen to the Creator of all. Many people respond to this painting because of the contrast of colors and it’s drama. I hope this painting will be a blessing to anyone that takes a moment to look at it and allows it to tell you it’s message. Enjoy!

36"x24" Mixed Media on Canvas/Available

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Jazz Singer, Blues Art, Abstract Portrait, Music Art Paintings "Billie Holiday Jazz Faces Series" by Texas Artist Debra Hurd

 Oil on Canvas

 This painting is SOLD, but commissions are welcome.

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