Colors in their natural habitat - By anakarolina abreu

It is always beautiful to find that perfect hue of orange and red in the autumn trees, the exact shade of green in the summer grass, the unique white in the snowy winter. This gallery I created is for those of us who, whether we have experienced or not, dream of enjoying nature at its purest, most colorful, or colorless, times.

Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” is a very well known piece, and to my gallery it adds color and some sort of nature. The stars in the sky, the moon, the mountains in the back. The different shades of blue, yellow, white. All this make the painting a great work, not only because is famous but because of all the analogous colors, the value and the contrast van Gogh used to represent “The Starry Night.”
This other piece of Vincent van Gogh is very particular too. He still used the analogous colors element along with contrast to identify the closer and farther plants, also he used some value to represent the people in the artwork, since they are painted with similar color as the background.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “The Swing” reminds me of nice, breezy spring/fall in Florida, where it is not as hot or humid as summer or cold as other places. The value and contrast the artist used in the painting are incredibly realistic and almost made me believe, at first glance, that it was a picture of a perfect day in Florida.
Even though I have never been to Paris but, this painting, makes a great a great a representation of what I believe it would look like. The perfect hue of sky blue, a nice bridge, friendly people enjoying the day. This artist knew how to play with the color wheel, the value, and the contrast.
In this “Bouquet of Flowers in a Glass Vase,” we can appreciate the value Ambrosious Bosschaert the Elder used to give the effect of an old “picture” of the flowers. Also, the hue of colors he picked add to the “old” look and the contrast in the painting gives a realist impression.
In this painting, contrast is not only used to show the depth of the landscape, it is also used to imply the approaching storm and the people in it “running” to find shelter. The colors in the “sunny” area are vivid and bright, where as the colors towards the “storm” are dull and dark.
This picture of Obey’s painting we can clearly see he used color, contrast and value within the same colors. Obey’s painting are iconic because they are usually on buildings or of big scale, to represent something special. The contrast is caused by the color scheme and where they are painted, which gives the elephant its “shade” and “form.”
As soon as I saw this picture of the painting, I knew I wanted to have it in my gallery. There is something so special about it, simplicity. This is not a detailed work, nor is there a labored space, it is a “random act” to remind us (me) that not all we need or want is as complicated as we think or see it.
Another “random act.” This flower is a more intricate work of art, it has a analogue color scheme and it has painted and real contrast. Sunflowers “wake up” facing east and “go to sleep” facing west, they will follow the sun as the day goes on. This reminds me of how we al need someone or something special in our lives, metaphorically or literally.
In this painting of a person (in black and white) taking a picture of a flower (in bright, vivid, beautiful colors), I can infer that this person is using her/his abilities and knowledge in the color scheme and value and contrast to make an impression on people. Some of us just need a little picture to see a huge one.
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