naturae topia - luis ramos-garcia

The gallery is composed of natural landscapes in an attempt to remind us that nature is everywhere around us.  It is not just a composition of woods and brush and scenery, but of animals and "life" as well. It encompasses the world in a sort of theoretical shape or form and the images within this gallery are a small piece of what we call nature.

This painting portrays a kind of carefree relaxation represented by a couple taking a stroll through the woods. The trees have thick edges used to emphasize their position and the patterns that they produce. The various shades of green serve to differentiate the abundance of plant life within the painting. The use of cream and ochre hues enables one to visualize the floral aspect of the plant life within the setting.
This portrayal of snowy mountains is also considered a part of nature. The various hues of blue compose the entire portrait. The darker, more shadowed lines represent fallen or dead foliage and yet when it is combined with a slightly less saturated shade of blue, could be seen as rivers that are flowing from the mountains. All the elements of this painting are brought into oneness by the clear night sky above the open canopy.
This painting showcases both bright and darker colors. On one side of the portrait we have the dusky sky shining over what appears to be a body of water; possibly a river or lake. On the opposite side, we have a darker forest which almost instills a sense of looming danger over the murky terrain. In some areas of the forest we can see bits of sunlight cutting through the trees to create a sort of yin and yang; light vs. dark. Also of note is the proportional integrity of the tree line that is kept throughout the painting.
Water Lilies by Claude Monet depicts colorful water lilies gliding lazily on a lake with other thriving plant life coming through the surface of the pond. The pond itself is a deep azul which contrast with the lighter pink, yellow, and blue colors doting the lilies themselves, while the green color of the lilies serve to separate them both.
The view of the mountains with the snowy top and clouds around the highest point is a wonderful view. It is brought together through the landscape below illustrating the fields and forests which lie at the foot of the mountain. The scaling of the different terrains also correlates with the size of the mountains and cloud cover.
This art piece contains another presence, aside from the typical landscape. The deer are close to the castle which is surrounded by wooded areas. The medium used required much time and detailing to accurately shape the trees and various parts of the animal life as well. The lines used by the artist clearly display the greenery and terrain surrounding the deer.
This painting by Edward Lear renders a more barren region and more open view of nature. While the savannah is generally viewed as a wild environment where fierce competition to survive is a daily occurrence, the painting depicts a more placid view. You can clearly see the detail in great abundance, with trees as far as the eye can see. Additionally, shadows for each element present in the painting help to emphasize the movement of the sunlight and the direction that light is coming from.
Gustav Courbet uses a deer running to show movement in this painting. The snow covered land as well as the wisp of clouds that are present and lack of foliage clearly depict that this scene occurs during the winter months. The use of shadow draws attention to the elements they are derived from and the details that go into those darker areas, as some areas of the shadow are darker while other areas of the painting are brighter as to illustrate the reflection of the light as it bounces off of the snow.
This painting displays a clear, focused element, which is the beautiful tiger, atop a hill or mountain. It gazes into the distance, watching the movement occurring further away, as a large mass of travelers trek across the desert. All other elements within the portrait are out of focus but one can clearly see the two main elements: The mountains afar and the shrubs surrounding the portraits main subject, the tiger.
This picture stood out as having the most detail of all in my gallery. The dark hues make clear emphasis on the sunlight shining through the clouds. The amount of detail that went into addressing the mountain, areas of which are barely seen through the clouds is phenomenal. The tall cliffs which create a beautiful valley full of thick foliage lead toward a quaint waterfall that clearly required a vast amount of time to detail.
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