Tricking the mind - Emily Rowland

This gallery includes examples of skilled artists using shading and light to create depth and shapes in their paintings and other various mediums. The subject-based theme is contrasting colors used in nature to achieve these shading allusions. Using specific techniques such as light can create depth. 

The Morning of Life depicts a forest scene. On the right there is trees and the sun shines through a couple trees. The lighting makes the sun seem far away. On the left there is a dirt trail that leads down to a pond. Behind the pond there is mountains. The mountains are shaded very lightly and this gives the feeling of the mountains being far off in the distance.
Pine Trees show various locations of pine trees. The shading used to darken certain trees gives the allusion that these trees are closer than the rest. Lighter shaded trees appear farther back in the distance. The lines in this drawing are mainly straight with slanted lines for the tree branches.
Wonderland shows a darkened forest with light shining through a pathway in the middle. The artist uses shading on the trees on the left and right of the image to give the allusion of the trees pressing against on all sides. The light shines on the forest floor, revealing flowers and a pretty pathway.
Study for Trees 9 has a towering leafless tree as the focal point of the image. The tree is shaded so dark it is almost black, giving the appearance of the tree looming up into the sky. Scraggly branches burst out from the trunk, the shading going lighter for the branches farther out. The sky behind the tree is lighter, appearing distant in comparison to the tree.
Study for Trees 6 is heavily shadowed trees on each side of an off-balance ravine. The darker shades show the roots coming out of the trees on both sides. The trees themselves are shrouded in darkness. This type of shading gives the trees a detached allusion. The shadows give the image a gloomy effect.
The Memory of Nature depicts a scene of grass. This simple picture is made exquisite because of the detail that shading provides. The use of only one color is a unique way to extract the most powerful effect that shading can offer. The bright green shows the grass near the top, reaching for the sun. Darker shades of green give the impression of grass hidden down farther near the dirt.
Human and Nature is almost unsettling in how it shows green trees with a child's face appearing semi-transparent through them. The focal point is the child's face, staring blankly ahead. The bright greens appear close and the darkened face fades into the background, seemingly growing distant. The dark eyes draw in the viewer, two black holes hauntingly life-like.
Starrucca Viaduct, Pennsylvania shows a lively scene. A silhouette of two boys and their two dogs standing on a rock is the center of the image. Bright yellows on the left shine on the trees and brighten the pond in the middle. Darker shades on the right corner minimize the bushes. Across the pond there is a bridge with a moving train on it, smoke blowing out from the top. Behind the train are mountains, shaded dark on the left and brighter on the right, giving the allusion of height. A blue sky is spotted with clouds. The clouds are shadowed on right, opposite of the shading on the mountains, further creating the image of height and distance.
Romantic Landscape with Spruce shows a towering rock on the right, spruce trees along the bottom with a specific spruce standing above the rest, and a smaller rock and darkened cloud on the left. The shading is very unique in that this image because the bottom half of the image is the darkened part but also is the main focal point. The dark spruce is shaded and in contrast to the lighting used in the middle and top of the picture.
From Nature shows one solitary, dead tree. The shading used for this is specific. It starts under the roots, along the ground underneath the tree. The dark shading continues on up the roots, sticking mainly to the left side and leaving the right side brighter. No colors are used. The gnarly tree trunk twists it's way upward with shading accompanying it. The shading is darker around knots on the trunk and lighter on the twigs sticking out.
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