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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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Street Scene In Soft Abstract – Featured Art Print

Street Scene In Soft Abstract was created using a variety of techniques to create this abstract watercolor looking art print inspired by a pedestrian area in downtown Seattle between the two stadiums (football & baseball). Thoughts?


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Abstract Forest Canopy – Featured Art Prints

I love the look of a forest canopy…the boughs of a tree, creating a ceiling of leaves and the sun peaking through the cracks. On the attached three art prints, I chose to take that view and create an abstract look. Using a technique that creates small geometric shapes to define the subject matter and surreal colors, the final result is a colorful representation of a walk in the forest looking skyward.

The first print keeps with natural colors, but obvious geometric shapes to fill in the subject matter of a tree canopy. The perspective looks skyward, yet with this technique, it creates a more whimsical feel to the scene.

The second print uses the same shape technique, but adds the element of the sun peaking through a canopy of purple branches. The colors add a bold statement pulling the eye into the scene.

The third print really capitalizes on the purple color tones integrating the bold color into a forest scene created with the same abstract shapes.

All three create unique art prints of one of nature’s gifts, the forest canopy. Thoughts?

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The Purple Pink Wedge – Featured Art Print

With a name for an art print like that, you have to know it’s abstract. On this particular print the style of painting used is a fauvist technique. Fauvism is a style of painting with vivid expressionistic and non-natural use of color that flourished in Paris from 1905.  The style compliments an abstract painting. I like the look, especially on abstract prints where the shapes and colors are suggestive, but not necessarily true to realism. In this particular example, I have used a wedge shape (or triangular if you will) that I colored purple and pink.

Love it or not, it does grab your eye. I thought you might find it interesting on what inspired this particular art print. It started from one of my photo shoots about a month ago. Coming into our community, we have an unusual structure that is dedicated to the memory of the Native American and their interest in the stars. Image a desert night away from city lights and the brilliance of the stars above you. This structure is a conical shape that has a walkway winding around the edge of it to the very top. On the top of this structure, you can gaze at the night sky and the stars that fill the sky. it is beautiful, but what “I” the photographer saw was unusual architecture that could make for interesting abstract art prints. Here’s one of the shots I took from that outing that became the inspiration behind this piece.

The Purple Pink Wedge Original Photograph

The Purple Pink Wedge Original Photograph

So, the first thing to notice is that I stayed true to the original form even down to the security camera lens that looks like an eye in the final picture. As a photographer I am always on the lookout for the unusual architecture or shapes around us as a basis for abstract pieces. I ended up doing a series around this structure in my gallery that used different angles, different painting techniques and a variety of color hues to create distinctively different art prints. The process itself leads to a number of shots (around 20 in this case) that I whittle down to a few perspectives that appeal to me. From there, I try a variety of painting styles to see what I Iike the most. Next is the color palette….that ultimately is just what my preferences are and what I think looks appealing. After creating a few of those pieces, I put them away and come back to them in a few weeks. A fresh look lets me know if I have a series I want to add, just one or none. In this case, I chose a series.

Again, abstract art prints don’t appeal to everyone and frankly don’t fit every interior design decor. Where they work the best is a decor such as modern or contemporary that have more of a minimalist approach where a print with strong shapes, lines or colors create a focal point to a room and not just a compliment to a room.  What are your thoughts?

 

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The Family Unit in Gold – Featured Art Print

I have been adding some new art prints to my Abstract Oil Gallery, so I wanted to feature one of the new additions to the collection: The Family Unit in Gold. As with any abstract print, the shapes are either suggestive of a specific form or they are just shapes. This print is suggestive of the shapes and what you see is an abstract version of a mother holding a  child in the foreground and a father with a child on his shoulders in the background.

Having been married for over 40 years and raising three incredible daughters, my wife and I celebrate family.  This particular piece (and others in a series around family units in the gallery) are my expression of the team effort it takes in raising children.

Being a fan of abstract work, but being married to someone who does not, I realize that this style of art don’t appeal to everyone. From my perspective, I look for art prints that evoke an emotional response from either the shapes or colors. Whether it is a piece of just shapes and colors that please the eye or something that distorts a subject that is still recognizable; if the color contrasts and or shapes appeal to you, then it works. To me it’s simple without getting too deep in a meaning. All of that said, I thought it would be fun to show where the inspiration for this piece came from.

We have two small statuettes that we have on our entry table that we picked up years ago that we both liked. About a month ago, they caught my attention and I began to think about doing some abstract art prints around them. The next day found me positioning these two statuettes in a light box multiple ways. About thirty shots later, I narrowed the pictures down to a few different poses and started creating the resulting prints using a variety of oil techniques and color hues. I have attached the photograph that this particle piece is based on.

Photo base for The Family Unit in Gold

Photo base for The Family Unit in Gold

I was only using the photograph as a basis, so wasn’t concerned whether the shot was in perfect focus or not (which it isn’t). To complete this print, I used a fauvist style oil painting technique which creates strong, yet simple brush strokes in bold colors. I chose an intense purple for background with the family done in a brighter gold. I also liked the positioning of this shot with the mom in the foreground and the dad appearing to follow as if on a journey (metaphorically speaking they are), but now I’m getting too deep. 🙂

Whether you are an abstract art fan or not, do the colors and or shapes create a visual response for you?

 

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“Eye of Sun” The Art Print of The Week

“Eye of Sun”  The Art print of the week is from my Tropical Gallery.  A sunset over the Pacific Ocean taken along the beach in Carlsbad, California (North San Diego County). I love the way the palm trees frame the sun as it goes down. I used an abstract oil painting technique to give it an edgy modern look to celebrate the vibrant colors.  Enjoy!

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“Desert Botanical Garden – Chihuly Exhibit” Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

As a follow-up to last weeks photo excerpt post, I have attached three more shots from the Chihuly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix. I can’t help but admire the creativity in arranging these incredible pieces of art within the desert landscape.  The first picture is a surprise because it is nestled in the reeds of a pond and not as open and obvious. The second picture demands center stage with its brilliance and the third represents the range in color of the displays. Enjoy!

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