San Diego Bay Sailing

This week I’m sharing a print I just finished. It’s based on a capture I took a few years ago. It’s a sailboat on San Diego Bay with downtown San Diego as the back drop. The point of view of the scene is looking across the bay from Coronado Island towards the downtown skyline. With this print, I used the original photo and did a Photoshop “abstract” creation. Using those two as a guide, I digitally painted this final print. I liked subduing the buildings for the background to have the sailboat stand front and center. I also took the liberty of creating abstract foliage for the majority of the coastline at the base of the buildings so as to not have to put in detail actually found there (such as the USS Midway floating museum). I kept to a linear abstract approach keeping clean lines where needed creating the various shapes.

San Diego Bay Sailing


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34 thoughts on “San Diego Bay Sailing

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I’m a visual thinker and am constantly visualizing different ways to present scenes. Sometimes it’s rewarding….sometimes frustrating:) Thanks for stopping by Brad!

  1. D. Wallace Peach

    Nice, Kirt. I like the contrast of the boat against the city, and the touches of sunlight on the vertical lines of the buildings. Interesting choice about the foliage along the shore. It works. It keeps the background un-busy behind the boat. It was fun learning about how you created this.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the feedback. The shoreline had too much “stuff” showing in bits and pieces. I debated about it for awhile, probably because I know how cool that stuff is when you walk the shoreline, but ultimately eliminated it for obvious reasons. I appreciate the fact that you took the time to stop by and for the feedback!!

  2. Sue Slaght

    I think I recall that previous post Kirt. The effect of having the sailboat stand out works wonderfully in my opinion. The buildings now a more subtle backdrop. Well done!

  3. Diane Henders

    I like it! It’s so simple and clean-lined, but I know exactly how difficult it is to reduce a photo to its simplified forms the way you’ve done. That’s a skill I never mastered. If I could learn that, I’m sure it would help my paintings a lot.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      To my eye it worked well with the background being high rise buildings….very linear by nature. It truly was a tedious process but I enjoyed it! I don’t have an electronic drawing tablet…just my Mac and a mouse:)

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Dan….I had fun with it, but I must say it was a tedious process to keep the downtown buildings in the background linear. Thanks for stopping by…have a great week!!

  4. liveitwanderer

    I love the contrast of the white sails on the greyish buildings. In many respects, to me, it speaks to the uniqueness of the adventure of sailing or doing something different in contrast to the day to day living of the 9 to 5.

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