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New Orleans – Two Featured Art Prints

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?

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Red Poppies – Featured Art Prints

Today’s featured art prints are very simplistic, yet bold. The two prints are titled “Red Poppies” and “Red Poppy” (talk about a stretch for the names).

There are three basic elements to these prints, each important for the final look. The first element is texture. I created these two prints using a technique with large, bold brush strokes. The second element is the background. Using a dark background allows the flowers to dominate the print. The third element is the color red.  Red is a strong color and creates a bold look. Again, simplistic, yet bold.

Thoughts?

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Garden Table – Featured Art Print

This week, I wanted to feature a new print in my Gardens Gallery titled: Garden Table. I created this art print using a gothic oil technique with warm earth tones creating an old world look. I thought it would be a good look for this scene. The scene is an outdoor kitchen and patio that was done in a Spanish style, which is highlighted by the fireplace. The arched door is from an old adobe structure that the owner rescued and has as an entrance. The setting is Los Angeles where you have many evenings and nights to enjoy family and friends under the stars. At the center of this art print is the table itself, thus the name. To extend the usage of the space, the fireplace creates enough heat to enjoy sitting down to a gathering almost year round. Thoughts?

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Sun in the Forest – Featured Art Print

This week I’m featuring a print from a series in my Landscape Oil Gallery. The art print is titled: Sun in the Forest. The setting is a forest in the Cascade Mountain Range where the tree canopy creates a natural barrier to direct sunshine. Then suddenly you see it, a shaft of bright sun piercing the canopy and illuminating the undergrowth of the forest floor. The suggestion of birch trees frames the scene and adds depth to the setting. To recreate this scene, I used a gothic oil technique that I like as it uses warm earth tones and bold brush strokes creating an old world look to the art print.

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Pacific Sunset – Featured Art Print

My last post was focused on capturing the beauty of a sunrise. This post focuses on the beauty of a sunset. Just by chance, I had just added some new art prints to my Abstract Oil Gallery. I had just finished with a series of abstract sunsets and I chose to feature one of them titled “Pacific Sunset”. This is an art print done in an impasto oil style, which is known for large bold brush strokes and bold colors.

The setting is a sunset over the Pacific Ocean along the coastline in Carlsbad, California, which is located in the northern part of San Diego County. I tried to capture the essence of the explosion of color that occurs during spectacular sunsets. In this rendition, I focused on the blues, reds, oranges and golden hues of the sky after the sun has slipped below the horizon. The colors change so rapidly and wanted to present the sky as the light starts to fade and the dark night sky creeps in. I put this print in my Abstract Gallery because of the bold shapes and color that were used to create the full picture. The dramatic color and large brush strokes steal the attention, but to add a little balance, I pull your attention to the specific detail I captured along the horizon of the land. This helps to delineate between the land, ocean and sky. You see just a small sliver of ocean reflecting the colors from the clouds. Thoughts?

 

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Birch Trees in the Woods – Featured Art Print

I don’t think its any secret that I love the beauty of nature. I love to experience it, hike in it and look at it. Most of my inspirations come from my venturing out and looking at the beauty around us and trying to capture it. The art print I am featuring today celebrates just such subtle beauty. I chose “ Birch Trees in the Woods” from my Landscape Oil Collection. This particular art print is from one of my many hikes last year in the Issaquah area of Washington. Issaquah is now an eastern suburb of Seattle, but started as a town located in the foothills of the mountains far away from the big city of Seattle. It has kept most of its rustic charm and preserved the natural beauty around it with all of the forest-covered foothills. There are an abundance of hiking trails and paths throughout this area. This particular scene caught my eye on one of my hikes. It was about this same time last year with summer winding down and the thought of fall starting soon. The days were warm, not hot, and just perfect for hiking. Having lived in Colorado a number of years, I am partial to aspen trees. I love the white bark and this grove reminded me of them. Most of the forest in this area is heavy with pine trees and just interspersed with deciduous trees, so coming across this type of a grove was a visual treat. To create this art print, I used an impasto oil technique. This type of style creates bolder brush strokes and stays with primary colors creating a textured and vivid scene that adds a strong element of depth. Looking at this print, I am not only ready to start hiking, but I can still see the wind gently swaying the trees and hear the leaves rustling. Thoughts?

