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Pittock Mansion – Portland Oregon

Following last weeks post of architectural elements, I’m staying with the subject matter this week, but in photography. I was going back through some older files this week working on another project and that led me to a number of photoshoots I did in 2009. I resurfaced these particular captures and realized I had never done anything with them. For someone who especially loves historic architectural elements, I surprised myself. I’ll have to work on that, but for now I wanted to share a few of the shots I took of Pittock Mansion in Portland Oregon. I love the history behind this property and encourage you to check out this link (History – Pittock Mansion) or the links under each of the captures for the fascinating history behind the building of the mansion and the history of it to present day. The property sits on top of a hill overlooking downtown Portland and the Willamette River. On a clear day the view also affords you a centered shot of Mt. Hood in the distance.

We’ll start with a shot of approaching the front of the house via a circular type driveway.

Pittock Mansion 1

Approaching up the driveway to the left….

Pittock Mansion 2

Now the front entrance to the mansion….

Pittock Mansion 3

Next I’m taking you to the very back side of the house. It’s important to note that the backside faces the incredible view as I described above and did I take any shots of that awesome view. Heck no, I was too focused on the mansion and kept shooting different angles as I moseyed around the entire structure. Ugh!! That said, on the web site they did have pictures of the view.

Pittock Mansion 4

As we were leaving the property I did take this final shot highlighting the beauty of the landscaping with flowers.

Pittock Mansion 5


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Log Houses In Gothic – Featured Art prints

Today I am featuring three art prints I just completed. I decided to feature them as a “before and after post”. The log houses are part of the Sharlot Hall Museum located in Prescott, Arizona. I did a photo shoot blog of these buildings last November, so you can see the before pictures there and the resulting art prints here.

With these images I used the gothic oil technique I have worked with before to give these log structures that “old world” or historic look. This technique focuses on bold brush strokes and earth tone colors to create this style.

This first art print is the original Governors Mansion built for the newly appointed capital of the realigned Arizona Territory by President Lincoln.


The second art print is of Fort Misery, which is the oldest log building associated with the territory of Arizona. Originally built in 1863-1864 along the banks of Granite Creek (two blocks south of the museum). It was disassembled and reassembled on the museum grounds in 1934. A trader from Santa Fe built it as a home and store.

The third art print is The Ranch House, which was built for the museum in the 1930’s to represent typical ranch houses from the 1800’s.


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A Village Church – Featured Art Print

I added a number of new prints to my Landscape Watercolor Gallery and one of them is “A Village Church”. The setting for this art print is New England in the spring time. The church has a commanding view outward because it sits above most of the village. There is a lighted walkway winding its way up to the front of the church. The style of the print is a pointillism watercolor. Pointillism is a style of painting done with dots of color. By arranging the dots and shading the colors, the eye is able to see the shapes and contours the artist is portraying. The style lends itself to a softer more comfortable interior design where the art work isn’t a main focal point, but a subtle piece of the whole.

I invite you to come into the gallery to view the new additions to the collection in the Landscape Watercolor Gallery.

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Urban Architectural Elements

I’ve talked about how a picture or a scene takes on a totally different “vibe” or “feel” depending on how it’s presented. I’ve taken pictures,  cropped them and suddenly it’s a whole new picture. Today, I wanted to take a look at how Urban Architectural Elements take on a totally different perspective depending on the media in which they are presented. For a good example of this, I have used a picture I took a few years back of a Seattle street corner across from The Fairmont Hotel.  I liked the framing of the scene and the artist in me wanted to present that picture in multiple ways to create different opportunities. So, let’s start with the easiest and simplest, black and white. I like black and white when there are contrasting elements and lines to make the lack of color work.

This creates a very clean and straight forward image. I can visualize this displayed with white matting and a black frame. It would work in a modern decor as well as traditional…residential or business.

Here I have taken the same picture and redone it in a sketching/watercolor style. This technique keeps the straight lines and details of the picture. This style of print would again work in a clean modern decor or an office setting.

In this print, I have used a more traditional watercolor technique which creates a softer looking picture. This starts to change the picture away from just the straight lines and precise architectural elements. By softening the picture, it moves it into a different decor approach, more traditional in appeal…again either residential or business.

Now I have taken the picture into the family of oil painting. Oil adds a different dimension and I like the impasto style as it keeps relatively true to color and composition, but adds large brush strokes further softening the picture. Works in a traditional decor for either home or office.

Using the gothic oil style, I have now taken it into an old world feel. This print has lots of warm earth tones, bold brush strokes and less detail. It creates a warm art print and becomes more about perception than detail. This type of style works in a decor that uses either earth tones or a more traditional old world flair.

And last but not least, I used the fauvist oil style. This style creates an abstract and fun approach to a print. It’s not necessarily true to form or detail, but is heavy on brush strokes and concept. It has a “modern art’ flair while still retaining a sense of old world tradition. I see this style used in a decor that is trending modern and is looking for a splash of color and concept without going totally abstract.

Again, the different approaches and styles to even the same picture creates totally different art prints.  What are your thoughts or impressions?

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