Abandoned Shack in Field – Featured Art Print

“Abandoned Shack in Field” is an art print I am featuring from my Architecture Gallery. The print was created using a gothic technique that creates an old world look using earth tones and bold brush strokes. Using this style with the subject matter seems a perfect fit.

The setting looks like the shack has been abandoned for all time in a remote rural area. That’s the beauty with art prints; you can create whatever look you want from a simple inspiration. The reality of this inspiration is that this shack sits smack dab in the middle of a thriving community. Not long lost at all, but has owner who is waiting for development. The location is Issaquah, Washington (Issaquah is an eastern suburb of Seattle, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range) right off the freeway. It is deep in a field, but totally surrounded by a major freeway, roads, office buildings, homes and apartment buildings. Growth has marched around it. I kept spotting it from the freeway when driving and it stuck in my head. One day, I drove over to some office buildings nearby, parked my car and hiked into the field. The end result is this art print.

Inspiration often comes from simple scenes we see on a daily basis, but when used in a creative way, they can become something quite different. Thoughts?

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Car Curves – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

This week’s photo shoot comes from an air show I attended last weekend. As part of the activities there was also a classic car competition. I love restored classic cars from an aesthetic viewpoint. It seems that “back in the day” automakers almost sculpted the lines and curves on cars. Fenders weren’t just part of the side, they were a statement to themselves. Let’s not forget the front grille, they weren’t just a ventilation system for the engine; they were a calling card about what the car stood for. Was it a muscle car exuding power or a luxury car selling that sleek curvy look?

From my perspective, the lines and curves of those great classic cars are an artistic opportunity. I try and shoot elements of the car to tell a story. With that being said, I have attached three separate shots in color and black and white. They both bring different elements to a photograph and tell different stories. The last two shots are not as dramatic between the two as both of those cars were black to begin with.

Car Curves 1

Car Curves 1

This first shot is a beauty. Look at the color and the pristine condition. I love the curve of the fender up against the curve of the hood. The shine is so clear; you can see the photographer in a reflection on the hood taking the shot.

Car Curves 2

Car Curves 2

Same shot in black and white. Since there isn’t any color to pull the eye, the lines stand out more. The grille is sleek conforming to the curves of the fender and hood.

Car Curves 3

Car Curves 3

This shot is a classic for me; I so remember this grille as a kid. It has a strong, sinister look that I know the automaker looked at as a statement of a powerful engine, but to a kid it looked like something coming down the road that could swallow you whole.

Car Curves 5

Car Curves 5

Same shot in black and white. There isn’t much difference, since the car is black and I’m not pleased with my composition. I know I was trying to cut out a person that was in the frame on the right side of the car, but the end result still needed to be symmetrical from this perspective. Not one I will use, but wanted to at least show the massive death grinning grille.

Car Curves 5

Car Curves 5

The last shot is a focus on the headlight and bumper. The bumper looks like it’s packing a torpedo; can anyone say “James Bond”?

Car Curves 6

Car Curves 6

Again the black and white isn’t much different since the car was black to begin with, but it pulls the eye to the curves and contrast between the chrome and black.

Thoughts?

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New Orleans Victorian – Featured Art Print

“New Orleans Victorian” is an art print I am featuring from my Architecture Gallery. The print was created using a gothic technique that creates an old world look using earth tones and bold brush strokes. Using this style with the subject matter seems a perfect fit.

The setting is the garden district of New Orleans with large mansions and tree lined streets. I love the look of this particular house with all of the architectural detail. Notice the intricacies of the railings and support posts.

I think the technique I used with this print creates an old world look with the rich earth tones. Thoughts?

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San Diego In Abstract – Featured Art Print

“San Diego In Abstract” is an art print I am featuring from my Cityscapes Gallery. The print was created using a Fauvism technique that creates abstract shapes and bold surreal colors. The Fauvism style dates back to around 1905 from Paris. It was known for impressionistic creations with non-naturalistic colors. I like the concept applied to a number of prints as it creates a very modern abstract look for a contemporary interior design.

The setting is some of the high-rise towers in downtown San Diego. The two most prominent buildings in this rendering are the Hyatt Towers. Atop the one tower is a bar with floor to ceiling windows overlooking San Diego Bay across to Coronado Island and clear out to Point Loma, the entrance to the bay from the Pacific Ocean. At the base of the towers is Seaport Village, a popular spot for tourist with its restaurants and shops.

I think the technique I used with this print creates an abstract look with a touch of bold whimsical shapes and colors. Thoughts?

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Red Veined Orchid Blooms – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

This week’s photo shoot circles back to simplicity in subject matter and in a photo shoot itself. I look at opportunities as they present themselves and then grab my camera. The orchid blooms in this weeks pictures are on a plant that was given to my wife last month from my sister as a birthday gift. My sister knows how my wife loves orchids and also knew she didn’t have any blooming at this time. My wife placed the plant in our dining room to add some color.

