This week, I’ve attached three art prints I created from a photo shoot in a winery located on the hills above Napa Valley in California. The winery grounds were very beautiful and all items of landscaping design (such as these urns) were imported from Europe. From different points on the estate there are tables and chairs that took in the view of the valley below. Everything is elegant and done to allow you to enjoy the beauty of the winery while you enjoy their wine. The fountain itself is designed to have water quietly cascade down the sides of the urns and effectively creates a peaceful, serene setting!
In most cases, my artwork starts out as a photograph that I then play with digitally to see if I like the same subject in completely different formats. An example of this are the three different presentations of two captures of high-rise office buildings in downtown Seattle. It started with the original captures below:
The first aspect that I used was to turn these captures into black and white photographs as shown below:
Then also like a very subtle
For the next two presentations, I used a detail drawing technique and a subtle watercolor to highlight the details and color of the buildings. To highlight the details of the buildings, I used an abstract approach to the sky resulting in keeping that aspect simple.
For the next two presentations, I went in a completely different direction. For these two presentations I used a more abstract drawing technique to create the buildings and then filled it with bursts of watercolor on and surrounding the structures. This approach creates a completely different visual for high-rise office buildings.
This past week my wife and I went to a Lavender field on Camano Island which is on the Puget Sound north of the Seattle area here in the Pacific Northwest. This time of year there are a lot of Lavender fields in full bloom and many farms invite you to come and pick bouquets (I use that term loosely as you actually cut them with a sharp blade) for a price. Each plant has numerous blooms rising from them and on this particular farm you are encouraged to cut the blooms of an entire plant which equates to numerous bouquets.
Camano Island is a very heavily forested island without a lot of open fields. There are farms on the island, but it is mostly dense forest. Having said that, the setting was beautiful and the “Lavender Farm” was owned and operated by a very nice young family. Their children helped those of us that came to cut by giving us the tools we would need and barrels to put our “pickings” in while we were in the field.
I asked permission to take pictures of the field and was promptly asked by their children to take a picture of them (which I did and have since sent it to them). I’ve attached six captures from the shoot for this weeks blog. Enjoy:
Our girls and some friends will be the lucky recipients of very fragrant bouguets!!
This week I’m featuring four art prints of orchid blooms that I have created using totally different styles. I like each and everyone, but for entirely different reasons. I’m curious for feedback regarding your impressions.
The first one I created using a very shape defined approach as it relates to shape and outlines.
The second one I created using a sketching technique.
For the third one, I used a technique where the watercolor is brushed like puffy clouds and then the drawn blooms are used as an overlay.
The fourth and final one, I created using a pastel chalk technique.
Last week I featured an art print depicting a very quiet, serene scene. This week I’m featuring four bright and bold art prints. I created them using a fauvism technique that creates bold surreal colors and somewhat abstract shapes to depict a scene.
The first two prints are based on scenery surrounding the Lake Dillon area of Colorado. Lake Dillon is on the western side of the Continental Divide from Denver. The first print is of the mountain range that surrounds the valley Lake Dillon is located in.
This second print represents a vacation resort near the lake.
This next print is of a swan swimming in a pond located at the Los Angeles Zoo.
From there I take you to the New England coastline.