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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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Hot Air Balloons – Old World Charm

I have featured Hot Air Balloons a few times on this blog. I find them fascinating and have presented them in a variety of fashions from colorful abstracts to actual photography. Today I am featuring four art prints where I used a “gothic” technique that replicates an oil painting style of that same name. For us today in paintings, the style generally creates an old world look with rich and warm earth-tone colors that we generally associate with medieval Europe into the  renaissance period.

I did this series for a client a number of years ago and featured one of the prints (not one I am posting today) back in 2014. I liked the series so much I ended up using it in one of our guest rooms.

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Single Rose Bloom In Gothic – Featured Art Print

I wanted to display another new addition to my Floral/Still Life Gallery that also came from the Arizona Territorial Rose Garden Photo Shoot I posted about in November from Prescott, Arizona. With this print I created the single rose bud using a gothic oil technique that creates an old world look with the earthen color tones. The look is totally different than the watercolor rose I posted last week, but each brings its own unique look between the two totally different techniques.  Thoughts?


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The Beauty of a Hot Air Balloon – Featured Art print

 

 

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Hot Air Balloon Collection titled “The Beauty of a Hot Air Balloon”.  The print is a close up of a hot air balloon lifting above the gondola just as it becomes inflated. It is done in a gothic oil technique that uses earthen tones and bold brush strokes creating an old world look.

The setting is a launching site for sunset hot air balloon rides in San Diego. With the pattern of the winds along the pacific coast in San Diego County, hot air balloon rides there are done at sunset. In the early morning hours, the air is typically still until the sun heats up the coastal land. With that hot air rising, the cool oceans breezes come in to replace the rising hot air, creating afternoon coastal breezes. This pattern stops when the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. In the hour or so before sunset, it is typical to see many hot air balloons in the sky taking flight close to the coast and then drifting inland until the sunsets allowing them to make their descent back to earth as the breezes die down.

The entire gallery is based on the launch and early flights of these sunset hot air balloon rides. The shape and color of hot air balloons lend themselves to beautiful art prints from rolling the balloon envelopes out for inflation, to the inflation process itself and then finally lift-off.

This particular print is one of my personal favorites as I have it framed and hanging in my own home. Thoughts?

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Barns in Gothic Oil

While I am starting to work on my “covered bridges shoot“, I thought I would share some updates I just uploaded to my gallery from my “barn shoot“.  I have 5 prints that I did in a gothic oil style painting. Again, this photo shoot was done in mid-February around the Amana Colonies in Iowa. Using a gothic oil style technique creates an old world style in presentation and coloring. Of all of the photos I shot that day, I thought that only these worked in that venue. Logic was telling me that “old barns”…”old world look”…perfect fit, but in actuality not the case. Most of the scenes just didn’t look right and were better suited for watercolors. With all of that said, here are the five that I thought the subject matter presentation was heightened in gothic oil style painting.

The Farm

The Farm

Old Hay Cart

Old Hay Cart

Abandoned Wagon Wheel

Abandoned Wagon Wheel

Winter Woods

The Barn

The Barn

Thoughts, opinions and feedback are always welcome. These prints can be found on my main website in the Landscape Oil Gallery 1. Thanks!