The Many Looks of A Banana Plant

As a digital artist most of my work starts with a photograph and I thought it would be interesting to share an example of a variety of styles from one capture.

The first picture is the original photograph. I captured a shot of one of the banana plants in our backyard at that time. Just a quick shot, but I already had an idea of a number of ways to turn this into a variety of art styles. The shot is very simple and includes imperfect leaves, but creates a nice template for me to work with.

Original Photograph

The next art print was created using a subtle abstract watercolor technique. I chose to keep the look of the imperfect leaves to give it that “live, realistic” look.

Ornamental Banana Plant

A completely different look was created when I used a fauvism technique. This technique follows that style with strong colors and slightly abstract shapes and presentation. Same plant, completely different look.

Abstract Banana Plant

The next approach was back to a subtle watercolor approach, but with the background eliminated focusing the eye on the plant itself. Again, I left in the imperfect leaves.

Banana Plant

Then for the final look, a complete departure from any of the prints above. This style is a gothic look using just earth tones and that old world presentation. This particular look is very specific to a decorating style and creates a totally different visual experience.

Tropical Leaves

The good news for me is that everyone has different tastes and as an artist I take absolutely no offense to someones likes and dislikes. I try and create what I find interesting presentations of subject matters and just wanted to share an example of one of the processes I use to create my art prints.


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27 thoughts on “The Many Looks of A Banana Plant

  1. Darlene

    They are all great and as a non-artist, I appreciate the differences. But I really like the last one for some reason. Perhaps because it is so different.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for stopping by and for the feedback, Darlene! Much appreciated. The last one takes on a very elegant look as a framed and matted art print. Just by coincidence I sold one shortly after I wrote this post that the buyer had framed and matted and even I was shocked how elegant it looked.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      The last one takes on a more elegant look framed and matted!! Sold one like that right after I wrote this. Thanks for stopping by and for the feedback!! Have a great week!! (even with the heat):(

  2. Tiffany Mendonca

    You’re art work is truly amazing! I love how you can take a simple photography and turn it into so many different types of art work, awesome! I think my favorites are the second and third one! Thanks for sharing these!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      My pleasure Tiffany and thank you for stopping by and for the feedback!! I had fun with the process in creating different looks using the same subject!! Have a great week!!

  3. Nancy

    They are all really cool. I liked the last two the best!
    It’s always quite enjoyable to stop by and see what you are up too with your art or your travels.
    Hope all is well.
    Happy Sunday!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Nancy!! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and for your feedback!! As for travel, the week after we got back from Seattle, our Seattle group flew down here for my nieces wedding at Mammoth Lake. It was put off for over a year due to Covid….awesome event…..large reception at the top of the mountain (they have a large facility up there for skiers during that season…..large cafeteria/restaurant/meeting rooms, etc). We have been to Yosemite many times just to the north of Mammoth Lake, but never there….stunning scenery!! Now back to focusing on my art!:) Thanks again….have a great week!

  4. Dan Antion

    They are all interesting, Kirt. I like the subtle abstract watercolor technique the best, I really appreciate the description of the process and I really like the fact that you see imperfection as something to work with rather than avoid.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Dan!! I had more than a little mental debate on the imperfection issue and ultimately went with it. Thanks for the feedback and for stopping by!! Have a great week!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Lol…I remember looking at the plants in our backyard trying to find one I could “work” with. Who knew it would be a banana plant…you just never know😎. I appreciate your feedback and for stopping by. The last one matted and framed has a very elegant look to it!! Have a great week!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I truly appreciate you stopping by and giving me your feedback. I had a lot of fun with all of them!! Have a great 4th and a great week ahead!! Thanks Denise!!


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