On Myrtle Avenue in the pedestrian friendly Old Town, Monrovia, California. There are quite a few restaurants and retauraunt/bars in this neighborhood.
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Nestled between twin non-matching concrete towers, this is the Front Desk and main lobby of the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego, California. I suppose that with a name like “Manchester” the hotel thought it would be a good idea to go with heavy dark wood paneling and 18th century English country scenes as their theme decore. Fortunately they did not continue this theme in the elevator lobbies or the hallways, but the non-descrip, institutional look of the elevator lobbies and hallways, devoid of furniture, wall art or decent lighting killed any effect the lobby might have on guests sensibilities. The rooms were clean, serviceable, had good ADA accommodations, but the single, hideous looking 18th century English country side print hanging on the wall looked like something from the bargain bin at the Five and Dime. We never did figure out how the blackout drapes worked in the room, but it was a bit of a shock, when in the middle of the night, while we were in bed, the drapes automatically opened.
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What could be better than sitting at home in front of the television than going out to experience life in the real world. Anticipating that moment when the man in the candy store window loses his balance and comes crashing out on to the sidewalk. It beats watching paint dry.
When I first started post processing this I was thinking “Italian Flag”, and while it has all the right colors, they were not proportioned right. Then as I looked at the image, more and more, it hit me, “angry bird!”.
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This scene is looking east on Colorado Boulevard, from the corner of Columbia in Pasadena, California. It is just across the street from Le Cordon Bleu (pictured in Wednesday’s post) and just a block north of Le Cordon Bleu on Green Street (featured in last Monday’s and last Friday’s posts).
The first image (above) is another exercise in my emerging painterly/illustrative style. With the the style I am practicing I am working to achieve flattened three dimensional objects, flattened and smoothed textures, a simplification of structural elements, and an exploration of muted, but rich color tones and saturation. The end result is intended to be more of a representation of the image, rather than a purely, precise, documentary photo-realistic rendering.
The image below is a variation of the first image. For this image I applied the same post processing actions as the first image, but then I applied an impasto, painterly texture to the final image. I wanted to see what would result from adding a paint brush stroke effect to my baseline image. I like both variations, but I don’t anticipate that this experiment will lead me towards producing any more than an occasional rendition using the brush stroke technique.
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I don’t know about the antiques inside, but this store entry says big time prices to me. Judy is peering in the window in this image, the store was closed when we visited, which might have been very fortunate for the family bank account.
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It has probably been a long time since this building on Glassell Street in Orange, California had an inventory of batteries for sale, but I am glad the advertising sign on the side of the building has survived. I love the look of mature buildings with period decoration or art work on them, even commercial art work.
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The blog has returned to Orange, California this week as I explore this painterly style. The assistance I speak of in the title of this post is the “paint job” I did on the building housing the Assistance League. The actual color was a dull white and I thought the walls needed a color to set off the green door and window trim. I find this coloration bright and hopeful which seems apropos for an organization called “Assistance” League.
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A downhill ski slalom course is what the positioning of the light standards and green refuse containers along the sidewalk remind me of, or maybe a slalom course for roller bladers. This final image is actually a composite of four HDR images that I lined up together, after flipping two of the images horizontally to create the symmetry. Edward Hopper is one of my influences and his “Early Sunday” image was in the back of my mind when I conceived of this layout.
The stylistic direction that I have been going in is a direct influence of work by the painter Edward Hopper during the first half of the 20th century and also by the illustrator, Bruce McCall in contemporary times. I like their choice of subjects, their techniques influence my use of saturated colors, simplified shapes and lines and the seeming flatness or lack of texture that I create in what would usually be considered textured or sculpted (multi-dimensional) objects.
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This image is for my friend Sheila Creighton who is a photographer and an automotive lover, Sheila blogs at Imagery of Light. This classic piece of automotive art was on display at the Pasadena Police Department Classic Car Show, June 17, 2011 and was parked on Colorado Boulevard where the Rose Parade takes place every New Years Day.