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Boat Dock On North Lake – Featured Art Print

I was looking for an end of summer art print to feature this week since we have now officially entered autumn. I wanted something different from just the obvious autumn colors when Boat Dock On North Lake spoke to me as just the one. I realize it has palm trees and is a tropical setting, but with the subdued style I used to create it, the color tone sets the mood of those waning summers days. Summer speaks of bright sunlight and vibrant colors. Autumn speaks of more earth tones and less activity. The subject matter creates a scene that would be busy with people and boats during the summer peak months. Now the boat dock is quiet and looks closed down for the season. My point being that color tones set a mood and a look for any given art print. Thoughts?

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Pondering The Surf – Featured Art Print

This particular art print is something a little different from my usual norm. I typically don’t focus in on people, but in this case there was a mood element that caught my eye. The look of solitude and intense thought is what drew me to this scene of a man just standing and “pondering” the surf. To create the mood I was perceiving, I used the same technique I had used on the New Orleans series I featured last week. With that series, it complimented the old world look… in this case it helped create a subtle mood to highlight the sense of what I saw in this scene.  Because of that element, I have also used this print twice in my Inspiration Gallery with a prayer overlay on one and the Lord’s Prayer as on overlay on the other. 

Whether it’s a black and white or color photograph or one of my digitally painted art prints, my attempt is to capture a moment or a scene that invokes some type of an emotional or visual response. Thoughts? (side note: the setting for this print is a seclude beach on Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. The beach is accessed by hiking a trail that takes you up and along the cliffs of the Na Pali coastline and then down onto this beach) 

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The Pavilion By The River Sketched – Featured Art Print

 

This art print is from a photo shoot I did in Rockford, Michigan during the holidays of December 2015. I featured some of the shots in a post early last year. I like the depth of this setting and decided to re-create the scene using a sketching technique, which brings a detailed yet soft look to this art print. I love the native grass going to seed along the walkway and how it frames the path back to the pavilion. Thoughts?


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Papago Palms – Featured Art Print

Papago Palms is a wall art print where I used a fauvism technique creating this scene. This technique uses bold brush strokes and bright surreal colors. This particular wall art print depicts palm trees reflected in a pond.

The setting is Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Papago Park is located next to the zoo and the botanical gardens. In the middle of the park are two large ponds. The stillness of the water allows for the row of palm trees to be reflected in the water creating an added dimension to the scene.

When you are considering buying an art print, the interior design of the room comes into play and the look you are going for with any given print comes into the decision process. This particular style of wall art print works well a contemporary décor. The deciding factor will be the framing and matting style, which can dictate what décor the final piece will look good in versus just the style of the art print by itself. Thoughts?


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“Let His Light Shine” The Art Print of the Week

I added about 10 new art prints to my Inspiration Gallery.  “Let His light Shine Through You” is one of them. The scene is late afternoon in mid-February as the winter sun gets lower in the sky above a river valley in Iowa. Looking at the sun peeking out between the clouds, the message just kind of hit me. This is a gallery that marries my art work with either my thoughts or passages from the Bible. Combining the two elements can be challenging. Usually I will review my portfolio of art prints and wait for something to stand out or speak to me (like the Pier One commercial where the merchandise speaks to the shopper….I identify way to closely with that). I do the same thing with a message….sometimes something pops in my head or I might be reading a passage and it just hits me what art print to put it on. Not sure how it works, but when the two come together I “type” the words on the picture and move them around until they are positioned where I want them. This one was easier as I framed the print in black and positioned my thoughts on the bottom frame. Once they are positioned the “font” hunt begins…I will try numerous fonts to find one I think fits the look of the message and the art print. Probably more than you wanted to know, but the result in this case is attached below…..

 

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