I have been looking at this plant for a month now and find the coloring very unique. I keep thinking I should do some macro shots, but haven’t found the time to get my light box out to take shots in a controlled environment (lighting and background). Today, the way the light was coming in through the blinds on the window behind the plant caught my attention. I went and got my camera and have attached 5 shots for what was a quick and easy photo shoot.

Red Veined Orchid 1

Red Veined Orchid 1

Red Veined Orchid 2

Red Veined Orchid 2

Red Veined Orchid 3

Red Veined Orchid 3

Red Veined Orchid 4

Red Veined Orchid 4

Red Veined Orchid 5

Red Veined Orchid 5

I really like macro flower blooms for art prints where the lighting is directional and the background is either white or black. I think of it as simplicity in the visual experience of art prints. Today I decided I wasn’t going to go to all that trouble and kept the lighting the way it was and didn’t move anything in the background. I think the horizontal slats of the blinds added a linear contrast to the delicate shapes of the blooms. The result accents the shear beauty of these particular blooms. The shoot lasted all of 5 minutes. I shot from various angles without disturbing the plant or adjusting the lighting. This is simplicity in subject matter and in the shoot itself. Thoughts?

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Comfort – Featured Art Print

“Comfort” is an art print I am featuring from my Inspiration Gallery. The art print is done with a quote from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 as an overlay on a photograph I have done using a sepia tone of a rural farm nestled in the backcountry of Oregon.

Comfort

Comfort

The creation of this inspirational print was a request by a client. They have purchased a few of my inspirational prints and recently contacted me with a desire for a print that would inspire them and be a daily reminder concerning a situation in their family. She was looking for a biblical quote that supported the concept of being there for a hurting family member, to help lift them up and at the same time support their own personal grief. The other part of the request was a farm related photograph.

Not one to back from a challenge, I started racking my brains and researching key words in a bible reference section. I know a lot of people can quote verses like they are always on the tip of their tongue…well, not this guy…I can barely quote what I had for dinner the night before. I remember concept and can tell you philosophically what is what, but to be able to say “Yes, that would be in the book of…chapter…verse…” not from me in this lifetime. My brain just isn’t wired that way. So the search was on.

I found a verse that fit the bill. So the next step was the print. I seek to make sure that the biblical quote I am using is a good marriage with the art print I put it on. In this particular case, when I settled on the verse I wanted to share, I went searching for the correct print. This particular print stood out in my head as I had just worked with it recently. The next step was the font style and placement. That always requires a lot of trial and error and ultimately what I think looks like the best fit. I am pleased with the way this print came together.

The setting for this particular art print is a farm in the backcountry of Oregon. I came across it when my wife and I were doing a photo shoot of covered bridges in Oregon. The farm was nestled in a field surround by a forest. It was early morning with light rain on and off. The scene was very peaceful with a wisp of low clouds or fog drifting down the hill. I liked the sepia finish to the scene as it gives it a time tested look and for this print doesn’t distract from the bible verse, but allows it to take center stage. Thoughts?

I have my inspiration prints in two locations. I opened an Etsy shop to utilize a feature they have that I wanted to test before adding it onto my website and that is the ability to download a print, keep it in electronic form for background on computers as an example or print at your own convenience. For smaller prints I thought it was a great idea for international sales as there aren’t any postage costs. Also on Etsy, I am offering these prints in an 8X10 size pre-matted with white matting and backer board ready for an 11X14 frame.

On my main gallery website, I offer the same prints in four different sizes all giclee prints on professional grade gloss photo paper.

Etsy: 8X10 downloadable version of this print.

Etsy: 8X10 pre-matted and mounted for 11X14 frame.

My web site: four sizes to choose from.

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Desert Glows – Hot Air Balloon Photo Shoot

In last week’s post of the Super Bowl football stadium, I alluded to the fact that we stopped at the stadium on our way to a hot air balloon festival. Today I want to share shots from that event. We timed our arrival right at dusk along with a million other people. After about 45 minutes just to get into the grounds of the festival and park, we were off to enjoy the part we wanted to experience and that is called the “Desert Glows”. As dusk approaches, the balloon operators start filling the envelopes with hot air inflating the balloons one by one. As the sky darkens, an announcer comes over the loudspeaker and introduces the balloon operators. Then music is started and the balloons are coordinated as they light themselves up in beat to the music. Without further ado…seven shots from the Avondale, Arizona 2015 Hot Air Balloon Festival’s “Desert Glows”.

Desert Glows 1

Desert Glows 1

Desert Glows 2

Desert Glows 2

Desert Glows 3

Desert Glows 3

Desert Glows 4

Desert Glows 4

Desert Glows 5

Desert Glows 5

Desert Glows 6

Desert Glows 6

Desert Glows 7

Desert Glows 7

Thoughts?

 

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