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Splashes of Color – Pacific Northwest Part Two

As a follow-up to last weeks post of fall colors from the Pacific Northwest, I have attached six shots I took last weekend while we were there. We had a great weekend and from a weather perspective we thought it was perfect (which to us is light rain most of the weekend). That may sound strange, but we haven’t seen rain since early August when our community in Goodyear, Arizona was impacted by a very strong monsoon thunderstorm and now that we are back in Southern California, no rain in sight. So, for us…we loved it…not to mention the time spent with two of or daughters and their husbands…perfect!

During a break in a light drizzle with sun trying to peek out, I went for a hike to capture the attached….

Pacific Northwest Color 1

Pacific Northwest Color 2

Pacific Northwest Color 3

Pacific Northwest Color 4

Pacific Northwest Color 5

Pacific Northwest Color 6

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Fall Colors – Pacific Northwest

With this weeks post, I wanted to share some fall colors from the Seattle area since these colors aren’t prominent in Southern California and because we are currently up in the Seattle area for a quick weekend…..hope to get more shots!!

Love the picnic table under the tree by the tracks. It adds a point of interest in an otherwise very linear capture with the trees and tracks lined up parallel to each other.

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Autumn Foliage – Issaquah, Washington – Part Two

Part Two of Autumn Foliage…..

The Tracks

Orange Trees

Yellow Trees

More autumn colors from Issaquah, Washington. Issaquah is nestled against the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and is an eastern suburb of Seattle. Enjoy! Thoughts?

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Celebration of Fall Colors – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

My favorite time of year is fall. I love autumn colors as they paint the landscape with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. In celebration of this time of year, I have attached five color photographs I have just added to my Color Photography One Gallery. These shots were from a photo shoot I did in Issaquah, Washington.

The first capture shows the Issaquah Train Station (now a museum). I like the perspective of the capture looking down the train tracks with the station and fall colors framing the composition.

The second shot is looking down a sidewalk along one of the main thoroughfares. I like the look of the sidewalk meandering beneath the bright reds and yellows of the fall foliage.

The third picture is another sidewalk shot along the same thoroughfare. In this capture, the bright yellow foliage forms a brilliant canopy over the sidewalk.

This fourth shot, highlights bright orange leaves.

And then the fifth shot shows the mix of colors found in the woods that surround the town.

The display of color is stunning in this town nestled in the foothills of the Cascades just east of Seattle.…thoughts?

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Picnic Table by the Tracks – Featured Art Print

I wanted to finish the week by embracing and celebrating fall. Fall is my favorite season for a variety of reason. The weather change is an obvious, but more importantly the explosion of color as the leaves turn colors. In honor of that I am featuring the attached art print “Picnic Table by the Tracks” from my Landscape Oil Gallery.

The print is done using an impasto oil technique. This style uses large brush strokes and bright, bold colors. Both elements seem appropriate for this print to make the setting really pop with color and texture. What I like about this particular scene is the picnic table nestled in the background on the other side of the railroad tracks. The most dominating feature in this print is the row of brightly colored trees. The one in the front is just turning, but the rest in the row behind it are at their peak of bright yellow and have been losing leaves that are now covering the ground. The mix of the colors in the leaves creates depth to the fall foliage. The other prominent feature in the setting is the set of railroad tracks running parallel with the trees. It’s then, that you see the lonely picnic table sitting under a tree by the tracks. You have to ask yourself what is that all about?

If an art print can make you pause and look deeper into it, whether it is the colors, texture or subject matter, then the artist has succeeded. I know the story behind this setting, yet I still find myself drawn into the picture. I have another print with these infamous tracks that I will share next week and the puzzle about the tracks gets even more interesting with that one. Thoughts?

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“The Red Boulevard” The Art Print of The Week

I updated my Color Photography Gallery this week and the art print of the week is one of the new additions. This print is part of a series of “fall foliage” prints I added. It is a scene of a boulevard in Issaquah, Washington. Issaquah sits in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range just to the east of Seattle. The colors are at their peak in this capture and all over the area the brilliant hues of red, orange and yellow stand in stark contrast to the numerous evergreen trees more native to the landscape.

