In the painting, Seascape with a Squall Coming Up by Joseph Mallord William Turner, there is a psychological transition that takes place. On the right side towards the background of the painting, there are shades of light blue and white, which represent tranquility and calmness. The bright white in the center, and top right corner of the painting, seem to reflect the brightness and warmth of the sunshine coming from behind the clouds. There is a peaceful, eerie feeling, like the “calm before the storm”. In contrast, on the left side and in the foreground of the painting, the black and shades of gray bring about a sense of gloom, despair and panic. The white and lighter shades of gray in the lower left of the painting and across the foreground accentuate the roughness of the waves and bring about an angry, tempestuous roller coaster of dark emotions.
~ Andrea Sweeten