Autumn Foliage – Issaquah, Washington – Part Two

Part Two of Autumn Foliage…..

The Tracks

Orange Trees

Yellow Trees

More autumn colors from Issaquah, Washington. Issaquah is nestled against the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and is an eastern suburb of Seattle. Enjoy! Thoughts?

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Autumn Foliage – Issaquah, Washington – Part One

Some of the fall beauty in Issaquah, Washington this time of year….

Issaquah is nestled up against the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and is an eastern suburb of Seattle. Part Two next week as we enjoy autumn brilliance. Thoughts?

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End Of Day At The Dock – Featured Art Print

“End of Day at The Dock” is an art print I created using a traditional watercolor technique. This technique focuses on traditional colors and shading to create a soft warm print.

The setting is Victoria Harbour, British Columbia. The harbour is used as a seaport for aviation as well as for boats including ferry service, fishing and sail boating. This particular scene is directly in front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, famous for it’s afternoon tea and Victorian ambiance.

What I like about this print is three-fold. I love the overall softness of colors, they create a warm comforting visual experience. The other aspect I like is the subject matter. There is something visually appealing about boats docked in a harbor (or harbour in this case) right after sunset when dusk settles in. The third aspect is the two visual focal points created by the lights on the dock by the boats. These focal points pull your eye in to see more detail.  Thoughts?

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Sepia Tone – Vintage Photography

I enjoy using a sepia tone for some of my photography, specifically if it will enhance the subject matter. The sepia brown tones originated with film photography as part of the process to develop the prints in the 1800’s. Today, we can recreate that same vintage look digitally.

I have attached two pictures I took at the Hollywood School House in Woodinville, Washington (just outside of Seattle). The school was established in 1912 and has been restored to its turn of the century charm. It is currently used for weddings and special events and is located in the heart of the Woodinville Wine Valley.

 

Both of these items caught my attention and I thought they would make great sepia tone photographs to highlight the aged vintage look they represented. Thoughts?

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Boat Dock On North Lake – Featured Art Print

I was looking for an end of summer art print to feature this week since we have now officially entered autumn. I wanted something different from just the obvious autumn colors when Boat Dock On North Lake spoke to me as just the one. I realize it has palm trees and is a tropical setting, but with the subdued style I used to create it, the color tone sets the mood of those waning summers days. Summer speaks of bright sunlight and vibrant colors. Autumn speaks of more earth tones and less activity. The subject matter creates a scene that would be busy with people and boats during the summer peak months. Now the boat dock is quiet and looks closed down for the season. My point being that color tones set a mood and a look for any given art print. Thoughts?

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Fall Bench – Featured Art Print

“Fall Bench” is a wall art print done with a prayer of mine as an overlay on a color photograph of a park bench amongst fall foliage.

The setting of the park bench is Issaquah, Washington (an eastern suburb of Seattle). I did a fall shoot in Issaquah during October of 2013 when we were living there while our house was being built in Arizona.

I featured this shot in a blog post November 26, 2013 called “Park Bench”. In that post I described how I came across this shot as follows…”there are those occasions when you are out and about and you catch something in the corner of your eye. If possible, you stop and go back at that moment. I have been known to make sudden side trips with a passenger in the car and they look at me , like are you nuts….no…I saw something. My wife has gotten use to this, so she humors me. I saw this in the corner of my eye the other day, but couldn’t stop and take advantage of it, so I had to pass it up. It weighed on my mind the rest of the day and into the next. I finally decided, I had to go back and take some shots now…unfortunately for me it was raining, a nice steady rain, but I couldn’t get it out of my head…yea, I ended up hiking in the rain to get that shot.”

Later, I added a prayer of mine as an overlay to create what I now call “Fall Bench”. The setting reminded me of a prayerful meditation exercise I participated in years ago…..clear your mind and picture yourself having a one on one conversation with The Lord just as you would with your spouse or best friend. Where would that conversation take place? Believe it or not it was a park bench just like this and I think that’s why it caught my eye that day back in the fall of 2013. Thoughts?

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Pastel Palm Grove – Featured Art Print

I created this art print using a colored pencil and chalk technique. This technique uses strong drawing lines with softer chalk strokes filling in. The colors are in pastels, giving it a soft modern look.

The setting is a grove of palm trees in a local park near our home here in Arizona. It reminds me of a similar palm grove I came across on the big Island of Hawaii along the shoreline. I love the look of a group of palm trees creating a small “forest”. The fronds create a shaded canopy from the hot day sun and invite you into the palms to relax and enjoy the afternoon.

I have only used this particular technique on a few of my art prints and welcome any feedback. Thoughts?

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