Category Archives: Abstract Oil

Out And About

I’m using an art print I created of the 16th Street mall in downtown Denver, Colorado to illustrate the gradual opening of people being “out and about”. The print depicts people out on  the 16th Street Mall in Denver on a warm sunny day. I created this print last year, so there aren’t any masks on folks, but it depicts a scattering of people, none of them crowding others.

I contrast this to some of the pictures we’ve seen recently of crowded beaches where no one is wearing masks or respecting social distancing. Here in Los Angeles proper, we are still on lock down and required to wear masks when we have to go out. To me, it’s a small price to pay to help keep everyone safe. We are all in this together across the entire planet and it’s not about the “me”, but about the “us”. Be safe and be well!!

Thoughts?

(Side note: The 16th Street Mall runs through the entire length of downtown. This print depicts the mall by the Daniels and Fisher Tower. The tower was constructed in 1910 as part of the Daniels and Fisher department store. At that time it was the tallest structure between the Mississippi River and California.)

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Same Subject – Different Styles

This week I have chosen to do something that compares different styles of “painting” or presentation on the same subject matter….each creating a totally different look. I would also like to preface that it’s ok to like certain styles of “painting” and/or really not like certain styles. Art is in the eye of the beholder and what one person likes another may not. Example: I love abstract colorful art, my wife does not. Is there a right or wrong in that, absolutely not. We all have different tastes. So back to this weeks posts, my goal is to use the same general picture and use different painting techniques (digitally) creating different looks for the same scene. There are two scenes of a fountain on a patio. The difference between the two scenes is the first group is the original capture and in the second group I cropped out most of the potted palm.

On the first one, I used a fauvism technique creating an abstract look with bright colors.

This second one was created using a sketching technique with more subdued colors.

In this third one, I used a soft watercolor look.

These last two are cropped bringing the focus more on the fountain. In the first one I used the fauvism technique….

and with the last one, I used the pointillism technique creating a much more soft, subdued look.

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Fruit Collage in Fauvism

I ‘m taking us from sepia tone photography (last week) to bright vivid colors of two prints featuring still life. Both are collages of fruit in bright surreal colors. Who would have thought apples and pears would make such interesting still life subjects?

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Simple Abstract Shapes with Bold Colors

Anyone following my blog, knows that I like abstract art and bold colors. Today I wanted to share three prints using simple shapes with bright bold colors. I think they speak for themselves…..

“Red Flame”

“Red Mountain”

“Blue Circle”

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Colorful Arizona – Featured Art Prints

This week I wanted to feature two prints that highlight the colors of Arizona. Both scenes say “Arizona” because of the subject matter, but I wanted to highlight the colorful beauty that is seen in each of these locations. I used a fauvism technique (if you follow my blog and/or work, you are familiar with my use of this technique to create a somewhat colorful and abstract look) to highlight the tones and hues that nature provides.

The first print is the Grand Canyon. I used a lookout point as a portion of the foreground to add dimension and drama to the scene. You get a true sense of depth looking from the foreground out across the canyon. The ribbons of color from the different layers of rock strata are accentuated via bright colors and the bold brush strokes.

The second print features a saguaro cactus native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and the state of Sonora in Mexico. The sky becomes the colorful focal point in this print as either a sunrise or sunset can light up the desert with bright, vidid colors. Again, the strong brush strokes accent the colorful sky with a typical desert setting in the foreground.

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Abstract Street Scenes

I wanted to liven it up a bit this week so I’m posting some abstract style prints featuring “Street Scenes”. Anyone who follows my work knows I love bright colors and abstract styles in a lot of my prints, so this week I am featuring two where I used a fauvism approach.

The first print is Whistler, British Columbia. Whistler is so pedestrian friendly and the capture depicts one of the main streets in the village during the “off-season” (non-skiing time of year). The fauvism approach brings surreal colors in abstract type shapes. In this print that really pulls-out and highlights architectural elements with the pedestrians more a secondary feature.

The second print does the opposite. The color and abstract approach highlights the crowded pedestrian traffic in a square near the sports stadiums in lower downtown Seattle. Again, I love the surreal colors making the print a very interesting visual experience.

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Architectural Lines – Abstract Fun

In creating abstract art, I like to take simple subjects and create bright colorful art prints. I have attached four art prints that started as simple linear architectural lines. I used a fauvism technique which lends itself to abstract art with bold surreal colors and exaggerated shapes.

The first print is architectural detail around windows on a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The second art print comes from the same home…

the third art print is a row of flood gates along a river…

and the final print is an old railroad car.

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