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Old World Fountain Urns – Featured Art Prints

This week I am featuring two art prints from my Gardens Gallery of large urns that I found in a garden fountain. I found the fountain at a Napa Valley winery, just outside of the tasting room. The fountain was quite large and had a distinct old world charm to it. Doing some research and questioning, I found out that the owner had these urns custom-made and shipped in from another country for that specific look. They sit on platforms in a shallow pool of water, with water bubbling up through the middle and coming out the top…just subtle enough to lend that soft bubbling water sound as it washes over the top rim and trickles down the outside of the urns.

With this as an inspiration for a couple of art prints, I chose a technique called gothic to recreate that old world painted look for these urns. This technique uses bold brush strokes and earthen colors giving the prints warm, aged tones.

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Red Hibiscus – Featured Art Prints

I just completed (literally this morning) two art prints that I added to my Floral/Still Life Gallery. They are “Red Hibiscus Flower” and “Red Hibiscus Bloom”. Both prints were inspired by one of our Hibiscus bushes, which is now in full bloom. The blooms on this plant are incredibly large and very vibrant in their color. I worked on a couple of approaches to best compliment the simplicity and beauty of these tropical flowers and settled on a subtle watercolor technique. Thoughts?

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Garden Lamp – Featured Art Prints

This week I’m featuring a series of three art prints. All three are of the same subject, but each having a slightly different perspective. The subject matter is a simple yard lamp, yard light or garden lamp, whatever terminology you choose to use. In creating these three prints I was looking for a somewhat abstract style to create prints that were simplistic in nature while capturing the look and feel of the setting.

The setting itself is surprising in that this lamp is attached to a wall in a garden inside the Alamo complex in San Antonio, Texas. My wife and I were visiting the River Walk and the Alamo a couple of years ago, when I spotted this simple yard lamp. What appealed to my eye was the manner in which the vine was growing around the light. There was instinctively a composition here, but I wasn’t sure what type of presentation I wanted to do for it. After experimenting with a number of concepts, I decided to move forward with this type of look. As I mentioned earlier, I wanted a simple, clean look for this composition and I think this style created just that.

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Butchart Gardens – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

The excerpts from a photo shoot I want to share today are from Butchart Gardens just outside of Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. My photography doesn’t even begin to do justice to the beauty of these gardens. What started out on the personal estate of the Butchart family and their cement quarry has evolved into a National Historic Site of Canada. I chose this backdrop for today’s example in cropping photographs.

Cropping: to cut the edges to produce a better picture or fit a given space.

I want to talk today about cropping a photograph to produce a better picture and/or pictures as in the examples. I talked about this awhile ago when I had a client ask me to take a landscape picture I had created and turn it into two portrait prints for their wall (reference my blog: Fountain Urns). A similar theme surfaced this week as I was working on some new art prints for the Gardens Collection. I am constantly renewing and updating the different galleries or collections. As I add new items, I take older ones out and/or re-look and refresh them. I came across some prints that were a few years old and with a fresh eye starting cropping and playing with them. I wasn’t doing anything extreme, just resizing some of the older prints to more standard sizes. In doing that exercise I found myself creating two completely different looks to what was once a single print. To show you the best example, I went back to the original photograph that these prints had been created from.

Butchart Gardens One

Butchart Gardens One

This first shot is the original photograph of a lily pond. If you look closely to the left and center, you can see people walking through the gardens. I love this shot and have been fortunate enough to have it featured in a couple of different showings. The different elements of plant life and lighting create a flow across the picture. Let’s dig a little deeper and look at the lighting. The sky is overcast and we have the left half of the frame in shade and the right half in sunlight.

Butchart Gardens Two

Butchart Gardens Two

Again, the difference makes an interesting picture and pulls your eye across the print. But, what if we just played with it a little bit. In the second picture, I cropped the left portion of the frame into a square. See how it created a different look to the scene? You have the light accenting just the right edge and the foreground.

Butchart Gardens Three

Butchart Gardens Three

Let’s crop and square the right side, which I did in number three. In this version your photograph is brighter and there is more of a focus on the reflection in the pond.

This example of cropping wasn’t about taking a bad picture and making it better, but looking at what you have and what more could you do with it. What elements of a shot change by cropping the picture a little differently? Where does it shift your focus? These are just things to think about as you evaluate your photography. Thoughts?

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“The Garden Waterfall” The Art Print of the Week

“The Garden Waterfall” The Art print of the week is from my Gardens Gallery. A recent addition to the collection, the setting is in Issaquah, Washington. This landscaped garden created an entrance to a hillside neighborhood. I used a watercolor technique to soften the look creating a warmer feel to the picture. Enjoy!

The Garden Waterfall

The Garden Waterfall

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“Desert Garden” Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

As a follow-up to my “A Walk in the Desert” two weeks ago, I have attached the final two shots I wanted to share from that hike.  The first one shows that plantings and a garden are possible even in a desert.  There is a lot of use of rock, stone and pots, but everything is lined up in a visually inviting way.  The trees provide the much-needed shade along the walkway and create an environment of tranquility. The second shot is a close up of the potted plants. The irrigation is provided internally through the posts and the pots. The plants are native to the desert and are naturally drought resistant.  I included these shots not only for the aesthetics of the garden, but to highlight with planning and thought, even a desert can have a garden type element to it. Enjoy!!
Desert Garden 2 Desert Garden

The Gothic Rose

One of the newest art prints that I have added to my Foral/Still Life Gallery is a rose done in a gothic oil style painting. I was actually surprised at the final result. I like the gothic oil style for the earth tone colors and the strong brush strokes. This style of art works in numerous decors. All of that said, I was curious on how a rose would look. We typically use this colorful flower in either photographs or watercolors to keep the vibrancy of the colors forefront. So, let’s look at the original picture. Onto itself, the original photograph is a beautiful capture of a red rose. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. (To give credit where credit is due, the rose is not home grown….I took the picture at a public garden in Portland, Oregon.)

So, from that to this. It creates a totally different look, a classic and simple elegance in deep earthen tones.

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The Red Rose photograph came from my Color Photography Gallery and the Gothic Rose art print came from my Floral/Still Life Gallery.   Follow my work on my Facebook page – TheWallGallery by Kirt Tisdale. (Page likes are always appreciated!) Thanks!