Growing up in an artistic family, I found my venue was photography. In college I was able to work with equipment that I would not have had the chance to work with on my own, from the camera equipment to a dark room (yes, that was the era of film). Over the years and with the onset of the digital age, I have been able to augment my photography with painting, turning my photographs into oils and watercolors. Over the years, I have amassed a portfolio that has been enjoyed by family and friends. I have done a number of commercial and private projects utilizing whatever concept the buyer has given me and turned their walls into "Wall Galleries".
I have been married for 46 years and my wife and I have raised three incredible daughters. Please check out my online art gallery: https://thewallgallery.com and my facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheWallGallery.KirtTisdale
I’ve attached four art prints that are simple geometric shapes and two of the four are really simple colors: black and white. The other two introduce blue and red as part of the simple colors equation. I created these simple abstract art prints a number of years ago on a specific project I was working on for a client. What has surprised me over the years is how often these prints have been used on throw pillows. The third party art galleries I sell on have evolved from just selling art prints to using the art on a variety of products. So, imagine my surprise when in the case of these four they are suddenly hot looks for throw pillows!! You just never know!!
Back on November 5, 2013 my blog post covered a photoshoot I did in Issaquah, Washington (eastern suburb of Seattle at the foot of the Cascade Mountain Range). Why this is resurfacing now is because I came cross one of those captures in my archives while moving some other prints there (I try and weed through my prints and periodically retire some of them to my personal archive file). I had used it as a background for one of my inspirational prints (also shared below) I created in August 2020. The original print really caught me eye and I thought it worthing of having it on my “TheWallGallery” website.
The shot is very unusual in that this is the last thing you would expect to come across while on a hike in a heavily forested foothill just east of Seattle, Washington. I researched the location and found the background behind the stairs. The site use to be an anti-aircraft facility to protect this area from attack. This stairway along with one other connected what was an area for barracks up to the missiles themselves. For the history of the site and what is now Cougar Mountain Regional Park, click here: “Radar Park” at Anti-Aircraft Peak
I hope everyone has had a warm and loving holiday season. I hope the year past was full of love from friends and family. I take this time of year to reflect on the past and to look forward with the new year upon us. I reflect on those moments that inspired my heart and yes those moments that caused pain. What can I learn from that pain and how to turn it into one of those inspiring moments. To celebrate the beginning of 2022, I have attached three art prints of flowers with a verse that says so much to me.
As we head into the Christmas week I thought I would feature three art prints that have one of my favorites from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, known as Love Is Patient. It fits so well on these three art prints.
The first one supports this time of year. The art print is a photographic capture of a Christmas snow in the Seattle area.
The second one is a watercolor art print depicting a mountain lake near Whistler, British Columbia.
The third art print is an abstract watercolor depicting a sunset over the Pacific Ocean as a marine layer comes ashore.
This week, I’m switching things up a bit to showcase three art prints of brightly colored orchids. I used a fauvism technique which creates somewhat abstract shapes with very bright colors. For anyone that has been following my work over the years, you have seen this technique used by me on a variety of subject matters.
The first one is a red orchid stem showcasing a number of the blooms.
The second one represents a stem of blue orchid blooms.
The final one showcases a stem of yellow orchid blooms. I love the blooms as they last for some time and add a splash of color to any setting!
This week I’m featuring three art prints I created around a specific bible verse. The verse addresses one of the things I struggle with on a daily basis. There are people in each of our lives that we really don’t enjoy being around, but because of family marriages, these people have become part of our lives. I look at it as a growth opportunity when I finally realized that “yes” I do judge people on the things they say or do. If I take a step back, who am I to be the judge and rule on everything. I’m not talking about differences in opinions, I feel blessed to have been raised to listen to different viewpoints and take them into consideration when I formulate my own opinions. I’m talking about people who lie to your loved ones, talk against them behind their backs and act like they don’t to that persons face. It took me awhile, but these types of situations are out of my control and often the impacted person does know how that person behaves and has to “rise above it” because of others that they love and respect. With that said, I have this bible verse on a few of my art prints which I am sharing today. The first two are quotes using the New International Version of the bible and the third one is from The Message.
I created the original art print using a subtle watercolor painting technique of a rose bud just opening up. This technique uses subtle brush strokes and soft colors creating a casual look. I thought this verse (Luke 6:37) was a perfect fit as an overlay.
In this second print, I used a slightly abstract watercolor technique. This technique creates defined lines that compliment a traditional watercolor look. Again, I thought this verse was a perfect fit.
This third print has an interpretation of the same bible verse from The Message on an art print I created using a gothic oil technique of a girl in a crowd.
The beginning of December is typically when our Camellia tree and bushes start their winter bloom here in Los Angeles. It also marks the beginning of the Christmas season, so I thought it appropriate to share three camellia captures with words for the holiday season!!
In continuing with the theme from last week, this week I’m featuring an old train car. And not to be too redundant, but as I stated last week: “Anytime I create an art print, I have typically worked the subject matter into different forms and presentations. When I hit a look I like, I spend more time working it into a “final product”. Sometimes I end up with more than one version. If I feel strongly about the final presentation in each version, I will keep them. Having said that, I do try and limit it to no more than three of anyone subject matter.” Today’s blog features an old train car located on a hiking path along the river in Rockford, Michigan. At the time I took the photograph in December of 2015, it was abandoned, but looked like it had been used as a diner.
As I did last week, the first version I’m showing was created using a black and white sketching technique.
The second version just like last week adds colored to the sketching technique.
Then the third version was created using an abstract watercolor approach.
Anytime I create an art print, I have typically worked the subject matter into different forms and presentations. When I hit a look I like, I spend more time working it into a “final product”. Sometimes I end up with more than one version. If I feel strongly about the final presentation in each version, I will keep them. Having said that, I do try and limit it to no more than three of anyone subject matter. Today’s blog features a covered wagon I photographed in the Sharlott Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona.
The first example is the covered wagon created using a black and white sketching technique.
The next version takes the B&W sketching technique and inserts color creating a color sketching of the wagon.
The third version uses an impasto painting technique which creates a completely different look for this covered wagon. This painting style creates strong and bold brush strokes.
Taking a complete 180 from last weeks abstract art prints, this week I’m showcasing two art prints I created using an old world gothic earth tone approach. The earth tone approach uses rich warm colors with a brownish hue. The two subjects are buildings representing both the east and the west coast of the United States. I have a love of architectural details and like presentations that capitalize on those details.
The first one is from the New England area and features a classic architectural style which works really well with a “gothic’ presentation. I love the capping to the roof lines as well as over the windows.
The second print is a building in downtown Seattle and I used a less traditional viewpoint of the structure by looking down on it. This perspective highlights the “corner” aspect of this buildings location. The overall architecture is more modern than the first example, but still traditional to the early part of the 20th Century. On this print the gothic style highlights not only the building, but the details from the first floor and the corner pedestrian activity.
Each print has the same overall color tones, but present two very different buildings that in my opinion are highlighted using the gothic style.