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!

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