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Monday, September 15, 2014

"Shift Change" Dallas pastel by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Shift Change, Dallas West End - Pastel 12"X18"
© Niki Gulley

Lights glitter from their hiding places, nestled among the branches, mimicking the gleam of the stars high overhead. The wait staff gather outside, savoring the cool air, their work for the day done. Having left the fast paced world inside of Landry's, they take a moment, and a breath, unwinding with a chat.  

The pastels in this piece help the light bleed into the dark, capturing well the inviting warmth of Landry's Seafood. In this scene we get to a changing of the guard, one no less important than any other. The lines guide you in, much like the pedestrians wandering into the scene.

E-mail me at Niki@NikiGulley.com for more information about "Shift Change".


Please visit my website at NikiGulley.com  to see more of my pastels and oil paintings of contemporary art.  
Or plan to attend this upcoming tour:

White Rock Artists Studio Tour

Sat. Oct. 11 • 10am – 5pm

Sun. Oct. 12 • 10am – 5pm

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bald Cypress Trees | Barbara Haviland - Blog

Bald Cypress Trees | Barbara Haviland - Blog

Bald Cypress Trees

© Barbara Haviland
© Barbara Haviland

This painting is done in oils and I will be taking it to the Gallery. We are having a Promenade  Preview for September and I painted this bayou painting for it.     I used one of my photos and pretty much painted it like it was.   I like the coolness of the  painting. The canvas panel that I use to paint on is very lightweight and it is in a Black wood frame. In Southeast Texas and South Louisiana where I live,this is the scenery I see.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Nature's Primary Colors, New Contemporary Landscape Painting by Sheri Jones

Nature's Primary Colors
18x14 oil on canvas

This was inspired from a trip out to the Nature Center in Ft Worth. I participated in art shows earlier in the Spring and loved this view of Lake Worth. I created this is the studio from memories and plein air pieces.  This is available for purchase.  $450.00
Sheri Jones 

Radiance by Kay Wyne

18" x 18" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Contemporary Floral Landscape
Framing is optional...sides of canvas are painted.
Day #13 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
This painting has is bold and colorful.  The sky has a warm glow and the it is bouncing off the vibrant florals in the foreground.  I want the view to feel like they are standing in a tall, thick pasture of wildflowers looking at the sunset.  Thanks for looking at this blog....contact ME for more information on this painting.  Thanks, Kay

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Lucky's Cafe", Dallas pastel by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Lucky's Cafe" Dallas, TX - pastel 12"X18"
© Niki Gulley
Friends sit and gaze at the mass of beauty and indecision that is the menu. The fear of missing out on any number of delectable dishes makes it nearly impossible to chose. Their eyes waver between the menu in their hands and the massive chalk board that dominates the far wall. Mom's meatloaf? Good Luck Reuben? And who could pass up the Sleaziest, Cheesiest, Grilled Cheese in Town? But, then, it is found: Chicken Fried Steak, a delicious staple of home-style comfort food.

Every once and a while, it's nice to share a little home-town spirit. Coming from Dallas, I thought it would be nice to capture a local favorite, Lucky's Cafe, on Oaklawn Ave. Even outside, you can feel the energy that emanates from within and cuts through the heavy blanket of night. 

The pastels in this piece help to bring out the warmth and light that fills every corner of this treasure of Dallas.  A very quaint piece.

E-mail me at Niki@NikiGulley.com for more information about "Lucky's Cafe"


Please visit my website at NikiGulley.com  to see more of my pastels and oil paintings of contemporary art.  Or plan to attend this upcoming tour:

White Rock Artists Studio Tour

Sat. Oct. 11 • 10am – 5pm

Sun. Oct. 12 • 10am – 5pm

Jimmy Longacre_subjective realist landscape paintings_ON SECOND THOUGHT

"MULLIGANS": I've been told not to do it.  Don't re-work a painting.  Let it be.  I've been told you can't improve them. Huh? I've been told, it isn't "plein air".  So,…what?  Sorry, I can't resist.  Sometimes, after I've "finished" a painting, I start seeing things I'd like to do to it.  I want to simplify something, tune-up the color, emphasize the focal area, or any number of things that I recognize as making it a better painting, and learning something.  Sure, I could paint it again on another day, and I've done plenty of that.  But, that's different.  That's another painting.  That one will have it's own needs. I'm talking about when a particular painting is working for me on a number of levels, but I'd like to see some changes.  Why not!?  They're my paintings, and I make the rules.

This one was re-cropped from its original 11x14 down to 9x12.  In my mind, composition was improved immediately.  It originally was done in a cool color scheme, and it wasn't "bad", but it seemed a bit lifeless.  I decided to warm it up and control the color relationships for more atmosphere, contrast, and a different feel.  

Here's the original.  Some of you may be saying, "Ooh…too bad.  You lost it."  Well, I had a lot of fun re-doing it.  I learned some things, and …I prefer the new result to the original.  My point is, it's not a contest.  It's about trying anything that I think will make a painting better. Sometimes, a mulligan is just what's needed to get back on track.  

©Jimmy Longacre 2014
9X12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings


Beyond by Kay Wyne

12" x 12" Oil on RayMar Cotton Panel
Contemporary Floral Landscape
This landscape is very abstract.  Patches of color and shapes.  The path wanders through out the painting, into the hills.  I mixed and mixed the oil colors...I had loads of paint out on the palette for this small panel.  This is day 12 in the 30/30 Paint Challenge...I am working on a commission along with this landscape series.  More painting in the studio today.  Thanks, Kay

French Sunday Flower Market - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


French Sunday Flower Market
by Nancy Medina

The only kind of shopping I like is flower market shopping! I got my fondest wish twice this week in Southern France. Each day we go to the market, we have a picnic lunch afterward. We share different treasures we find at the market, including organic cheeses, olives, tampanade, fresh bread, lemon tarts, sundried tomatoes, prosciutto and dozens of other yummy choices. Today we placed our blankets on the shores of Valentre Bridge in Cahors. The toughest decisions we make each day are weather to have brie or soft parmesan cheese. The hubby and I have already decided all weekends going forward will be cheese weekends! Tomorrow, here in France, we visit Rocamadour, located atop a rocky plateau overlooking the Alzou Valley. Stay tuned for more images from one of the most beautiful places on earth! Bonjour flower friends!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall Spectrum of Color, New Contemporary Landscape Painting by Sheri Jones

Fall Spectrum of Color
16x20 oil on ray mar canvas panel

This was painted in the studio, inspired from a small painting I created in the field.  This is a great location just around the corner. I am looking forward to more color in the landscape and cooler temperatures. This is available for purchase.  $500.00
Sheri Jones 

Kaleidoscope Landscape by Kay Wyne

Kaleidoscope Landscape
12" x 12" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Floral Landscape 
As I continue exploring the floral landscape series, I am digging deep into my color palette.  The flowers in the foreground are thick and loose.  The trail of flowers fades into the horizon where the hills/mountains are.  I started with a toned canvas - using scarlet red, it really warmed the canvas up, and there are little pieces of the scarlet showing through on the coulds.  This is my post for Day #11 for Leslie Saeta's Paint Challenge.  Thanks for looking....Be sure to contact Kay with any questions concerning the paintings posted here.  Thanks, Kay


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