There are two visual aspects in what I am posting this week. The first aspect being black and white presentations and the second aspect being architectural elements. Black and white, whether it be a photograph or a sketching changes the visual experience of a subject matter. Black and white allows more detail to surface as the visual experience isn’t bombarded with a multitude of colors, while keeping an overall subtle look.
I have always thought the architectural elements in New Orleans were appealing in their uniqueness and I think the black and white sketching technique highlights a lot of the detail that makes the area interesting (as a disclosure I created these drawings in 2010, so anything that has changed at any of these locations since then is not represented).
The first and second art prints are of the St Charles Line street car. The first print is a street scene of the street car line and the second print pulls in on a stop after a passenger gets off. The first one gives you a very detailed look of the tracks the street car runs on while the second one gives you more detail of the street car itself including remaining passengers.
The third print is a balcony restaurant looking out over the French Quarters. You not only see the detail of the restaurant seating, but the buildings in the French Quarter.
The last one looks across the street in the French Quarters at another balcony restaurant. This print captures the detail of the customers and the street aspect.
I did my New Orleans series years ago (before Katrina…yes that long ago) and chose a gothic oil technique for the entire series. This technique focuses on bold brush strokes and earth tone colors creating an old world look. This type of style compliments the “old world” atmosphere of the French Quarters. Whether it’s just people watching, enjoying the architecture of the area or the great food, there is always something to do in the Big Easy. From that series, I am highlighting two of my favorites, New Orleans Cafe and Balcony Cafe. These two seem to always get purchased as pairs as they do compliment each other very well. Thoughts?
The setting is the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana. This area is known for tree-lined streets with large mansions. The district is like stepping back in time with the beauty of the different architectural styles these homes represent.
For this particular print, I used a gothic oil technique that uses strong brush strokes and warm earth tones creating an old world look. I created this print to not only look and feel “old world”, but to also focus on the intricate architectural details typical with Victorian Mansions. Thoughts?
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“New Orleans Victorian” is an art print I am featuring from my Architecture Gallery. The print was created using a gothic technique that creates an old world look using earth tones and bold brush strokes. Using this style with the subject matter seems a perfect fit.
The setting is the garden district of New Orleans with large mansions and tree lined streets. I love the look of this particular house with all of the architectural detail. Notice the intricacies of the railings and support posts.
I think the technique I used with this print creates an old world look with the rich earth tones. Thoughts?
I love the architecture of old southern homes, the intricate lines and shapes. What better way to accent those elements than a sketching technique that focuses on those features. I worked to make sure that there was almost an overload of detail in this print. I wanted the final product to not just be a representation of the elegance of southern colonial architecture, but to pull out the intricacies of this style and the setting itself. Notice the detail in the leaves and the plants that dominate the front yard of this southern belle. This particular scene is from New Orleans, Louisiana. The house is located on a tree-lined street that faces a boulevard. The street has large classic southern mansions lining both sides. A black and white sketch allows for the lines and contrasts to dominate the final print without the distraction of color. The remaining question is: “Did I do this southern colonial home justice?” Thoughts?
The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Street Scenes/People Collection titled “New Orleans Café Old World”. The print is of an outdoor café on a second story open-air balcony overlooking a street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. I featured a black and white sketching of this same scene a few weeks ago, as it is one of my favorites. In this rendition, I took the scene and used a gothic oil technique with earth tone colors creating a warm old world style.
Typical in the French Quarter are outdoor cafes utilizing the second floor balconies, which are a prominent part of the architecture. In my work, I try to capture a moment that speaks to an observer long after the fact. This scene does that. You can see the waiter prepping a table and diners involved in their lunchtime conversations. On the street below you get a glimpse of some of the foot traffic of people meandering around the French Quarter.
I usually look at this style of art and think it is best suited for a traditional interior design with the earth tones and old world feel. It has been one of my most popular prints and I have been fortunate enough to see it framed and displayed in a variety of interior designs. The element that has made the difference is the way it is matted and framed. I have seen it matted using basic white and then framed in black hanging in a living room that you would consider a very modern style. I have also seen it matted in an earth tone with ornate framing in a very traditional interior design. I think the style is abstract enough that it can work in a variety of designs. Thoughts?
During the same trip to New Orleans that I mentioned in my earlier post on the New Orleans Victorian house, I came across this scene from a balcony across the street. If this doesn’t say New Orleans, I don’t know what does. I absolutely loved the look and feel of this scene. I have taken this scene and used it as a basis for an oil print and a watercolor. As I do with a lot of my photographs, I look at them in black and white to see what I get. I had the same result with this one as I did with the Victorian house. There was something there in the black and white, but just not enough depth for what I was envisioning. Doing this scene with a sketching technique brought out so many details and gave it added dimension. Even all these years later, this is one of my personal favorites in my sketching collection. Thoughts?
I love this scene of an old Victorian home located in New Orleans. This print was done many years ago long before Katrina hit the city. I was there on business and had some time to kill before I had to leave for the airport. Some co-workers and myself just wondered around the tree-lined streets. I came across this old Victorian house and fell in love with the look. Using that picture as my inspiration with a sketching technique, I did this print. I love black and white for the purpose of telling a story without color. Successfully doing that creates an art print that should emote a mood or tone that highlights the subject matter. In this case, I took the original shot and looked at it as a black and white photograph. That still looked a little flat to me with the detail of this architecture. Creating the sketch changed the dynamic. The sketch brings sharp lines and intricate detail to life. I loved the depth and intricacy it brought to this subject matter. Thoughts?