Stainwoods

STAINWOODS is a collection of paintings and artworks depicting nature. This gallery was assembled by viewing and analyzing the use of color. With pieces spanning from 1893 to 2006 and all across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, this gallery was carefully constructed for its use of color in specific settings. 

This opening piece depicts an areal view of a mountainous landscape that dips into a lake as a train hustles by in the foreground. Train Smoke is a great first piece because it has such a range of color from the pinks, purples and blues in the sky as well as the lake. The harder parts of the image such as the trees and land are painted in darker tones of greens and browns. The encapsulating use in the painting is the pliable look of the trees and landscape through curved lines.
Landscape is an artwork that shows a body of water that tapers into a canal, of sorts, between two cliffsides at sunset. The colors used in this piece are mostly greens, yellows and browns to enforce the sunset ides. Looking at the painting, it appears to have a texture that is reminiscent of crayons.
A mountain painted in burgundy’s and greens slopes down into an ocean of blues, yellows, and greens overlooked by a sky of the same colors. There is a blocky look to this piece with harsh edges and defined lines of separation from the sea to the earth to the sky, propelled by the juxtaposition of light and dark colors. The Shore of Kaseberga appears to be showing a late afternoon with yellow daylight greeting blue nightlight in the sky while the waves pick up force but back out at the same time.
A pleasant afternoon at a rocky beach is shown in Shore with Red House with a myriad of color in the foreground. The large rocks the line the rich blue water are sprinkled across the shoreline in colors of pink, purple, blue, green and shades in-between. The sky has similar colors, which are also reflected in the water comprising a cohesive look that is opposed by the “Red House” on a deep green lawn.
Evening was placed in the center of the collection because of its constant change in color at every glance. The artwork has the audience peeking over the tips of trees to see a red at night sunset repeated by the forest below. The entire piece is constructed with reds, blues, yellows and greens in a haphazard pattern. With the color placed the way it is, the artist still managed to show a difference between individual trees and clusters through stroke choices and line placement.
A view through a forest as the sun is barely peaking over the horizon shows the boney, bare trees scattered over the brushed ground. Study for Trees 8 utilizes mostly purples and whites to covey its imagery. This evokes a somber mood and suggests either dusk or dawn with the color tones of deep purple and brown mixture.
Study for Trees 1 shows us on the outside of the forest looking at the trees that guard the entrance to it. The piece seems to have a lot of the same tones and moods of the previous piece but with a lot more white and some hints of yellow. The trees don’t seem to be alive, yet the grass poking up from beneath does appear alive. Thee is no sky in this painting which makes the use of color for the trees much more specific to give the full explanation of the setting.
The Town is a painting showing a town off in the distance past a wide lake and rocks at night, with an overcast sky. This piece uses mainly blues and greys with a bit of yellow to light up the town. The darkness of the setting shows nighttime, but there is no hint of a moon. And with so many grey and blue mixtures spread over the sky, it shows a cloudy night over the area.
Starry Night shows us a large cliff on the shoreline of a lake on a starry night. Unlike most other nighttime pieces in this gallery, Starry Night uses hints of purple in the sky and reflects it in the water. The use of blues for the sky and sea is met by the browns and greens for the land. Both make use of a miniscule red tone brushed over just slightly. The colors in the piece give the feeling of a peaceful night with soft, dissipating clouds.
The last artwork in the gallery was selected as such because it brings us back to such a wide range of color, but in a different way. The viewers find themselves hovering over the scattered clouds below with hints of trees peeking through the breaks while butterflies drift in the wind. Solo Show of Fang Lijun makes great use of purple and blue in this piece and is able to enhance the lightness of the clouds and expanse of the sky. The butterflies are mainly yellow with bits of red, green, black and purple. The main tool that attracted me to this piece was the purple that was utilized in it so well. The shading of light reflections also give a sense of time and mood and express immense talent from the artist.
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