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Same Roadside Cafe – Three Art Presentations

Every time I capture an image that I think would look good in a painted type format (digitally created), I usually try a few different versions to determine what presentation looks best. Each style creates a completely different look of the same subject matter. As an example I have attached three styles I used on a roadside cafe in New England.

The first example is a very subtle impasto style. Usually with the impasto style the brush strokes are bold a colorful. In this case, I toned the brush strokes down to a very subtle look.

In this next version I went with an old world “Gothic” style, which stays with strong earth tones.

The last example is a fauvism style, which creates abstract oriented shapes and surreal colors.

Same setting, completely three different looks. You may or may not like any of the looks which is ok…art is interpreted by the viewer and we all have different tastes. From my perspective I try to narrow it down to the presentation I think tells the best story and sometimes I simply can’t narrow it down to just one as I like the presentations each style presents.

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The Sun Porch – Featured Art Print

Cold or cool (depending on where you live) winter days invite me to settle down with a good book in a setting like the featured art print. I love the type of sun porch you find in old Victorian homes, which is the basis for the art print I created. While touring this old mansion, I grabbed a shot of this room and wanted to create a print that relayed the feeling I expressed above. Using a fauvism technique I wanted to create a unique look for this room, but still keep the same inviting feeling. I liked the composition of the french doors, one open and one closed to highlight the entry into the room. I love color and abstract interpretations of common scenes, so using a fauvism technique, what was a typical common entry into a sun porch became a little bit more inviting and interesting. Thoughts?

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West Point Lighthouse in Fauvism – Featured Art Prints

I featured West Point Lighthouse in Seattle a couple of years ago with some of the photographs I took while visiting the site. It sits on a piece of land that juts out into the Puget Sound and marks the northern most tip of Elliot Bay (Elliot Bay is the body of water that lines the downtown area). More info: here.

I created these three art prints using a fauvism technique. For those not familiar with this style, it is a bold style created in the early 20th century by artists who wanted to express emotion with their subjects using surreal colors and painterly techniques creating the subject matter. More info: here.

These three prints represent the lighthouse from the same angle, but from different distances. Each distance creates its own composition and delivers a slightly different story. Thoughts?

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Fauvism in Flower Blooms – Featured Art Prints

I wanted to share a couple of prints that I just added to my Foral/Still Life Gallery. Both are flower blooms and both are done using a Fauvism style of presentation. Fauvism was introduced to the art world around 1900 and the formal movement lasted only a few years, but the style that was introduced has been copied and integrated into other styles, keeping the concept alive. The elements involved are surreal colors and abstract shapes and presentation styles. I like this particular type of art as it creates a type of abstract art that is colorful, edgy and whimsical. That type of combination is usually not correlated with each other, but my thought is that the more abstract shapes of the subject create an edgy look, yet the surreal colors create a fun whimsical visual experience. I have spent a fair amount of time trying to mimic the look in many of my prints and here are two examples.

The first print is an orange hibiscus bloom. Simple enough, yet I integrated a bold level of yellow to accent the orange in the bloom. Also notice the vivid blue (almost purple) in the background.

The second art print is of a yellow orchid bloom. Again, I saturated the yellow color and exaggerated the veining in the bloom, creating a bright cheerful art print.

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