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Sailboat On Lake Union – Featured Art Print

This time of year highlights summer fun and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate summer activity than sailing. With that said….I thought I would feature: Sailboat on Lake Union. I created this art print using a fauvism technique. The technique focuses on bold brush strokes, surreal colors and abstract shapes. The white sails rise high above the boat. Colorful buildings and trees represent the shoreline.

The setting is Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. On a warm summer day you can find sailboats and speedboats leaving their docks for a day on the water. Located just north of the downtown area, it is in the heart of urban life for Seattle residence. There are lots of docks along the shoreline that provide permanent residence for many of the boats that call this lake home. Lake Union is part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal that joins Lake Washington to the east to the open waters of the Puget Sound to the west. Thoughts?

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Gas Works Park – Excerpts from a Photoshoot

I am continuing in my sharing of photography I did when I was up in the Seattle area in September. Today, I have attached 9 shots I took of Gas Works Park on Lake Union in Seattle. This urban park is really an interesting experience. Check this Wikipedia Link to see an aerial of the park to get an idea the size, how much is grass and how much is left over from the gasification plant.

For anyone not familiar with this park, Gas Works Park is a 19-acre public park located on the north shores of Lake Union. Lake Union is just north of downtown and is well known for the houseboats that dot the shoreline as permanent residence (used in movies like Sleepless in Seattle). Besides pleasure boating, the lake is also used for seaplanes landing and departing between Seattle and the San Juan Islands as well as Victoria, Canada on Vancouver Island. The site itself is the old Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant. The park is famous for the remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US. The land was bought by the city of Seattle in 1962 for purposes of turning it into a park. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

Gas Works Park 1

Gas Works Park 1

The first shot confirms you are in Seattle with the Space Needle in the background and gives you an idea of the expanse and openness of the lawn area.

Gas Works Park 2

Gas Works Park 2

The second shot shows part of the largest part of the plant that is still on the site. The last time I was here (2.5 years ago), these structures weren’t fenced off and there wasn’t the amount of graffiti on them. I am assuming the two are related.

Gas Works Park 3

Gas Works Park 3

The third shot zooms in on the structure; with the graffiti being a rather sad statement to the intent of the park.

Shot number 4 gives you an idea of some of the remnants that are free-standing scattered across the lawn.

Gas Works Park 4

Gas Works Park 4

 

Number 5 is a series of concrete arches that must have supported large pipes connecting the facility just displayed with the facility in the next series of photographs.

Gas Works Park 5

Gas Works Park 5

Shots number 6 -9 are pipes clustered around and in a pavilion across the park from the initial shots. The bright colors remind you of a children’s playground.

Gas Works Park 6

Gas Works Park 6

Gas Works Park 7

Gas Works Park 7

Gas Works Park 8

Gas Works Park 8

Gas Works Park 9

Gas Works Park 9

I hope I have done the park justice with these shots and given you a taste of the uniqueness of it. I applaud the city for their dream of turning this into what is the most unusual urban park I have ever been to. Thoughts?

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A Photo Shoot “A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs”

I was going through my library of photo shoots today and came across this series….seems like a great time of year to stop and remember warmer days since most of the US is either in a deep freeze or getting snow….from the Pacific Northwest I give you a couple of quick fun shots. The setting is summer time in Lake Union which is just north of downtown Seattle.  I call this a dedicated man to kayak with his dogs…please note there are three dogs on the kayak….If it brings a smile to your face…my work here is done:)

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

A Man, His Kayak and His Dogs

Thanks for letting me share what I thought was a fun series of prints……

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