Monthly Archives: September 2013

Urban Architectural Elements

I’ve talked about how a picture or a scene takes on a totally different “vibe” or “feel” depending on how it’s presented. I’ve taken pictures,  cropped them and suddenly it’s a whole new picture. Today, I wanted to take a look at how Urban Architectural Elements take on a totally different perspective depending on the media in which they are presented. For a good example of this, I have used a picture I took a few years back of a Seattle street corner across from The Fairmont Hotel.  I liked the framing of the scene and the artist in me wanted to present that picture in multiple ways to create different opportunities. So, let’s start with the easiest and simplest, black and white. I like black and white when there are contrasting elements and lines to make the lack of color work.

This creates a very clean and straight forward image. I can visualize this displayed with white matting and a black frame. It would work in a modern decor as well as traditional…residential or business.

Here I have taken the same picture and redone it in a sketching/watercolor style. This technique keeps the straight lines and details of the picture. This style of print would again work in a clean modern decor or an office setting.

In this print, I have used a more traditional watercolor technique which creates a softer looking picture. This starts to change the picture away from just the straight lines and precise architectural elements. By softening the picture, it moves it into a different decor approach, more traditional in appeal…again either residential or business.

Now I have taken the picture into the family of oil painting. Oil adds a different dimension and I like the impasto style as it keeps relatively true to color and composition, but adds large brush strokes further softening the picture. Works in a traditional decor for either home or office.

Using the gothic oil style, I have now taken it into an old world feel. This print has lots of warm earth tones, bold brush strokes and less detail. It creates a warm art print and becomes more about perception than detail. This type of style works in a decor that uses either earth tones or a more traditional old world flair.

And last but not least, I used the fauvist oil style. This style creates an abstract and fun approach to a print. It’s not necessarily true to form or detail, but is heavy on brush strokes and concept. It has a “modern art’ flair while still retaining a sense of old world tradition. I see this style used in a decor that is trending modern and is looking for a splash of color and concept without going totally abstract.

Again, the different approaches and styles to even the same picture creates totally different art prints.  What are your thoughts or impressions?

These particular art prints came from my online art gallery, TheWallGallery. The B&W print can be found in my Black and White Gallery, while the painted prints are from my Cityscape Gallery.  Follow my work on my Facebook page – TheWallGallery by Kirt Tisdale. (Page likes are always appreciated!) Thanks!


Luminasia is an attraction at this years Washington State Fair.  As stated on their web site: “Don’t miss this year’s feature attraction! Luminasia has taken the traditional form of Chinese lantern making and modernized it into the 21st Century. Conceived and produced by International Special Attractions, it is an incomparable display of glowing light and color, combining high-tech material and state-of-the art lighting and production techniques.

The result is a beautiful, fun, immersive, and larger-than-life “East meets West” exhibition. Covering over two acres of outdoor space, this marvelous walk-through exhibit showcases Washington state landmarks combined with traditional Chinese icons, all glowing from within. Over 50,000 state-of-the-art bulbs are used to illuminate this fascinating spectacle.”

I wanted to share some of the photographs I took last Saturday night. My camera for the evening was my iPhone 5. I was incredibly impressed with how well it did. I haven’t decided what to do with these prints as it relates to my art gallery, but wanted to share them as the attraction is beautiful. Enjoy!


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A few years back, my wife and I did a road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway from northern California through Oregon into Washington just to see the lighthouses along this stretch of scenic coastline.  The scenery was breathtaking unto itself. The lighthouses were fascinating and allowed me the opportunity to create some interesting art prints for my art website, TheWallGallery. As a photographer and artist, I love the opportunity to try and capture the essence of subjects. Sometimes it comes through in a color photograph, sometimes a black and white photograph or it takes on a life in a watercolor or oil painting. I just added some new art prints to my Lighthouse Gallery and I have attached 4 of them here. The updates were done in a sketching and watercolor technique. It adds a different dimension to the oil and watercolor prints I had already done. Take a look and let me know what you think.

I call this an estate, because the picture shows you both the lighthouse and the care takers home (and the distance between the two). The lighthouse is the Heceda Head Lighthouse.

This is the Umpqua River Lighthouse. This lighthouse replaced the original lighthouse on a higher location. It opened in 1894.

This is the Coquille River Lighthouse. Construction began in 1891, but didn’t light up until 1896. It was abandoned in 1939 by an automated beacon, but was reclaimed in 1976 by the Army Corps and Oregon State Parks.

Proud and True

Proud and True                                                                                           

This is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The lighthouse sits on a 200 foot cliff above the Pacific Ocean. It lit it’s lamp for the first time on December 20, 1870.

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Hiking Photographs

I love to hike and love photography….what a perfect combo. I wanted to share some of the pictures from hikes this summer that just got uploaded into my gallery. All of these shots are from the North Bend, Washington area. For those of you unfamiliar with where that is, it is just east of Seattle in the Cascades. North Bend sits in a valley surrounded by mountains. There are a ton of well maintained trails to fit almost any level of difficulty for hikers. The pictures are pretty self-explanatory, but I would like to comment on one in particular….the waterfall. The waterfall shots are Twin Falls and are a relatively easy hike. The only issue is, yours truly struggles with heights and this first shot was actually taken from a bridge suspended over the top of the second shot looking up-stream. Sounds easy enough, but the bridge is suspended way (did I say WAY) above the waterfall and I was leaning over the rail to frame the shot. Heights aren’t so bad when you are staring through a view finder, but they do raise their ugly head when you are done with the shot and actually look at where you are….enough said…enjoy!!!

This is the water coming from the base of the top fall fall (not visible) rushing to the waterfall pictured below

This is the water coming from the base of the very top fall  (not visible) rushing to the waterfall pictured below:

I hope you enjoyed….for the rest of the pictures, go to my Color Photography Gallery on TheWallGallery website. Thoughts? Thanks!

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