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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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Joy and Peace – Featured Art Print

As I have mentioned and discussed on this blog, I do custom work for clients either tweaking one of my existing prints (Bougainvillea post as an example) or create a new print for a specific request. A client contacted me a couple of weeks ago about one of my prints in the Inspiration Gallery titled: Joy and Peace. I created this print by using an art print from my Floral Still/Life Gallery of orange poppies (featured in a prior blog) with a prayer of mine as an overlay. Attached is a copy of the print I am talking about.

 

What the client wanted was the same thing only with red poppies. They also asked to have the verbiage changed from joy and peace to peace and joy. No problem, I responded. I have attached the result of that request below.

In changing the poppies to red, the current color glow around the flowers just didn’t work. I chose purple for a couple of reasons; one being that it looked good with the red and the client loved it and the other is that it does carry some symbolism within the church.

Whenever I finish a custom print, I always study it next to the original to see if what I had done improved the original enough to replace it. In looking at both of these prints, I frankly was at a loss. I liked the red a lot, but also liked the orange, so I present them both to you. Thoughts?

 

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Painted Poppies – Featured Art Prints

Just added to the Floral / Still Life Gallery are these two prints titled “Painted Poppies One” and “Painted Poppies Two”. In referring back to a prior post where I shared some pictures from a photo shoot of orange poppies, I took a couple of those shots and created these two art prints using an impasto oil technique. I was pleased with the original photography, but a lot of interior design schemes look better with paintings (or framed art prints of paintings), so I try various styles and techniques until I come up with what I want. I liked this technique as it uses strong bold brush strokes which I thought complemented the subject matter rather well.

 

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Orange Poppies – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Just so you know, not all photographic opportunities go as planned. Even under controlled conditions, “stuff” happens. I had set up my light box and was going to do some macro shots of California Poppies. The request for this shoot actually came from my wife. We have recently moved into a brand new home, so naturally the art work we had in our other home doesn’t fit the decor of this house. The good news is, my wife likes my work and we use my prints and paintings in all of the rooms of our house. It is amazing how just switching out a print in existing frames makes a total decor change in any room. So what she wanted was some prints of these poppies and was gracious enough to go and get a plant. Almost out of season here, that task was a challenge unto itself.

What I have attached are samples from that shoot, starting with the first one….this shot seemed set up ok…lighting was good…focus was close…when I went to snap the shot…yellow petals and orange petals dropped like stones.

Poppy 1

Poppy 1

Thinking the lack of petals on the yellow poppy was obvious, but the orange blooms looked doable….I went for another shot…

Poppy 2

Poppy 2

Wrong…the lack of orange petals  was obvious and all of the attempts to tape or glue them (yes…I did try both) were in vain….I cut that stalk off and tried again…

Poppy 3

Poppy 3

The petals on the remaining two stalks stayed put!!

Poppy 4

Poppy 4

And I was able to grab a couple of great shots. From these I will crop and analyze focus. All told…it was a series of 30 shots to come down to a couple worth taking to the next step.

Poppy 5

Poppy 5

I have already started to play with a couple of these as paintings…..

 

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