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Autumn Colors – Featured Art Print

 

 

Autumn Colors: a wall art print where I used an impasto oil technique creating this scene. This technique uses bold brush strokes and bright color tones creating a traditional oil painting look. This particular wall art print depicts trees in a park at their peak of fall colors.

The setting is Issaquah, Washington located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range to the east of Seattle. Once a small stop along the rail line between Seattle to the west and North Bend in the Cascade Mountains to the east, this town has become a thriving and vibrant suburb within the metropolitan area of Seattle. Thoughts?


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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

Thoughts? Comments?

These photographs will be available shortly in my Color Photography Gallery.

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