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Three Lighthouses – Different Presentations

I love lighthouses as I have a high appreciation of architectural features, especially the uniqueness in these types of structures. For this post, I am sharing three different lighthouses that I created using different techniques.

I’ll start with the Cape Meares Lighthouse along the Oregon coastline. For this print I used a basic technique which focuses on traditional watercolor, but uses a precise drawing technique that creates sharp pockets of color in an almost abstract manner.

Abstract Cape Meares Lighthouse

Then moving up the coastline to the state of Washington, I have the North Head Lighthouse. For this print, I used a more abstract approach with stronger lines drawn to create the shapes with strong pockets of color.

North Head Lighthouse in Abstract

And then for the third lighthouse we move further north into the Seattle area to the West Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse sits on a piece of land that juts out into the Puget Sound and marks the northern end of Elliot Bay which lines the downtown waterfront of Seattle. For this art print, I created it using a color pencil sketching technique.

West Point Lighthouse Sketched


Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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Hot Air Balloons in Abstract Style

I not only love flying in hot air balloons, I love the look of them. I’ve done a number of posts over the years on them and today’s post is of a couple different abstract techniques I used depicting them.

The first one was created using a fauvism (Fauvism: a style of painting with vivid expressionistic and non-naturalistic use of color that flourished in Paris from 1905) technique. This technique uses abstract shapes and variations of colors to create a unique look. The event is the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Avondale, Arizona (Phoenix metropolitan area). The balloon envelopes are inflated in the early morning hours for flights and races. After that series of events, the balloons are deflated until the evening hours when the envelopes are again inflated, but this time they stay on the ground. As evening turns into night with the darkening sky, the balloon operators shoot large flames up into the envelope of the balloon illuminating the brightly colored balloons.

Hot Air Balloons Night Festival In Abstract

Using a minimalist watercolor and drawing technique of the same evening event is the next one.

Night Glow Hot Air Balloons In Abstract

Then using that same technique depicting a single hot air balloon preparing for a day time flight.

Fully Inflated

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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Pointillism in a Variety of Settings

Pointillism is a unique method of using small dots of paint that collectively form a subject. It was developed in 1886. Click Wikipedia for further detail. With the onset of digital art, it is a style that can be replicated. I have created a few art prints with this technique and have shared some of them in the past. Today, I wanted to share 5 prints where I used this technique. The prints represent a variety of subjects and I thought it was interesting to show all five to see how this technique works with the different perspectives. Pointillism generally softens and lightens almost any subject it is applied to.

The first two prints are fall based subjects.

The Tracks by the House

The Tracks Through the Trees

The setting in the next print switches gears from these subtle fall colors as it’s a farm setting in Iowa during the winter months. No snow, just earthen tones.

The Family Farm

The next print takes us to a mountain meadow lake near Whistler, British Columbia. The color mixture (still softened) brings in natures basic colors

Mountain Meadow Tranquility

The final two prints move us into the heart of Denver, Colorado with two famous landmarks in downtown Denver. The first one is the D&F Tower which sits on the 16th Street Mall. This pedestrian mall connects the State Capital on one end of downtown to Union Station on the other end with lots of office buildings, stores and hotels in-between.

D&F Tower In Pointillism On The Mall
Denver Union Station In Pointillism

This technique creates a very unique visual experience.

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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A Week For Thankfulness

This week the United States celebrates Thanksgiving. The time together with family and friends on the specific day makes me pause and think about all of the things to be thankful for. We live in an imperfect world fill with blessings and challenges….some random, some self created. In my opinion, this is the time to take a step back and focus on all the beauty of life as we live it. It’s easy to get caught up in the negativity of the world we live in, being reminded of it daily via news and online access.

I start with being thankful for all of the people in my life that I love and enjoy. Whether it be family or friends. Think about how many people you have come to know and love throughout your life. Be thankful for the love that comes from those relationships as well as the guidance we receive from others experience.

Seattle Street Scene

Think about the beauty of the world we live in and how inspiring nature is in its natural state.

Mountain Lake

From that overall view point, I come down to those quiet, peaceful moments with those closest to you albeit a parent, spouse, child or very close friend. In those moments we help each other grow and find peace within.

