Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Soothing Seascapes

"Kohala Coast" © Tien Frogget

I don’t know about you, but I think some of the most peaceful scenes that I see depicted in art and photography are seascapes. There’s just something about the ocean that tugs at so many of us, deep in our hearts. The serenity of foamy waves along sandy shores… the figure of a child building a sand castle… the familiar colors of crimson and peach and violet dripping watercolors into the horizon at sunset… all of these things return us to our own seascapes that live inside of us.

"On The Horizon" © Steve Henderson

The ocean reminds us that we are connected to everything around us. That which once seemed so far away moves closer somehow. Other cultures and people wait and watch from distant shores. Seabirds take wing overhead as a wild salty spray dashes itself against the rocks like an unrequited lover, and footprints in the sand are washed away gently, slowly.

"Chrome Nautilus" © Peter Treiber

"San Diego Sunset" © Tien Frogget

It is no great wonder, then, that seascapes are one of the most sought-after subjects for art. Many people feel this connection with the ocean, the deep peace that rides only on waves, and love being able to bring that into their home or environment.

"Evening Light" © Richard Harpum

"Siletz Bay" © Steve Henderson

I remember the first time I saw the ocean. I was 11 years old, and had just moved to Southern California from Utah, where I was born and raised. It was late at night, and even though we were tired from sitting on seat springs for hours on end, we decided to go to the beach before we turned in for the day. Excitement hummed under my skin like tiny insects on a mild caffeine buzz.
"Yin Yang Beach" © Tien Frogget
I remember standing there in the sand, looking out over a midnight moonlit ocean and feeling so tiny. The immensity of it grabbed me by the heartstrings and sent my soul galloping off, wild with joy. Who knew this great glassy field stretched on to infinity, a seeming mirror of sky of stars above us? Certainly not me.

"Pacific Clouds" © Steve Henderson

It was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the ocean. We have an understanding, she and I: we expect nothing of one another except a mutual, undying adoration. We both change with the tides, living through storms and sunny days alike, ever-constant in our state of flux. And some afternoons, we swim together under the same sun.

"Raw Storm" © Richard Harpum

"Seagulls 3" © Tien Frogget

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Fine Art of Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson’s keen artistic eye coupled with his innate ability to capture the beauty and essence of such a wide variety of subjects make him a genuine jewel in the rough. He has painted everything from abstract to fantasy to nature, wildlife, and landscapes – each of them richly unique and yet steadfastly true to his own personal style.

When Paul was young, his father would often take he and his family out camping and hunting and fishing. Living in the Northwest, he grew to love the beautiful natural landscape and wildlife that surrounded him. He began sketching and drawing the beauty he saw in nature and continued to do so for many years. It wasn’t until he graduated from college, however, that he began more seriously studying his passion. While working full time, he spent his spare time taking a variety of classes and workshops, experimenting with art, and mentoring under several accomplished artists.

In the beginning, Henderson studied and painted mostly abstract art. But as time went on, his love for nature and wildlife took hold of him all over again. He dove head first into learning new techniques and understanding animal anatomy. He also mentored under Don Crook, who helped him gain a finer understanding of composition, color, and detail. Using what he learned, he then painted a series of wildlife paintings that incorporated his love for the animal kingdom into his fascination with history, archaeology, and multinational cultures.

Additionally, Paul has painted a large series of space/fantasy pieces, and has recently begun other more experimental works. He challenged himself in 2009 to paint two paintings a week for a year. Though he did not quite meet his goal, he still completed a whopping 90 out of 104 paintings – no easy feat. This momentum has carried him forward to the present where he is continually evolving and experimenting with new subjects and media. Henderson loves the variety and the change, saying that it keeps him fresh and creative, and always inspired.

We are thrilled here at OC Designer Source to represent his work.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Digital Illustrations of Travis Dixon

"Palm Sunset" © Travis Dixon
Travis Dixon’s colorful illustrations and designs grab your attention and draw you in. His wide variety of scenes and landscapes are bright and vivid with a great deal of detail and atmosphere. The fact that they are digitally created on a computer gives them a very precise, picture-perfect quality that is not found in more traditional art and really sets him apart.

"Fisherman" © Travis Dixon
Travis first discovered his love for art when he was only 7 years old. He was mesmerized by animation and cartoons, completely drawn into the hand-drawn worlds that were depicted on screen. He followed this fascination and allowed it to grow until it became a passion that has guided him throughout his life. He has taken quite a few classes in both art and design, and has a Bachelors in Science from the Art Institute. He still continues to take side classes at Concept Design Academy as well as pleinair (digitally painting from life) classes on a regular basis.

"Cellar" © Travis Dixon
His journey has been a good one, although sometimes it has been difficult. Working as a freelance artist isn’t the easiest career in the world and finding work can be tough when you’re competing with dozens of other talented individuals. Still, Dixon has kept at it and carved out a niche for himself and worked with numerous companies not limited to but including Vindicated Productions, Vizio, Magnetic Creative, and even Disney. He has a wide range of skills including concept, storyboarding, motion graphics, design, animation, layout, and art direction.

"Sailin" © Travis Dixon
Most of all, he simply loves the process of creating art and capturing the beauty of a place or scene. His work is more structured when he works on commissions, but when he is creating for his own pleasure he just allows the work to evolve and become whatever it is. Travis is inspired by the progression of life: the cities we build, the things weve left behind to decay by the earth, and even those things that the earth creates naturally. It makes sense then that his art would contribute frequently to telling these stories of life on screen.

"Relaxin" © Travis Dixon
Travis Dixon is OC Designer Source’s more recent artists and we are happy to have him on board! His unique style brings even more diversity to our talented team of artists.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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"Lotus Flower" © Tien Frogget.
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"Jennifer's Shoes" © Janina Pazdan
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"Gates of the Valley" © Kurt Weiss
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