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Papago Palms At Papago Park – Featured Art Prints

This week I am featuring two art prints I created representing some of the palm trees surrounding a small lake in Papago Park which is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Papago Park has a very unique history starting with being named a reservation for local Maricopa and Pima aboriginal Americans in 1879. In 1914 it was designated a National Monument and that designation was later rescinded in 1930. During the Great Depression, the state established a fish hatchery on the land (thus the lakes that are still here today) and during WWII it housed a POW camp. Ultimately the land was sold to the city of Phoenix in 1959 and currently is home to the Desert Botanical Garden, The Phoenix Zoo and the park itself with hiking trails and unique red rock geological features.

Walking around one of the lakes I was mesmerized by the palm trees lining one of the lakes and chose to recreate the scene using a digital painting technique that was true to the colors and shapes I was seeing.

 

 

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Lakes, Mountains and Palm Trees – Two Featured Art Prints

The attached prints were created from views around one of the lakes in our community. Our community has two lakes (yes, man made…this is Arizona after all) with palm trees lining the shoreline of the park that goes entirely around both of them. The lakes sit side by side with a large wide sidewalk circling both and connecting to each other. Great walking, running or biking as the total distance around both is about 3 miles. What I love is from the northwest shore of both lakes is the view of the Estrella Mountains as depicted in these prints.

The first print is a small beach on what is called South Lake, with picnic pavilions and other amenities for kids and adults as part of the park encircling the lakes. The second art print is from the perspective of the northwest shore looking across the lake at the Estrella Mountains. The mountains are a very rugged and dramatic range creating the perfect background view. Thoughts?

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Pastel Palm Grove – Featured Art Print

I created this art print using a colored pencil and chalk technique. This technique uses strong drawing lines with softer chalk strokes filling in. The colors are in pastels, giving it a soft modern look.

The setting is a grove of palm trees in a local park near our home here in Arizona. It reminds me of a similar palm grove I came across on the big Island of Hawaii along the shoreline. I love the look of a group of palm trees creating a small “forest”. The fronds create a shaded canopy from the hot day sun and invite you into the palms to relax and enjoy the afternoon.

I have only used this particular technique on a few of my art prints and welcome any feedback. Thoughts?

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Sketched Palm Trees from Papago Park: Featured Art Prints

As a follow-up to a post I did early last November titled: A Pond at Papago Park, I have attached three art prints that came from that photo shoot. In these prints, I used a sketching and watercolor technique of the palm trees surrounding and reflected off the pond at Papago Park. I have recently added them to my Tropical Gallery.


 


 

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Sunrise At The Boat Dock – Featured Art Print

In Arizona, we have some very vibrant sunrises and sunsets. With high level clouds scooting across the desert sky, the sun reflects a brilliant light show as it rises or sets. As this occurs, you have moments where the entire landscape takes on varied hues of brilliant color. This particular art print represents one of those moments at sunrise. For this piece, I intensified the yellow I was seeing reflected off the lake. Keeping the palm trees a dark purple gives a bold contrast to the sky and the reflective waters. It turned out as kind of a bright and fun, surreal depiction using a fauvism technique with the brush strokes. Thoughts?


 


 

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Sidewalk and Palms – Featured Art Print

To start 2015 off, I wanted to feature an Art Print that said “warm”. Most of this part of the planet is in a deep freeze currently and even with the look of sunshine and warmth during the Rose Bowl Parade yesterday, let’s not kid ourselves…Southern California is cold (in respect to their normal temps). We got pictures from friends of snow in parts of Southern California that in our 24 years living there, we had never seen. Here in Phoenix some of the higher elevation suburbs got snow. I’m not complaining about our chill, a good portion of Canada and US are really cold….so to everyone living in winter’s cold, I am featuring a print I call “Sidewalk and Palms” from my Color Photography One Gallery. I feel the air warming up already! Feel that gentle warm breeze blowing off the lake as you walk in that warm sunshine enjoying nature!

Ok bubble bursting time…perfection doesn’t exist anywhere…I shot that picture in 110 degree heat last summer. I was sweating to death as I did that particular photo shoot, but let’s be honest…it looks inviting.  🙂

Happy New Year and here’s to a great 2015!!

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Palm Trees – Featured Art Print

With summer ending and fall just around the corner, I think it’s time to hit the tropics. The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Tropical Collection. It’s titled “Thick Palm Trees”. The style I used on this print is a gothic oil technique that emphasizes bold brush strokes and earth tone colors. The bold brush strokes create texture and dimension to the print. The earth tones create an old world look as well as a vintage feel. I think of this style more in terms of an old world traditional style, but when I use it with tropical themes it makes me think of a vintage Hawaiian look that I have seen. The palm trees are not Hawaiian, but Arizona based near where I live. This grove reminded me of a similar grove of palm trees on the Big Island of Hawaii where native Hawaiians had a village. The grove provides a great canopy for protection from the sun, but with very little undergrowth allowing ease of movement. Using the grove close to me, I tried to recreate the look and feel that I saw on the Big Island. I always try to create a sense of depth so your “minds eye” can picture yourself in the scene, walking into the grove and feeling the cool ocean breeze. The magic of art to create this type of illusion, but truly if I hadn’t told you the subject matter was in the desert, does it not take you to one of your favorite tropical locations? That place where time slows down and life seems more simplified? Thoughts?

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