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Southern Colonial Home – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is “Southern Colonial Home” done in black and white from my Black and White Sketches Gallery.

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?



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“Desert Botanical Garden – Chihuly Exhibit” Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

As a follow-up to last weeks photo excerpt post, I have attached three more shots from the Chihuly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix. I can’t help but admire the creativity in arranging these incredible pieces of art within the desert landscape.  The first picture is a surprise because it is nestled in the reeds of a pond and not as open and obvious. The second picture demands center stage with its brilliance and the third represents the range in color of the displays. Enjoy!

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“Desert Botanical Garden” Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

My wife and I went to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix last week to check out the Chihuly  Exhibit. We have seen the Chihuly Exhibit at the Seattle Center, but wanted to see what his work would look like scattered amongst desert plantings. The first shot is in the garden giving you a feel for the surrounding environment. The garden is situated in such a way, you forget you are in a metropolitan area of over 4 million people.  Within the garden, I included two shots of Chihuly glass work amongst the desert flora and fauna. The contrast between his bright-colored displays and the plants were amazing. The displays are also lit up at night which we have seen pictures of and that creates an entirely different experience. The work is stunning both day and night. Enjoy!!

Desert Botanical Garden 1

Desert Botanical Garden 1

Desert Botanical Garden 2

Desert Botanical Garden 2

Desert Botanical Garden 3

Desert Botanical Garden 3

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A Photo Shoot “Frozen Waterfall”

With record temperature cold across most of the US, this photo shoot seemed appropriate. While not from the current cold snap, but an early December cold snap hitting the Seattle area, I took the next three pictures while hiking near where we lived just before sunset. The setting is a very tall rock/dirt cliff next to the trail I was hiking on. For those of you that follow my blog, it was the same hike where I captured the moss covered wall. Because of the amount of rain the Seattle area gets, the ground is always full of moisture.  The waterfall in mention is ground water running down the face of the cliff.

Frozen Waterfall

Frozen Waterfall

A closer look…..

Frozen Waterfall Close Up

Frozen Waterfall Close Up

This last shot I thought was interesting in that these icicles were formed from water seeping out of the cliff wall….

Seeping Icicles

Seeping Icicles

Thanks for letting me share my hiking find, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

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“The Mountain Ledge” The Art Print of The Week

“Mountain Ledge” The Art Print of the Week

I updated my Color Photography Gallery last week with a number of new art prints. The art print of the week is one of the new additions. This print is a shot of a “Mountain Ledge” over 1000 ft above the valley floor. I took it with my telephoto lens from what is known as Rattlesnake Ledge above North Bend, Washington. Once you have hiked up to Rattlesnake Ledge, the path continues further up to this ledge which is higher but much smaller. The view as you can tell from this picture is spectacular from either ledge. The green mountain valley and Cascade Mountains make for a perfect picture.

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Luminasia is an attraction at this years Washington State Fair.  As stated on their web site: “Don’t miss this year’s feature attraction! Luminasia has taken the traditional form of Chinese lantern making and modernized it into the 21st Century. Conceived and produced by International Special Attractions, it is an incomparable display of glowing light and color, combining high-tech material and state-of-the art lighting and production techniques.

The result is a beautiful, fun, immersive, and larger-than-life “East meets West” exhibition. Covering over two acres of outdoor space, this marvelous walk-through exhibit showcases Washington state landmarks combined with traditional Chinese icons, all glowing from within. Over 50,000 state-of-the-art bulbs are used to illuminate this fascinating spectacle.”

I wanted to share some of the photographs I took last Saturday night. My camera for the evening was my iPhone 5. I was incredibly impressed with how well it did. I haven’t decided what to do with these prints as it relates to my art gallery, but wanted to share them as the attraction is beautiful. Enjoy!


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More Sepia Prints

I added about 25 new art prints to my Sepia Gallery located in my online art gallery: The Wall Gallery.  I wanted to share a few of them here. I love the sepia look for that old world rustic appearance. As I have discussed in prior blogs, the subject matter needs to lend itself to that same ‘feel”. Sepia prints work really well in a number of decors bringing an element of age and history.

Let’s start with the first picutre which I call “Abandoned Farm“. This shot was taken near the Amana Colonies, Iowa in mid February of this year. It was one of those shots that felt good, but I wasn’t sure until I looked at the print in full size. I liked it so much, I have used this shot as a basis for a watercolor and an oil. I like the overall composition and knew it would also look great as a sepia print.

The sepia tone makes it look like it could have been taken in the 30’s or earlier.

The next shot is of old farm equipment just sitting in a field. I took the picture near North Bend, Washington while I was hiking along the Snoqualmie River. This shot was taken with the sole intent of using it as a sepia print. The subject matter lent itself perfectly.

On that same hike, I came across the next two shots and also took them with the sole intent of using them for sepia prints. The aged look and composition spoke volumes to me….

This cabin was right on the banks of the Snoqualmie River. Just a few cabins up , I came across the next shot….

(I would also like to point out that the featured picture at the top of the post came from this same area of the river bank. I enjoyed the cat trying to hide in the shadows.)

So shifting geography, a couple of other prints from the other side of the country…New England.

The first print is of a house on Martha’s Vineyard. The age and weathering of this home lends itself to the sepia tone.

And for the last sample, a large sail boat harbored in a small fishing village in Maine.

Sail boats have that timeless look, especially the larger ones.

These are just a few of the samples I added to The Sepia Gallery….the subject matter in the gallery is “rustic or historic” in appearance. See what you think. Thanks!