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A Photo Shoot: “The Bench”

As any outdoor photographer can tell you, when we are out and about, we are always looking for a great shot. There are those occasions where I am out specifically getting shots like last week when I did the photo shoot of the Seattle Great Wheel, but there are also those occasions when you are just out and about and you catch it in the corner of your eye. If possible, you stop and go back at that moment. I have been known to make sudden side trips with a passenger in the car and they look at me , like are you nuts….no…I saw something. My wife has gotten use to this, so she humors me.

I saw that thing in the corner of my eye the other day, but couldn’t stop and take advantage of it, so I had to pass it up. It weighed on my mind the rest of the day and into the next. I finally decided, I had to go back and take some shots now…unfotunately for me it was raining, a nice steady rain, but I couldn’t get it out of my head…yea, I ended up hiking in the rain to get that shot.  I call the photo shoot: “The Bench” as a bench is the subject matter I was after.

There is something about a bench on a trail or in front of a scenic overlook that invites you to sit and take it all in or to sit and have a conversation with someone close to you. Whatever it is, I am drawn to capturing them.

I have attached three of those photos I took from my rain excursion and then included the three watercolor art prints that resulted from them .

The Bench Picture 1

The Bench Picture 1

This is the original photograph I took, you can tell it’s a dreary rainy day, but we still have the fall color and the leaves have fallen over the path.

Next, the resulting watercolor:

The Bench Watercolor 1

The Bench Watercolor 1

Next is picture number 2…

The Bench Picture 2

The Bench Picture 2

The same bench, just a slightly different perspective. The resulting watercolor…

The Bench Watercolor 2

The Bench Watercolor 2

And finally picture number 3…

The Bench Picture 3

The Bench Picture 3

and the resulting watercolor…

The Bench Watercolor 3

The Bench Watercolor 3

The same bench in all three, but from different perspectives. So, that was my photo shoot for the week and the resulting art prints.

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Fall in the Pacific Northwest

We don’t have the New England fall where hill after hill is ablaze in color, but we do get color. I have lived in the Midwest, Colorado and San Diego. I have seen fall colors in each of those areas. The midwest gets the colors New England has along their river valleys and in their towns. Brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Colorado has brilliant yellows and golds led by the aspen trees (brilliant yellows framed by green evergreens). San Diego has spots of colors where deciduous trees have been planted in the urban areas. Spending a summer and fall in the Seattle area, I was curious how the fall colors would be. A local apologized to my wife and I because the foothills where we live don’t go vibrant like new New England and not to expect much. Well, coming from San Diego if there are more than five trees with colors…we’re good. Because there are so many pine trees naturally in the landscape of this part of the country, the brilliant colors come from the trees in urban areas that have been planted. Being a photographer and an artist, I was getting impatient for that perfect day when trees around us were at their peak and the sun would be shining…nirvana, basically. Well, not having seen the sun in two weeks (it is Seattle)….I quit waiting and hit some spots around our community for the classic fall picture taking. I wanted to share five of the photographs that I will be putting into my online gallery as well using them as basis for watercolor and oil paintings.

We live in Issaquah, Washington which is in the eastern suburbs of Seattle nestled up against the foothills of the Cascades. I was walking around town all afternoon to get these shots. The first one is a shot of a picnic table next to an abandoned set of train tracks. The picnic table is actually part of the lawn around the local chamber of commerce which is located in an old victorian home.

Picnic by the Tracks

Picnic by the Tracks

The next shot is a picnic table located on a walkway connecting the high school with downtown.

Orange Picnic

Orange Picnic

The next shot is along a boulevard in town where all of the “Big Box” stores are located. During the summer, you can’t even see the stores for all of the trees. Everything around here is built with bike paths and walking paths connecting everything.

The Orange Walk

The Orange Walk

You truly wouldn’t know that to the left of this picture on the other side of the plantings is a major freeway from downtown Seattle up into the Cascade Mountains.

The next picture was me being the crazy photographer with my tripod in the grassy medium of a busy boulevard waiting for lights to stop traffic for my shot.

Yellow Boulevard

Yellow Boulevard

And last, but not least another area of that same street where all of the vibrant reds were.

The Red Boulevard

The Red Boulevard

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