Beach Tranquility

And that brings me back to my faith and trusting in His faithfulness and being grateful for it.

His Faithfulness

Again, I’m not saying there aren’t issues and challenges we all face daily, but I do believe it’s good to take a step back and think about the people and things that we are blessed with.

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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Gothic Style Art Prints – That Old World Look

Within most of my art galleries you will see this style of art print. It’s created using a digital technique that uses deep earth tones for color…..lots of brown hues. I got hooked on this style when I saw it used in an old historic mansion from the 1920’s. This style was used to create a warm and old world look. I have featured it before, but have attached some prints that represent different geographies in North America.

We’ll start in a New England village on the east coast with a scene of a village street using the gothic style.

Back Streets

We head south to New Orleans for the next couple of prints.

Gothic New Orleans

St Charles Line Two

And then up to Whistler, British Columbia for the final one.

Elderly Couple

So even completely changing the subject matter, doesn’t really change that old world feeling because of the style and color hues used.

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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Ready For Boarding and Up In The Air We Go

In this weeks blog I’m featuring two Hot Air Balloon art prints that I haven’t shared before. I have shared a number of my prints in prior blogs and they all go back to two locations: Coastal San Diego or Avondale, Arizona (Phoenix metropolitan area). I go back to the photo shoots from both areas and always think of different techniques I could try for creating new art. The one consistency between both is that I typically capture hot air balloons in the many stages of inflation as it creates unique art pieces. That’s not to say I haven’t also captured your typical “sailing in the air” moments. Today I’m sharing two pieces that show both inflated ready to fly and half inflated balloons being prepped for flight. I created both using an abstract drawing and watercolor technique that creates the general forms and look, without the specific detail. The colors and patterns on the balloons speak for themselves making each one a unique art piece.

The first one is “Ready For Boarding” which focuses on an inflated balloon ready to be boarded for flight. The perspective is a close cropped aspect of the gondola tied into the balloon that is “Ready for Boarding”.

Ready for Boarding

The next print is another balloon ready for flight, but in this perspective I depicted the entire balloon with a back ground of other balloons being inflated.

Up Into The Air We Go

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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We Walk By Faith

I created this using an overlay of the above bible verse on one of my hiking trails art prints.

We Walk By Faith

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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Watercolor Dahlia Macros

Last month I shared my photo shoot of large Dahlia Blooms. Using the macro captures from that shoot, I applied a soft watercolor technique recreating them into paintings. The blooms are still impressive, but with a softer look.

Dahlia Bloom Of Soft Red And White
Dahlia Bloom Of Soft Bright Pink, Yellow And White

Dahlia Bloom Of Pink, Yellow And White
Dahlia Bloom Of Soft Yellow

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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Various Art Styles of PalmTrees

I have attached five art prints that depict palm trees. I created them using various styles of digital art.

The first one I created using a slightly abstract watercolor technique of a grove of palm trees.

Palm Tree Grove

For the next one, I used a similar technique, but the perspective is looking up the trunk of a large palm tree.

Looking up the Trunk of a Palm Tree

The third print was created by using an abstract oil technique of the palm trees reflected in the water of a lake. This technique creates bold brush strokes and color.

Palm Trees On The Water

The fourth print I created using a totally different technique. This approach was created with warm earth tone colors that create a gothic old world look.

Three Palm Trees

In the fifth art print my approach was a fauvism oil technique, which creates a contemporary and brightly colored look to this sunset behind the palm trees.

Ocean Sunset Behind a Palm Tree

Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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Let Me Be Your Guiding Light

Let Me Be Your Guiding Light is an art print I created using a classic ink sketching technique with traditional watercolor of a lighthouse. The setting is the Yaquina Head Lighthouse along the Oregon coastline. Lighthouses are great symbols of “a guiding light” as that is their sole maritime purpose. When it comes to faith, we all need a guiding light.

Let Me Be Your Guiding Light


Thoughts? As I have said before, everyone reacts to visual art techniques and looks differently, so I am not in the least offended by opinions. 

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