Category Archives: Abstract Oil

The Sun Porch – Featured Art Print

Cold or cool (depending on where you live) winter days invite me to settle down with a good book in a setting like the featured art print. I love the type of sun porch you find in old Victorian homes, which is the basis for the art print I created. While touring this old mansion, I grabbed a shot of this room and wanted to create a print that relayed the feeling I expressed above. Using a fauvism technique I wanted to create a unique look for this room, but still keep the same inviting feeling. I liked the composition of the french doors, one open and one closed to highlight the entry into the room. I love color and abstract interpretations of common scenes, so using a fauvism technique, what was a typical common entry into a sun porch became a little bit more inviting and interesting. Thoughts?

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West Point Lighthouse in Fauvism – Featured Art Prints

I featured West Point Lighthouse in Seattle a couple of years ago with some of the photographs I took while visiting the site. It sits on a piece of land that juts out into the Puget Sound and marks the northern most tip of Elliot Bay (Elliot Bay is the body of water that lines the downtown area). More info: here.

I created these three art prints using a fauvism technique. For those not familiar with this style, it is a bold style created in the early 20th century by artists who wanted to express emotion with their subjects using surreal colors and painterly techniques creating the subject matter. More info: here.

These three prints represent the lighthouse from the same angle, but from different distances. Each distance creates its own composition and delivers a slightly different story. Thoughts?

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Desert Sunset – Featured Art Print

Here in the Arizona desert, we do get some really spectacular sunsets. This location of the country often sees a number of high level clouds which are needed to create the colors of these sunsets. The attached art print was such a sunset, that I turned into an art print using a technique that creates large bold brush strokes mimicking an impasto style of painting.

The roof tops of homes and the palm trees silhouetted in dark create a contrast to the colors dancing in the sky. It never ceases to amaze how the colors change from moment to moment. Thoughts?

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Fishing Village Harbor – Featured Art Print

 

Fishing Village Harbor another one of my art prints where I used a fauvism technique creating this scene. This technique uses bold abstract brush strokes and surreal colors creating a modern and contemporary look. To highlight the quaint architecture of the buildings, I created more detail in the homes, docks and waterfront area as the focal point. This particular art print depicts a New England fishing village and harbor. Thoughts?

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Sailboat On Lake Union – Featured Art Print

This time of year highlights summer fun and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate summer activity than sailing. With that said….I thought I would feature: Sailboat on Lake Union. I created this art print using a fauvism technique. The technique focuses on bold brush strokes, surreal colors and abstract shapes. The white sails rise high above the boat. Colorful buildings and trees represent the shoreline.

The setting is Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. On a warm summer day you can find sailboats and speedboats leaving their docks for a day on the water. Located just north of the downtown area, it is in the heart of urban life for Seattle residence. There are lots of docks along the shoreline that provide permanent residence for many of the boats that call this lake home. Lake Union is part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal that joins Lake Washington to the east to the open waters of the Puget Sound to the west. Thoughts?

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Bedrock in Fauvism – Featured Art Prints

This is a follow-up to a post I did in October of 2015 (The Flintstones Town of Bedrock). I shared excerpts from a photo shoot I had done of a tourist attraction south of the Grand Canyon which is a recreation of the town of Bedrock made famous by the Flintstones cartoon characters. That post starts with this quote: “This post is a fun one for me….I haven’t a clue what I will ever do with any of these shots, but I had a great time taking them.” 

I truly didn’t think I would do anything with those shots, but middle of last year I came across them again and decided I would see what they would look like presented in a more abstract manner by using the fauvism technique I work with on other prints. The final result is the five art prints I have attached.

I like the bright surreal colors of this style along with the abstract interpretation of the subject matter. Considering the surreal look of the structures, it all seemed to come together as an appropriate marriage. Thoughts?

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Pink Sherbert – Featured Art Print

Pink Sherbet

This week I wanted to feature one of my abstract prints. This particular print reminds me of frozen sherbert, especially the colors. Growing up in the midwest (Iowa), ice cream was the dessert of choice and for whatever reason I just didn’t care for it. On a visit to my grandparents house one year, I was introduced to frozen sherbert (the days before Sorbet was readily available). I love the rainbow variety and the different fruit flavors. Something about the consistency and vibrant colors appealed to me and I was converted. To this day, I’m still not an ice cream person, but love a good sorbet. That is how the title came to fruition and the next question should be…”I get that abstract art can be very esoteric, but what in the world are these shapes and colors based on?” Great question and the answer will probably surprise you.

This print was created from a photograph taken of the sun setting over a very foggy ocean. My wife and I were traveling up the Northern California coastline and had stopped for the night. A very thick layer of fog was rolling in just as the sun was going down. The scene went from where you could hardly see the water or the waves breaking to a bright spot of light and massive color display in the fog reflected off of the water to hardly seeing the ocean again. From the picture, I worked with this particular technique (Impasto…bold brush strokes) and chose this color palette until I had what I was envisioning for an abstract print. Thoughts?

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