Textures of the sea (Christine Dietz)

This gallery is composed of many paintings from a diverse array of artist all depicting the ocean and its waves. All the artists have different ways of painting the ocean. The artists use different patterns and textures to give the ocean the feeling of movement. These are just a few examples of the way the ocean is drawn.

"Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: The Great Wave" Shows a large wave swallowing two long boats. Mount Fuji is seen in the background of the waves. The shape of the waves are similar to the mountain, giving it a uniform feeling through out. The size of the wave, seen to the left, gives it emphasis as it towers over the boats.
"The Wave" shows a large wave crashing on rocks. The image is balanced with the crest of the wave front and center, and the foam to the right. The repetition of the white brush strokes to the right makes the foam busy and fierce. The grey sky makes the whole piece ominous.
"Ships on a stormy sea" balances itself by putting a mountain on one side and a large boat on the other. The variety in the shape of the waves creates a chaos that depicts the the storm. The contrast of the lighting through the image allows it to have more depth.
"The Life Line" uses blues and grey through out the images for the sky and sea but has a bright red cloth on the people in the center to give emphasis to them. Each side of the painting has a similar amount and size of waves, creating a balance and adding more emphasis to the two people in the center.
"A Storm on a Mediterranean Coast" uses perspective to show how large the waves are compared to the size of the people. The people fleeing from the see are in front of waves taller then them. The boat and light house in the distance appear small to show that they are far away.
"The Chariot of Poseidon" uses value to create the entire image. The pattern of the waves sets it apart from the rest of the image making it fall behind the focus of the sea monsters. The Rhythm of the sea monsters creates a movement to that part of the picture.
"Seascape and Fishing Boats uses perspective to put emphasis on the two sail boats in the front and the raft since they appear closer. The color of the sails and the red shirts of some of the sailors also helps drive attention to the, but with the spacing of this image the sky and clouds seem to also be an important point.
"The Sea" is a calmer painting than the previous ones of this gallery. The waves are painted in uniform lines creating a balance in the picture and giving it order. The building in the center is the focus of the piece yet the coloring of it suggests it is a part of the sea.
Monet uses his signature brush textures to create the rocky bluffs and the choppy water. The pattern of the waves gives it emphasis and the rocks seem to be framing the ocean. The Rock formation in the middle is however given emphasis with it's placement and the use of the green in the water leading to it.
"Wave, Kerteminde Bay" is interesting in how it uses a texture on the water that imitates calm but choppy waters. Larsen is able to both show the texture of water but also relate it calmness by using this texture. The blues give off a calm feeling in the water, but the yellow in the waves relates the happiness, preventing it from seeming sad.
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