More Oregon Coast Lighthouses

From my post last week, I had a client request some of the other Oregon Coast Lighthouses done in the same ink and watercolor technique. The look is very simplistic, but follows the basic architecture of each of the lighthouses. That being said, I have attached the Coquille River, Heceda Head, Yaquina Head and North Head Lighthouses.

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Cape Blanco Lighthouse

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.

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Remote Dwellings On Rugged Coastline

There is something mysterious and unique about dwellings you find off by themselves on rugged coastal bluffs. They create an air of simplicity and peacefulness amongst some of natures most dramatic scenes. These two structures sit right off the infamous Pacific Coast Highway in Oregon. High Above the Surf

Both of these settings spur the imagination of what life would be like living this remotely with endless views of the Pacific Ocean and the coastal surf below you.

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Hot Air Balloons In Fauvism

Over the last few years, I have shared numerous art prints of hot air balloons, but none of them in a fauvism style. I like the surreal colors and abstract look of fauvism, so this week I am sharing three prints I created using that technique.

This first one is titled “Singular Flight” .

The second one is simply titled “The Yellow Balloon”.

And last but not least, “Rising Behind”.

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Bougainvillea Glow

I’m happy to report that I am back to blogging after being off the network for the last month. One month ago today I had knee replacement surgery on my left leg. Last August I had the same thing done on my right leg. For me this is the result of 35 to 40 years of recreational jogging, five days a week and four miles a day consistently. I am doing well and take my physical therapy exercises seriously. I’m ahead of average recovery results for month one. I was the same last year and know the importance of doing the exercises as prescribed by my Physical Therapist.

While I was “icing” my knee after exercising and throughout the day, I would spend as much of that time outdoors as I could. We have a three person garden swing on the back side of our patio that has a bougainvillea behind it and part of the branches hang slightly over the swing. As I would sit there stretched out with my leg elevated, my eyes kept getting draw up to the red blooms of the plant about 2 feet above the top of the swing. For those of you familiar bougainvillea, what we think of as the bloom is three red petals with the consistency of very thin paper which allows light to shine though it. The plant is in a shaded area, but some sun does come through. When the light hits the petals from behind it creates that glow.

On the first picture you can see this result very easily by looking at the coloring of the different clusters of red petals.

Bougainvillea 1

On the second picture you can see the glow on the left side petals versus direct sunlight on the front of a couple of the right side petals.

Bougainvillea 2

OK, so obviously I had way too much time on my hands during my 20 minute icing rests, but these shots were the extent of my photography or even digital art work during this month.

Thanks for stopping by and hope this finds you well!!

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Ducks In The Pond

I went back to the archives this week and surfaced the attached shots I took of “ducks in a pond”. As I was looking at these shots, I was thinking what does this represent to me? Why did I originally capture these ducks? What surfaced was the contentment these birds exuded as they fed, cleaned themselves and swam together in community. There is something so peaceful about the way they swim around the serene setting of a quiet pond.

May you find that in your own life.

Ducks In A Pond 1

Ducks In A Pond 2

Ducks In A Pond 3

Ducks In A Pond 4

On a side note: I will be having knee replacement surgery this week and will be off WordPress for about a month. This is the other leg after my knee replacement surgery last August. It was originally scheduled for mid March, but we all know how that time frame changed things. Be well…be safe!

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We Are In This Life Together

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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 onĀ  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!!

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(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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Father And Son Walk The Beach

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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Garden Waterfall

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.

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