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New England Lighthouse – Featured Art Print

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Lighthouse/Nautical Collection titled “West Chop Lighthouse”.  The print is this lighthouse as seen from the coastal waters looking towards the coastline. It is done with a traditional watercolor technique highlighting the soft warm colors of the coastal setting. It’s springtime in New England with the sun glistening off of the water and the trees newly leafed out.

West Chop Lighthouse is located at the entrance of Vineyard Haven Harbor in Tisbury, Massachusetts on the northern tip of West Chop. The first rubble stone lighthouse and dwelling were built on the bluffs of West Chop in 1817. Facing a problem of constant erosion the lighthouse was moved back in 1830 and again in 1846. The present structure and dwelling were built in 1891. In 1976 West Chop Light became the last Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse to become automated. Today, the former light keepers dwelling serves as living quarters for the Menemsha Coast Guard Station. Since an art print represents just a moment in time, I thought the West Chop Lighthouse setting was a perfect representation of the coastal area of Martha’s Vineyard. Thoughts?

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Lighthouses

A few years back, my wife and I did a road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway from northern California through Oregon into Washington just to see the lighthouses along this stretch of scenic coastline.  The scenery was breathtaking unto itself. The lighthouses were fascinating and allowed me the opportunity to create some interesting art prints for my art website, TheWallGallery. As a photographer and artist, I love the opportunity to try and capture the essence of subjects. Sometimes it comes through in a color photograph, sometimes a black and white photograph or it takes on a life in a watercolor or oil painting. I just added some new art prints to my Lighthouse Gallery and I have attached 4 of them here. The updates were done in a sketching and watercolor technique. It adds a different dimension to the oil and watercolor prints I had already done. Take a look and let me know what you think.

I call this an estate, because the picture shows you both the lighthouse and the care takers home (and the distance between the two). The lighthouse is the Heceda Head Lighthouse.

This is the Umpqua River Lighthouse. This lighthouse replaced the original lighthouse on a higher location. It opened in 1894.

This is the Coquille River Lighthouse. Construction began in 1891, but didn’t light up until 1896. It was abandoned in 1939 by an automated beacon, but was reclaimed in 1976 by the Army Corps and Oregon State Parks.

Proud and True

Proud and True                                                                                           

This is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The lighthouse sits on a 200 foot cliff above the Pacific Ocean. It lit it’s lamp for the first time on December 20, 1870.

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Dusk in the Harbor

I just updated one of my galleries with a series of watercolor prints. I wanted to share a few of them with you. This particular gallery is a series of watercolor landscapes. The first picture is of boats in Victoria Harbor, British Columbia at dusk.

I drew the scene with simple and almost abstract sketching. I then used the color hues to create the time of day “dusk”. Notice the lighter colors in the sky and reflected in the harbor. The rest of the hues are darker blues throughout. As a special focal point, I enjoy the docks that have “lamps lit” on the two boats in the foreground.

The next picture is “Sunrise in the Harbor”. Using Victoria Harbor again, this time a different perspective of the harbor and different lighting creating an early morning look.

Same simplified drawing technique, but notice the color hues….lighter and brighter. The blue hues are not as dark and the coloring on the boats is more vivid. The look of early morning is created by the coloring of the sky and the coloring on the boats.

The next picture is also from Canadian landscape. It’s called ” Contemplation at the Lake“.

This is a picture of “Hidden Lake” near Whistler, British Columbia. Again, same drawing technique….simple almost abstract…with the story being told by the coloring. I like using purple, dark blue hues for mountains and love the accent of green with the trees in the foreground. The individual sitting on the shore looks deep in thought creating the name of the picture.

Keeping with the mountain theme from this picture, the next one is of more mountains around the Whistler area.

Again, I like the purple and blue hues for mountains….this one more purple than the blue. The green trees in the foreground also add that accent look. A little more detail in the drawing on this one in the trees to make them more of a focal point.

To finish out the samples, I have included a picture of Mt Rainier that I have done.

So, south of the Canadian border, this angle is from the Seattle area. Keeping the blue hues throughout keeps the snow capped mountain to a more subtle look. For a little fun, if you look closely just to the left of the peak, you will see a small airplane drawn in.

I hope you enjoy and for more of my recently updated art prints, please visit either my main online art gallery (TheWallGallery) or this specific gallery: Landscape Watercolor 3.

Thanks!