Art Roundup, week of July 9th

There is something about nature, like a waterfall, a sunset, or a beautiful mountain range, that soothes me in every way possible. In contrast, whenever I’ve seen what to some people say is a beautiful cityscape, my nerves and anxiety receive no benefit. However, when I stood beneath the Roanoke Star and gazed out at the sprawling city of Roanoke, a weight slid off my shoulders. While I’ll always be able to enjoy these photos, I’m not about to dissect them to discover the reason constructions achieved the same results as Mother Nature. If you see any images here that aren’t available on Natural Desygns or SM Desygns reach out to me through the Etsy store and I’ll add the image to the correct store. In the meantime, click any of the images to head over to DeviantArt to get a better look.

Roanoke Evening Cityscape 001

On our second night in Roanoke, we headed for the city’s star. There’ll be a shot of the massive star soon, but as we walked around it, I caught a glimpse of the city sprawled out before me. Normally, I’m not one for cityscapes, but this view took my breath away. Between the stationary illumination and the whipping lights of the cars, the juxtaposition was breathtaking.

As we continued around the city’s star, I captured another shot of the illuminated surroundings. Despite my preference for natural sights, like waterfalls, a sea of trees, or a setting sun, the series of shots that resulting in this watercolor tugged at my mind, pushing me to accept their beauty.

Roanoke Evening Cityscape 002

Roanoke Star

The city’s star is a massive freestanding structure standing one thousand and forty-five feet above the city. Standing below the star, its glow washed over my wife and me as we studied it. When we left the landmark, we could see it as we sailed along the highway to the Airbnb.

As we passed the Roanoke star, the city raced from view behind some foliage. With the shift in perspective, my camera captured the setting sun behind the distant mountains. It also dimmed the light emanating from the city, which emphasized the sun’s dwindling rays.

Roanoke Evening Cityscape 003