marcoimage

Unique Abstract Contemporary Watercolors by David Ralph

Greenbelt, Maryland · 6 Sales

marcoimage

Unique Abstract Contemporary Watercolors by David Ralph

Greenbelt, Maryland 6 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   Explore the original abstract and contemporary watercolors from artist David Ralph. Great for modern decor!

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Last updated on Apr 23, 2018

Explore the original abstract and contemporary watercolors from artist David Ralph. Great for modern decor!

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These paintings should be hanging on the walls of someone's home where they can be enjoyed by fresh eyes.

I opened my shop, "marcoimage", at the end of 2013 in December. A few weeks prior, as I looked around my condo, I became aware of the dozen or more framed original paintings of mine on the walls and the many unframed pieces in my portfolio case. And I thought to myself, "These paintings should be hanging on the walls of someone's home where they can be enjoyed by fresh eyes."

My story began back when I was a toddler of five or six years old. As a child, I filled many sheets of paper with drawings in pencil and magic marker. Professional sports figures and animals were my favorite subjects. Thumbing through nature and sports books, I soon filled sheets of paper with pictures of sharks, rattlesnakes, birds, tigers and the popular star athletes and sport franchises of the day. When I reached the age of seven, I rendered my first portrait of Roberto Clemente, a baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This drawing, which was framed and placed on top of a bookcase shelf in our house, began the regular acknowledgment of seeing my drawings on the walls outside my classrooms and in my home.

Upon the arrival of 2001, I began to visualize a new style of painting and expression, a more abstract and personal style than I’ve ever contemplated or executed before. Abstract forms of expression - like cubism, fauvism, and abstract expressionism - fascinated and resonated within me. A few early paintings soon led to a series of abstract figural paintings of the female form.

Now, fast forward to the year 2013. There was a major shift in my work situation and my family life. I had switched my unstable, benefit-challenged contractor's job as a web developer in the government for a stable, benefit-rich, web developer job at a physics non-profit organization. No longer would I have to enroll in online classes to learn various web technologies or do tutorials of scripting languages to keep myself marketable for that next job in the 21st century. And at the same time, my two young-adult children were either beginning their careers or finishing up their bachelor's degree in marketable fields. I was not needed as much. I was free to pursue my own interests.
I began to think, create, and paint on a consistent basis.

My creative process
How do I decide on the subject matter of my next painting? Quite often, I paint in one of five subject areas: the human figure (mostly female), sports, nature, music, or society/people themes.

From the moment that I decide what I want to paint, I spend a great deal of time conceptualizing the composition and color combinations that I will use in the painting. I will get inspired by a particular angle of intersecting lines, a certain arc or S-curve that will describe perfectly the grace and beauty of a figure (whether it's a female form, sport figure or wild animal). A particular combination of colors or palette will appear before me.
Once this mental thinking achieves a visual picture in my mind, I will begin a series of simple sketches to "find" those lines and curves from my mental picture. These sketches will eventually lead to the composition that I'm looking for. I will scribble the paints and chosen colors in the margins of the sketch at this point, do some value sketches, decide on the focal point, the bright colors to use and calligraphic lines to emphasize. I research interesting patterns and I decide on the dimensions and ratio I want for the piece.

When all these decisions are made, I begin the process of transferring the image to a fresh sheet of watercolor paper. I either make an enlarged photocopy of my final sketch or I pencil out a grid on top of my sketch to enlarge the image on the final paper. Using tracing paper, I carbon the back of the full-scale image and trace the lines onto the watercolor sheet.

Last, I begin to paint. I try to leave a little room for spontaneous decisions, however watercolor is a very unforgiving medium when it comes to mistakes. While I have planned much of the artwork, it's good to leave a bit of unplanned action in the process for the best results.

How I price my work
I factor in several things before I decide on a price for one of my original works of art. Here is a list of things that factor into the price of my art:
1- the amount of hours it took me to paint the artwork.
2- the time it took to conceptualize, plan and sketch the piece
3- the size of the final painting
4- the subject matter
5- what a person would and could pay for it
6- what I would take to part from it
7- how I value the painting from a quality standpoint
8 - whether it's an outstanding , good, mediocre or poorly-executed piece (this evaluation can either add or subtract from the price)
9 - supplies, advertising & material costs

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  • David Ralph

    Owner

    David Ralph, owner of Marco Image & Concept, is a contemporary artist living in Greenbelt, MD. David has developed a distinctive style of painting he named "Geoformism" that focuses on the form of his subject and its underlying geometric essence.

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    Beltsville, MD

    UPhoto is an imaging, print, and framing service that has been providing photographers, artists, businesses, universities, and retail customers with high quality imaging services since 1992.

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