Balance within Nature Landscapes in Watercolors - Maverick Keith

This gallery showcases artistic works of nature landscapes created in the medium, watercolors. Each artwork chosen for the gallery will have balance within its visual elements. Balance within a piece of art can be identified when aspects on each half of the artwork, whether horizontally or vertically, are similarly sized and placed. Nature is most often asymmetrical, so asymmetrical balance will be common in this gallery; however, symmetrical balance will be present as well.

Melbourne Harbour depicts boats sailing in the calm waters of a harbor with a city skyline spanning across the horizon. The sizes of the sky and water are almost equal; this causes horizontal, symmetrical balance within the painting. The viewer's attention is drawn toward the city and the boats along the horizon. The spaces above and below the city balance each other.
This painting by Paul Cézanne depicts town. The emphasis is on the house on the left while the background is filled with more of the town. The painting demonstrates asymmetrical balance with one large building in the foreground and a group of smaller buildings on the opposite side in the background. The group of town buildings takes up a similar size space as the house does. The town as a whole creates an asymmetrical balance with sky. The large amount of activity in the lower half of the painting balances out the sparse clouds in the top half of the painting.
Through a natural archway in rock, man-built arches can be seen. Some people are standing outside the natural arch looking in towards the man-built structures.The balance that lies within this watercolor is symmetrical. The circular shape of the natural arch creates symmetry along the vertical axis. The foliage on the sides of the top of the arch balance the visual space as well.
What this painting depicts is a couple of men in a row boat in a river. The river happens to flow in front of a large building which is built in front of a mountain chain. The visual weight of the large mountains balances out the empty sky adjacent to them. The colors in this particular painting are drab; yet the many colors found in the bottom half of the painting amongst the river, plants, and men balance out the neutral colors of the gray sky and black mountains.
The painting is illustrating a bridge surrounded by trees overtop a canyon at the bottom of two hills. The symmetrical balance is very evident in the painting. The bright, highly saturated forest on the right balances the low saturated, dark green forest on the left side of the painting. The position of the bridge and canyon also create symmetrical balance along the vertical axis.
In this painting, the crater of a blown volcano cap overlooks pristine mountains in the background. There is a strong balance of color within this painting; The blacks and dark browns of the foreground volcano balance the whites and light blues of the background mountains. The balance of colors is the result of the drastic contrast between the volcano and mountains.
This painting depicts some men struggling to sail in the rough waters of the sea. Some other people are off to the side, safe from the sea storm on an island. A mountain, possibly a glacier, also appears to be in the background. The visual elements create balance and harmony through use of shape and depth. The close by people on the island balance the boat to the left in the vast water. The larger boats further away from the island balance the large mountain to the left.
This painting's title, View of a Valley in Normandy, couldn't be more descriptive. The painting shows a vast valley with the sun's rays casted overtop it through scattered clouds. The symmetry of this painting lies within its colors and is asymmetrical. The blends of blues, greens, and tans throughout the valley balance whites and light shades of blue above the horizon. Along with color, there is also a horizontal, asymmetrical balance of value. The sky is lit up by the sun's rays while there are variations of light and dark spots within the valley reflecting the scattered clouds, and therefore the scattered light.
In this painting, either a river or a swampy area is surrounded by forest. The colors within this watercolor painting are very symmetrically balanced. The blue water balances the bus sky above and the green forests on either side balance each other. The browns mixed throughout the greens create a sense of symmetrical balance though color contrast. There appears to be an asymmetrical balance of texture between the forests and the sky and water. The forests have shorter, distance brushstrokes whereas the brushstrokes of the sky and water are longer and blended more.
Gustave Doré depicts a man standing in a boat while steering it into the violent waters. The man appears to show no fear; but if you look closely, you will find one man at back and another at the bow who both appear to have passed out or died from this experience. There is an asymmetrical balance of value within this painting. In the lower left there is area of lighted water adjacent to the dark, shadowed boat. Additionally, to the top right, there is some white light peeking through the thick clouds adjacent to the rest of the dark sky. The change in value gives the allusion that light is shining on these spots, leaving everything else in the dark. The strong contrast creates an asymmetrical balance between the boat, sky, and sea.
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