Peace, In Two Dimensions

In this gallery, the theme of war was chosen because the battles of our past are important to know and understand.  Although war has left people broken and scarred, there is the peace that is found afterwards, and the lesson to be learned to prevent the repeat of history.

This painting shows war in action. Because the people are in the foreground, the focus is on them.
The lady's contrasting skin color is the immediate focal point of the painting. Then the viewer's eye can wander to the rest of the painting.
The sky's color provides a nice contrast to the dim action in the foreground, creating a balance in the overall scene.
The perspective of this painting gives interest to what is happening in the scene, and the clear sky gives calm to the movement in the foreground.
Because of the similar theme of colors throughout the scene, the blue uniforms gives interest and contrast, and brings the viewer's focus to the people.
While there is a sense of calm in the painting, the intimacy it provides gives a feeling of uncertainty and foreboding. This is executed through the positions of the people.
Because there is a lack of detail, the viewer is left interpreting what is unclear in the painting. The similar colors makes it easy for the viewer to slowly move around the painting.
The immediate focal point is the boy in blue, since he is the only brightly colored image in the scene. The viewer sees the rest of the painting afterwards. The colors compliment the sense of grief.
There is drama and action throughout the painting, which conveys a very chaotic and restless feeling. There is nowhere where the eye can rest, so the viewer just sees endless movement.
The horizon line is above the center, which brings interest to the painting. The horizon line is defined through the road and it's distortion as it moves away from the foreground.
The sharp contrast in lighting causes drama and uneasiness. The man standing is the main focal point because he is going against the general direction of movement; everyone else faces horizontally.
The overall movement and color scheme define this painting. The viewer is able to look at each person clearly, and slowly move across the scene.
The bird's eye view perspective of this painting allows the viewer to see above the trees, which would normally block anything behind them.
The lack of detail makes the viewer really try to see what is happening. The lighter colors are painted in a way that it seems to emit a light source, trying to help define the centerpiece.
The red against black gives a sense of urgency and danger. The movement is everywhere, projecting chaos. At the same time, it also almost seems like time has stopped, giving it a false sense of calm.
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