Periodically I go back through some of my old photo shoots to see if anything grabs my attention that I haven’t already worked with. The attached art print was actually from a photo shoot I did in 2009. We were living in San Diego as new empty nesters because our youngest had gone off to college the prior fall to the University of Washington. My wife and I decided to do a coastal drive up to Seattle to spend some time with her before the 2009 school year started. Along the way I was doing photo shoots of lighthouses and other coastal scenes. I had a number of captures that ended up in my gallery (many of them still there) and as I was looking through those shots, this one popped out at me. I remember the setting and the look and feel of this area. A marine layer (low coastal clouds) had come in as the sun was going down. The beach was empty with the exception of what looked to me like a father and son walking and talking. I capture a few shots of them playing with the way I framed them. I migrated to this one with them in the bottom right of the shot as it highlighted the desolation and peacefulness of the beach setting. For me using a digital watercolor technique seemed to be a perfect fit for this scene as the color pallet was pretty consistent from the sky to the ocean to the beach. The tranquility aspect of it was not only the empty beach, but the marine layer also softens sounds and the father and son looked like they were relaxed and enjoying each others company.
This week I am posting two prints where I used the same style in creating them, but on very different subject matters. Sometimes I like to take a subject and pull it back to its basic shapes. I like this technique in keeping some consistent coloring, but still forming the shape.
The first print is a camellia bloom where I used a solid background with subtle colors forming petals and a dark color to create a leaf and stem.
The second one is a beach scene with two people walking alone. I decided it was a father and son walking together enjoying the tranquility of an empty beach and the visual of sailboats just off the coast. I kept the colors to just a few and the shapes simple. The sky was created using two colors to suggest a low marine layer (fog) coming in just after sunset with the break in the fog showing the lighter colored sky. The father and son are suggested shapes, but do show shadows to support the lighting in the sky.
In keeping with the theme over the last few weeks from my posts (peace and tranquility), I’ve added an additional element this week…human interaction. This type of human interaction is rooted in love and trust. The art print depicts a father and son walking on an otherwise empty beach with the beauty of the ocean in front of them. What I see is a bonding moment between a parent and their child. The conversation can be intimate and personal as they share the beach with no one else.
In creating this scene, the focal point is the two people in the lower bottom right. Typically your focal point is more centered, but I wanted the the ocean and beach to set a mood or tone for the overall look. To create the focal point I used black as a stark contrast to the rest of the scene. In the foreground as a row of black pulling the eye down. I envisioned this as the top of bluff overlooking the setting. Pulling your eye down you can’t help but go over to the right and see what I am calling the father and son.
Since this is an abstract work, to heighten the awareness of the ocean, I added sailboats in a slightly darker shade of blue so as not to become the focal point, but to solidify the setting. I envisioned a walk on the beach just after sundown, with light coming from a break in the approaching clouds (potentially fog or a marine layer rolling ashore).
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The attached art prints are of a couple of life guard stations on the South Carlsbad State Beach during the winter months. Carlsbad, California is in the northern part of San Diego County. Beach traffic is lighter during these cooler months and the life guard stations are open during peak hours only. I thought this look was interesting and decided to use a pointillism technique in creating these prints.
Pointillism is a painting technique that uses dots of paint to create an image. The technique was created in 1886 stemming from Impressionism style of painting. For more information: Wikipedia – Pointiliism.
I like using this style on certain scenes or subject matters as it creates a very soft and subtle look. The empty beach and the closed guard stations seemed like a great fit for this type of style.
In keeping with a summer theme this week, I am featuring New England Beach Strolling. I created this art print using an impasto style technique. This technique uses bold brush strokes and bright colors creating a bold oil look.
This particular wall art print depicts people strolling on a beach. The setting is the coastal region of New England along Martha’s Vineyard. Thoughts?
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