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.
Please click on either image to view in high resolution, which I recommend for viewing the second image.
This is the north east corner of the plaza formed around the park at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street in Orange, California (if you ask Google Maps to find “Orange, CA” it will put a map pin right in the middle of this park). I am fascinated by the lines and geometric shapes in building elements, those and the perception of depth that I get from the shadow areas always makes me feel like my eyes are on an adventure. Maybe it is something primeval in my soul, but certain shapes, lines, highlights, shadows and colors combined in the right circumstance, and I get sense of well being and joy.
High Resolution Image here.
Found at a Lowe’s home improvement store garden department. I believe this may be part of the syngonium family, commonly referred to as Arrowhead Vine, bur being wrong is something that I am very familiar with, so don’t try to win any bar bets based upon my authority. I was heavy handed with the painterly effects and it was by design, abstracting the image out so you can view it as you would a Rorshach ink blot, and let your imagination fill in the blanks.
Continuing my painterly experimentations these yellow Daylilies were growing adjacent to our neighborhood tennis courts and I captured them the same day as the Daylilies in my last blog post. This image was similar to last Monday’s, during post processing, I applied the Topaz Labs Simplify effect (via the Photoshop plug-in) to give the primary image some paint brush like feeling and then the texture in this image also came from my backyard, from a shot of our wood fence that has been aging in the elements for the past twenty years as a layer in Photoshop . I also added a framing effect using the OnOne Software PhotoFrame 4.6 Photoshop plug-in.