The Beauty of Nature

SHOWCASING HOW IMPRESSIVE NATURE CAN BE, WHETHER IT IS FRAGILE AND PRISTINE OR HARSH AND DANGEROUS. THIS ART GALLERY WILL CONSIST OF PLACES IN NATURE WHILE THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL OR WHEN THEY’RE TEAMING WITH WEATHER. THE GALLERY WILL BE OF ALL AMERICAN ARTISTS WITH THEIR PAINTINGS OR PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 20TH CENTURY. THIS GALLERY PUT TOGETHER BY TANNER WEST.

This painting depicts a beautiful, vast landscape. If you look in the background you will see rugged plateaus disappearing over an endless horizon that seems to go on forever in the distance. The top of the piece is filled with huge billowing clouds that cast dancing shadows on the ground. This painting was chosen because it showcases the beauty nature can have, even in an expansive setting such as this, where everything is admired from afar. The perspective and depth of this piece is also impressive.
This photograph depicts harsh rock faces in what seems to be a mountainous area, with train tracks that seem to have been cut into the landscape. Looking to the right of the painting you will see a crystal blue rushing river, running parallel to the tracks. The color of this water almost perfectly matches the color of the sky above, and the white agitated water mimics the wispy white clouds. This photograph was chosen to showcase American innovation, exploration, and interaction with the natural land.
This photograph depicts a delicate forest that is seemingly coming back to life. The piece shows the traces of twigs and branches against a light background, and the buds are coming in in soft pastels. The photographs was chosen to showcase how even when nature is quiet and gray, there are still hints of life, color, and delicate beauty pushing its way into the world.
This painting depicts a frozen lake with a hill overlooking it to the right, and a glimpse of the other tree filled bank off to the left. This painting captures great detail because there are many beautiful yet small nuances such as the very delicate tall grass coming through the snow, the pattern of the snow and ice near the shore and the reflection of the bluff on the ice and water. This painting was chosen because it evokes a sense of true winter, which the gray haze that seems to fall over everything.
This painting depicts a forest teaming with colors, variety, and most of all, life. Nestled in this vibrant valley during what seems like the dawn of autumn, there are two figures near the life giving river and a beautiful encampment of teepees with smoke pillowing from their warm fire lit interiors. This painting was chosen to show harmony in nature between these people and the vibrant forest around them. Each aspect brings color and energy to the piece, and the colors, lines, balance, and variety are all stunning.
This photograph was taken after snowfall in a quiet forest. When first looking at the picture you’re drawn to the tree on the left side of the photograph, dusted almost completely on one side in a light covering of snow. Though it looks calm and pristine now, for the tree to be covered in such a way, the winds must have ripped through the area beforehand. This is a good clue to how harsh and unforgiving such a seemingly peaceful spot can become when nature has its way. The photograph was chosen to show nature at its hardest times, and how its beauty can turn to danger.
This painting depicts a lake surrounded by a rocky shore, with a staggering mountain behind it. The lake is placid and calm, standing still in the shadow of the large and looming mountain face. Far off in the distance to right is a spot of color with what looks like a dock and large trees swaying in the breeze. The wind can also be caught by the balance of delicate plant life in the foreground near the shore. This painting was chosen because it shows great balance and depth between the delicate plants and pebbled shore compared to the large and sturdy mountain range in the background.
This painting depicts a rocky inlet going into a larger open area of water. You can see waves crashing on the rocks, and this feeling of movement is furthered by the artists’ use of colors and brushstrokes. Even the clouds far off in the sky feel as if they are in motion, and all the green and colorful plant life found on the rocks and shore are moving in the ocean breeze. This painting was chosen because it is a refreshing addition to the group with its bold colors, impressionistic technique, and how it can evoke nature’s movement and life in a still image.
This photograph depicts an eerie forest filled with trees that look like they’re barely alive, standing silent in the fog. Through the breaks in the trees and branches, you can see some light peaking through, almost as if the sun can’t fully reach this stoic and mysterious place. Though it is slightly unsettling, you still feel the urge to stand among these trees and look up and around, as if a mythical creature could appear. This photograph was chosen because it shows a moment in time where nature and its questions pull you in, and make you want to be inside the photo.
This painting depicts a beautiful teal blue lake at the foot of a massive set of plateaus and mountains. It feels like this place is a hidden oasis. The pool reflects a bit of rock face and the lush segment of trees and foliage. The mountains appear to be snow covered at the top, and soar right out of the top of the frame. It is a stunningly beautiful image, and is filled with so many textures and colors that it has so much for the eye to see and become interested in. This painting was chosen because it really evokes a sense of awe and greatness with such a variety of details all stacked into one breathtaking area.
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