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Same Roadside Cafe – Three Art Presentations

Every time I capture an image that I think would look good in a painted type format (digitally created), I usually try a few different versions to determine what presentation looks best. Each style creates a completely different look of the same subject matter. As an example I have attached three styles I used on a roadside cafe in New England.

The first example is a very subtle impasto style. Usually with the impasto style the brush strokes are bold a colorful. In this case, I toned the brush strokes down to a very subtle look.

In this next version I went with an old world “Gothic” style, which stays with strong earth tones.

The last example is a fauvism style, which creates abstract oriented shapes and surreal colors.

Same setting, completely three different looks. You may or may not like any of the looks which is ok…art is interpreted by the viewer and we all have different tastes. From my perspective I try to narrow it down to the presentation I think tells the best story and sometimes I simply can’t narrow it down to just one as I like the presentations each style presents.

Thoughts?

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Admiralty Point – Featured Art Print

“Admiralty Point” is an art print of a lighthouse using a fauvism oil technique. This technique focuses on bold brush strokes, bright colors and abstract shapes. The setting is the Admiralty Point Lighthouse that is located with Fort Casey on Whidbey Island north of Seattle. The lighthouse and fort are situated on the northern end of Puget Sound. Thoughts?


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The Pear And Apple: Simplicity in Still Life

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Oregon Lighthouses – Featured Art Prints

On one of our many trips up to Seattle to see our youngest daughter, my wife and I decided to do a road trip winding our way up the Oregon Coastline. Our goal was to visit the string of Oregon Lighthouses that dot the rugged coastline. I have attached five art prints from my Lighthouse/Nautical Gallery that I created as a result. With these particular prints, I used a gothic oil technique to create an old world look and feel to the subject matter. This technique uses bold brush strokes and warm earth tone colors.


 

The first print is of the Heceda Head Complex. The road winds along the rugged bluffs to a parking area by the caretaker’s house in the right portion of the picture. From the house, you hike a path hugging the bluff to the lighthouse itself, a path the lighthouse caretaker had to take daily to get out to the point.


The second print is of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, sitting high above the pounding surf of the Pacific Ocean.


 

With the third print, I wanted to focus just on the light portion of the Umpqua Lighthouse. I like the intricate architecture, especially against a deep blue sky.


The fourth art print is your view of the Cape Meares Lighthouse as you walk a descending path to the facility itself. As you are coming down the hill, you are suddenly at eye level with the light and then you continue down to a switchback…..

where you come face to face with the short, but beautiful Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Thoughts?


 

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Life’s Journey – Featured Art Print

My own personal prayer as I journey through life……

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Red Poppies – Featured Art Prints

Today’s featured art prints are very simplistic, yet bold. The two prints are titled “Red Poppies” and “Red Poppy” (talk about a stretch for the names).

There are three basic elements to these prints, each important for the final look. The first element is texture. I created these two prints using a technique with large, bold brush strokes. The second element is the background. Using a dark background allows the flowers to dominate the print. The third element is the color red.  Red is a strong color and creates a bold look. Again, simplistic, yet bold.

Thoughts?

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Abstract Sunsets – Featured Art Prints

The wall art prints I wanted to feature this week come from my Abstract Watercolor Gallery. It’s a series of sunset wall art prints that are inspired by the same sunset in the same location. This allows me the ability to showcase a couple of elements as it relates to these prints. The first element is the use of an abstract technique and the second is the color changes that occur within one sunset.

 

So, lets start with the abstract approach in these prints. Not everyone is a fan of abstract art and the beauty of art is “that’s ok”. We all react a little differently to various looks, colors and styles. I like abstract art because I appreciate colors and shapes. I don’t need an art print to depict a realistic scene all the time; sometimes I just appreciate the use of colors and shapes. I approached these sunset prints with suggestive shapes and bold colors that were as true to the beauty I witnessed in the sky as I could replicate.

