Tag Archives: Black-and-white

Lighthouse Sketches – Featured Art Prints

For anyone that has been following my blog or work, this will come as no big surprise. I have a penchant for black and white photography and find that it can create a different visual experience than color photography, even side by side with the same subject matter. I also want to add to that list, black and white sketches. This week, I am featuring two new prints recently completed and added to my B&W Sketches Gallery. They are of the West Point Lighthouse and the Mukilteo Lighthouse, both located in the Pacific Northwest just outside of Seattle. The sketching aspect creates a soft and warm tone as opposed to photography which plays off of shapes and contrast to create a mood.

The first print is the West Point Lighthouse.  West Point 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.

The second art print is of the Mukilteo Lighthouse. Mukilteo Lighthouse is located in the town of Mukilteo on the mainland across from Whidbey Island north of the Seattle area.

 

This sketching technique creates a soft, warm traditional look to buildings that have unique architectural elements. This type of print creates a timeless element and in this case honors the history of these types of landmarks. Thoughts?

I invite you to visit my B&W Sketches Gallery to enjoy these prints and many more.

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Southern Colonial Home – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is “Southern Colonial Home” done in black and white from my Black and White Sketches Gallery.

I love the architecture of old southern homes, the intricate lines and shapes. What better way to accent those elements than a sketching technique that focuses on those features. I worked to make sure that there was almost an overload of detail in this print. I wanted the final product to not just be a representation of the elegance of southern colonial architecture, but to pull out the intricacies of this style and the setting itself. Notice the detail in the leaves and the plants that dominate the front yard of this southern belle. This particular scene is from New Orleans, Louisiana. The house is located on a tree-lined street that faces a boulevard. The street has large classic southern mansions lining both sides. A black and white sketch allows for the lines and contrasts to dominate the final print without the distraction of color. The remaining question is: “Did I do this southern colonial home justice?” Thoughts?

 

 

I invite you to come into the gallery to view the addition of new art prints to the collection in Black and White Sketches.

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Urban Architectural Elements

I’ve talked about how a picture or a scene takes on a totally different “vibe” or “feel” depending on how it’s presented. I’ve taken pictures,  cropped them and suddenly it’s a whole new picture. Today, I wanted to take a look at how Urban Architectural Elements take on a totally different perspective depending on the media in which they are presented. For a good example of this, I have used a picture I took a few years back of a Seattle street corner across from The Fairmont Hotel.  I liked the framing of the scene and the artist in me wanted to present that picture in multiple ways to create different opportunities. So, let’s start with the easiest and simplest, black and white. I like black and white when there are contrasting elements and lines to make the lack of color work.

This creates a very clean and straight forward image. I can visualize this displayed with white matting and a black frame. It would work in a modern decor as well as traditional…residential or business.

Here I have taken the same picture and redone it in a sketching/watercolor style. This technique keeps the straight lines and details of the picture. This style of print would again work in a clean modern decor or an office setting.

In this print, I have used a more traditional watercolor technique which creates a softer looking picture. This starts to change the picture away from just the straight lines and precise architectural elements. By softening the picture, it moves it into a different decor approach, more traditional in appeal…again either residential or business.

Now I have taken the picture into the family of oil painting. Oil adds a different dimension and I like the impasto style as it keeps relatively true to color and composition, but adds large brush strokes further softening the picture. Works in a traditional decor for either home or office.

Using the gothic oil style, I have now taken it into an old world feel. This print has lots of warm earth tones, bold brush strokes and less detail. It creates a warm art print and becomes more about perception than detail. This type of style works in a decor that uses either earth tones or a more traditional old world flair.

And last but not least, I used the fauvist oil style. This style creates an abstract and fun approach to a print. It’s not necessarily true to form or detail, but is heavy on brush strokes and concept. It has a “modern art’ flair while still retaining a sense of old world tradition. I see this style used in a decor that is trending modern and is looking for a splash of color and concept without going totally abstract.

Again, the different approaches and styles to even the same picture creates totally different art prints.  What are your thoughts or impressions?

These particular art prints came from my online art gallery, TheWallGallery. The B&W print can be found in my Black and White Gallery, while the painted prints are from my Cityscape Gallery.  Follow my work on my Facebook page – TheWallGallery by Kirt Tisdale. (Page likes are always appreciated!) Thanks!