Monthly Archives: May 2014

Spiritual and Inspirational Quotes – Featured Art Prints

In my Note Card Gallery, I have added more of the popular spiritual, motivational and inspirational quotes on my art to a series of “All Occasion Cards”. Christian based, the quote overlay is either a biblical quote or my own prayer and thoughts. I am featuring four of my favorites, the first one being Psalm 62: 5-6 as an overlay on a black and white photograph I took along the Oregon coast.

The next one is a personal prayer of mine as an overlay on a watercolor I did of a harbor in New England in the early morning hours.

My third feature is a prayer of thanksgiving for being with me as I walk my own path of life on a watercolor I did of an Iowa farm road in the winter time…

and my last feature is 1 Corinthians 14:33 as an overlay on a shot I took of Hidden Lake near Whistler, British Columbia.

Again the cards are blank on the inside to personalize them with your own words and are printed on recycled white matte card stock.

 

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Depth in the Arch – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

A lot of my photography has depth to it. There is something appealing about a picture that pulls you in and makes you want to go further into the shot, whether it be a road that goes into the distance, a path or trail. One of my favorites is a shot I did in New Orleans years ago looking down a sidewalk for many blocks…your eye goes into the depth if it’s presented well. All of that said, I have attached a series of shots from a photo shoot a few weeks back (same shoot and area where I was laying on the sidewalk taking shots of the sun through the trees – reference The Sun in the Trees post).  I’m starting outside of the architectural feature with these shots and narrowing in on the window. It’s a series of four pictures in color, black and white and then in sepia tones. Where do you see the most depth and does the black and white or sepia change any of that?

Arch 1 Color

Arch 1 Color

Arch 2 Color

Arch 2 Color

Arch 3 Color

Arch 3 Color

Arch 4 Color

Arch 4 Color

Arch 5 Black and White

Arch 5 Black and White

Arch 6 Black and White

Arch 6 Black and White

Arch 7 Black and White

Arch 7 Black and White

Arch 8 Black and White

Arch 8 Black and White

Arch 9 Sepia

Arch 9 Sepia

Arch 10 Sepia

Arch 10 Sepia

Arch 11 Sepia

Arch 11 Sepia

Arch 12 Sepia

Arch 12 Sepia

 

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Hot Air Balloons, Sunset and Poppies – Featured Art Prints

The only thing these three things have in common is that I have picked three art prints I have done and put them on “All Occasion Cards” in my Note Card Gallery.

The first feature is a watercolor I did of two poppy blooms. I reference my prior post of Painted Poppies; I used the same photo shoot for those prints as a basis of this piece. Using a watercolor approach creates a different picture, being a lot softer and more subtle.

The next feature is an art print from my Hot Air Balloons Gallery titled: “Between the Two”. This print is done using a gothic oil technique creating an old world feel.

The last feature is an abstract watercolor of a sunset from my Landscape Watercolor Gallery titled: “Arizona Sunset”.

I thought all three would make great fronts on All Occasion Cards. The cards are printed on recycled white matte and are blank inside for writing your personal thoughts pertaining to a variety of occasions.

 

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Roses in Watercolor – Featured Art Prints

I have attached three art prints that I specifically created just for the Note Card Gallery as “Thank You Cards“. I then went back to the original pieces and decided I liked them as full size art prints and put them into the Floral / Still Life Gallery also. I refer back to my posting Roses – Featured Art Prints, those are the rose blooms these watercolors were based on. I used a technique that creates an almost abstract print, but the roses are well-defined and have a much softer whimsical look to them. Let me know what you think!

 

 

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Wind Turbines – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Two weeks ago, I had to make a quick trip from where I live in the Phoenix area to Los Angeles. It’s only a 5.5 hr drive and straight down Interstate 10 all the way. Being a former Californian, we refer to that as The 10 or The 10 Freeway. The 10 skirts Palm Springs and on the western edge of the valley it is lined with wind turbines. Having been to the Palm Springs area many times, it dawned on me that the wind turbines would make a great photo shoot and I always travel with my camera as one never knows when it will come in handy. From that excursion, I have attached nine shots in groups of three. The first shot being the original, the second shot cropped and adjusted and the third shot done in black and white. I might add that I was shooting into 35 MPH winds that made it a little challenging to get clear shots even with a tripod. Let me know what you think….

 

Wind Turbine 1 Original

Wind Turbine 1 Original

Wind Turbine 1: Cropped

Wind Turbine 1: Cropped

Wind Turbine 1: Black and White

Wind Turbine 1: Black and White

Wind Turbine 2: original

Wind Turbine 2: Original

Wind Turbine 2: Cropped

Wind Turbine 2: Cropped

Wind Turbine: Black and White

Wind Turbine 2: Black and White

Wind Turbine 3: Original

Wind Turbine 3: Original

Wind Turbine 3: Cropped

Wind Turbine 3: Cropped

Wind Turbine 3: Black and White

Wind Turbine 3: Black and White

 

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Thank You Cards – Featured Art Prints

On my website, one of my galleries is called Note Cards. I have my art on the front of a variety of thank you cards and all occasion cards (the cards are folded with a blank inside for personalizing your thoughts).  I just added a number of new prints and am featuring four of them here.

The first one is from my Black and White Gallery. I took this sunset shot about three years ago along the coast of North San Diego County. You usually see sunset shots in full color, but I did a series for a business in San Diego and their decor required all black and white photography. They loved this particular series and I have to admit when it was done, I was surprised at how well it worked (there are four shots in this series). I have sold a number of them and thought this particular one would make a great Thank You card. It has a more professional and business feel.

So we go from black and white to purple abstract. This particular print is from my Abstract Oil Gallery. Again, I thought this would make a great thank you card  without being over the top and works well for a variety of people (as a former corporate regional manager, I use to send thank you cards with a personal note to my top performing employees each month. I always struggled to find cards that were warm, yet professional).

This print was actually taken from the deck of our house overlooking the Pacific Ocean and no that’s not a smudge above the “a” and “n” in the sky above “Thank”, but a flight going between San Diego and Los Angeles….just off the coast is the airplane highway between the two areas.

And the last one I’m featuring is a watercolor of a garden lamp surrounded by vines. This is a print I did of one of the courtyard lamps found in the Alamo located in San Antonio, Texas. I was shooting a series of pictures of the architecture of the Alamo and around the Alamo (River Walk) when I saw this hanging near a bench my wife was sitting on patiently waiting for me to finish.

The last comment I wanted to make was about the words “Thank You” in reference to the font to be used and location of the words.  On a finished product one should not give that any thought. If a person doesn’t give it any thought then I’ve done a good job, but I must say it’s fun to watch how many fonts and sizes and locations are tried before settling on the final product.

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Apples and Pears – Featured Art Prints

New to the collection in my Floral/Still Life Gallery are these three art prints. Still life art is usually simple everyday items arranged as a focal point of a picture. These prints are nothing more than apples and pears, done in reds and golds. The technique used in the painting is an impasto style of oil that highlights large brush strokes and bold colors. This series starts with an apple and a pear, moves to a trio and ends with two of both. Notice the “light” as a highlight drawing your eye to the objects, simplicity at it’s finest.

 

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