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Peach Rose – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is a simple color photograph of a rose. I call it “Peach Rose’ as it reminds me of the coloring of a large fresh peach. I will be adding this to my Color Photography Gallery.

Maybe it seems a little weird that I’m showcasing a rose bloom early in December, but it is a recent photograph I thought turned out beautifully. I took this shot during the Thanksgiving weekend while we were staying in Los Angeles. The home we were staying in has numerous flower gardens around the property and I couldn’t resist some macro shots.

What drew me into this bloom was the lighting and coloring. The sun was shining on the rose bloom from an angle and the lighting behind the bloom was subdued with subtle shadows. The color reminded me of the large peaches we use to grow when we lived in Denver. We had an incredible peach tree just off the back deck and the coloring on those peaches as they ripened was similar to this bloom.

“Peach Rose” is a celebration of simplicity, color and nature’s beauty. Thoughts?

 

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Urban Cluster – Featured Art Print

“Urban Cluster” is the art print I wanted to feature today from my Cityscapes Collection.  The print is a group of high-rise buildings in downtown San Diego. The style I used on this print is a sketching technique that emphasizes the linear aspect of the group of buildings.

This particular print had its birth in a project I was doing for a San Diego based company. I was doing a full day shoot around the core areas of San Diego. My shoot took me along the bay in downtown San Diego, then across the bay on Coronado Island. From Coronado, I used my telephoto lens to shoot the skyline of downtown. In the middle of all of those shots, I found this particular scene. Although I never used it for the project, I was pulled to it seeing some elements I liked. After cropping the shot tighter and squaring it, I found the look I was after. I then played with a technique giving it a sketched appearance with watercolors. I liked the result as it highlights the straight lines and sharp points of the architecture in each of the buildings. It’s a group of five buildings caught at such an angle that they look grouped together. In reality, they are not. The buildings in the forefront are about a block apart from each other and the pointed building in the background is at least a half a mile away along with the high-rise condo on the extreme left. The use of a telephoto lens creates an interesting element in the depth perception as it pulls the background in closer, especially in a tight shot like this. Thoughts?

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The Village Shops – Featured Art Print

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Street Scenes/People Collection titled “Village Shops”.  The print is of a New England village street with shops lining the sidewalk. I used a fauvism oil technique to create this abstract and brightly colored rendition of this typical New England setting.

I love the look of old New England villages with their streets lined with shops and cafes. The roads are narrow and the architecture quaint and inviting. Since I am always trying to capture a moment that will speak to a viewer, I like the aspect of this setting. We have just enough street and buildings to create the overall scene. The other elements to finish the look are the trees, lampposts and of course, people. I love the bright colors and abstract painting as it creates an upbeat feel to the print and doesn’t get lost in the detail, but has enough that the look makes sense.

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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New Orleans Cafe Old World – Featured Art Print

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Street Scenes/People Collection titled “New Orleans Café Old World”.  The print is of an outdoor café on a second story open-air balcony overlooking a street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. I featured a black and white sketching of this same scene a few weeks ago, as it is one of my favorites. In this rendition, I took the scene and used a gothic oil technique with earth tone colors creating a warm old world style.

Typical in the French Quarter are outdoor cafes utilizing the second floor balconies, which are a prominent part of the architecture. In my work, I try to capture a moment that speaks to an observer long after the fact. This scene does that. You can see the waiter prepping a table and diners involved in their lunchtime conversations. On the street below you get a glimpse of some of the foot traffic of people meandering around the French Quarter.

I usually look at this style of art and think it is best suited for a traditional interior design with the earth tones and old world feel. It has been one of my most popular prints and I have been fortunate enough to see it framed and displayed in a variety of interior designs. The element that has made the difference is the way it is matted and framed. I have seen it matted using basic white and then framed in black hanging in a living room that you would consider a very modern style. I have also seen it matted in an earth tone with ornate framing in a very traditional interior design. I think the style is abstract enough that it can work in a variety of designs. Thoughts?

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The Purple Pink Wedge – Featured Art Print

With a name for an art print like that, you have to know it’s abstract. On this particular print the style of painting used is a fauvist technique. Fauvism is a style of painting with vivid expressionistic and non-natural use of color that flourished in Paris from 1905.  The style compliments an abstract painting. I like the look, especially on abstract prints where the shapes and colors are suggestive, but not necessarily true to realism. In this particular example, I have used a wedge shape (or triangular if you will) that I colored purple and pink.

Love it or not, it does grab your eye. I thought you might find it interesting on what inspired this particular art print. It started from one of my photo shoots about a month ago. Coming into our community, we have an unusual structure that is dedicated to the memory of the Native American and their interest in the stars. Image a desert night away from city lights and the brilliance of the stars above you. This structure is a conical shape that has a walkway winding around the edge of it to the very top. On the top of this structure, you can gaze at the night sky and the stars that fill the sky. it is beautiful, but what “I” the photographer saw was unusual architecture that could make for interesting abstract art prints. Here’s one of the shots I took from that outing that became the inspiration behind this piece.

The Purple Pink Wedge Original Photograph

The Purple Pink Wedge Original Photograph

So, the first thing to notice is that I stayed true to the original form even down to the security camera lens that looks like an eye in the final picture. As a photographer I am always on the lookout for the unusual architecture or shapes around us as a basis for abstract pieces. I ended up doing a series around this structure in my gallery that used different angles, different painting techniques and a variety of color hues to create distinctively different art prints. The process itself leads to a number of shots (around 20 in this case) that I whittle down to a few perspectives that appeal to me. From there, I try a variety of painting styles to see what I Iike the most. Next is the color palette….that ultimately is just what my preferences are and what I think looks appealing. After creating a few of those pieces, I put them away and come back to them in a few weeks. A fresh look lets me know if I have a series I want to add, just one or none. In this case, I chose a series.

Again, abstract art prints don’t appeal to everyone and frankly don’t fit every interior design decor. Where they work the best is a decor such as modern or contemporary that have more of a minimalist approach where a print with strong shapes, lines or colors create a focal point to a room and not just a compliment to a room.  What are your thoughts?

 

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“Tropical Foliage” The Art Print of The Week

“Tropical Foliage” is the art print of the week. It’s from the collection in my Tropical Gallery. I started with taking a picture of a potted ornamental banana plant on our patio. From that original photograph, I created a couple of versions of this print. I did some oil painting techniques and then this watercolor. I like the way this one turned out as the watercolor technique gives the picture a softer look. Just so you can see the origin of the final product, I have attached the original picture. Enjoy!!

And the starting point…..

Original Picture

Original Picture

Source: Tropical Gallery

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“Fountain Urns” Cropping an Art Print

I do a fair amount of custom work with my art prints. The other day, one of my clients contacted me with a request that I wanted to share. Her request concerned a series of art prints she purchased last year. One of the prints is the first one I am attaching. The scene is a fountain of large urns located on the estate of the Kuleto Winery in Northern California. The art print is done in an impasto style of oil painting which uses large dramatic brush strokes. The print is in a landscape format (longer width than height) and after months of looking at her print grouping, she realized it would look better with one of her prints being in a portrait mode instead of the landscape. The print in question is the one below.

Fountain Urns 1

Fountain Urns 1

So her request was “Can I have this in portrait format?”  My response was no problem….it will create totally different prints, but here is what I can do…

Fountain Urn 2

Fountain Urn 2

and the other print becomes……

Fountain Urn 3

Fountain Urn 3

By just cropping the art print differently, I have not only created two new art prints, but also given her the ability to keep a theme together on her wall and still mix/match landscape and portrait mode in her presentation.

Source: Floral/Still Life Gallery

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