Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New "Secret Garden" Provence Painting by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Secret Garden," Provence ©2017 Niki Gulley
12" x 9" oil painting

I painted this peaceful courtyard while my husband and I were leading our Plein Air Painting and Photography Art Treks Workshop in Provence, France. I loved the peach archway framing the picture window in the distance, creating a frame within a frame. The complimentary colors juxtaposed against each other created such an exciting contrast. While the light was a little tricky to capture going in and out of the clouds, I tried to convey its soft illumination on the walkway and distant wall. Painted with palette knife, this painting is loaded with texture and color, and I hope you are transported to this picturesque spot.

Photo by Sheri Jones

If you'd like more information or a brochure on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshops, please let me know. We are taking reservations now, so please let us know if you would like to join us. This year's trip filled up in less than a week! For more details, e-mail Niki Gulley or go to

For more information on "Secret Garden", please contact my gallery, the Good Art Company Gallery, in Fredericksburg,

Or, visit ( to see more of my impressionistic plein air oil paintings.


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