The Color Of Nature

What is the color of nature?  There isn't just one answer, but many diverse variations.  They range in different hues and saturations setting completely different moods, especially when paired together.  Color can change perspective in many ways. My gallery is an experimentation that looks into the individual perspective, meaning, and value of color in art.

I really gravitated to this painting because of its realistic values, strong color, and rich texture. The dark forestation makes this coastal depiction of Hawaii mysterious and more realistic compared to what the human eye sees. The green and tan make up most of the strong color in this painting; as well as helping put this in a time frame. It looks as if its around sunset, the boats are coming into the harbor, and the tide is high. The texture or the nature stands out so well, even the volcano with every stroke strategically placed to make everything feel more realistic.
John Fredrick Kensett's "Strewsbury River" is a great example of the wonders of nature. The water in the river gives a mirroring effect to the mountain in the background giving it a really awesome sense of depth perception. I love the darkness of the green on the mountain compared to the grass peaking out the river in the foreground. It makes you think it's a shallow river from the viewpoint but clearly gets deeper because of the amount of sail boats on it.
This amazing painting by Palmer C. Hayden depicts lush vegetation and people (as well as a dog) out picking berries. Most of the painting is green but because of the different shading and shapes your able to decipher between the different plants. This painting is so important because it resides at the Museum of African American Art. Back in the 1940's when this was made most people didn't consider paintings depicting African Americans to be art. Because it's Black History Month I thought this painting would work out well in my gallery.
This has to be one of my favorites in the gallery. "Autumn Leaves" by Yokohama Taikan depicts what seems to be an Autumn tree on a bed of clouds. The rich color really makes the leaves on the tree pop out. The way the red and orange leaves look over the white and blue background really makes a great color palette. It seems very minimal, the artist didn't want to do too much or have a lot going on, but just enough to catch your eye.
The elements of the this painting that stand out to me are its gloomy nature, cool color selection, and mysterious texture. The moonlight gazes over the waterfall and gives a great sense of liner perspective. The darkness of the color palette sets a very gloomy vibe and gives a great sense of time. The color selection is cool, meaning the used a lot of greens and blues to represent the sky and the nature by the waterfall. The texture makes you question that this painting was made in 2010, because it has a timeless 19th century feel to the structure of each stroke. It makes you wonder what is below the waterfall.
I'm not sure why but this painting of the sunrise on Yosemite Valley sets a very prehistoric vibe. The light beaming from behind the mountain gives the trees and grass a light green, almost tan hue. It reminds me of waking up in the early in the morning and everything is quiet except for the birds chirping. The texture and detail put into this piece is amazing, it almost deceives you into thinking its a real photograph, especially with the realistic values of the dirt and rocks in the foreground.
This extremely vivid depiction of two of my favorite fruits is so simple yet so magnificent. No grape or peach is exactly the same as they have slight variations all in the same color scheme. Even the smallest details matter as you can see a slight reflection of light on some of the shinny grapes. This is a great look into nature and the variety of colors it brings to the world.
This painting really brings me home, literally. As a New Jersey native, I have seen the first hand the beauty of autumn from the views of the Appalachian mountains that run through the center of our small state. The orange and reds of the leaves really set the tone for this piece and drive the richness it brings. The spacial perspective is outstanding as you feel you can see for miles. The richness of the color fades as you go farther down the mountain and more into the valley.
This colorful water color depiction of children pushing a cart of flowers is truly outstanding. The way that the yellow, pink, purple, and red flowers stick out of the plain white background is so minimal yet so creative as it really makes them stand out. As a child i don't remember any of my watercolor paintings turning out this good! The way Iwasaki shaded each flower individually makes them all unique and full of texture. It has a great deal of contrast which sets the stage for the nature to be the main attraction.
I picked this last painting because of the influence of my cat. He looks the part with it's tiger stripes and they both chase anything that moves. The nature in this piece is the key component, yet very minimal. This Chinese style of art in so interesting to me because it almost outlines the scene and let you fill in the pieces with your mind. The orange on the cat as well as the red flower really contrast from the tan canvas and gives this painting a lot of great color combinations.
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