natural beauty - Drew Mayberry  

Nature is so simple yet it lies at the foreground of some of the most beautiful works of art to have ever been created. Although nature itself may seem so simple and peaceful, it is not as easy as it may seem to capture that beauty on the canvas. This gallery is a collection of artworks that show how some of the greatest artists capture nature onto the canvas by using techniques such as line, contrast, and color to portray motion and life in nature.

This beautiful landscape portrait of Lake George off the coast of New York was painted with oil on canvas by David Johnson. Johnson uses proportion and contrast to give this painting the life like and realistic feel of the trees blowing in the wind and the waves of the water.
This oil on canvas shows the Cliff House seaside resort on the coast of San Francisco. Albert Bierstadt uses motion and color to fully grasp the sight of the waves crashing into one another and creating such a lively image.
This oil on canvas painting of the busy Verazzano Narrows that enter the New York harbor uses only the various shades ranging from deep blue through white and an intense wave pattern to give the water its treacherous look.
Citadel and Waterfall is believed to be a smaller portion of an intended to be much larger work. This oil on canvas consists of only short wavy strokes of the brush and a technique known as blotching to give it a view that seems almost out of focus but feels mystical.
This Painting done with oil on canvas shows a heard of deer being startled by a flock of geese flying off in the distance. James M. Hart uses placement to make the deer the center focus of the painting.
This oil on panel work of art depicts a group of sailers caught in a storm of coast. Artist Jean Antoine Gudin uses long flowing lines that come to a sharp edge to create the look of a roaring ocean storm.
This painting done by Charles B. Ferguson is believed to be oil or acrylic on canvas and lyes in the master bedroom of the Rockefeller's home. This painting has contrasting feels between its use of colors and lines. The analogous colors give it a relaxing feel while the sharp jagged lines give it a tense suspenseful feel.
This oil on panel depicts a Vermont rural landscape which hangs in the Rockefeller's study. The painting uses analogous colors and organic shapes to give the painting of the valley its realistic peaceful feel as if you were really sitting up on the hill looking down on the valley view.
This painting done by Johan Dahi uses proportion to its full potential. Stepping back and looking at this painting you get the feel of how overwhelming large this landscape is with the beautiful rainbow landing in the sunlit valley at its focal point.
This oil on wood panel painting of Niagara Falls done by Thomas Cole. Cole uses contrast of colors and emphasis on focus to make the waterfalls the center focal point of this painting.
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