That takes me to the second element. The sunset in these prints was over the coastal area of San Diego County a few years back. The perspective is from a distance looking over the land towards the sea just after the sun has gone down. When you see one of “those” sunsets, you know that the color palette of the sky changes continually as it turns into dusk. This series follows such a sunset.

The first one is called Orange Ocean Sunset. The sun has just set and the bright colors dance off of the high clouds over the ocean. The ocean itself turns a bright orange reflecting the sky.

The second one I’ve titled Orange Hillside Sunset. The sun has sunk lower, beyond the horizon, creating deeper colors. The foreground in this print uses a hillside as a balance against the brilliance of the sky.

The third print is titled Blue And Red Ocean Sunset. The sun sinks even lower, creating darker hues of the numerous colors and the night sky starts to show as the deep blue towards the top.

The fourth print is called Red Ocean Sunset. Dusk has set in and the light fades, but not without a final burst of brilliant red lighting the sky and the ocean.

Thoughts?

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A Bright Yellow Caboose – Featured Art Print

This week, I wanted to feature an art print that shouts out with bold color, titled; A Bright Yellow Caboose!!! Talk about bright and talk about yellow!!

To create this art print, I used a fauvism style oil technique. This technique uses bold brush strokes, abstract shapes and surreal colors, creating a very contemporary look. This particular wall art print depicts a yellow caboose located on the grounds of the Issaquah Depot Museum, a preservation of a piece of important history in this part of the Pacific Northwest.

 

The setting is Issaquah, Washington and the Issaquah Depot Museum. Using some license with this bright colored abstract piece, my goal was to depict a yellow caboose sitting on the track at the station. The Issaquah train station was an important stop along the railroad route from downtown Seattle to the mountain towns in the Cascades. Issaquah sits in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and is now an eastern suburb of the Seattle metropolitan area. The train station has been refurbished and now sits as a museum along the abandoned tracks it once served. Thoughts?

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Wine Tasting – Featured Art Print

“Wine Tasting” is an art print I am featuring from my Street Scenes/People Gallery. The print is done using an impasto oil technique of an outdoors setting used for wine tasting. This style uses bold brush strokes and strong primary colors. I like what the bold brush strokes have created. There is a lot of detail in this art print, yet the large brush strokes simplify the shapes while creating warm texture. My goal in this art print was to draw the viewer in and make them want to spend time wine tasting in this setting. The shaded area in the foreground becomes more prominent with the subtle sunshine in the background. Not one to miss details; let’s not forget the one wine glass left on the back table. Is it left or is it yet to be served?

The setting for this particular art print is the Kuleto Winery in Northern California. The winery is privately owned and a reservation is required for tours and wine tasting. It sits way up on a hill overlooking the Napa Valley. This particular setting is one of many they offer to sit and enjoy the afternoon sampling wine. Can you see yourself enjoying an afternoon with friends wine tasting in this setting?

Thoughts?

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Joy and Peace – Featured Art Print

As I have mentioned and discussed on this blog, I do custom work for clients either tweaking one of my existing prints (Bougainvillea post as an example) or create a new print for a specific request. A client contacted me a couple of weeks ago about one of my prints in the Inspiration Gallery titled: Joy and Peace. I created this print by using an art print from my Floral Still/Life Gallery of orange poppies (featured in a prior blog) with a prayer of mine as an overlay. Attached is a copy of the print I am talking about.

 

What the client wanted was the same thing only with red poppies. They also asked to have the verbiage changed from joy and peace to peace and joy. No problem, I responded. I have attached the result of that request below.

In changing the poppies to red, the current color glow around the flowers just didn’t work. I chose purple for a couple of reasons; one being that it looked good with the red and the client loved it and the other is that it does carry some symbolism within the church.

Whenever I finish a custom print, I always study it next to the original to see if what I had done improved the original enough to replace it. In looking at both of these prints, I frankly was at a loss. I liked the red a lot, but also liked the orange, so I present them both to you. Thoughts?

 

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