I wanted to liven it up a bit this week so I’m posting some abstract style prints featuring “Street Scenes”. Anyone who follows my work knows I love bright colors and abstract styles in a lot of my prints, so this week I am featuring two where I used a fauvism approach.
The first print is Whistler, British Columbia. Whistler is so pedestrian friendly and the capture depicts one of the main streets in the village during the “off-season” (non-skiing time of year). The fauvism approach brings surreal colors in abstract type shapes. In this print that really pulls-out and highlights architectural elements with the pedestrians more a secondary feature.
The second print does the opposite. The color and abstract approach highlights the crowded pedestrian traffic in a square near the sports stadiums in lower downtown Seattle. Again, I love the surreal colors making the print a very interesting visual experience.
I have a gallery that focuses on “Street Scenes”, which is where these three prints come from. Most of my art in this genre is more pedestrian oriented and/or simple scenes of streets to highlight architecture of the buildings along that street or to create visual depth.
With these three prints, I used a technique that creates an impasto style (impasto: the process of laying on paint or pigment thickly to allow the brush strokes to stand out from the surface). With this style I also use bright colors to compliment the bold brush strokes.
The first print is of Whistler, British Columbia during the fall. Whistler is a beautiful village known for great winter skiing. What I liked about the village was the architecture and pedestrian friendly streets. You can feel yourself wandering down this street just enjoying the afternoon.
With this second art print, same concept just a totally different location. This particular print is of a New England Village in the spring. I was drawn to this scene because of the angle giving the street depth and intrigue with the pedestrians scattered.
One of the aspects of a good art print or photograph is the ability of the visual display (art print or photograph) to pull your eye into the scene. A quick left to right scan is not pulling your visual interest into the presentation. There needs to be an aspect of the picture that pulls your eye further into the scene. Sometimes, this is an interesting aspect of the subject matter presented and sometimes it’s the simple visual stimuli of depth. Depth in a picture creates an interest for the eye to look further into the composition of the print. One of the easiest ways to do this is to literally create depth in the picture. In real life, we find depth interesting…”oh, look down there” or “I wonder where that goes”… to the most common….”hum…wonder what’s around the bend?”. I have attached four art prints from my Street Scenes/People Gallery that typifies my point. The depth elements in these four cases are the scene itself.
The first art print is one of my more popular ones, depicting a portion of Beacon Hill. Typical street scene and see how your eye follows the road, looking down the street to see what is there.
The third and fourth prints from a resort in Warner Springs, California are similar to the first one, in that your eye follows the sidewalk under the arched trees into that remote point way off in the distance.
“Morning Coffee” is from my Street Scenes/People Gallery. It’s one of the new art prints I added to this gallery last week. A typical outdoor coffee shop where friends gather for their morning cup and conversation. I did this particular print in a gothic oil style to create those warm earth tones and old world feel. All of the painting effects are digital and take a lot of layering and filtering to get the proper brush strokes, color hues and lighting. I start with a photograph and decide what I want to do with it. In this case I played with the gothic oil style and liked the end result.