The Art of John Steven Calder

Ocean Beach Series by John Steven Calder


Asked to paint a picture of Ocean Beach for my friend Brendan Dobel, I spent months there filming, pictures, notes and such. I had no idea what to do. I'm not really a realist painter. One night I was in bed thinking about this and jumped up and wrote 8 line of computer code, CSS or Cascading Style Sheets, I decided it was perfect!

Painting is like design, its engineering. When presented a problem, you solve it. I feel I did that here.


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"Ocean Beach"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018 
First in the "Ocean Beach Series". Experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I visualized San Francisco's Ocean Beach in the most minimalist way. Ratio's dictate that there is more sky than earth, more water than land. The 4 elements, Sky, Ocean, Waves and Beach, colors, are very specific. The color of Earth is the sum of sand, vegetation and foliage that you would see on Ocean Beach.

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"Ocean Beach Triptych"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018 
Adding to the "Ocean Beach Series". Experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I visualized San Francisco's Ocean Beach in the most minimalist way. Ratio's dictate that there is more sky than earth, more water than land. The 4 elements, Sky, Ocean, Waves and Beach, colors, are very specific. The color of Earth is the sum of sand, vegetation and foliage that you would see on Ocean Beach. The 3 panels represent the Sun setting, the original beach and a view of the Farallones, a real Sunset Kid special!

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View each panel, leftcenterright.

View the Triptych here.

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"Alcatraz"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018 
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of Alcatraz Island. I have swam to and from Alcatraz many times, and this is the view a swimmer would see. Yes, its possible!

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The original is a HTML page (here).


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"Alamo Square"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018 
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of Alamo Square and the 'Painted Ladies" Victorian homes.

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"Downtown"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018 
Experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of downtown San Francisco and its iconic Pyramid, and yes, the Millenium Tower is tilting one degree!!

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"New Mission District"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018 
I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of the Mission District, representing New Tech pushing out Old School. This is new condo project across from Docs's Clock. Mango Orange anyone?

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"Twin Peaks"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018 
Experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of our iconic Twu=oin Peaks (named Noe and Eureka to locals).

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"Financial District"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018 
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of our iconic San Francisco's pyramid.

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"Daly City"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018 
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of Daly City and its iconic 'little boxes' housing.

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"City Hall"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of our iconic San Francisco's City Hall.

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"Hyde Street Cable Car"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2018 
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of our iconic San Francisco's Cable Cars.

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