Big blue

I've never had an incredible amount of exposure to art growing up or other wise. I had the usual classes, and I drew a bit more than the average kid. I never really grew to develop what I think most people would consider a good enough understanding of technique and how much practice and ability goes into a respected piece of art. With that in mind, my connection with art at this point, is in it's ability to present to me a story. I don't really look for an incredible display of talent and expertise of technique. Sometimes, I see a piece, and instantly it intrigues me, and the more I look at it, the more I piece together the story happening in the piece, or the story the piece represents. With that in mind, I chose my favorite color as a basis for exploring google art, and these are the pieces I chose.

I like this one because typically I associate the color with feelings of relaxation and calmness. This painting however, invokes almost the exact opposite of that. It serves to create more dread and anxiety. Especially considering the over abundance of headstones.
Much like the first painting, I feel a strong sense of chaos and depression in this piece. Actually, the more I look at it, the more I make out different figures all who seem to be in a bad place emotionally.
Not all the pieces I chose are filled with dread though! This painting for instance sets the scene of a tranquil city next to a calm body of water on a foggy afternoon.
I knew this was a creative, expressive take on the universe before I even read the title. I enjoy how it captures the chaos of space with a more innocent, cartoonish kind of style.
I like this painting because I felt it was able to capture all of the goodness that comes with being a care free kid with no responsibilities. The calmness of the blue walls, combined with what appears to be the sunshine of a nice day shining.
This one felt like I catching a sight of some epic, mystical forest spirit or something. The pose of the creature, combined with aura of a strong blue made it feel like some kind of, Nordic legend.
As soon as I saw this all I could imagine was a person who lived in this small blue cube of sadness and the life/world he must experience everyday.
I'm not any kind of expert of fashion during the 1850's or anything, but everything below this guys neck says he's a respected authority figure. The hat on the other hand says he's super ready to hit hay in a very classy fashion. So, I guess I added this because I find what I assume is unintentional humor in it!
Once again, as soon as I look at this, I can't help but imagine the crazy planet that it's considered a very classy, ritzy chandelier on. They probably have crazy dinner parties there.
Typically when I see a bunch of bees in any shape it can only result in terror and high pitches screams. The blue to light blue gradient, and the bees acting as a frame for the light blue, creates a really interesting feeling for me. Like, these specific bees are employed by Pixar to be cute/helpful.
So this is another piece by the same artist as the The Door, except this one provides even more context to the life of the sad man in the blue land. It adds a layer of depth and reality to the ideas that The Door already creates.
This piece makes me feel like I've just watched every scary/crazy scene from the Shining all at the same exact time. The creepy kid, the woman very sternly watching the creepy kid, and it all being highlighted with a creepy blue aura and surrounded by an unnatural amount of indoor plants.
This felt like the end of an incredible adventure. Our hero has made through the orange cave of horrors to arrive at the watering hole located outside the incredible blue city!
I really enjoy the worn look of walls and area in general. It looks like some serious stuff was created here by some master craftsman. It has served as a workplace for hard work to thrive in, and a home to then revel in friends company in.
After having been informed of the somewhat tragic and chaotic life of the brilliant painter, I felt like this piece really illustrates the fact that I didn't realize how tortured he was. It represents in a strong way the side of Van Gogh I didn't even know about.
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