Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
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Description This print is a digital watercolor photo illustration. The original photo was taken spontaneously just moments after I encountered the Eiffel Tower for the first time. On the first afternoon of my first trip to Paris, when I was finally over my jet lag, I went for a walk through some quaint neighborhood parks near my hotel. They were just like neighborhoods everywhere: Moms and nannies out with strollers, kids chasing each other, older people walking home with groceries, people walking dogs. The main difference was there were little carousels and crepe stands everywhere dotting the landscape. I strolled past the most amazing flower beds and down a variety of broad pathways lined with even rows of straight trees forming a canopy of shade. Suddenly, through the foliage, I noticed part of a metal structure peeking out from the trees just ahead. I turned a corner, and there was the Eiffel Tower. Huge, looming, copper-brown, elegant and beautiful, glinting with a late afternoon sun. It was a stunning surprise. Decades of photographs, movie images and paintings don't do it justice. When you replace a cliché with personal experience it just stops you cold. This was one of those moments. The tower went from kitschy icon to truly inspiring monument in the time it took me to step from a garden path. I walked around the park surrounding it for about an hour and just looked at it from all sides -- and straight up through its center, with my head bent as far back as it could go before strolling back. I stopped along the way for a chocolate crepe and just sat on a bench, soaking it all in, just being there, being French, for just a few moments. Then I made my way back to the hotel. It was a perfect unexpected experience, which is the best part of travel.
John Armato, Sacramento Member Since December 2010 Artist Statement John Armato is a creative strategist and senior partner in the world's largest public relations firm. He's also a jazz drummer, writer, and visual designer. He works in digital marquetry, photo-manipulation illustration, and graphic design. Armato is heavily influenced by mid-century modern architecture, art and design, as well as his parents' artistic pursuits. (His father is a accomplished watercolorist whose paintings hang in private collections around the country and sell in galleries in Kansas City, Missouri. His mother is a talented interior designer.) Armato blogs about communications, the creative process and living a life of ideas at www.thinkinside.biz. More about his work as a musician can be found at www.johnarmatodrums.com. You can follow his musings on a variety of topics on Twitter (@armatoj).