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The Arbor – Featured Art Print

I wanted to keep with a Spring theme this time of year, so I decided to feature an art print I created a few years back called “The Arbor”. I used an abstract watercolor technique creating this scene. This technique uses abstract shapes and subdued color tones creating a clean modern look. This particular wall art print depicts a sidewalk along the side of a picket fence stretching back to where it ends under an arbor. It depicts a scene from Martha’s Vineyard in the springtime. Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the coast of Massachusetts along the eastern seaboard. It is well-known for traditional New England architecture. Thoughts?

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Hiking in The Pacific Northwest – Featured Art Prints

Anyone that has been following my blog, knows I love hiking. A lot of my work comes from the various hikes I have ventured on. This time of year makes me think of the deep woods, just before the fall colors start appearing in the leaves. One of my favorite hiking spots was a trail very near where we were living in Issaquah, Washington while our house was being built here in the Phoenix area. The trail-head was just a small parking area along the road we lived on. The trail immediately disappears into the woods with the dense forest and undergrowth of the Pacific Northwest. This particular trail had an elevation gain of around 1200 ft and was about 11 to 12 miles round trip. What I loved the most was the diversity of the forest along the trail…around each bend, the scene would change and draw you further in to see what was next. I have attached 7 art prints I have done in an impasto style technique. This style uses bold, thick brush strokes creating a texture to the scene that compliments the setting of the deep forest….enjoy!!

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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Two Bougainvillea Vines

The tale of two Bougainvillea vines began about three weeks ago from a simple request.  A client had contacted me looking for an art print that had a Spanish element to it. This particular client has purchased a number of my art prints over the last couple years and I have done some custom work for her, so she knew if I didn’t have exactly what she was looking for, I could probably create it. After further discussion to understand the look she was going for, I directed her to a couple of different prints to see if those would work. What she liked is the first attachment.

The setting for this scene is the grounds of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. This structure is off in a corner of the grounds. I’m really not sure what it is used for as there wasn’t access into it and it is somewhat off the beaten path. I love the historic architecture of it as it has the old adobe homestead look found throughout the southwest and west from the Spanish influence. This particular print is done using a classic watercolor technique.

Now this is the part where the Bougainvillea’s come into it. “Kirt, my husband and I love this print, but wanted to know if you could put some Bougainvillea vines on the front two posts to add a pop of color?” With the help of Photoshop, not a problem. I started scouring my portfolio for Bougainvillea and remembered I had just finished some prints with them from my Cave Creek, Arizona shoot.   It isn’t quite as easy as tracing the plant and doing a cut and paste to get it to look like it had grown on the post. It’s a fair amount of trial and error and in my case, a lot of piece meal. I would take portions of the plant and with each piece create a new vine growing up each post. The following is the final product also done in the classic watercolor technique.

The Alamo Adobe with Bougainvillea

The Alamo Adobe with Bougainvillea

I like both of them for different reasons….I like the subtle, clean look of the original, but I also like the pop of color in the final one. Thoughts?

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Red Rock Cactus – Featured Art Print

The final featured art print for the week from my Landscape Watercolor Collection is “Red Rock Cactus”. It jumps right out there with a bold colorful look. The setting is near Phoenix with the many red rock outcroppings prominent in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. A prominent saguaro cactus and two smaller ones frame the scene. The print has a typical American Southwest look, but I wanted a little more of a punch. The technique I used is more of an abstract approach creating a bold modern look. I started by outlining the detail of the scene and then filled in using abstract shapes of color. This technique keeps the intricate detail of the foreground, cactus and rocks, but adds simple bold shapes of blue to create a sky effect. The simplicity and colors of the blue creates drama in the print and accents the strong red of the rock outcropping. Your eye is drawn to the red rock which has more detail than the sky, but less than the cactus and foreground. Moving into those elements, the detail and softer colors of green finish the framing of the central subject, the red rocks. If you really drilled down into the color pattern of the cactus and foreground, you would actually see the same color shapes, but the drawing of detail keeps the shapes confined within distinct borders. I loved the setting of the scene and wanted to present something that had a bolder more contemporary look to it. Thoughts?

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Train Carts – Featured Art Print

 

“Train Carts” is the art print I wanted to feature today from my Architecture Collection.  The print is of old train carts that had been used at the Issaquah Train Station to load and unload luggage and packages from the trains stopping on their run from Seattle to the mountain towns in the Cascades. The style I used on this print is an impasto oil technique that emphasizes bold brush strokes and bright colors. The bold brush strokes create texture and dimension to the print. The bright colors reinforce the red of the building and the color of the carts, which match the trim of the station. The station is now a museum with an abundance of historical items for viewing that I have featured on prior posts. It is kept in pristine condition to reflect the time when it was a busy transportation hub for this town nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range just east of Seattle. I loved the setting and have used it for many prints, from the train station itself to the yellow caboose on the tracks and now these old carts. There is a lot of history in this one setting and I can just imagine the amount of activity that once went through here. No detail has been left to chance in the way this museum has been refurbished to reflect its heyday. Looking at this print, you can almost imagine the carts getting pulled over across the platform for the arrival of the next train. Take a journey back in time and enjoy the print!

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Hot Air Balloons, Sunset and Poppies – Featured Art Prints

The only thing these three things have in common is that I have picked three art prints I have done and put them on “All Occasion Cards” in my Note Card Gallery.

The first feature is a watercolor I did of two poppy blooms. I reference my prior post of Painted Poppies; I used the same photo shoot for those prints as a basis of this piece. Using a watercolor approach creates a different picture, being a lot softer and more subtle.

The next feature is an art print from my Hot Air Balloons Gallery titled: “Between the Two”. This print is done using a gothic oil technique creating an old world feel.

The last feature is an abstract watercolor of a sunset from my Landscape Watercolor Gallery titled: “Arizona Sunset”.

I thought all three would make great fronts on All Occasion Cards. The cards are printed on recycled white matte and are blank inside for writing your personal thoughts pertaining to a variety of occasions.

 

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