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Various Art Styles of PalmTrees

I have attached five art prints that depict palm trees. I created them using various styles of digital art.

The first one I created using a slightly abstract watercolor technique of a grove of palm trees.

Palm Tree Grove

For the next one, I used a similar technique, but the perspective is looking up the trunk of a large palm tree.

Looking up the Trunk of a Palm Tree

The third print was created by using an abstract oil technique of the palm trees reflected in the water of a lake. This technique creates bold brush strokes and color.

Palm Trees On The Water

The fourth print I created using a totally different technique. This approach was created with warm earth tone colors that create a gothic old world look.

Three Palm Trees

In the fifth art print my approach was a fauvism oil technique, which creates a contemporary and brightly colored look to this sunset behind the palm trees.

Ocean Sunset Behind a Palm Tree

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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Let Me Be Your Guiding Light

Let Me Be Your Guiding Light is an art print I created using a classic ink sketching technique with traditional watercolor of a lighthouse. The setting is the Yaquina Head Lighthouse along the Oregon coastline. Lighthouses are great symbols of “a guiding light” as that is their sole maritime purpose. When it comes to faith, we all need a guiding light.

Let Me Be Your Guiding Light


Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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Flamingos from the Los Angeles Zoo

In keeping with the approach from last week, I am posting a capture I took of flamingos I took in 2017 at the Los Angeles Zoo and then what I created from that using digital art techniques. The resulting two art prints are completely different in their look and style.

LA Zoo Flamingos

I created the first art print using an impasto style painting technique. This technique applies paint very thickly so that the brush strokes are prominent. I stayed with the original color pallet on this one.

Impasto Flamingo

For the second one, I used a completely different technique creating a completely different look. This look is referred to as Gothic art, a style of medieval art that developed in Northern France out of Romanesque art in the 12th century AD. The aspect of it that I used was the earthen tones that were prevalent in a lot of the gothic pieces.

Gothic Flamingo

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions 

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The Hawaiian Gazebo: Before and After

I want to start this post with clarifying that everyone sees “art” differently and we all have certain preferences when it comes to visual appreciation. I say this as it does not offend me when someone doesn’t like what I have done and can be honest about it. No offense taken for the reasons stated above. Todays post compares the same subject mater presented two different ways. I have attached a photograph I took on the grounds of a resort in Hawaii (2005). I have also attached a digital art rendition of that photograph that was created earlier this month. I wanted to change the original by eliminating the background building and creating some watercolor texture.

Original Gazebo Capture
Step up to the Gazebo

In my opinion there is nothing particularly wrong with the original capture. However I wanted to eliminate the resort itself from the background and add some texture and drawing detail to pull the details forward on the entire capture (gazebo architecture and details of the landscaping).

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Dahlia Blooms – Close Up and Macro

My wife, our oldest daughter and myself did a day trip over to Whidbey Island last week (Whidbey is just “off shore” in the Puget Sound north of downtown Seattle, but literally just west of where we live in the northern suburbs of Seattle). It doesn’t matter where we go, I always have my camera ready as you never know what you will see that hits you as a photo opportunity. One of those opportunities occurred right after lunch and just before we were going to catch the ferry back to the mainland. We had stopped at a nice outdoor restaurant for lunch and next door to it was a massive nursery with tons of flowers and plants. It caught my wife and daughters eye, so after lunch we ventured over to check it out. As the three of us ventured around the nursery, we came across some stunning Dahlia plants with very (and I mean at least 12 inches/30.48 centimeters) large blooms. The photographer in me immediately went to work on capturing the largest blooms, framing those and then taking another shot as a macro close-up. I have attached eight captures of four different blooms.

Soft Pink, Yellow And White Dahlia Bloom
Macro Soft Pink, Yellow And White Dahlia Bloom
Bright Pink, Yellow And White Dahlia Bloom

Macro Bright Pink, Yellow And White Dahlia Bloom

Red And White Dahlia Bloom

Macro Red And White Dahlia Bloom

Yellow Dahlia Bloom

Macro Yellow Dahlia Bloom

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Fountain Urns

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!

Spanish Urn Fountain

Two Large Urns

Three Large Urns

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Bright and Bold Art Prints

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.

A Field, Forest And Snow Capped Mountains In Colorado

This second print represents a vacation resort near the lake.

Colorado Vacation In Fauvism

This next print is of a swan swimming in a pond located at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Lone Swan In Pond

From there I take you to the New England coastline.

New England Coastline

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Beach Tranquility

Periodically I go back through some of my old photo shoots to see if anything grabs my attention that I haven’t already worked with. The attached art print was actually from a photo shoot I did in 2009. We were living in San Diego as new empty nesters because our youngest had gone off to college the prior fall to the University of Washington. My wife and I decided to do a coastal drive up to Seattle to spend some time with her before the 2009 school year started. Along the way I was doing photo shoots of lighthouses and other coastal scenes. I had a number of captures that ended up in my gallery (many of them still there) and as I was looking through those shots, this one popped out at me. I remember the setting and the look and feel of this area. A marine layer (low coastal clouds) had come in as the sun was going down. The beach was empty with the exception of what looked to me like a father and son walking and talking. I capture a few shots of them playing with the way I framed them. I migrated to this one with them in the bottom right of the shot as it highlighted the desolation and peacefulness of the beach setting. For me using a digital watercolor technique seemed to be a perfect fit for this scene as the color pallet was pretty consistent from the sky to the ocean to the beach. The tranquility aspect of it was not only the empty beach, but the marine layer also softens sounds and the father and son looked like they were relaxed and enjoying each others company.

Beach Tranquility
Beach Tranquility

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I Quiet My Mind

I wanted to share two new art prints I completed for my Inspirational Prayer Gallery. In that gallery I take either photographic or art prints and overlay them with an inspirational thought or prayer. With the two I am sharing today, they are both from prior hikes that I have done here in the Pacific Northwest. The overlay is a thought I go through daily using prayerful meditation. I like to start the day with prayer and the first thing I need to do is quiet my mind (not easy to do) and then focus on seeking His peace and joy with gratitude and thankfulness.

The first one is from Lake 22 Trail which is located near Granite Falls, Washington and has an elevation gain of about 1500 feet that brings you up to a lake.

I Quiet My Mind: Lake 22 Trail

The second art print is one of two falls known as Twin Falls. This stream runs through the valley where North Bend, Washington is located. This valley nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range is the home of many hiking trails spreading out and up.

I Quiet My Mind: Forest Waterfall

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Tulip Art

I wanted to share five of the art prints I created from my tulip photoshoot in April. I used a soft watercolor technique on all five prints. I certainly had a number of shots to work with and I narrowed those down to ten. After working with all ten and satisfied with what I had created, I saved them and didn’t revisit them until the end of last week. I spend so much time with each print making numerous changes, etc until I feel like I have a completed piece of art. I found over the years that by “sitting” on them for a week or two, I can view them with a lot less bias and narrow that group down to what I like the most. I go through the narrowing process a few times until I don’t see the need anymore. Having said all that, following are the final five:

Family Of Red Tulips
Soft Purple Pattern Tulips

Dark Purple Tulips Opening

Yellow Tulip Cluster

The Land Of Tulips

Thoughts?

(on a personal note: our third grandchild entered the world this last week. He is our second grandson and arrived on the projected birth date….go figure. All are doing well!!)

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