Thursday, March 11, 2010

Strawberry 1

Strawberries are probably the most pleasing fruit that is easy to eat.  The other sweet fruit either have a hard outside to cut away like the pineapple, or they have large seeds in the middle like the peach or cherry.  My favorite strawberries are those fresh from a garden, but I don't mind buying them in the market or tianguis and sorting through those which are too green or too ripe to find those that are soft and sweet leaving juice running down to my wrist.

This first strawberry artworks was from a few quick photos I took of a strawberry before I ate what remained of  half a kilo of strawberries I had bought at the tiangus on Tuesday.  After washing and sorting them, I had a large bowl which I had with a glass of white wine yesterday (Wednesday) so you see food I love disappears fast! :-)
Strawberry 1 by Christopher Johnson
Strawberry 1 by Christopher Johnson

I tried in this artwork to show the pleasure and sensation I had when enjoying those strawberries including that particular strawberry I photographed.  The intense red contrasting with the shiny textured white of the background. The green leaves with highlights were also tempting.   Does it make you want to see the large preview?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Autumn Delight Kaleidoscope Art

The Autumn Delight Kaleidoscope art series was inspired by one of the photos I used for my holiday themed posters and cards in my holiday greetings store at Zazzle and as posters at Imagekind. This series has a soft painterly texture and canvas feel. You can't really tell with the small preview, but if you click through and click again on an image at Imagekind, a large preview will open and that will give you a good idea.

Autumn Delight Kaleidoscope Art 5 by Christopher Johnson
Autumn Delight Kaleidoscope Art 5 by Christopher Johnson
This one is my favorite artwork of the series.

Autumn Delight Kaleidoscope Art 1 by Christopher Johnson

Autumn Delight Kaleidoscope Art 2 by Christopher Johnson

Autumn Delight Kaleidoscope Art 3 by Christopher Johnson

Autumn Delight Kaleidoscope Art 4 by Christopher Johnson

Harvest Day Impasto Kaleidoscope Art

I still have to add these and the next set to Zazzle for fun gifts especially those cool ties and cards for Father's Day, but they are all at Imagekind.  I'm making a few new sets of kaleidoscope artwork to celebrate my recent TBA at Zazzle for one of my Kaleidoscope ties. I didn't make a post for those but it was another series.  I've always been surprised by what is (and what isn't)  awarded a Today's Best Award.  In any case, it doesn't really matter since I'll design, paint, draw, or photograph what I want.  :-)

The Harvest Day Impasto Kaleidoscope Art is a series of geometric designs which were inspired by the colors on a photo of pumpkins resting against a leafless tree on a lawn I saw at Morguefile.  While the photo wasn't so amazing,  I really thought the color combination was great even though in the kaleidoscopes I didn't use the pumpkin orange. The impasto is the thick painterly texture added to these artworks. You really can see the texture in either preview, but it was added.

Harvest Day Impasto Kaleidoscope Art 1 by Christopher Johnson
Harvest Day Impasto Kaleidoscope Art 6 by Christopher Johnson
Harvest Day Impasto Kaleidoscope Art 5 by Christopher Johnson
Harvest Day Impasto Kaleidoscope Art 4 by Christopher Johnson
Harvest Day Impasto Kaleidoscope Art 3 by Christopher Johnson
Harvest Day Impasto Kaleidoscope Art 2 by Christopher Johnson

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Yellow Chrysanthemums 3 and 4

Yellow Chrysanthemums 3 by Christopher Johnson
Yellow Chrysanthemums 3 by Christopher Johnson

Yellow Chrysanthemums 4 by Christopher Johnson
Yellow Chrysanthemums 4 by Christopher Johnson

Yellow Chrysanthemums 3 & 4 were the last artworks from that set of still life photos I took to use the watercolor look. I hope you enjoyed the series!

Here are a few of the great gifts at Zazzle with these floral artworks:
Yellow Chrysanthemums 4 sticker
Yellow Chrysanthemums 4 Sticker

Yellow Chrysanthemums 4 shirt
Yellow Chrysanthemums 4 Women's T-shirt

Yellow Chrysanthemums 3 stamp
Yellow Chrysanthemums 3 USA Postage Stamps

Yellow Chrysanthemums 3 mousepad
Yellow Chrysanthemums 3 Mousepad

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Yellow Chrysanthemums 2

Yellow Chrysanthemums 2 by Christopher Johnson

The second in a series of yellow chrysanthemum flowers with watercolor effects. This series is also available on Redbubble and on great gift products at Zazzle (in fact most of my work is even if I don't say anything :-P ).

Here are a few of the cool gifts with this floral artwork on Zazzle.
Yellow Chrysanthemums 2 shirt
Yellow Chrysanthemums 2 Women's T-Shirt

Yellow Chrysanthemums 2 mousepad
Yellow Chrysanthemums 2 Mousepad

Yellow Chrysanthemums 2 keychain
Yellow Chrysanthemums 2 keychain

Yellow Chrysanthemums 2 card
Yellow Chrysanthemums 2 Greeting Card

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Yellow Chrysanthemums 1

Yellow Chrysanthemums 1 by Christopher Johnson
Yellow Chrysanthemums 1 by Christopher Johnson

I've been photographing quite a few chrysanthemums and I've been trying to do something different with the images each time. With this series, I'm working on giving the yellow chrysanthemum flowers a watercolor look in post processing. I really love how this look accentuates the petal edges and has great texture when viewed up close.


Here are a few of the products available at Zazzle with the artwork
Yellow Chrysanthemums 1 mug
Yellow Chrysanthemums 1 Coffee Mug

Yellow Chrysanthemums 1 card
Yellow Chrysanthemums 1 Greeting Card

Yellow Chrysanthemums 1 mousepad
Yellow Chrysanthemums 1 Mousepad