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Abstract Sunrise and Sunsets – Featured Art Prints

I have been working on a project for a client encompassing abstract sunsets and now sunrises. I am featuring three of my most recent art prints, two are with the sunsets and the third is the first of some sunrises. I featured the first three sunsets I created for the project last September in two different posts. One featuring a lighthouse and another a sailboat and then the post about our moving back to Southern California, leaving the Arizona desert behind, which was a group of Saguaros in the desert at sunset.

If you follow my blog you will remember that the move was precipitated because our granddaughter and her parents were expecting a little brother for her….which fast forward…happened this last week. Our grandson was born last Monday 10 days early and when he decided he wanted to come into the world…he wasted no time…very quick delivery. Mom, Dad and grandson are doing great as are his grandparents.

So back to the project, I had a client who wanted a series of abstract sunsets and sunrises done in this abstract style with a variety of subject matters. From my moving post, I put eyes and smiles on the cactus, which prompted a comment from one of my blog followers (yes, Brad that was you!!) about using them in a children’s book. At the time I had actually just finished a children’s book, which I wrote for my granddaughter and had my niece (great artist) illustrate it. I casually mentioned Brad’s comment to a source who helped me with the first book and they encouraged me to pursue it. So, as I complete the initial request, I am already planning on what “tweaks” I want to make and how that would fit in a children’s book. So, more on that as I go forward, but more importantly I wanted to thank Brad for his comment and let him know how it is being played forward (the power of positive input).

With these three, the first one is Serengeti Sunset with a group of giraffes on the Serengeti at sundown. With the sun on the horizon, I chose to stay close to primary colors creating a bold look, but darkened and softened the orange and yellow as they pulled up and down from the horizon line. I did the three giraffes in black silhouette to complete the look of this abstract representation. The digital drawing of the silhouette figures in all three prints looks simple, but trust me the drawing is very tedious and time consuming done digitally (if only I had the drawing gift free hand).

The next art print called Mountain Sunset is done using the same general technique with the bright primary colors filling the sky.

The third one is done using the same concept, but to depict a sunrise, I changed the sky to blue to create a different look. This one features Flamingos feeding under palm trees.

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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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Point of View and Perspective in Photography – Palm Trees

The excerpts from a photo shoot I want to share today are palm trees. On a photo shoot from a few months ago, I took numerous shots that I will be sharing over the next few weeks. This particular excerpt focuses on point of view and perspective using palm trees as the subject matter.

I have attached three photographs out of a number I shot that day around a lake near our house. When you are taking photographs for artistic purposes or to relay a message, you need to find unique ways to present common subjects. You need to visualize a different point of view to present or a unique perspective. The attached are great examples in my opinion.

Palm Tree 1

Palm Tree 1

The first photograph is from the base of a large palm tree along a walkway that encircles the lake. I sat down under the tree and pointed the camera skyward. I changed my focal point slightly and snapped about five shots, this being the one I liked the most. I like the result and believe it offers a capture that makes you stop and really look at the photograph…mission accomplished.

Palm Tree 2

Palm Tree 2

The second photograph is in a grove of palm trees. I did the same thing, sat down on the ground and started pointing my camera skyward. I took about six shots and settled on this as the best. Again, I am pleased with the result and believe it offers another great example of a unique perspective.

Palm Tree 3

Palm Tree 3

The third photograph is a group of palm trees I spotted around the lake. From a distance I shot just the top portion of the palm trees using the sky as a contrast against the fronds. This capture may not be as unique as the other ones, but it does show an example of framing subjects in such a way that you get rid of the surrounding noise. An example of what I mean would be this same shot of palm trees in Los Angeles using the same angle. I could put two of these types of shots together and you wouldn’t know which one was taken in a major city and which one was taken by a lake. You do not see the ground or the surrounding landscape.

So next time you are taking photographs and you want to make them pop, think about your perspective with the subject. What are you trying to relay and what is your point of view. It may be a creative angle to capture a subject or it may be eliminating noise or additional surroundings that give you a uniqueness to make someone stop and really look at your photograph. Thoughts?

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“Eye of Sun” The Art Print of The Week

“Eye of Sun”  The Art print of the week is from my Tropical Gallery.  A sunset over the Pacific Ocean taken along the beach in Carlsbad, California (North San Diego County). I love the way the palm trees frame the sun as it goes down. I used an abstract oil painting technique to give it an edgy modern look to celebrate the vibrant colors.  Enjoy!

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