What Makes A Painting Work Art Blog
Landscapes can range from realistic to symbolic or abstract. Color treatment is a factor in the level of realism. There are landscapes which reflect local color, which show an understanding of light in a particular region and season. These paintings can ___take you there___, bringing to mind the smells and sounds of a familiar locale through the visual signals.
The dancing light of the most impressionist of Impressionists such as Monet, asks the viewer to look beyond the obvious and generalized color instead of seeing the color of an object as a solid unchanging block. Fauve painters added a pulsing color beat to their works, intensifying and often entirely changing the natural colors. They invite a passionate response to their scenes. Tonal painters drop the key of color, quieting the scene, sometimes moving toward the serene and sometimes toward the somber.
Driving across the states of the far west of the United States, places such as Nevada, Arizona, and the Mohave desert of Southern California.. The most striking view is range after range of hills. Visibility is often miles and miles, seemingly to infinity. The ranges form layers of tonal color which changes with the changing hours of the day. Most often the shades in the distance are blues, with some wonderful purples moving in as evening settles over them.
The summer season can provide low sun morning or evening, with blazing heat that does not drop until well after sunset. Neither green shrubs nor blue horizon can overcome the feeling of punishing heat. Reds, oranges, and yellows paint that feeling and even celebrate it. I felt like a collaborator with the desert__™s own intensity as I painted this. It celebrates that alive feeling that we encounter with extremes of nature. It is done entirely from memory, memory of the layers upon layers of color fading into the distance, and memory of the way the sunrise and sunset colors of summer feel.
I__™ve painted the same distances in blue, and these are serene scenes that emphasize the distance and the quiet. My realistic scenes of this region are more detailed and more specific to location rather than the more general sense of place, with ranch houses, smoke trees, eye-catching rock formations, and such.
Evaluate a work that you are not quite satisfied with. Perhaps if you play with the color a bit, you will find the emotional impact that you did not quite catch.