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The Spanish Fountain – Featured Art Print

“The Spanish Fountain” is the art print I wanted to feature today from my Gardens Collection.  The print is of a Spanish style fountain in the middle of a beautiful courtyard. The style I used on this print is an impasto oil technique that emphasizes bold brush strokes and bright colors. The bold brush strokes create texture and dimension to the print. The bright colors reinforce the color of the plant life, the tile and the stucco of the courtyard. The courtyard is located in Cave Creek, Arizona. It is a scene I captured on a photo shoot over Fathers Day that I shared in a prior blog. From that photo shoot, the only shots I had worked on were for my Sepia Collection, which were the old carriages and wagons lining the street of this old western town. Within that area, was this large courtyard used for private functions. It definitely had the feel of a courtyard belonging to a large adobe ranch house.

What prompted this particular process of creation was an email from a client looking for something specific. With what they described, I immediately thought of this shoot and this courtyard. That started a chain reaction as I looked at this setting and the results were a few new art prints for the Gardens Collection, a happy client and a happy artist.

I love courtyards as they typically transport you away from the outside world into an inner sanctum. They are usually very quiet and tranquil with the water from a fountain as the only soothing noise to be heard. I love the plant life in this particular courtyard with the bougainvillea adding bright patches of red and the trees creating shade from the desert sun. I hope you enjoy the print.

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Train Carts – Featured Art Print

 

“Train Carts” is the art print I wanted to feature today from my Architecture Collection.  The print is of old train carts that had been used at the Issaquah Train Station to load and unload luggage and packages from the trains stopping on their run from Seattle to the mountain towns in the Cascades. The style I used on this print is an impasto oil technique that emphasizes bold brush strokes and bright colors. The bold brush strokes create texture and dimension to the print. The bright colors reinforce the red of the building and the color of the carts, which match the trim of the station. The station is now a museum with an abundance of historical items for viewing that I have featured on prior posts. It is kept in pristine condition to reflect the time when it was a busy transportation hub for this town nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range just east of Seattle. I loved the setting and have used it for many prints, from the train station itself to the yellow caboose on the tracks and now these old carts. There is a lot of history in this one setting and I can just imagine the amount of activity that once went through here. No detail has been left to chance in the way this museum has been refurbished to reflect its heyday. Looking at this print, you can almost imagine the carts getting pulled over across the platform for the arrival of the next train. Take a journey back in time and enjoy the print!

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The First Snowfall – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

The excerpts from a photo shoot I want to share today are from the first snowfall in Seattle last year. It was the first week of December and very welcomed by us having lived in San Diego for many years. Yes, I know it’s August and here I am posting snowfall pictures, but our friends down under can appreciate it, as this is their winter. J Each week, I go through different photo shoots to determine what I want to blog about. This week was a no brainer for me, as I have been working with pictures from this shoot for the last few weeks. A fellow blogger had asked me about Christmas cards from my Note Card Collection. I had responded that I had done a private selection last year for family and friends, but hadn’t thought about putting anything up for this year. To be honest when you are in 107-degree temperatures day in and day out, Christmas seems like a life away. Yet, the request was enough to start my mind thinking back to a series of shots I took while we lived in Seattle last year of the first snowfall, which led me to revisit that shoot and start working with it. From that, I came across these two shots and wanted to share them as I created two prints I will be putting into my Landscape Oil collection.

The setting is a paved path on the campus of a junior college near where we were. Following my prior blogs of getting numerous shots and playing with depth and composition, I narrowed it down to these two shots to work with. Taking each shot as a basis, I used an oil painting technique to create the final prints.

1st SnowFall #1

1st Snowfall #1

The first two pictures are the original shots. I took both from the same position with 1st Snowfall #1 being a normal range composition.

1st Snow Fall #2

1st Snowfall #2

For 1st Snowfall #2, I have not moved an inch, but zoomed in slightly to play with the framing of the shot. As a reference point, look at the electrical poles in both pictures. OK, two shots from same location and they look very similar, yet look at the slight difference in lighting. This element plays a large part in the final art prints as it creates two very different looks to the same setting.

1st Snow Fall #3

1st Snowfall #3

1st Snowfall #3 creates an element with a longer path winding its way through a forest. The light dusting of snow is still evident, but the colors of the woods become more prominent.

1st Snow Fall #4

1st Snowfall #4

1st Snowfall #4 creates the illusion of coming out of a darker forest into a bright meadow where the anticipation of a snow-covered landscape becomes more prominent.

In summary, sometimes it is the little things that make a difference and this is another example of having multiple shots to work with for your final product. Thoughts?

(On a side note, the shots I will be using for the Christmas cards have much more snow involved then these two shots as this area was protected from most of the accumulation.)

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New Orleans Cafe Old World – Featured Art Print

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?

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