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Grand Canyon Sketched – Featured Art Prints

I have been working with some of the shots I took at the Grand Canyon in early August (The Grand Canyon – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot) and am attaching five art prints I created that I just added to my Landscape Watercolor Gallery. I created these art prints with a sketching/watercolor technique that creates a very detailed sketched look with soft colors. The overall look is soft and subtle, but when you really look into the print you see detail you don’t initially notice at first. This is the appeal these have as it relates to art prints of the Grand Canyon. The overall beauty and look is overwhelmingly breathtaking and larger than life. Man pales by comparison when presented alongside this type of setting. Let’s take a look at them….


 

The first print gives you a partial panorama, with the foreground on the left, which is the canyon facing side of Lookout Studio. Your eyes are drawn into the detail and you see people in the sketch. The more your eye is drawn into the print, you start to see just how many people. This type of detail doesn’t distract from the overall look, but actually compliments the look I was going for.

 


 

The second print gives you a sense of depth, with the purple sketching in the background creating the canyon’s distance and depth. The overlook creates a great foreground focal point and then again, you start to see the people. They are small in comparison to the overall scene, but become an important part of the small detail.


 

With the third print, the overlook in the foreground becomes the prominent element of the print with the people milling about. In this art print, the canyon depth takes backstage to the beauty of the rock strata and the people on the overlook.


 

The fourth art print focuses on the rock strata of the South Rim and the Grand Canyon Village is almost an “oh, there is something there” as your eye sweeps the scene. Once you realize the village is there, you start to see the small detail of buildings and people.


 

The fifth and final art print is the El Tovar Lodge. I love the architecture of the building as it sits atop the South Rim.


 

My objective with these prints was to portray the beauty and scope of this natural wonder and present prints that demonstrate the sheer size of the setting versus man. Thoughts?


 

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Desert Oasis – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

The one thing that always amazes me about the desert is when you think you understand the terrain you are hiking in, you round a bend or crest a hill and come across an unexpected oasis. I took the attached shots while on a hike in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix.

Desert Oasis 1

Desert Oasis 1

This first shot gives you an idea of the my initial find, but as I followed the stream around a bend, it became more green and lush (again, the term “lush” is used loosely…it is the desert, so from that point of reference, we’ll stick with “lush”)

Desert Oasis 2

Desert Oasis 2

Desert Oasis 3

Desert Oasis 3

Desert Oasis 4

Desert Oasis 4

Desert Oasis 5

Desert Oasis 5

Desert Oasis 6

Desert Oasis 6

This shot gives you an idea of the surrounding topography towards the west….

Desert Oasis 7

Desert Oasis 7

And this shot is from the same spot, but looking east. Thoughts?

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Mountain Meadow Lake – Featured Art Print

Today’s featured art print is titled: “Mountain Meadows”. It is a new addition to my Abstract Watercolor Gallery. I chose an abstract approach to a landscape scene to soften the look of the final piece. I used muted colors and strong suggestive lines to create the framework of the scene.

Mountain Meadow Lake

Mountain Meadow Lake

At first glance, you may not be too sure just what you are looking at, but then you recognize the suggestive outlines of hills, trees and grass. You see a smooth area, which you now see as a lake or pond. Your eye is pulled into the print trying to figure it out. The abstract approach creates some different elements in a print. It uses a different methodology presenting a picture. If it were a true impressionistic approach, the shapes and colors are more about evoking a response or an emotion versus portraying accurate detail. I like that approach with free form shapes and bold colors. Another approach to abstract art prints is a subtler look such as the featured art print. A specific scene is being depicted but without the detail found in a photograph or a typical art print. It is more suggestive of the subject matter letting your mind fill in the blanks.

I have two abstract galleries, one done in oil techniques and one done using watercolor techniques. They both use the same basic premise, but the results are different because the elements are created in two distinctly different ways. The oil techniques typically produce bolder, stronger looks and the watercolor techniques create softer looks using more subtle methods. They both have their place in an interior design depending on the look you are going for. Thoughts?

