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Getting Non-Linear With Urban High-Rises – Featured Art Prints

Anyone who has been following my work, knows I have a fascination with architecture. I did start studying architecture in high school and always thought I would go to some architectural school, etc. etc. etc. Problem was my parents both worked for a private four-year liberal arts college in Iowa which is where all of my siblings and I ended up going (could be the deal on tuition costs for dependents of employees of the college – four of us so you do the math). I ended up with a major in business which to me seemed the most practical. Having said all of that, it was that same school where I was introduced to photography and dark rooms which ultimately led to the things you see here. OK, so that explains my fascination with architecture and why you see a lot of it in my work. Today I wanted to show an interesting mix between that love of architecture and creative artistic presentation. I have done a number of shots of urban high-rises which of course are very linear and rise into the sky in very straight lines. Mixing the fauvism style and technique which presents non-linear and abstract looks to subjects with urban structures results in the attached two art prints. Both prints create an abstract and playful approach to rigid downtown buildings (Seattle in both cases).

 

 

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Abstract Towers and Sketched Towers – Featured Art Prints

Abstract Towers and Sketched Towers are wall art prints I created using an abstract watercolor technique of high-rise buildings. This technique uses abstract bold lines with traditional watercolor to create the image. This is a similar technique I used on the abstract art print Yellow and Purple which I featured a couple of weeks ago.

The perspective of these prints is looking up from street level. The setting is downtown Seattle, a vibrant and active center of urban life for both the locals and the many tourist that visit the city. Having exploded in growth over the last 20 years, Seattle has become a very trend setting and dynamic market. The downtown urban corridor reflects that flavor. The architecture of the buildings display a variety of styles and looks. The downtown skyline stretches across the waterfront of Elliot Bay from the Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle) to the north to the sports complex (home of the Seahawks “football”, Sounders “soccer” and Mariners “baseball”) to the south. Thoughts?


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San Diego Skyline – Featured Art Print

San Diego Skyline

San Diego Skyline

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Cityscapes Collection titled “San Diego Skyline”.  The print is of the San Diego skyline from across San Diego Bay. Using the same style I displayed in last weeks feature, a fauvism oil technique, creates this abstract and brightly colored rendition of the downtown San Diego skyline.

San Diego is a very beautiful city, not only due to the natural topography it occupies, but the city itself. I know I am biased, having lived there for 24 years, but it does occupy a beautiful stretch of coastline from the beaches lining the north county, down through Mission Bay (SeaWorld) and San Diego Bay. I love to go across to Coronado Island and look back towards the downtown skyline. With San Diego Bay as the anchor, you see the buildings making up the skyline, the convention center, hotels and condos dotting the sky. This particular art print is from the ferry landing on Coronado Island looking back across the bay. I love using this style with this subject matter as it adds an element of fun and vibrancy to a setting that features a lot of straight lines and linear features. Adding the dock for the ferry landing in the foreground with people adds an element of interest to the scene and creates more depth to the overall print.

I usually look at this style of art and think modern and contemporary. Yet, this style is traditional and old. Not being an interior designer, I’m clearly not the expert, but I do know what I like and how it looks. I have come to realize that the manner in which an art print is matted and framed can make a world of difference in the final presentation. Will this art print be a focal point for your wall and room or will this be a compliment to the overall look. Determining this factor will also help you decide on a print and the manner in which you matte and frame it. Thoughts?

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San Diego Sailing – Featured Art Print

From my Black and White Gallery 1, I want to feature “San Diego Sailing”. This particular print was done in a project I did for a San Diego company. They wanted the art work in their office suite to be San Diego landmarks in black and white prints. It was a specific request to compliment the decor element of the office and celebrate the San Diego story. The attached is one of the resulting prints. Nothing could be more San Diego than a sail boat on San Diego bay using the skyline as a back drop. When you start looking at the detail of the shot, you notice it also includes the USS Midway which is a permanent museum ship docked in port. Having this shot as a black and white allows the eye  to capture  the shapes and subject matter quickly without the use of color. Seems a little contra to not use color to depict a city as beautiful as San Diego, but it allows the elements to tell the story on their own. I have also attached the original shot as a point of reference in the final art print.

Notice the original shot…..it was a hazy day, which disappears in the black and white, plus the two elements of the sail boat and the skyline take different positions. In the color photograph, the sailboat is the focal point with the buildings a background and the blueness of the bay becoming another visual element. Again, if I was to use the color version, I would clean up the haze and crop the same, but the final product would be selling sunshine and outdoor sailing. In the black and white version all of these elements are equal, but the foreground and background are complimentary and there isn’t any competition visually from the blue of the bay. It all depends on what you want your final art print to say.

San Diego Sailing Color

San Diego Sailing Color

 

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“On the Bay” The Art Print of the Week

“On the Bay” is from my Cityscapes Gallery. It’s one of the new art prints I added to this gallery last week.  The subject is the San Diego skyline as seen from across the bay on Coronado Island. I did this particular print in an abstract oil style similar to fauvism. I decided to use more of a vibrant abstract look to create an art print that spoke with bold colors and used shapes to suggest a look. It is important to note that this look is created using only digital brush strokes, digital drawing and digital manipulation of color hues resulting in the style I wanted.  If you are curious to see what I started with, in my B&W Gallery 1, I actually have the original photograph this is based on.  Enjoy!

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