Ocean Beach Series

CSS Art

by John Steven Calder


Experimenting with composition, palette and ratios, I visualized San Francisco's historical icons in the most minimalist way. The final compositions are simple web pages that contain less than 20 lines of computer code. The challenge has been to capture these iconic scenes as detailed and as lean as possible.

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

"Ocean Beach"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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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The original is a HTML page (here)
ocean beach

"Ocean Beach Triptych"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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, left, center, right.
View the Triptych here.
alcatraz

"Alcatraz"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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).
alamo_square

"Alamo Square"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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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The original is a HTML page (here).
financial

"Downtown"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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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The original is a HTML page (here).
dolores

"24th & Dolores"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of Dolores Street in the Mission. In fact, "Home is where the Heart is"! ..my childrens family home.

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The original is a HTML page (here).
mission_district

"New Mission District"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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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The original is a HTML page (here).
mission_district

"Twin Peaks"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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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The original is a HTML page (here).
cable_car

"Financial District"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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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The original is a HTML page (here).
daly_city

"Daly City"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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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The original is a HTML page (here).
city_hall

"City Hall"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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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The original is a HTML page (here).

golden_gate

"Golden Gate Bridge"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of our San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bride and its Art Deco features.

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The original is a HTML page (here).

chinatown

"Chinatown"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of our iconic San Francisco's Chinatown Gates.

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The original is a HTML page (here).
coit_tower

"Coit Tower"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of our San Francisco's iconic Coit Tower.

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The original is a HTML page (here).
city_hall

"Hyde Street Cable Car"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
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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The original is a HTML page (here).
palace

"Palace of Fine Arts"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of our iconic Worlds Fairs structure.

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The original is a HTML page (here).
daly_city

"Doc's Clock"

© John Steven Calder 2017-2019
Again, experimenting with composition, palette and ratio's, I continue my "Ocean Beach Series" with a minimalist version of my favorite local watering hole.

The original is a HTML page (here).