 

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Red Rock Cactus – Featured Art Print

The final featured art print for the week from my Landscape Watercolor Collection is “Red Rock Cactus”. It jumps right out there with a bold colorful look. The setting is near Phoenix with the many red rock outcroppings prominent in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. A prominent saguaro cactus and two smaller ones frame the scene. The print has a typical American Southwest look, but I wanted a little more of a punch. The technique I used is more of an abstract approach creating a bold modern look. I started by outlining the detail of the scene and then filled in using abstract shapes of color. This technique keeps the intricate detail of the foreground, cactus and rocks, but adds simple bold shapes of blue to create a sky effect. The simplicity and colors of the blue creates drama in the print and accents the strong red of the rock outcropping. Your eye is drawn to the red rock which has more detail than the sky, but less than the cactus and foreground. Moving into those elements, the detail and softer colors of green finish the framing of the central subject, the red rocks. If you really drilled down into the color pattern of the cactus and foreground, you would actually see the same color shapes, but the drawing of detail keeps the shapes confined within distinct borders. I loved the setting of the scene and wanted to present something that had a bolder more contemporary look to it. Thoughts?

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Barn in the Valley – Featured Art Print

Last week, I featured two new prints from my Landscape Oil Collection. This week I am going to take a look at two very different prints from my Landscape Watercolor Collection. In this particular collection, I have used a variety of watercolor techniques to create totally different looks to landscape scenes. The first print I wanted to feature is “ Barn in the Valley”. The setting is rural Iowa in wintertime. There isn’t any snow on the ground, just barren trees and brown dormant fields. Even in this type of setting, there is beauty in my opinion. This time of year is a time of rest and regrouping for not only the plant life, but also the farmers that grow the crops. I love the way the barn sits in a small valley surrounded by rolling hills. In this particular print I used a pointillism style for the technique. Pointillism is a style of painting in small distinct dots of color that are applied in a pattern to form an image. The technique was developed in 1886 branching from impressionism. The style creates a very soft look to a scene and the eye combines the dots into a recognizable pattern. In playing with this technique, I find that it either works really well or really poorly and I haven’t seen much in between. I liked it for this scene to keep a soft; warm and casual look to this particular setting. It allows the barn to become center stage without over powering the entire print. Using warm earth tones keeps the scene subtle, yet inviting. Thoughts?

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Victoria Harbour Sunset – Featured Art Print

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Lighthouse/Nautical Collection titled “Victoria Harbour Sunset”.  The print is of the sun setting over Victoria Harbour with fishing boats docked in the foreground. . It is done with a traditional watercolor technique highlighting the golden hues of the setting sun as it reflects off of the water. The foreground captures the look of this region with two fishing boats silhouetted against the brilliant sunset. The hills themselves across the harbor also become layered silhouettes, keeping the sun as the focus of the art print.

Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island is home to what I believe one of the most beautiful harbours. The harbour is a very active body of water accommodating boat traffic (fishing, private and ferry) and a seaport for airplanes. It’s not unusual to see a seaplane take off with a sailboat in the foreground of your line of sight. Victoria itself is a beautiful city as it retains its Victorian charm and elegance. It is home of the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel with its renowned afternoon tea, keeping the Victorian traditional alive. The Empress faces the inner harbour and the scene depicted in this print is in front of the hotel down by the water. The inner harbour is ringed by a two-tier waterfront walkway frequented by tourist, entertainers and musicians. Just around the bend in the inner harbour from the Empress Hotel is another famous landmark, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings that were built in 1893. At night the buildings are lit up by over 3300 light bulbs. Since an art print represents just a moment in time, I thought the setting sun over the harbour with the fishing boats relayed the beauty of the region. Thoughts?

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The Forest Path – Featured Art Print

“The Forest Path” is another one of my recent additions of art prints to The Landscape Watercolor Gallery.  A path through the deep forest, again from one of my many hikes last year in the Pacific Northwest. I love the lighting on this shot, with the sun coming through the tree canopy. I took the original photograph and used an abstract watercolor technique to create an art print that was a little more edgy for a contemporary interior decorating scheme. Let me know what you think!

 

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