The colors of nature -       James Sullivan

This gallery is about the way artists use colors in paintings of nature. Whether that is to draw the viewer into the painting's comforting nice world, or expose them to the cold realities. 

This painting by Richard Diebenkorn entitled Seawall depicts exactly that, a seawall. The wall separates two distinct locations, which the artist demonstrates using the stark colors that contrast with each other. The green on the right is the attention grabber but it's the beach that has texture and character.
Painted in 1860 by William Trost Richards, Woodland Grace presents an idyllic forest. Almost fantasy-like in it's appearance, as if a flying bunny could pop out of the bushes at any moment. The large majority of the painting is composed of shades of green motivated by the shadows creeping through the trees.
Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City was painted in 1885 and is another in a line of paintings with quite descriptive titles. Sand dunes that flow to each other like waves with small shrubbery lining the top of them. Through shadows and the time of day the painter shows progression in his shades of colors both on the beach and on the horizon.
Yellow Leafed Poplars was painted by Kuroda Seiki in 1891. It shows Poplar trees lining along a street, all in a row with their yellow leaves dotting the ground. The trees guide the viewers up from the ground to their branches filled with soon to be gone autumn leaves.
Painted by Albert Bierstadt in 1865 Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California shows the viewer what it could be like to be on the bottom of the Yosemite Valley during a sunrise. If it had to be described in a word it would be heavenly. The sun rays waft gently over everything in the picture, from the sky to the lake.
Hibernating, painted by Frederic Whitaker in 1959 is a change of pace from the idyllic/peaceful paintings shown earlier in this gallery. A covered boat sits atop a wooden carrier flanked on the right by birds and on the left by two skinny trees. Snow covers everything yet through the use of greys the artist is able to give depth to the painting.
Another painting by Frederic Whitaker, Sunset on the Plains was completed in 1966. Always descriptive in his titles the content can be mostly garnered from it. The difference being the fact that the sky/horizon take up the large majority of the picture. The tree being the only element meant to stand out, with it's darker shades of green against the background.
The second and final cold themed painting in the collection, The Upper Delaware was painted by Edward Redfield in 1918. The Delaware river bends off to the left in the dead of winter. Snow covers the ground while ice forms in large chunks along the river. White and blue command the color palette with the only variation being the dead foliage around the river.
The Inlet (The Cove) painted in watercolor by Eileen Whitaker in 1940 has one of the more diverse color palettes in this collection. A multi-shaded green tree covers part of the left of of the frame while the beach in the foreground leads to the water. Upon which sits many a boat gracefully traveling across the blue water.
Lastly we have In the Trees, a painting by Eanger Couse done from 1896-1898. A return to the comfortable idyllic feel as some of the previous paintings in this collection. Light green attracts the eye into the friendly world and as the eye wanders it finds the sheep grazing under the shadowed trees.
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