As a departure from last weeks black and white photography, this week I want to look at a very colorful sky I created as a backdrop to the Seattle skyline. Using a fauvism technique to create the bright colored sky and abstract look, I have attached two art prints that are just slightly different.
In the first print “Space Needle Colorful Sky”, I centered the Space Needle as a focal point with the buildings of downtown part of the background.
The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Cityscapes Collection titled “San Diego Skyline”. The print is of the San Diego skyline from across San Diego Bay. Using the same style I displayed in last weeks feature, a fauvism oil technique, creates this abstract and brightly colored rendition of the downtown San Diego skyline.
San Diego is a very beautiful city, not only due to the natural topography it occupies, but the city itself. I know I am biased, having lived there for 24 years, but it does occupy a beautiful stretch of coastline from the beaches lining the north county, down through Mission Bay (SeaWorld) and San Diego Bay. I love to go across to Coronado Island and look back towards the downtown skyline. With San Diego Bay as the anchor, you see the buildings making up the skyline, the convention center, hotels and condos dotting the sky. This particular art print is from the ferry landing on Coronado Island looking back across the bay. I love using this style with this subject matter as it adds an element of fun and vibrancy to a setting that features a lot of straight lines and linear features. Adding the dock for the ferry landing in the foreground with people adds an element of interest to the scene and creates more depth to the overall print.
I usually look at this style of art and think modern and contemporary. Yet, this style is traditional and old. Not being an interior designer, I’m clearly not the expert, but I do know what I like and how it looks. I have come to realize that the manner in which an art print is matted and framed can make a world of difference in the final presentation. Will this art print be a focal point for your wall and room or will this be a compliment to the overall look. Determining this factor will also help you decide on a print and the manner in which you matte and frame it. Thoughts?
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My photo shoot this week took me to downtown Seattle. It occurred to me that I had not done a photo shoot in downtown for a couple of years and the last time would have been before the Seattle Great Wheel (ferris wheel) had been built at the end of one of the piers along the water front. Some facts: The Seattle Great Wheel was built in less than a year, but its story goes back much further than that. Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality. The Seattle Great Wheel opened to the public on June 29, 2012. Since then, it has become an icon of the city and a destination for tourists and locals alike. Here are some fun facts about the Seattle Great Wheel:
The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall.
The wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. Each gondola seats up to eight people, meaning the wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.
The wheel was manufactured in various parts of Europe and the United States, and assembled right at the end of the pier.
The wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of the pier, over Elliott Bay.
The Seattle Great Wheel is open year round. With fully-enclosed gondolas and a covered waiting area, the rain can’t stop the wheel from spinning!
The Wheel weighs 280,300 pounds.
550 tons of concrete were poured to create the foundation for the wheel.
My shots are from the view-point of a photographer/artist, so I always look for unique angles and composition. The first picture is of the city skyline and the beginning of the pier. I framed this shot to highlight the fall colors of the trees against the city back drop. The ferris wheel is at the end of the pier past Miners Landing. Please note, it doesn’t always rain in Seattle…nice sunny day!! The next picture is of the Seattle Great Wheel sitting at the end of the pier!
Seattle Great Wheel
The next shots are clearly “artistic” in nature, but I like some of the elements and composition, so I wanted to share the originals before I start playing with them. This one is from beneath the wheel looking up…The next one is standing beneath the wheel looking up one of the support structures..
Seattle Great Wheel
And the final shot a look at the gondolas……..
Seattle Great Wheel
As I work through the shoot and evaluate what I have, some of the shots will find themselves transformed into paintings and black and white photography, while others will stay color photographs. Thoughts? Comments? Please visit my main gallery: TheWalllGallery … and follow my work on my Facebook page – TheWallGallery by Kirt Tisdale. (Page likes are always appreciated!) Thanks!