Walk In The Park- Natalie Gee

This gallery explores the beauty of many National Parks and territories throughout the varied landscape of the United States. Including works by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, and Thomas Moran, this gallery showcases colorful and pristine oil paintings created between the mid 1800's through the early 1920's. Images of gushing rivers, rolling hills and serene valleys capture the beauty of the American landscape that has been admired for generations. 

As the rising sun casts golden rays through the valley foliage, tall granite mountains and a calm river are revealed. Two mature trees are seen growing on a hillside to the right side of the canvas while a valley of green grass and a rising mountain range are seen to the left. The use of organic shapes and saturated yellows give the illusion of a lush and vibrant valley. Proportion is also used to help the viewer focus on the valley below with leafy green trees surrounding the waters edge. Bierstadt skillfully captured the peaceful mood and delicate light cast over this valley during a vibrant Yosemite sunrise.
This painting depicting massive amounts of water plunging over three visible falls captures an aspect of the beauty and power of nature seen throughout the American landscape. A rainbow is seen on the bottom right side of the painting along with a cloud of mist hovering over the base of the three falls. The illusion of light reflecting off the waterfalls creates movement from the foreground of the painting to the background. Frederic Church used texture and contrast to make the glistening water realistically appear as though it were falling to a deep and rocky bottom.
Located in Wyoming, the cliffs surrounding the Green River are a beautiful example of the American Midwest. A heavy rain cloud looms in the distance while a posse of cowboys walk by a riverside. Several tall and jagged rock formations are depicted rising high above this flat and wild territory. Space and Line are used to create a three-dimensional space that gives the illusion of a vast ongoing canyon. Lighter tones and a pastel color palette are used to create harmony, while the brush strokes used in the clouds and water are used to create movement.
With the excellent use of perspective and color, this Yellowstone hot spring is surrounded by towering mineral rich mountains. Two visitors stand by the edge of the gorge revealing the grand scale of the natural elements depicted in this painting. Color contrast is used to showcase the brightly saturated colors in the mountainside against the darker shadows of the gorge. The overall style, color, and subject of this artwork exemplify an aw-inspiring scene found in Yellowstone National Park.
Capturing dusk on an indian reservation in Montana, this painting portrays the scene of a Native American campground. Three teepees sit on the edge of a riverbank surrounded by thick brush while the image of a crouching indian is seen sitting by the waters edge. The bright touches of yellow and blue in the sky contrast against the warm colors of the interior of the teepees. This creates a rich and harmonious tone that Joseph Sharp felt accurately portrayed this scene.
This arial view of the Grand Canyon lets the viewer pier into the deep crevasses and unique features that make up this inspiring landscape. The red and rust colored mountains give way to the winding Colorado river below, while the green foliage and gathering clouds help frame the subject. The deep saturated colors in this painting create emphasis and focus on the closer subjects, while the sunlight desaturates the colors of the distant valley and horizon. The brushstrokes used in the foliage and sky convey movement while the weathered and textured appearance of the canyon walls elude to powerful erosion by the natural elements.
Capturing the beauty and formidable size of the Rocky Mountains, Bierstadt used light and texture to emphasize this diverse and dramatic terrain. Two tall and craggy mountains are depicted in the background of this painting while a calm lake and waterfall preside in the middle and foreground. Two deer loom in the dark lakeside shadows while shafts of light pierce the peaks and faces of the surrounding mountains. Light and pastel colors in the clouds are used to compliment the warm and rich tones used in the foliage and mountain shadows. From the smooth surface of the lake to the rough and ridged mountain sides, Bierstadt used a wide range of textures to create a painting that is both refined and captivating.
Yellowstone National Park is home to many unique and fascinating landscape features that capture a part of America's natural beauty. The bubbling Yellowstone hot springs are painted in the foreground while a rainbow reaches over a mountain standing in the background. The cool blue colors used in the sky, mountains, and rainbow help the viewer focus on the contrasting colors used in the brightly saturated rocks of the hot springs. Smooth lines and curves are used throughout the painting to reflect the natural and organic shapes found in nature.
In this richly colored and illustrative painting, Thomas Cole depicted the life of a homestead family living off the land. A stream runs through a clearing made by the settlers, while a cabin is seen built at the base of a mountain range. Variety and color are used to guide and entice the viewer to explore the different elements of this painting. The placement and actions of the settlers help to move the eye of an onlooker from the right side of the canvas to the left, or vice versa. The bright fall colors in the tree tops help bring attention to the top of the canvas, bringing the mountain range into focus. This painting captures a period of change and repurpose for this stunning and colorful landscape.
Depicting a striking and colorful sunset on Yosemite Valley, William Bradford used an intense color palette and dramatic contrast of light and shadow to create a stunning and memorable work of art.Two mountain ranges are seen surrounding this snow covered valley with a calm river flowing lazily through it. Bright reds and yellows are used to emphasize the mood and colors observed by William Bradford, while proportion is used to create the image of a deep and spacious valley. This painting reflects the many unique and aw-inspiring scenes observed throughout the American National Parks and territories.
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