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Carlsbad, California – Coastal Sunset

Carlsbad, California is located in North San Diego County – north of the city of San Diego proper.  It sits along the coastline and the village center is just blocks from the beach. This particular setting is just south of the village center where there is a walkway along the coast just above the beach (notice the fence as it lines the walkway above the beach). To get down to the beach there are long stairs scattered periodically for access. I have a number of art prints done in various styles from this setting. What I wanted to feature today was this particular print I did using more subtle earth tones instead of bright vibrant colors. It creates a different visual experience and supports a more relaxed mood with the setting sun. I used the same technique I talked about last week (impasto) to create the thick bold brush strokes.

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Simple Items to Vivid Abstracts: Featured Art Prints

The two art prints I am featuring today are simple items – three decorative balls. These are the typical kind you would find in a large decorative bowl to add a design element to a room. I took these three balls and did my usual photo shoot with various positions and arrangement changes to give me some choices to work with.  Narrowing it down to a couple of shots, I then proceeded to do my magic utilizing an abstract technique to create the drawn elements and then started to play with colors. The final piece of the process was to take the resulting colorful “flat” prints and give them a final element of texture which is the impasto technique I employ on a number of my pieces creating large bold brush strokes. From simple decorative balls to bold and colorful abstract art prints.

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High Above The Surf – Featured Art Print

High Above the Surf: a wall art print where I used a sketching and watercolor technique creating this scene. This technique uses sketched strokes to define the subject and then filled in with a watercolor look. This particular wall art print depicts a house on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean. I love the setting as it portrays a single structure far up on a bluff overlooking the sea. I can just picture nestled by the fire on a cold rainy night or sitting on a deck overlooking the ocean on a warm summer evening. Thoughts?


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Street Scene In Soft Abstract – Featured Art Print

Street Scene In Soft Abstract was created using a variety of techniques to create this abstract watercolor looking art print inspired by a pedestrian area in downtown Seattle between the two stadiums (football & baseball). Thoughts?


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Saguaro Cactus in Subtle Abstract – Featured Art Prints

I just completed adding some new art prints to my Abstract Subtle Gallery and wanted to share two of them. Both are of the Saguaro Cactus found here in the Sonoran Desert. I used a subtle watercolor technique creating an abstract look to both of the prints. I like an abstract approach to some subject matters, whether it’s big and bold like my last post or subtle like these. It allows the eye to absorb the color and suggestive shapes. This particular approach creates a subdued look to complement a look and not dominate it.

Desert Saguaro In Subtle Abstract

Desert Saguaro In Subtle Abstract

Lone Saguaro Cactus

Lone Saguaro Cactus

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Hot Air Balloons In Abstract – Featured Art Prints

I did a photo shoot early last that I covered in one of my blogs titled: Desert Glows – Hot Air Balloon Photo Shoot. As a result of that shoot, I created these two art prints using a fauvism (Fauvism: a style of painting with vivid expressionistic and non-naturalistic use of color that flourished in Paris from 1905) technique of hot air balloons lit up at night. This technique uses abstract shapes and variations of colors to create a unique look. The balloons lent themselves to this style of art because of the dramatic shape and colors of the balloons.

The event was the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Avondale, Arizona (Phoenix metropolitan area). The balloon envelopes were inflated in the early morning hours for flights and races. After that series of events, the balloons were deflated until the evening hours when the envelopes were again inflated, but this time they stayed on the ground. As evening turned into night with the darkening sky, the balloon operators shot large flames up into the envelope illuminating the brightly colored balloons. At this event the operators were synchronized to music, making the series of balloons rotate the glow to the beat of the tunes. This nighttime spectacular is referred to as The Desert Glow. It was a stunning scene to behold with the contrast of light and dark and the bright vivid colors of the balloon envelopes.


 

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These two art prints were recently added to my Abstract Bold Gallery.

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Grand Canyon Sketched – Featured Art Prints

I have been working with some of the shots I took at the Grand Canyon in early August (The Grand Canyon – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot) and am attaching five art prints I created that I just added to my Landscape Watercolor Gallery. I created these art prints with a sketching/watercolor technique that creates a very detailed sketched look with soft colors. The overall look is soft and subtle, but when you really look into the print you see detail you don’t initially notice at first. This is the appeal these have as it relates to art prints of the Grand Canyon. The overall beauty and look is overwhelmingly breathtaking and larger than life. Man pales by comparison when presented alongside this type of setting. Let’s take a look at them….


 

The first print gives you a partial panorama, with the foreground on the left, which is the canyon facing side of Lookout Studio. Your eyes are drawn into the detail and you see people in the sketch. The more your eye is drawn into the print, you start to see just how many people. This type of detail doesn’t distract from the overall look, but actually compliments the look I was going for.

 


 

The second print gives you a sense of depth, with the purple sketching in the background creating the canyon’s distance and depth. The overlook creates a great foreground focal point and then again, you start to see the people. They are small in comparison to the overall scene, but become an important part of the small detail.


 

With the third print, the overlook in the foreground becomes the prominent element of the print with the people milling about. In this art print, the canyon depth takes backstage to the beauty of the rock strata and the people on the overlook.


 

The fourth art print focuses on the rock strata of the South Rim and the Grand Canyon Village is almost an “oh, there is something there” as your eye sweeps the scene. Once you realize the village is there, you start to see the small detail of buildings and people.


 

The fifth and final art print is the El Tovar Lodge. I love the architecture of the building as it sits atop the South Rim.


 

My objective with these prints was to portray the beauty and scope of this natural wonder and present prints that demonstrate the sheer size of the setting versus man. Thoughts?


 

I invite you to visit my Landscape Watercolor Gallery to enjoy these prints and many more.

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