Nature's Companions

The purpose of this gallery is to express the many visual elements of paintings depicting birds in mother nature.  Throughout the later half of the most recent millennium, there have been many works of art that depict the astounding world of life that we live in.  A lot of the works of nature art specifically represent birds.  They interest me not because of the birds themselves, but because of the way the artists portray the kind of life that they live in, how they interact with one another, the considerable amount of depth in the paintings, etc.  Just the accuracy and the overall look of each form of imagery is what truly makes this gallery a fabulous collection of high end artwork.

"A Pelican and Other Birds near a Pool" shows a group of all of these different species of birds meandering throughout the same area as they get their resources from the water of the pool. I believe the presence of asymmetrical balance is just amazing in this painting. Even though the image is not equally distributed from one side to the other, it still has that harmonious and naturalistic feel to the life of the birds. Proportion takes a big role in this painting as well. The birds living in unity with great amount of depth makes this image so realistic, making it as if this is a social gathering of birds.
"Trumpeter Swan", a 19th Century masterpiece, shows an average American Swan swimming on a pond and starring in awe at the innocent butterfly who swims the opposite direction as they both pass each other. A sense of movement is depicted in this painting, with the swan going left and the butterfly going right. In a way, this represents the nature of birds and similar creatures going whichever path they choose. For the most part, the painting has colors that are analogous to each other. This means that the greenish and blueish colors appear to be next to each other, adding that sense of peace in the image for the birds to live in.
"Wondrous Birds" is an outstanding work and by far my most favorite of all of the ten images in this gallery. It shows a fascinating group of birds of the same species flying over the river and woods to migrate to where they need to go. The dynamic shapes that we see in this groundbreaking masterpiece give us that illusion of movement for the three subjects. The one main subject in the center really stands out the most for being in the most dynamic posture compared to the other 2 subjects. And just having that rhythm of elements that are expressed differently through the flight of each of the birds is what makes this work of art very realistic.
"Mallard Duck and Other Birds" is a rather depressing painting that depicts of a duck swimming past a group of birds on top of a dead tree. The rather brownish and bland colors of the image give out a depressing mood, maybe to showcase that the environment that these animals are living in is being destroyed by either global weather changes or human activity. Despite it's depressing mood, the painting does have its soothing elements, with it's rounded and undulating lines.
"Birds of a Feather" showcases two birds naturally relaxing on top of the branches of two flower trees, keeping an eye out for any trouble or resources. Unlike the mallard duck painting, this painting consists of brighter, purer colors, making this painting more saturated and full of life. Pattern is very present in this image with the purple flowers being so constant throughout the very branches on the tree.
"Chicken" depicts of a chicken standing tall and strong in what looks like the grass of a farmland. What I love most about the painting is that the chicken has a ton of emphasis compared to the rest of the image, which is rather bland with only a bunch of patches of grass to look at. So as an audience, the creator wants us to look mainly on the chicken. The artist used quite a bit of organic shapes to the chicken with sharp and rounded lines in places where they need to be to represent a chicken. This alone makes the chicken more realistic and appealing to our audience.
"King Honeysucker" is a depiction of an Australian Regent Bowerbird standing on top of a single branch from a tree. Asymmetrical Balance is achieved in this painting with its strong sense of peace and harmony while maintaining the composition. It does not have to be evenly distributed to have some sort of balance to it. All it has to do is have some sort of emphasis. I love how positive and negative spaces are clearly defined in this painting. I loved how you can clearly see the dark and densely shaded black and yellow of the bird for positive space, and the lightly shaded whites, browns and greens of the tree branch and background for negative space.
"Birds and Flowers" showcases beautiful flowers with two mysterious black birds flying over them. This is a rather tense version of a depiction that is normally depicted as being peaceful. The reason why I say that is because the lines appear to be more sharp and rough and the colors are shown as being dark, except for the pale white background. The movement of this image is rather confusing at first, but looking at it more closely, it makes more sense. The bird in front appears to be flying downwards towards the flowers, but the bird right behind him seems to be flying over the flowers. The artists gives a fair depiction of that with the birds appearing to have a goal in mind as they fly.
"Masuyama Sessai" shows a white parrot-like bird standing on a branch of a tree and being in complete wander in the foreground, with another mysterious black bird in the background. The artist used all of these different elements of color, shape, and depth to add a variety to the piece so that he or she could make the audience more interested in the piece. It is implied that the texture of this fascinating tree branch consists of rigid and unstable tree bark. However, soft textures are also represented, from the silkiness of the distant flowers, to the soft fur of the birds.
"Three Huia" is a fascinating painting consisting of two black birds standing on top of a small tree. They are in the intimate space of the white bird in the background, who is also on top of the same tree. There is just a little bit of 3-dimensional space, with a couple of the angled tree branches leading a little off the painting. It is also implied that the ends of these branches are very small, which gives that feeling of depth in the painting. This seems to be a setting where the birds are depicted as being harmonious, by moving their heads around in wander and alertness, which gives that sense of rhythm of everybody joining into the social experience.
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