This week, I’m really mixing it up and pulling two prints out from my Abstract work. In both cases, I created the art prints using an ink sketching technique and then a watercolor air brush to color it “outside the lines”. In both cases, I chose bright and somewhat surreal colors making a bold statement.
Well that’s nice Kirt, but what is the subject matter based on?? Both prints are based on a Frank Lloyd Wright house that was built in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The house is called the Meyer May House (wikipedia here). It is located in the Heritage Hills area close to downtown. The area houses a number of Victorian Mansions that are in stark contrast to this Frank Lloyd Wright design. Having said that, it is definitely not a “sore thumb” to the neighborhood, but continues a very classic and beautiful look to augment the other mansions.
In reference to last weeks post on remote dwellings along the Oregon Coastline, this week I’m continuing that theme by featuring an ink drawing and watercolor print I created of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse.
This lighthouse is located on the southwestern coastline of Oregon. It sits on the western most point of land in the state and was first lit in 1870. For more information: Wikipedia.
In keeping with the theme over the last few weeks from my posts (peace and tranquility), I’ve added an additional element this week…human interaction. This type of human interaction is rooted in love and trust. The art print depicts a father and son walking on an otherwise empty beach with the beauty of the ocean in front of them. What I see is a bonding moment between a parent and their child. The conversation can be intimate and personal as they share the beach with no one else.
In creating this scene, the focal point is the two people in the lower bottom right. Typically your focal point is more centered, but I wanted the the ocean and beach to set a mood or tone for the overall look. To create the focal point I used black as a stark contrast to the rest of the scene. In the foreground as a row of black pulling the eye down. I envisioned this as the top of bluff overlooking the setting. Pulling your eye down you can’t help but go over to the right and see what I am calling the father and son.
Since this is an abstract work, to heighten the awareness of the ocean, I added sailboats in a slightly darker shade of blue so as not to become the focal point, but to solidify the setting. I envisioned a walk on the beach just after sundown, with light coming from a break in the approaching clouds (potentially fog or a marine layer rolling ashore).
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In keeping with a look from my last few posts depicting peace and serenity, I have attached an art print called Garden Waterfalls. The setting is in Issaquah, Washington (eastern suburb of Seattle). Taking this scene, I used an abstract watercolor technique that simplifies the actual shape of the detail in the trees, bushes and waterfalls. This allows the eye to take in the entire perspective of this scene without getting lost in the many details that make it up.
This week I’m featuring a series of art prints I created that were inspired by a project I took on for a kids room. The series is five prints of flamingos done in an abstract style. On each of the prints I added a word of inspiration. The series has a whimsical look to brighten the day and words of inspiration to guide our way.
I’m starting with “Family”. Family represents many things to each of us. It could mean your immediate biological family or an extended family or a work family or even the family of man. We are in this together as family from our individual households to the planet as a whole.
Next in line is “Peace”. Our faith and hope lead us to a feeling of peace. Live each moment “in the moment”. There is nothing but the current moment in our lives. The past is just that and the future has not happened.
Stay focused on the present moment and enjoy our next message “Love”. Love springs eternal and connects us to each other. Love celebrates the present moment and enriches our lives. Love for ourselves and love for each other.
A simple message with a very powerful outcome. I think what we have lost sight of in today’s world is that not two of us have the same opinion on everything. To me, that’s what makes humankind so unique and powerful. We are not all of the same race, gender, nationality, religion, political party, family upbringing, experiences growing up, etc…..I could go on and on. We try to categorize people by these labels and to me that misses the mark. Pick any label and some of us fit into it, but do those same people fit into other categories together…not necessarily. How do we as individuals grow if we aren’t willing to listen and learn from each other?
So to me, this passage from the bible as the last commandment from Jesus to His disciples wasn’t about just the disciples loving each other, but the family of man. It doesn’t mean we have to like each other or even agree with each other on every issue, but at our core is the desire to love and be loved.
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.
I have attached four art prints of hot air balloons. With all four I used an abstract watercolor technique. The technique focuses on the bright colors of the hot air balloons and less on the details of the subject. The balloons stand out prominent with their striped colors. The bold reds, blues, oranges, greens and yellows take center stage. The shapes are soft and whimsical setting the visual for a hot air balloon experience. The group of prints represent hot air balloons in various stages of preparing for launch and then ultimately lift off.
The setting is a group of hot air balloons getting ready for their sunset ascent. The location is in San Diego County near the coast of the Pacific Ocean. San Diego is famous for its sunset rides. As the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, the onshore flow of winds decrease allowing the balloons to drift inland and descend for a landing before it gets dark. The trip starts close to the coast and takes you inland about 15 miles. The view is incredible as you ascend over Rancho Santa Fe and quietly drift eastward. For those of us that have lived in that area for years, we are use to seeing up to 15 balloons dot the sky just before sunset.
The attached art prints are of a couple of life guard stations on the South Carlsbad State Beach during the winter months. Carlsbad, California is in the northern part of San Diego County. Beach traffic is lighter during these cooler months and the life guard stations are open during peak hours only. I thought this look was interesting and decided to use a pointillism technique in creating these prints.
Pointillism is a painting technique that uses dots of paint to create an image. The technique was created in 1886 stemming from Impressionism style of painting. For more information: Wikipedia – Pointiliism.
I like using this style on certain scenes or subject matters as it creates a very soft and subtle look. The empty beach and the closed guard stations seemed like a great fit for this type of style.